BP.126.VIKING BOER – BIBLE PROPHECIES – Are You Prepared for Jesus’ Return


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    BP.126.VIKING BOER – BIBLE PROPHECIES – Are You Prepared for Jesus’ Return – Don’t be Left Out

    Are You Prepared for Jesus’ Return – Don’t be Left Out

    When the Lord returns, the heavens will disappear, the elements will be destroyed, and the Earth will be laid bare. The Bible makes it clear that it’s not a get-out-of-jail-free card for believers—He doesn’t want anyone left behind, and there is work to be done. Pastor Allen Jackson discusses several realities that come with living in the final days. He equips us to make choices that will help us stand firm in our faith and help others to do the same. God strengthens us as we repent, choose to pursue holiness and godliness, and recognize and celebrate all He is doing around us and for us.

    A message from Pastor Allen Jackson at World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro, TN.

    Follow Along in below Scriptures

    Deuteronomy 6:4-5 (NIV®)
    4. Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.
    5. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

    Deuteronomy 7:17-19 (NIV®)
    17. You may say to yourselves, “These nations are stronger than we are. How can we drive them out?”
    18. But do not be afraid of them; remember well what the LORD your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt.
    19. You saw with your own eyes the great trials, the miraculous signs and
    wonders, the mighty hand and outstretched arm, with which the LORD your God brought you out.
    The LORD your God will do the same to all the people you now fear.

    I. Jesus’ Return

    A. Jesus’ Return is Not a “Get Out of Jail Free Card”

    2 Peter 3:3-4, 9-12 (NIV®)
    3. First of all, you must understand that on the last day scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.
    4. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since
    our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” . . .
    9. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
    10. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.
    11. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives
    12. as you look forward to the day of God and speed it’s coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.

    B. Get Prepared

    Matthew 25:1-13 (NIV®)
    1. “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
    2. Five of them were foolish and five were wise.
    3. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them.
    4. The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps.
    5. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became
    drowsy and fell asleep.
    6. “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom!
    Come out to meet him!’
    7. “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps.
    8. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’
    9. “‘ No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you.
    Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’
    10. “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived.
    The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.
    11. “Later the others also came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us!’
    12. “But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’
    13. “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

    II. High Holy Days

    A. Recognizing What God Has Done
    B. Holy Days (Holidays) Are For a Purpose
    ? Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year
    ? Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement
    ? Succot, Feast of Tabernacles
    ? Simchat Torah, Torah reading has been completed, and ready to begin again

    C. Nehemiah, Reading the Word & Celebrating God’s Faithfulness
    Nehemiah 8:1-18 (NIV®)
    1. all the people assembled as one man (unity) in the square before the Water Gate. They told Ezra the scribe to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded for Israel.
    2. So on the first day of the seventh month Ezra the priest brought the
    Law before the assembly, which was made up of men and women and all who were able to understand.
    3. He read it aloud from daybreak till noon as he faced the square before the Water Gate in the presence of the men, women, and others who could understand. And all the people listened attentively to the Book of the Law.
    4. Ezra the scribe stood on a high wooden platform built for the occasion. . . .
    5. Ezra opened the book. All the people could see him because he
    was standing above them; and as he opened it, the people all stood up.
    6. Ezra praised the LORD, the great God; and all the people lifted their hands and responded,
    “Amen! Amen!”
    Then they bowed down and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground.
    7. The Levites– –instructed the people in the Law while the people were standing there.
    8. They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people could understand what was being read.
    9 Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who were instructing the people said to them all, “This day is sacred to the LORD your God. Do not mourn or weep.” For all the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law.
    10. Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord.
    Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
    11. The Levites calmed all the people, saying, “Be still, for this is a sacred day. Do not grieve.”
    12. Then all the people went away to eat and drink, to send portions of food, and to celebrate with great joy because they now understood the words that had been made known to them.
    13. On the second day of the month, the heads of all the families, along with the priests and the Levites, gathered around Ezra the scribe to give attention to the words of the Law.
    14. They found written in the Law, which the LORD had commanded through Moses, that the Israelites were to live in booths during the feast of the seventh month
    15. and that they should proclaim this word and spread it throughout their towns and in Jerusalem: “Go out into the hill country and bring back branches from olive and wild olive trees, and from myrtles, palms, and shade trees, to make booths”–as it is written.
    16. So the people went out and brought back branches and built themselves booths on their own roofs, in their courtyards, in the courts of the house of God, and in the square by the Water Gate and the one by the Gate of Ephraim.
    17. The whole company that had returned from exile built booths and lived in them. From the days of Joshua son of Nun until that day, the Israelites had not celebrated it like this.
    And their joy was very great.
    18. Day after day, from the first day to the last, Ezra read from the Book of the Law of God.
    They celebrated the feast for seven days, and on the eighth day, in accordance with the
    regulation, there was an assembly.

    Let us Pray:-

    Heavenly Father, we rejoice in Your watchful care over our lives.
    We stand in Your strength. Your wisdom illumines our path.
    Thank You for delivering our children from destruction.
    Forgive us for our casual attitudes toward those whose voice is small. Grant us the boldness to speak the truth.
    Raise up a generation who will honor You.
    May each of us be prepared for Jesus’ return.
    Let the praises of God rise up from our community; let words of praise fill the earth.
    You are worthy to receive all glory, all honor, and all praise
    — both now and forevermore.


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