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Subject 22 : The Gospel According to LUKE

[Chapter 21] (Luke 21:5-38) Believe in the Word of God’s Righteousness

(Luke 21:5-38)
“Then, as some spoke of the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and donations, He said, ‘These things which you see—the days will come in which not one stone shall be left upon another that shall not be thrown down.’ So they asked Him, saying, ‘Teacher, but when will these things be? And what sign will there be when these things are about to take place?’ And He said: ‘Take heed that you not be deceived. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time has drawn near.’ Therefore do not go after them. But when you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, but the end will not come immediately.’ Then He said to them, ‘Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven. But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake. But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony. Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But not a hair of your head shall be lost. By your patience possess your souls. But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her. For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.’ Then He spoke to them a parable: ‘Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near. So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.’ And in the daytime He was teaching in the temple, but at night He went out and stayed on the mountain called Olivet. Then early in the morning all the people came to Him in the temple to hear Him.”
 
 
What Should We Believe?
 
How have you been, everyone? Christmas is around the corner. After the Christmas passes, we will also have a worship service on the New Year’s Eve to close out this year. Then, another year will have passed and we will greet a new year. I feel a little sentimental as I think that a year has gone by as if it was one night. Time went by so fast as we ran about here and there doing God’s work that we are already facing the end of the year. I think the year will go by even faster next year. And the year after next year will go by faster than that, and the following year will go by even faster. I believe we will meet the Lord soon as time passes by so fast like that. As we look back on this year, we have accomplished many things and we were busy with many things, but, anyway, the time has gone by too fast.
Today, we will study about the righteousness of God that appears in today’s Scripture passage.
Here, our Lord looked at the Temple of Jerusalem that the Israelites had decorated beautifully at that time and said, “Not one stone shall be left upon another that shall not be thrown down.” Then, the disciples asked, “Teacher, but when will these things be? And what sign will there be when these things are about to take place?” Jesus replied, “For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time has drawn near.’ Therefore do not go after them. But when you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, but the end will not come immediately.”
The Lord tells us something very important here; so, let’s look at the Word again. Let’s read from the Gospel of Luke chapter 21 verses 10 to 15. “Then He said to them, ‘Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven. But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake. But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony. Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist.’”
The disciples of Jesus and the people there asked Jesus, “When will the Temple of Jerusalem collapse?” They were actually asking, “How could such a beautiful Temple made of marbles, the building that was beautifully constructed with the offering given by so many people, collapse like that?” Then the Lord replied that the Temple will surely be destroyed, and He taught them what will happen at the end of the world. This is what the Lord said, “Take heed that you not be deceived. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time has drawn near.’ Therefore do not go after them.”
Let’s summarize the Word of the Lord concerning the end times. The Lord says, “But when you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, but the end will not come immediately. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven. But before all these things, they will arrest you to persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake. But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony. Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; for I and the Holy Spirit in you will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist.” I know that the Lord said all such things to give us all things you and I will need when such days come.
Anyway, the Lord was saying, “Before all these terrible sights and great signs from heaven, before the plagues of the seven bowls pour on this world and destroy this world, you will surely receive persecution for My name’s sake.” And He also said, “You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. When such things happen, you will be brought before the judges who have not been born again. Nonetheless, you will witness who Jesus Christ is. And not a hair of your head shall be lost. By your patience possess your souls.”
We must pay attention to the Word of God that says “By your patience possess your souls.” The Lord said that the saints who have been born again would be brought before the rulers of the world during the tribulation and be tried. At that time, the Lord would give us the eloquence of speech to confront them, but the point is that we would suffer these things at the hands of our family members and friends. This will happen for sure because the Lord said this. Such days will definitely come.
 
