As Christians, what are we supposed to do as we see the End Times approaching?
Stand Fast (II Thessalonians 2:15)
This is not a time to go running after new doctrine. This is not the time to be exploring new ideas about theology. Stand fast in the truth that you know. If there’s ever been a time for us to me unequivocal about out truth, this is it. The buzzword today is “tolerance.” But I want to be only as tolerant as God is, and God is quite intolerant of what is not true.
Hold On (II Thessalonians 2:15)
The daily news can discourage us. But in the midst of it all, there is Jesus and His encouragement. We need to cultivate our relationship with Him until He is not just one of the things in our life, but He is the one thing in our life – the focus of who we are.
Work Hard (II Thessalonians 2:16,17; Luke 19:13, KJV)
The objective of a Christian is not only to go to heaven, but also to take as many people with us as we can. Share the Gospel, teach children, build one another up, strengthen one another, encourage those who are fallen, and reach out to those who are hurting. In every good work, “occupy till I come,” said the Lord. This is no time for idleness. This is a time for us to seek the truth and live it out every day.
[For additional information from Dr. Jeremiah about prophecy, request Prophetic Turning Points
Jesus will come back to earth with all His saints in power and great glory at the end of the Tribulation, and He will end the Great Tribulation. He will come in judgment and will reign on this earth during the Millennium. At this time, everyone will know He is King. This is the Second Coming or Second Advent.
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Matthew 24:29-31).
[For additional information on this subject, see the message "A Panorama of Prophecy."]
John tells us that the followers of Christ will rule with Him from the New Jerusalem, a kingdom in the sky (Revelation 20:1-6) during the Millennium. “Millennium” simply means “one thousand years.”
The saints of God, who return to earth with Him for the Battle of Armageddon, will rule with Christ during the Millennium. We rule from the New Jerusalem, which is located above the earth, and help to oversee one thousand years of peace and righteousness on earth.
During the Millennium, there will be perpetual health. A man who dies at the age of 100 will be thought accursed. Extraordinary life spans that characterized the race before the Flood will reappear (Isaiah 65:20). The Millennium is an exhilarating era of happiness, contentment, and personal joy. It is the answer to many ancient and anguished prayers (Isaiah 9:3, 4; 14:7,8; 25:8,9; 30:29; 42:1, 10-12).
[For additional information from Dr. Jeremiah on this subject, see “The 1,000-Year Reign of Christ” message.]