Christian Life Church - Cedar Rapids
Lords Prayer Before we begin today’s sermon would you join me in praying the words our Lord taught us to pray? Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.Thy kingdom come. Thy will be donein earth, as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread.And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: Amen Introduction Please stand for the reading of God’s Word. Luke 21:5-20 ESV And while some were speaking of the temple, how it was adorned with noble stones and offerings, he said, (6) “As for these things that you see, the days will come when there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” (7) And they asked him, “Teacher, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?” (8) And he said, “See that you are not led astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and, ‘The time is at hand!’ Do not go after them. (9) And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified, for these things must first take place, but the end will not be at once.” (10) Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. (11) There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. (12) But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name’s sake. (13) This will be your opportunity to bear witness. (14) Settle it therefore in your minds not to meditate beforehand how to answer, (15) for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict. (16) You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and some of you they will put to death. (17) You will be hated by all for my name’s sake. (18) But not a hair of your head will perish. (19) By your endurance you will gain your lives. (20) You may be seated What we just read is a perfect example of what I call “Pre-Written History”. Another word for it is “Prophecy”.Prophecy is always 100% accurate, therefore it is simply history that has not yet happened. So we ought to think of Biblical Prophecy as pre-written history.Jesus, here, is not giving some hard to understand, deep and mysterious prophecy that needs to be interpreted by Bible scholars and years of study, metaphor, or symbolism.He is simply giving a History lesson.Listen, how many of you remember September 11th? Or, JFK’s assignation, or the moon landing…When you tell your kids about it you talk about where you were, how it felt, what it was like watching the events unfold…You don’t use mysterious language or hard to understand metaphors… you simply say what happened.Y’all know what I am talking about…As real as 9-11 was for you, all those memories… THAT’S as real as prophecy is for Jesus!It’s not hard for Him to explain it, He simply says what happens, it’s pre-written history.I want you to remember this for this sermon and when we dive into the book of Revelation…If we can demystify what prophecy is, then it is a lot easier for us to consume, and study and understand.Prophecy is simply Pre-Written History.So this morning we are going to talk about this historical outline of what Jesus was telling people was to come… Show Title Slide It’s time to talk about the End.Specifically the end of the world as we know it… and what that means for us here and now. PLEASE TAKE NOTES! PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY Point One – Don’t Listen to End Time Prophecies that Are Not in the Bible Luke 21:5-6 ESV And while some were speaking of the temple, how it was adorned with noble stones and offerings, he said, (6) “As f...