 
However, the Lord Said, “By Your Patience Possess Your Souls”
 
We must perceive that the destruction of the world has drawn near when we experience such things. We must acknowledge that we can receive the Millennial Kingdom and the eternal Kingdom that the Lord has promised to give us Christians by enduring today’s pain with faith. Therefore, you and I never need to fear just because the destruction of the world is coming. We must not be afraid. There might be some people who think, “It’s difficult enough for us to endure now. How terrible will it be in the future? I wish Pastor Jong does not talk about such things any more. Things will turn out as the Bible says, but, I wish he will not speak about such fearful things.” However, every sermon that I deliver to you is for your profit. You wouldn’t know what to do if you actually faced that day without having heard this kind of sermon beforehand. I mean that you might even receive the mark of the beast on your hand or on your forehead, and surrender to Satan the Devil when that time comes if you do not hear this kind of sermon and do not think about such Words ahead of time and do not know what to do. Only when you hear this Word and grasp it in your heart by faith beforehand, you can fight against the persecutors at that time because the Holy Spirit in your heart can give you the things to say according to your faith. And I also believe the Holy Spirit in our hearts will give us strength and faith to endure the persecution and give us new hope. Therefore, do not be afraid. When that day comes, I believe that the courage given by the Lord will be planted in our hearts.
However, our hearts are saddened to read in today’s Scripture passage that even our fleshly parents and our close friends will do the work of giving us up to the authorities. Our hearts will be hurt very much when that happens. However, when we receive such persecution, I believe the Lord will make us endure the trials and give us the Millennial Kingdom and the eternal Kingdom of a new heaven and a new earth to us the saved. This Word tells us that the day we will receive the Millennial Kingdom and the eternal Kingdom as a gift has drawn near as we have received the remission of sins as a gift. Therefore, I wish you to not be fearful even when you face terrible things. The Holy Spirit will give us strength to overcome the tribulations. The Holy Spirit is in the hearts of the people who have received the remission of sins. Therefore, the Holy Spirit in our hearts makes us accept the Word of the Truth when we hear it. The Holy Spirit makes us profess, “That’s correct,” whenever we are told the Word of God. Our hearts are drenched in God’s Word by the Holy Spirit and He makes us believe in the Word. Therefore, we can become the children of God and His people only when we have the Holy Spirit. We never need to be afraid even when the end of the world comes because the Holy Spirit in our hearts will help us to do all our works, give us the strength, and give us perseverance to endure and bear the pain.
However, honestly speaking, you and I cannot but have fear in our hearts when we hear such terrible things. We can see some scenes of people being tortured when we look at some movies or dramas on TV. Have you seen a scene where a person is seated on a chair and they use two rods for a leg-screw torture? I don’t know how it feels precisely, but it must be so painful. The leg bones must be broken to pieces when they do that. I sometimes think how painful we will feel when we receive such torture. I heard that Japanese police had pressed in sharp pieces of bamboo sticks underneath the fingernail when they tortured Korean patriotic fighters to attain a confession and I shudder at the thought of what I would do when I receive such torture. Maybe there are some people who think, “I know I would betray the Lord on that day. Therefore, I might as well go there right away and receive the mark of Satan. I will receive the mark voluntarily.”
However, do not worry about that. When that day comes, the Holy Spirit in our hearts will take hold of all our hearts, thinking, will, and intellect and take control of our behaviors. At that time, we will not even speak according to our will, but the Holy Spirit will give us the things to say amazingly, even correct stuttering, and give us strength to overcome it. We must believe that. It does not matter whether we have abilities or not. The Holy Spirit will definitely give the strength to overcome such hardship to anyone who has the Holy Spirit in his or her hearts. I want you to definitely believe this fact. Do not worry about anything.
 
