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2/4/15 – The End Times are getting closer

Written by Carlton L. Arnold

And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh. Romans 13:11-14

This Bible passage could not be clearer about what Believers are to be doing as the End Times are near. First of all, we need to wake up from our slumber and put on the armor of light. Slumber, to me, means that we are more tied up in worldly events rather than the things of God. Only you can assess what occupies the majority of your life. The Bible describes how God will end this world.

“The night is nearly over” is a clear reference to the end of Satan’s rule of this earth. God will separate Satan from all Believes for eternity. Praise God! With this in mind, God is specific about what Believers should not be doing. Most of these items are on the increase and have penetrated the lives of many Christians. There should be no drunkenness regardless of what you think of drinking alcoholic beverages.

Sexual immorality is rampant much like the decadent times of the Roman Empire. It occurs among teens with one’s virginity negotiable while they are in high school. Sexual immorality occurs with people living together and having sex. It is found in same sex relationships. There is a movement among married couples to desire a “free marriage” so that they can have sexual partners outside the marriage but maintain a family. Any alternate thinking labels a person as outdated and restrictive. God defines sex clearly as the sexual relationship between a married couple only.

Dissension is being argumentative and difficult to get along with. This seems so prevalent in today’s world. Among Believers, there should be no dissension. Jealousy or envy destroys relationships, because of its ease in taking control of your emotions. Believers should be content with what they have and not be driven by what they don’t have. All Believers should be in unity. Jesus earnestly prayed for unity in the Body of Christ (see John, Chapter 17.)

Finally, the passage says to clothe your self with Jesus Christ. This is acting and reacting to world events as if you were Christ. If you do this, you will not be thinking about how to satisfy your fleshly desires. Jesus summed up all of the commands of God as follows: “Love God and serve others.” In these last days as we approach the End Times, these two commands seem to be non-existent in many churches, in many denominations, and in many Believers. The End Times will begin when God says, “It is time to judge!” I do not know what you think, but the Bible appears to be describing the End Times as the way things are now. God help us!

others.”  In these last days as we approach the End Times, these two commands seem to be non-existent in many churches, in many denominations, and in many Believers.  The End Times will begin when God says, “It is time to judge!”  I do not know what you think, but the Bible appears to be describing the End Times as the way things are now.  God help us!

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