Honoring and giving glory to God and Jesus Christ, and remembering their servant Billy Graham by preaching an adaptation of one of his powerful messages.
TEXT: Matthew 24:1-8:
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.
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
We have seen the first sign which Jesus said would tell us that His Second Coming is near — the revival of religion. All over the world, people are turning to religion and religious teachers for guidance. But what they find is false because it is only through Christ that the world can be saved.
The second sign that Jesus gave is found in Matthew 24:6. Jesus said, “Ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” Christ said that unto the end there will be wars and rumors of wars. He said kingdom shall rise against kingdom. Some people predicted that great alliances would be formed to fight other great alliances, which brought us to two great world wars and the possibility of a third world war. Christ is saying, in effect, “War is a part of the degenerate economy; and because men refuse to go my way, there will not be real peace among the nations until I come back.”
Ladies and gentlemen, I think every one of us should do everything we can for peace. Every day of my life I pray for peace. We are told in the Scriptures to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” We are told to work for peace; we are told to pursue peace. And I believe that is why we should back every effort to bring peace. But after all is said and done, the very best efforts of man will fail. Men will still fight as long as there is hatred in the human heart. As long as there is prejudice in the human heart, men are going to fight. As long as there is greed within men, they are going to fight.
Jesus foresaw all of that. He knew that as long as human nature was separated from God, there would be wars and rumors of wars. And He said when these great wars get devastating and worldwide, the end is not far off.
Then He gave a third sign: “And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.” How much hatred there is in the world today! Much of this hatred seems to involve mental problems. When has there been a moment in history when the American people had such prosperity, and yet there are so many mental breakdowns? Psychiatry is busy today in such a frantic effort to patch up our jangled nerves that I am told psychiatrists are going to each other for help.
Do you know how many chronic alcoholics we have in America? We have five million! Think of it, five million chronic alcoholics in America. Do you know how many sleeping pills we take every night? Twenty-one million. Twenty-one million sleeping pills a night to put us to sleep. I don’t know how many wake-up pills we use to get us up. How many people are taking tablets and pills just to dull them from the realities of life?
Never before in history has there been a nation that had so much and is so bored with life. Walter Reuther says that he wants to bring about a four-and-a-half day week. Well, that sounds fine. But I am going to ask you: What in the world are we going to do with our leisure time? If we are going to invest it for the kingdom of God, let us have it. But if we are going to give it to the devil, let us work six days a week.
Then, fourthly, Jesus said in Matthew 24:37, “As in the days of Noah, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” What were they doing in the days of Noah? They were eating and drinking and making merry. In the days of Noah, they were not against God, they were not antagonistic to God, they did not hate God. They were religious; they believed in God. But they just did not have time for God. They were too busy with their eating and drinking and making merry. They were too busy with their work. They were too busy with their pleasure. They were too busy with their own selfishness to give any time to God at all. They were marrying and giving in marriage. Do you know what that is? That is the divorce problem.
Statistics say that half of all marriages in America end up in the divorce court. Jesus indicated that there would be a tremendous increase in immorality. We have gotten to the place that if some actress has had three or four husbands, the more she can attract people at the box office. I don’t blame the star so much. I blame the people. The morals of the people have gotten so low that they are buying filthy literature. Don’t blame the man who is publishing it. Blame the people who buy it. We are in a position today where a man can commit immorality and people don’t even think anything about it. They just accept it. Jesus said this acceptance of immorality is a sign that the end is near.
Immorality is sin, and the only way that man can be saved from sin and the punishment of sin is through Jesus Christ, through placing your faith and trust in Him and Him alone. If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, you are not ready 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.