A Critical Sign of the Last Days

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by Pastor Tim Burt

If you have ever gone to any professional sporting events, they are fun and exciting but not easy to get into or cheap. Finding parking can be a challenge and represent a significant walk and expense—maybe twenty dollars or more just to park. The game tickets can cost fifty to hundreds of dollars. You may be paying six to eight bucks for a hot dog. To do something like this as a family event may cost you hundreds of dollars. I am not saying any of this is bad. To the contrary, these events can be a lot of fun. I’ve watched the Vikings play and heard the roar of the cheering and excited crowds. That’s why these stadiums are packed out despite the cost and energy it takes to participate in them. Even during the recent years of recession, the stadiums were packed at prices that I never would have believed could be sustained.

Every day that passes we approach the second coming of Jesus Christ. We are now in what many if not most Christian leaders call, The Last Days. How long are the last days? That’s hard to speculate. The Bible teaches that God is patient for mankind to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Yes, He is patient, but there will come a day when that time of patience ends just as it did when the door of Noah’s Ark was closed. The Bible has a lot to say about those days. In 2 Timothy 3:1 (NLT) it says: “You should also know this…that in the last days there will be very difficult times.” The Greek Word difficult means perilous—many devastating events occurring in the earth. But it means even more. It means that what is going on—the evil and lack of living for God will reduce the strength of people to resist evil. It means that the increase of the evil of the day will diminish not only unbelievers but believers strength to withstand the temptations that lead them to violate God’s word and instruction for living. It then describes what many will become like in these last days—descriptions that are horrifying. One of those description says, “People will be… lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.”

I am not equating anything regarding these sporting events as bad. What I am asking is this: Is there the same excitement to know the God of creation and the Savior of mankind? People make excuses for why they can’t come to church yet they go to extraordinary efforts and expense to make time for the things that represent pleasure in their life. That is a sign of diminishing strength. They say they don’t have money—except maybe token gifts of change to give to God or good works—and yet they’ll spend enormous amounts of money on their pleasures. That is a sign of diminishing strength. Jesus predicted that. He said, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” People put their time, effort, and money into what they value. They don’t have time to pray or read their Bible or engage in something that lifts their heart toward God in the morning, but they will expend time and money to pick up a newspaper, watch a morning talk show, connect to the Internet and social media, and make a quick stop at Starbucks.

I say none of this to condemn. None of these things are inherently bad or evil. The Bible says that “God richly gives us all things to enjoy.” But even though He doesn’t mind if we have things and enjoy them, He doesn’t want things to have us—to dominate our thinking and pleasures only to diminish and supplant our craving and love for Him and His plans.

Can we return to our knees? Can we honestly open our heart to God? Can we ask Him to strengthen us to live for Him and have evidence of it in our life? Things are okay when and only when our focus is God and His plan for us is the center of our life. If we return to our knees with sincerity, openness, and repentance if necessary, then He can refresh our love and impart His strength and a renewed focus to live for Him.

Matthew 6:33 (NIV) “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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8 thoughts on “A Critical Sign of the Last Days

  1. Thank you for another excellent devotional Pastor Tim, it is much appreciated. I know this devotional is from a few years ago and since you have written this, I guess things have changed even more! It is a very powerful and thought-provoking devotional, I love the things of God, I have seen the miraculous, I have prayed for people and seen them set free, in the name of Jesus! At the other end of the scale, it is very easy to neglect the things of God, I’m tired, I am desperate for a cup of coffee, I need to get some to eat etc, unfortunately, I can be guilty of this!

    Thank you, Pastor Tim, for a timely reminder that Jesus is coming soon, maybe quicker think, let’s all keep their eyes fixed on Jesus!

    Blessings to you all.


    • Thank you Roy, yes this is an older post but I put it out every so often, because there are so many that have not read it and are unaware. Thanks always for your kind words, and by all means go get a cup of coffee and something to eat!

  2. Dear Pastor, I do believe we are at the edge of the end times, but I also know Jesus is praying for us and if we work together we can bring victory through Christ. Things must be redeemed though. The biggest thing is the bible. People have lost touch with the truth it carries and gives light thru by its story. I see how people put up their walls against it before even reading it and I am sad when they don’t want to try. It is in my heart the bible doesn’t have to be non-fiction to still give us the right way! I know I believe in God, and even though my opinion is he is real, I do not share this “opinion” with everyone, many people are atheists and believe in science and in the truth without the supernatural. That doesn’t explain away the validity of the bible on our lives! So I thought I would just mention that I still believe there is hope for a future even when the beginning of the tribulation may only be hours away… I am glad to have so many people around me that believe in what is right! If you ask me though, this war is going to be won through breaking the kingdom of rome. Rome has long since had it’s hand on the bible. The kingdom of Rome has made the bible out to be a judgemental book, but Jesus said if a man does not believe in me I judge him not. Which is why we must bring the gravity of the bible back to the table. Jesus Christ was the son of God. If you read Revelations 22:16 you will find that the son of God is the root and offspring of david and the bright and morning star. That would infer Adam, Jesus, and Lucifer. Read John 12:44!!! This means so many atheists are building walls because they have not seen, and do not believe, in other words they believe Jesus is just another mythological God born on December 25, which has atleast 13 other mythological Gods born on that date. In the days of easily accessed knowledge, Jesus is getting a bad wrap… The father is not even known of, and people are not open to reading about the good instruction the bible is about giving. God is real! But God has a deep conviction that we become strong individuals. We have a bible that hides the brightest piece of beauty God has for us. He inspired Job to written first and men have written this off as poetry. Believing in God who authors the bible and questioning his very word is blasphemy. I truly believe that Adam blasphemed the spirit thus he was never forgiven for it he was punished for his start of a pagan religion. If you read genesis you will see God did not want violence. and if Adam thinks he can pull one over on me he is mistaken… Obviously the Lord would not kill one of his blessed animals to give the skins for Adam to wear. I think this was a deeper issue and that Adam killed the beast, and then was kicked out because he doubted that animals had consciousness. I have since become a vegetarian. Also the instruction of the lunar months has been replaced with the roman or greek or other kingdom… God wants people to be focused on the possibilities and not what is. If we are to have him intercede with our world we must dominate his instruction. WE are lucky to have come so far from the barbaric days of old but we must push back now, before we get washed away like a man whom built his house on sand… Tweet you later Cory….

  3. Tim Question, as we read the message of the new Testament. Do you see that we may have been in the last days since THE LORD’S ascension?
    seems in many letters this could be.

    • To each generation, it has probably seemed like the last generation. That is better than to think lax and live like the world. Having said that, I believe we are living in the end of the end of times.

  4. I seem to be stuck on II Chronicles 7:14 “if my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Healing this land is all I am focused on these last few years. (last few years = 25 years). I fear a repeat of Sodom and Gomorrah soon. Every day steers us closer to that judgement.

    Great Sermon!

  5. This is a great word, Pastor Tim! It’s a thought I’ve had many times as a worship leader. I see people get so excited and go nuts when their favorite sports team scores, but they can barely muster a clap or MAYBE a raised hand during a time to praise and lift up our God and Savior. It’s sad. I know from experience; it’s vitally important that we keep the first things first.

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