Sign of End Times

 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives,

the disciples came unto him privately, saying,

Tell us, when shall these things be? and

what shall be the sign of thy coming,

and of the end of the world?

 And Jesus answered and said unto them,

Take heed that no man deceive you.

  For many shall come in my name, saying,

I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

Matt 24:3-5

 Take heed lest any man deceive you:

 For many shall come in my name, saying,

I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

Mark 13:5-6

 And then if any man shall say to you,

Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there;

 believe him not:

 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise,

and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce,

 if it were possible, even the elect.

Mark 13:21-22

There are many signs of the end times written in the gospels but we will point out the easiest sign to understand. Even the “elect” will be deceived according to Jesus.

The disciples asked Jesus privately about when will be the end of the world. His answer was simple. Many shall come in His name, “I am Christ” and shall deceive many. Truly, there are many signs of the end time but the clearest sign is concerning the false Christs.

How would we know the false Christ? We can surely know the true Christ by His words and not by His appearance. A false Christ can do wonders but he cannot speak the word of truth because he lies all the time. The true Jesus Christ is not a liar for He is the Truth. He is not an impostor for He is the real one. By the fruit of their mouth we shall know them who are just mimicking His words and not obeying them. False Christs are those who reject and challenge the teachings of Christ. Anybody who is not telling the truth is lying and of the devil, the master of lies.

To magnify the prophets and apostles over Jesus Christ is an insult to God the Father. Moses must not be considered authoritative than Christ. Paul must not be exalted above the Lord Jesus Christ as the interpreter of the good news. We may call the Bible, the Christian Holy Book but not the Word of God for there is only one who is the Word of God, Jesus Christ. (Revelation 19:13) To think that Jesus Christ cannot stand alone without the prophets and apostles is to diminish His stature as the Son of God.

Anybody who is saying that Christ is there, don’t believe him. Any revelation that would say that Jesus Christ is here bodily is very deceiving and not line with His teachings, therefore it must be rejected. It is possible that many Christians that were deceived in these last days are the very elect as foretold by Jesus.  The single sign to watch is the proliferation around the world of the False Christs in different forms or shapes.

When should we stop praying?

 If ye abide in me,

and my words abide in you,

ye shall ask what ye will,

and it shall be done unto you.

John 15:7

 

  1. When we are praying in contrary to the spoken words of Christ. God the Father would not give you something in contrary to what Christ has said or promised. You have to know and learn the Words of Christ in the Gospels. Christ spent His time in prayer alone with His Father. Private prayer life is important and effective tool, a one in one dialogue with our Father in heaven. It is true that Christ has challenged us to ask anything from our Father in His name. Meaning, everything in accordance with His teachings.
  2. When we are praying not in line with the teachings of Christ. Know first His teachings pertaining to His kingdom and His righteousness. Focus on the teachings of Christ alone. Do not be hypocrites by saying you are Christ-centered but in truth you are dependent on other teachings of the Apostles and Prophets. How do you pray without ceasing without being repetitious?
  3. When we are praying for salvation in behalf of a person who rejects Christ and His teachings. We should first lead a person to Christ and teach them to obey His teachings. Let us rejoice for a lost person coming back to God our Father. We praise  with him, giving thanks to God the Father. Faith comes from hearing the Words of Christ. If our prayers can save the world without accepting Christ, then I would consider that the world is already saved by the grace of God. We can pray that the Lord of Harvest may send more workers to the harvest field.
  4. When we are praying for a sick person who doubts the healing power of Christ. A sick person must believe the living Christ for his healing. Many were healed by Christ during His time when the afflicted came to Him personally. There were those who were healed by Jesus with the help of others but the sick person must deal with Christ in a very personal level. We can pray for our sick loved ones and friends out of love but we must also be willing to submit to the will of God if our prayer does not meet our expectations. If our prayer can cure the sick, there would be no more hospitals and doctors. If you are sick today, I would ask you to deal with God our Father personally. Get right with Him. He will listen to you more effectively than any others person in this world. Why do you think that God our Father will hear somebody more than you? We are all not worthy before God. We are acceptable through Jesus Christ our Lord. We pray for those who are not able to pray by themselves like little babies or infants. We ask God the Father for His will be done on people who are in comatose state or brain-dead.

UPDATE ON HOW TO PRAY

 Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be Your name.

 Your kingdom come.

Your will be done

On earth as it is in heaven.

 Give us this day our daily bread.

 And forgive us our debts,

As we forgive our debtors.

 And do not lead us into temptation,

But deliver us from the evil one.