 
The Lord Tells Us to Believe in Him
 
The Lord said, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-3). And He also said, “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you” (John 14:16-18).
Therefore, do not let your heart be troubled with anything. What you have to do is just to hear the Word of God and believe it, and the Holy Spirit does the rest. The things we can do with our human body are limited, but the Holy Spirit does things we cannot do. The Lord once said to His disciples, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible” (Mark 10:27).
Therefore, we should not be fearful. Instead, we just have to believe in the Word of our Lord that says, “For I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist.” He will definitely give such abilities to us. We do not have to be afraid then, right?
However, the people who do not have the Holy Spirit will surely be fearful when the last days come. What would happen to Christian sinners who say, “I believe, Lord” whenever they pray, show off their big church buildings, and insist that they are the orthodox denomination? What would happen to people who say, “I am a deacon,” “I am an anointed deacon,” “I am a pastor,” “I am the president of the denomination,” and “I am a bishop”? Such religious people don’t have the Holy Spirit in their hearts even though they say they profess Christianity. And they are people who have not received the remission of sins in their hearts. Such people will have fear in their hearts when the last days come. Their hearts will burn up without anything left because of their torments. I believe that their hearts will burn up and go into the inferno of the dark and hot hell.
However, people who have the Holy Spirit in their hearts will never be like that. A child can forget about his or her parents, but how could parents forget about their child? The Lord said, “If human beings are like that, how could I, the Lord God, forget about you?” Therefore, I do not want you to be fearful. You do not need to be fearful. If you believe in this Word, you just need to acknowledge that such time will actually come and just say “yes” to God’s Word. We have nothing else to do but always say “yes” in Christ (2 Corinthians 1:19-20). What more could we humans say to God when the Word tells us like that and when the Lord said such things and planned such things? If the Lord says that is what He will do, then all we have to do is just obey and say, “Yes, we will follow You.” Since the Lord said He would give us courage through the Holy Spirit, we cannot but say “yes” and believe in His promise. Therefore, let your heart not be troubled and let’s just have faith in our hearts.
We will look at the Word from the Gospel of Luke chapter 21 verses 20 to 28: The Lord continues, “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her. For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. ‘And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”
Here, the Lord said especially, “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near.” This is the part our Lord said in connecting the present reality with the things that would happen in the future. Actually, the Kingdom of Israel was totally destroyed right after the fall of Jerusalem by the Roman General Titus in AD 70. It is recorded here that there will be woe to those who are pregnant and those who are nursing babies in those days, and this Word spoken by the Lord was actually a Word of prophecy. What happened after the Lord Himself died on the Cross and ascended to Heaven after being resurrected from death? Such prophecy of the Lord actually was fulfilled. The Word He said actually was fulfilled exactly as He said, “And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.” Actually, as the Lord said, the Israeli people dispersed throughout the whole world, became slaves, or killed during the second half of the 1st century.
And the Lord said, in the future, “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring.” He said it would happen exactly according to His Word. He said the stars will be shaken; abnormal things will happen in the world of stars; and this world will be destroyed; and people will fall in a faint just thinking about it. He said that we would be able to see His coming then.
The Lord also said through the parable of the fig tree that we should know that the redemption of the Lord is near when such things happen in Israel. The Lord said, “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near. So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away” (Luke 21:29-33). This passage was spoken to the people of Israel. This is the Word telling us to know that the time of the Lord’s coming has drawn near when the destroyed Israel is reconstructed and becomes strong again just like the fig trees budding when summer is near.
However, the world will end when Israel is attacked once again and it is completely destroyed. It means that the world will end at the same time Israel is destroyed. Israeli people will receive the remission of sins amid the tribulation of war by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. The only thing we could say at that time is, “Everything is happening according to God’s Word. Amen.”
As such, we cannot but believe the Word as it is since the Lord spoke about the things that will happen at the end. Furthermore, the Lord told us how we should live in such circumstance. It is written in verses from 34 to 36, “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” That is correct. The Lord told you and me to beware of such things and take care of ourselves. He said that we would otherwise fall into carousing, drunkenness, cares of this life, and live without knowing the Day of the Lord’s coming and then face much suffering.
 
