*He is Yahweh (Don’t miss this at the end of the post.)
Jesus tells us in Matthew 24:5-14 what to look for before and at the end of the age.
Notice that in this passage everything Christ mentioned is happening today: False prophets have been predicting the dates when Christ will return, some say He has already returned, many are being led astray, there are definitely wars and rumors of wars, and Christians are martyred and persecuted more frequently than ever before. This takes us through verse 7.
What can we expect next?
Jesus said this is the “beginning of sorrows” and:
Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. Matthew 24:8
In verse 13, He said:
13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
Does this mean those that who are able to work and remain faithful until the end of their lives will be saved? Certainly those who endure, will be saved, but the question is, who will endure?
The Bible clearly teaches that we are saved by grace through faith in the shed blood of Christ, so what was Christ saying here when He said we must endure to the end? I can only believe that those who are saved by grace through faith will endure. We will be able to endure because we have within us the Holy Spirit who has sealed us.
Jesus speaks of endurance on another occasion. This other time, when Jesus speaks about enduring, has to do with fruits, however, rather than salvation.
The seed that sprouted and took root grew and produced fruit. Later when He explained the parable He said:
“But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.”
So what are we to conclude? For one thing, to endure, we must be born again, and to product fruit, we must be born again and rooted. In Ephesians, Paul taught we must be “filled”. Filled with what? Filled with the fullness of God – which happens when we are drawn by the Father to trust the Son and are then sealed by the Holy Spirit:
For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19
One other thing must occur before the end comes:
14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.
This has probably been completely fulfilled. Yet, it is impossible to say whether or not our time is the end of the age. I do think the time is very near. Wisdom has told us to always be ready. Jesus never intended for us to know the exact time of His reappearing, rather we are to:
Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour. Matthew 25:13
*The thing that caused me to begin to think about these things this day was the song “He is Yahweh”. It may be the most beautiful song of this century. If you haven’t heard it, you really should! Please listen and enjoy!