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Below is the message for Week 4 from the book Glorious Messages About God & Freedom. Please use this message as your inspirational devotional message today for the UNLEASH GOD'S FULL POWER TRAINING PROGRAM and visit this page whenever you need to read the message that goes along with each day of the year as you proceed thorough this training program to UNLEASH GOD'S FULL POWER IN YOUR LIFE AND IN OUR WORLD!

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TODAY'S MESSAGE:
No One Knows The Day Or Hour!

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On this glorious Sunday of our Lord and Deliverer Jesus I would like to discuss one of the more controversial topics among Christians which is the return of Jesus Christ. While Jesus made it clear that He would return the exact timing of His return is a subject that continues to be hotly debated even though Jesus also clearly said that: “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” (Matthew 24:36) It is very important for everyone to remember what Jesus said here as well as what he said just after because many Christians have been misled into believing that they have no responsibility to resist evil and do good in the world today because of the impending return of Jesus which is not what Jesus Himself taught at all.
Jesus spoke about His return to His disciples in order to reassure them that no matter what they went through during the rest of their lives He would return to claim His own. At the same time Jesus also gave very specific instructions about how He expected to find those who belonged to Him when He returned. Jesus gave the example of a faithful servant who continued to take care of his master's affairs while his master was away and how pleased his master would be when he returned: “Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.” (Matthew 24:46)
Jesus then gave the parable of the ten virgins waiting with their lamps for their bridegroom and how only five of them took proper care of their lamps so that they were ready when the bridegroom came. (Matthew 25) As Christians we are called to be the “light of the world” (Matthew 5:14) so we should be able to understand how important it is to have our “lamps” shining brightly when our Lord returns. The problem seems to be that many Christians do not understand what it actually takes to keep our “lamps” burning brightly. Just like the five virgins who did not care enough to obtain oil for their lamps many Christians today show how little they care about Jesus by sitting around in churches doing nothing to really serve Him using the excuse that these are the end times and He will return soon. Such people have no impact for Christ in the same way that a lamp without oil has no light.
The next parable that Jesus gave about the three servants and the talents they were given shows just how hard Jesus expects us to be working for Him until He returns. (Matthew 25:14) Two of the servants were able to double what they had been given while the other servant simple kept what he had been given. One need only consider how difficult it is to double anything of value in our world today to understand how hard the two faithful servants must have labored to double what they had been given. When the lord returned he told those two: “Well done good and faithful servant.” As for the one who did nothing but wait for his lord’s return to give him back what he had been given he was harshly told: “Thou wicked and slouthful servant…And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Unfortunately the problem of Christians waiting for the return of Jesus and doing little else is nothing new. The apostle Paul had to rebuke such people in the Church of Thessalonica for not working and instead being “busybodies” who did not even earn the bread they ate. (2 Thessalonians 3:10-11) Paul also warned in 2 Timothy 2:16 to: “shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.” Clearly the Apostle Paul saw the great danger of false teachings about the end times and the return of Jesus.
The true way for every Christian to watch for the return of Jesus is to always be ready by giving our all for Him each and every day so that our lights will always be shining brightly for Him in our dark world. If anyone tries to tell you that you don’t need to continue working in the world for God because we are in the end times and Jesus is returning soon let it be a sign to you that such a person is not of God because no one knows the day or hour except God and Jesus Himself made it clear that: "it is not for you to know the times or the seasons." (Acts 1:7) When we are living as we should be living for God it should not trouble us much anyways whether we are living in the end times of the world or just in the end times of our own life because as the Apostle Paul said: “to live is Christ and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21) This is THE WAY to live for our God that will please Him greatly which is ultimately ALL THAT WILL MATTER IN THE END! Amen!

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