 
Lessons from This Passage about the Destruction of the World
 
First, we should remember that you and I will stand in front of the authorities and the judges of the world before the tribulation will start to manifest in full-scale, and that the Holy Spirit will give us the power to withstand that situation. The second thing is that the end will come upon the entire universe including all the galaxies and the world of stars, not only to this planet Earth that we live in now. All the things the Lord has created will be dispersed, collide with one another, and broken apart. The Lord said this world will also be shaken up and be destroyed just as the world of heavens will be shaken and broken apart.
The last thing we must think about is that we must really keep the faith of believing in the Lord and be careful in all matters when such things happen. The admonition of the Lord that we must be watchful here means that we might perish not knowing when the things the Lord prophesied would actually occur even though we have been born again if our hearts fall into the world due to carousing, drunkenness, or cares of life. The Lord was telling you and me to be careful lest we would perish without knowing such things and without preparing our faith in the end times.
The destruction of the world and the coming of the Lord are the events that everyone of this world should prepare to meet. The Lord said the Last Day would come upon all the people living in the entire world. It means that the Last Day will come upon all the people of the world, not just special individuals. The destruction will come upon the whole universe including the world of Galaxy, the entire Earth, and all the people living in the Earth including you and me. Therefore, the Lord is telling us that we need to have faith to escape the tribulation that is to come in the future and to stand before the presence of the Son of Man. Therefore, we must be watchful not to fall into the worries of life as we wait for that Day with faith. We must not be too absorbed in the world even though we live in this world with our physical body and we must observe carefully the situation just by faith because such things will actually happen in the future.
That’s right. We must believe in the developments the Lord will cause to happen in the future and seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. If we prepare our faith like that, seek the righteousness of God, and witness the gospel throughout the entire world, then we will be able to say like the Apostle John when that Day comes, “Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20) We must have the faith of the bride that greets the Lord when He comes. We must definitely have such faith. The Lord told you and me to have such faith. Therefore, believe it in your heart. Although your works may not come up to the expectations, at least your heart must accept God’s Word properly, believe, and try your best. Believe it in your heart. We must answer only “yes” before the presence of God. Then, God who knows everything will fulfill all things.
President Bush of the United States has begun the work of taking over the government to establish the new administration. He is taking over the government from the Clinton administration. Bush will try to govern the United States with a new cabinet. And the economy in China has come alive and the atmosphere in that country is very good. However, what’s happening to our country, Korea? We are doing so badly that we might even have to restart the New Community Movement that we implemented in the 1970’s. Some people make a lot of money through the stock or illegal land investments, but poor people are still poor. That is the economic condition in our country. China is progressing so rapidly like that, but on the other hand, our country that was once called the tiger of Asia is becoming weaker. And in many places around the world like Philippines or England, besides the economic problems, there are many abnormal weather conditions or calamities such as heavy snowfall or flood are occurring. When such things happen, we should look at them a little more carefully instead of just dismissing them as some trivial things that happen commonly. When such things like flood, famine, snowfall, and earthquake occur frequently along with a rapid economic collapse all over the world, we must realize that the time of the Lord’s coming has drawn near as it is recorded in the Word.
A certain pastor said long time ago that he wondered if the Lord was coming when he just saw a huge cloud on the sky. Waiting for the Lord’s coming, he wondered whether the Lord was riding the cloud whenever he saw a huge cloud rising, because the Bible said He would come with clouds (Revelation 1:7).
However, what are we like? The people who have received the remission of sins should wait for the Lord’s coming and long for it, but, even among the righteous, there are too many people who just look at the things of the world. Of course, you and I should definitely enjoy the things of the world because God has given even such things to us. However, the important thing is that we must wait for the Day of the Lord’s coming and long for it more earnestly than the other things of this world. Therefore, we must do the work that we could do now and read, think and witness God’s Word, and not worry about anything else. We just believe. Let’s just believe in God’s Word. Let’s have faith in God.
Today, we have received an e-mail from Africa saying that they have received our books and read them with much joy. It was an email asking us to send more books to them, but it also said the following: “Until now, we thought we would be born again if we just sang hymns and prayed, but we now know that’s not true. We have come to know by reading these books that we become born again by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. It is an amazing teaching. Through these books, we have come to know the Truth that we could not learn from anyone else.” Before we had sent them a box of books. Now, they sincerely asked us, “Many people are reading your books now. Would it be possible for you to send 50 more books?”
Even if the Day of the Lord’s coming dawned upon us tomorrow, we would preach the gospel of the water and the Spirit today. When that day comes, we will be taken before the authorities to receive persecution. However, the Holy Spirit in you and me will give us an amazing wisdom and intelligence and control our mouth so that they will not be able to refute our statement at all. The Holy Spirit will certainly do that. The only thing that hurts our heart is that our parents and our friends will take us to the judge. We will be hurt deeply because we will suffer such things through the hands of the people who are closest to us.
Therefore, we must witness this gospel to our friends and parents while we can still do so now. When that day comes, Satan the Devil will enter the hearts of the people who do not have the Holy Spirit and make them have the heart of the Devil. Then, the people who have been born again will seem like devils to them regardless of whether they are their children or close friends. We will all look like devils in their eyes. Therefore, they will take us to stand before the judge and harass us. We would be able to endure it if we suffered such things at the hands of other people, but it will really be unbearably painful for our hearts if we suffer such things at the hands of our parents or friends. Therefore, we must pray for the salvation of our family now and prepare with firm faith of believing in the Word for such things that will happen in the future.
I believe that we must share such Word together now. By next year or the year after, there will already be many incredible changes throughout the entire world. As God’s Word states, after a few years, there will be many instances of nations waging war against nations, people standing against other people in many places around the world. Many wars will take place around the whole world. President Bush said that he would never take part in a war that does not serve the national interest of the United States. There are many countries that cannot start waging a war right now because of the United States. Just look at the situation between our country and North Korea. North Korea cannot start a war only because the United States and China are involved in the situation. Otherwise, they could start a war even now. Furthermore, there could be war involving countries like Israel and Palestine, or a country like Iraq in the Middle East. A huge war has not erupted now even though the situation is precarious because the United States, the superpower country of the world, is involved. However, many wars will erupt all over the world in near future. What would it be like when the war erupts? Honestly, how interesting is a war that occurs in a place that has nothing to do with us, a place far away from our country? Human beings are essentially egocentric like that. Look at New York, the central city of the United States. New York is crowded with skyscrapers. It would be really interesting like a movie if a missile was to blast there and the tall buildings collapsed. I would probably feel like that too. What would that have to do with me if my family and I were not involved there?
Anyway, I believe such things will happen exactly like that because God said such things would certainly happen. I am saying this because I believe in the Word and I prepare for it because I believe in it. Furthermore, I preach this gospel because I believe in it. I believe in the Word of Truth. I can do God’s work because I believe and I can preach the gospel of the water and the Spirit, and I believe that other people receive the remission of sins when I preach the gospel and they believe in this gospel. That’s why I am constantly telling you to preach the gospel. Then, people receive the remission of sins just like that. No matter who they are, I believe that they will definitely receive the remission of sins if we cultivate their hearts, plant the seed, and they receive it into their hearts.
The Word spoken here today is the Word our Lord has spoken to all of us not just some particular individuals. Therefore, we must believe that the destruction will certainly come to this world and prepare for that Day as we live in this world. And we must think of the works that we the born-again should do and seek those works and do them faithfully. We should live the coming year with such faith. You will do much more work than now in the year 2002. God will make you and I do more work in the following year. The following one year will be like 10 years, 20 years, and even 100 years that have passed. It means that there will be so much more work to do. Clearly, the gospel can be evangelized throughout the entire world like that. We can preach this gospel throughout the entire world within a few years.
 