For Yours is the kingdom and the power

 and the glory forever.

Amen.

 The Lord teaches His disciple to pray in this way. Let us analyze the contents of the Lord’s prayer to understand what a prayer means to Him.

  1. Our prayer must be addressed to our Father. There are many gods but there is only one Father and He is the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ. Praying to God is not the preferred way to pray if we are considering the way Jesus wants us to pray. The silent language of our hearts is eternally logged in the memory of our omniscient Father. Every word we say is permanently recorded in the minds of our All-knowing Father. He can pick up any message in different languages that we can use.
  2. Prayer is praise and worship to the Father. We hallow His name. We give glory to His wonderful name.
  3. Prayer is a time of surrender and submission to the perfect will of our Father. We always yield to His Will and it must be done, anywhere and anytime.
  4. Prayer is asking for our daily bread. The Bread of Life is Jesus. Seek Him first and everything shall be added unto us.
  5. Prayer is an act of reconciliation. We ask for forgiveness as we forgive our debtors. We show His mercy when we forgive others of their trespasses.
  6. Prayer is covering under His mighty hands. We don’t rely on our own strength but we pray for deliverance from the evil one.
  7. We end our prayers by giving all that we have including our dominion, power and glory forever and ever to our Almighty Father.

HOW TO PRAY

I have been following the teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ about the subject of PRAYER for many years now. He wants us to pray with specific pattern or method. He encouraged His disciple to pray in this manner;

 Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be Your name.

 Your kingdom come.

Your will be done

On earth as it is in heaven.

 Give us this day our daily bread.

 And forgive us our debts,

As we forgive our debtors.

 And do not lead us into temptation,

But deliver us from the evil one.

For Yours is the kingdom and the power

 and the glory forever.

Amen.

Matt 6:9-13

There are notable surprises the way He teaches us how to pray. It was so shocking to me that some of the teachings of Paul, James and other writers of the Epistles were not exactly in line with the Lord’s utterance about prayer. Here are the things to think about before praying to God. I wish we would open our minds and hearts to the Holy Spirit for guidance and deeper understanding about prayer.

 

  1. Prayer is a very personal thing. Talk to your Father in secret. (Matt 6:6) A one on one conversation is the best way to communicate with God the Father. The words of Christ about prayer are mainly about our personal life. We get right with God first and foremost when we pray. It is a very private thing to do, you and your Father in heaven are communicating. We don’t publicly pray for others when we don’t have a regular personal communion with God. How can you pray for the sinners when yourself are not yet delivered from sinning? We pray that we may not fall into temptation and to deliver us from the evil one. ( Matt. 6:13) Watch and pray that we may not enter into temptation. (Mark 14:38)
  2. Praying in public has been discouraged to avoid subtle hypocritical gesture.(Matt.6:5)
  3. Praying in vain repetition is ungodly and a heathen practice.(Matt.6:7)  God is not deaf and can remember our prayers forever. He never forgets.
  4. Jesus Christ prayed for His Disciples. (John 17:9-26) He is our Great High Priest, the only mediator between God and men. He talks to God the Father on our behalf.
  5. Praying for another was never taught by the Lord. He didn’t ask John to pray for Peter. Jesus took care of them individually. No where He mentioned to pray for a lost soul or pray to heal the sick. The act of prayer is an personal prerogative. The sick must ask God for his healing. The lost soul must repent and call God for forgiveness. We can lay our hands on the sick that they may recover as Lord commanded. (Mark 16:18) Healing the sick is not necessarily praying for the sick. (Luke 10:9) We can pray for those who mistreat us. (Luke 6:28) Finally, we should help and lead a person to pray, plead their own case to God. Remind them to ask, seek and knock to God as taught by the Lord.(Matt. 7:7)
  6. Prayer does not change the perfect will of God. He has His own plan for each individual person. The scope of our prayers must begin with us before others. When we pray for others, we always ask that His will be done. We don’t dictate to God what is good for our neighbors. He knows everything and how to supply our needs.
  7. God is good for He blesses the good and the evil doers. He knows what is good for His children even before they pray. (Matt. 2:25-27)
  8. We can pray that the Lord may send laborers to the Harvest.(Matt. 9:38)
  9. We believe in the power of prayer because Jesus gave His words for us to pray. However, we are committed to what He said and not to what we commonly practiced in the past as part of our religious tradition.
  10. We can ask anything in prayer including miracle wonders.

                 And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

Matt 21:22

  “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth

concerning anything that they ask,

 it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. 

 For where two or three are gathered together in My name,

I am there in the midst of them.”

Matt 18:19-20