Honoring and remembering God, Jesus Christ, and their servant Billy Graham by preaching an adaptation of one of his powerful messages.
TEXT: Matthew 24:1-5:
1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
3 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?
4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
Jesus informed us that there would be certain signs that would lead us to believe that His second coming is drawing near. I believe we are seeing some of these signs today indicating that the climactic point of history is about to be reached.
The first sign He mentioned in Matthew 24 saying, “Many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” I take that to mean that there will be a resurgence of interest in religion all over the world, and we are certainly seeing that today. I doubt if there has ever been a time when there has been such a revival of religion as we are seeing today. All over the world, men are speculating. All over the world, they are talking about God. They are talking about religion because the world sees the hopelessness that we are in. So, we have a revival of religion, but that does not mean that we have a revival of true religion.
In Christendom today, all over the world, in every church, there is the church within the church. There is usually a minority of people that do the work in every church. They are the people the pastor can count on all the time — the ones that tithe, the ones that are there rain or shine, the little crowd that is there at the prayer meeting. Sure, on Sunday morning, everybody is there. But there is a faithful number that truly believe; there is a group that is born again by the Spirit of God; and nobody knows who they are. Within the church, the wheat and the tares grow together.
That’s the reason there is no such thing as a perfect church. I know a lot of people that jump here and jump there, looking for a perfect church. They’ll never find it. If you found a perfect church, the moment you joined it, it would be imperfect. None of us is perfect. The wheat and the tares grow side by side.
I know people who carry their Bibles with them. They can quote you one verse after another. They are orthodox to the core, but it is questionable if they have ever been born again of the Holy Spirit. They have become cold, hard, and callous, like the Pharisees. There is no warmth; there is no love.
We have others today who give intellectual assent to Christ. They believe in the Bible, yet they have never had a personal experience with Christ. Their lives have never been transformed. Their talk, their conversation, and their thoughts are entirely on the things of the world. They give themselves to pleasure and to business, and have little time for Christ. They want to be a Christian as long as it’s not too inconvenient. If it is going to cost them anything, they don’t want to pay the price.
This revival of religion — false religion, without true faith in Christ — is a sign of the end times. Religion won’t save the world; and religion won’t save you. Salvation only comes through Jesus Christ, through placing your faith and trust in Him for deliverance from sin and the consequences of sin. If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, you are woefully unprepared for His Second Coming. Allow me to show you how you can receive Christ as Savior today.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.