 
I Hope There Will Be Many More People beside Us Who Preach the Gospel of the Water and the Spirit
 
Westerners are somewhat different from Koreans. When they think they are right, they express it clearly. They express it to other people clearly. I think we need to learn such things from them to some degree. I believe and preach the Word of the Lord. I know that you must also believe in the Word. You must keep the faith, wait for that Day to come, and preach the gospel throughout the entire world.
Moreover, there is one thing that we must harvest finally. We honestly do not have anything to fear even if catastrophe manifests in this world. I am definitely not afraid of the end times. The people who have not prepared themselves are afraid and fearful of that time. The people who have not prepared the faith even though they have been born again will be afraid and be in disarray on that Day. There probably are some people who will run around insanely. The problem is the people who have not been born again. The problem is your family members who have not been born again. When that time comes, they will say, “You were right. Please save me.” Then, we must get together and preach the gospel to our family members at that time.
At that time, it will not take long for us to be caught and be killed. It might just take about one month before it’s finished. At that time, we will bring our parents and family members as well as our friends to Inje Discipleship Training Center. All of them will probably come when you call them at that time. We just need to preach the gospel to them when they come together like that. All of them will probably believe in the gospel. They can receive the remission of sins immediately when we teach them the gospel at that time because the Holy Spirit will be working powerfully at that time. It will clearly be like that.
Do you believe the words that I have spoken to you until now are all of God’s Word? Just believe it. Then, the Lord will take care of everything according to His Word. There is none more evil than a person who does not believe. There is a root of bitterness in the heart of a person who does not believe. Even if the Lord were to come tomorrow, we just need to live faithfully with faith.
What did the Lord say through the Word from today’s Scripture passage? The Lord said that we must never believe in the word of the people who are misleading us because there will be many people selling His name under the feigned guise of Jesus Christ when the last day is near. We must never trust in such people. We must only believe in the Word God has spoken to us and believe correctly in the Word recorded in the Scriptures only. I believe that all of us have faith in God’s Word. Halleluiah!