Preparation for the End Times

April, May, June 2018

Want to learn more about Preparation for the End Times? Use these Bible Studies for personal devotion, group Bible studies, or teaching a church class. Below are links to the lessons in this 13-part series.

Lesson 1: The Cosmic Controversy (Isaiah 14, Genesis 3, Revelation 12)
While driving on the freeway this weekend, I took into account what a driver was doing two lanes away. His actions created a chain of events that ended up affecting me. I mentioned to my wife that I try to keep track of all of the cars around me. She responded that when our daughter first started driving, she barely kept track of where she was driving. How about you? When you are driving, do you want to know what is going on around you? What about life? Would you like to know the "big picture" of what is going on around you in the world and the universe? That is the purpose of our new series of studies. How did we get to where we are? What cosmic events are shaping our future? Where are we in history? Let's plunge into our study of the Bible and learn more!

Lesson 2: Daniel and the End Time (Daniel 1-3)
Do you tend to focus on the little things of life? Do these "little things" cause you to modify your view of God? If your country were invaded and defeated, if you were taken as a slave by the invaders, would you call those "little things?" Probably not! In our study today we learn that God has His hand on the course of our life, and the course of human history! Let's plunge into our study of the Bible and learn more!

Lesson 3: Jesus and the Book of Revelation (Revelation 1 & 19)
Last week we studied how God gave Daniel the meaning of a vision that predicted the future, right up to the end of the world! The book of Revelation, among other things, also tells us about the end of the world. When we think about Revelation, we may visualize all kinds of "monsters." This week we consider Revelation in a more favorable light. We focus on Jesus in Revelation. Let's dive into our study of the Bible and learn more!

Lesson 4: Salvation and the End Time (John 14, Romans 10, Revelation 22)
What separates true Christianity from every other religious belief system in the world? It is that Christians understand that they are saved by faith alone, and not by their works. Other religious systems involve some sort of work to "purify" your life or please the god that you serve. True Christianity is especially hard for those who live in a culture that believes hard work will be rewarded with success. How can you have a philosophy of work that is so opposed to your theology? It is difficult. That is why so many Christians are unwittingly serving Satan when they write articles suggesting that Christians who do not meet their rigorous religious standards are lost. Let's dive into our study of the Bible and learn the difference between salvation and the Christian walk towards holiness!

Lesson 5: Christ in the Heavenly Sanctuary (Hebrews 7-10)
In my youth I was taught the entire Bible, not just the New Testament. The Old Testament was about keeping the law, the New Testament was about Jesus. My impression was that the two testaments were much different. The Old emphasized salvation by works and the New emphasized salvation through Jesus. It was only later in life that I started seriously considering the Old Testament method for eliminating sin. It was not a series of works. You did not need to suffer in some way to make up for (atone for) your sins. Rather, an animal was killed to take away your sins. The Old Testament, like the New, taught the forgiveness of sins by a substitute death. This week our study is about what Jesus, following the Old Testament symbolism, is presently doing on our behalf to remove our sins. Let's plunge into our study of the Bible!

Lesson 6: The "Change" of the Law (Romans 7 & 8, Revelation 14, Genesis 2)
What is the goal of the Christian life? Isn't it to bring glory to God? How do we bring glory to God in the midst of the controversy raging between good and evil? We learned two weeks ago that part of the end time message is that Babylon is fallen. Revelation 14:8. It is defeated, but not dead. That means we need to be alert to the issues in the controversy and do what we can to promote God and His kingdom. Let's dive into our study this week to find out more about a central issue in the push to bring glory to God!

Lesson 7: Matthew 24 and 25 (Matthew 25)
Would you like to know when Jesus will come again? Jesus' disciples wanted to know! Their problem was that they were not skilled lawyers who could construct a clear question about the end of time. Jesus, no doubt, understood their confusion about His Second Coming. But, for some reason He allowed their confusion remain. Another problem for the disciples was preconceived ideas. This week we study Jesus' comments about end times to see what we can understand. We will see if we can put our preconceived ideas aside. Let's dive into our study!

Lesson 8: Worship the Creator (Revelation 14, Luke 23, Psalms 19)
An important part of the end time gospel message is that God is our Creator. Is this something that we have to take on faith? Is it a message that is contrary to science? Let's dive into the Bible and see what it declares about God in His role as our Creator!

Lesson 9: End Time Deceptions (Revelation 12 & 20, Ecclesiastes 9, Genesis 1 & 3)
Do you sometimes have a difficult time measuring danger? When the Internet first began, I made sure that all sorts of contact information for me was available because I thought the Internet was the future of information sharing. Now, I realize that I should be careful about having too much information on the Internet because criminals can use it against me. Think about Facebook. It is a tremendous tool to increase intimacy with your friends from the past. They can "join" your life even if they are thousands of miles away. Facebook does not give us this great gift for free. Instead, it sells information about us to people who are not our friends. Have you seen this before? Something that seems so friendly and benign has an ulterior motive? Our lesson is about that this week. Let's plunge in to our study of the Bible and learn more!

Lesson 10: America and Babylon (Revelation 13 & 17, Daniel 7)
How good are you at putting together a jigsaw puzzle? You might begin by trying to match the color and pattern, then you make sure the shape is right. Getting the right piece is not always easy. Our lesson this week reminds me of a jigsaw puzzle. We are going to compare certain historic "pieces" and see which seems to fit the best. Let's plunge into our study of the Bible to see what we can learn!

Lesson 11: God's Seal or the Beast's Mark? (Genesis 17, Exodus 31, Ephesians 1, Revelation 7 & 14)
Do you like signs or symbols showing that you belong to a certain group? I used to have a sticker on my car window for Andrews University, the school three generations of my family attended. I have Corvette hats, a shirt and a jacket. Of course, I have clothing with Regent University's logo, because it is the school where I teach. What about you, do you have symbols, signs or marks showing that you have an affinity to some group, product, or school? The Bible demands some signs and warns against others. Some of the signs seem to be relevant for a limited time and group. Let's plunge into our study of the Bible and see what we can learn!

Lesson 12: Babylon and Armageddon (Revelation 11, 14, 16, 18, Genesis 11, Judges 5)
Two of the best known names in Revelation are "Babylon the Great" and "Armageddon." Is Babylon the Great a power, a place, a state of mind, or what? What is so great about it? If Armageddon is a final battle, where does it take place? Who are the combatants? Who wins? Let's dive into our study of the Bible and see what we can learn!

Lesson 13: The Return of Our Lord Jesus (Isaiah 13, Revelation 19, 1 Corinthians 15, Daniel 2)
Do you recall being pulled over by the police because you were violating the traffic laws? How did you feel? A car followed me very closely while I was driving to church, even though I was traveling the speed limit. We were going through a residential area and the road was hilly and wide. As I crested a hill, I saw the top of a police car up ahead. Without reducing my speed, I pulled over to the right just enough so that the car behind me could pass, even though passing was illegal. It zoomed around me, crested the hill, and then saw the police car which promptly pulled it over for speeding. How would you feel if you were me? These are the two faces of judgment. We don't want to be judged, but we want law breakers, especially those who are troubling us, to face judgment. Jesus' Second Coming is a time of mixed feelings. Let's explore what the Bible has to say about it!

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