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Mark 13:28-37 (KJV)

28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender,
and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:
29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass,
know that it is nigh, even at the doors
30 Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.
31 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man,
no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
34 For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house,
and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work,
and commanded the porter to watch.
35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh,
at even, or at midnight, or at the cock crowing, or in the morning:
36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

We are told to Watch therefore. Since the time is not certain as to ‘day and hour’, but we do know the nearness is definite, we should be alert always. Since these signs given are for the second coming, and we the church await a rapture that is seven years sooner, we should be anxiously watching and alert.

Matthew 24:34-42 (KJV)

34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man,
no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away;
so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

If you knew when a thief was going to come to your home, you would be armed, or have the police waiting. You would not be at Walmart shopping for a loaf of bread knowing a thief was stealing your goods at home. Likewise, if you know and believe the Word, the sermon of Jesus here, and look around the world seeing the beginning of all these signs, you would be anxiously preparing for His return. The goodman of the house would have watched.

A householder should watch against thieves, be prepared, be ready. The ‘householder’ is like a person with authority, government leaders, religious leaders, educated people, who should have the responsibility to be aware of what is happening.

In the end times, these ‘false shepherds’ of whatever status, will not be watching to alert to the One Who is coming as a ‘thief’. The bury their knowledge of facts concerning the coming of Jesus, they sleep and are unprepared. If they were aware, were spreading the truth, they might have reward of entering the kingdom.

Some in our day fake knowledge, and their only true knowledge does not include awareness of the truth of Jesus’ coming. When the ‘master’ comes unexpectantly, the punishment is great upon the ‘evil’ ones. Jesus is a loving King of kings, and yet, those who harm others with their false teachings, with their false professions. Some are claiming to be wise and true, but are leading people to destruction.

False shepherds, worshiping false gods, or serving only their idea of political correctness, ones who have rejected Jesus, and taught others to reject Jesus, will someday answer to an ‘angry’ Lord at the second coming.

They are the ‘foolish virgins’, they are the ones with ‘buried talents’, they are the ‘goats’, not the ‘sheep’ in this final judgment time of the tribulation.

The punishment is ‘weeping and gnashing of teeth’, being shut out of the kingdom and told ‘I know you not’, and loss. We who were saved by the grace of God, have had sins forgiven, graces given to us. We were saved to be at the marriage supper of the Lamb in heaven. Those who reject, fail to repent, harden in sin, finally battle Jesus in His return, will face a harsh, angry Lord, Who will remember all their unrepented sins against His children.

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