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TEXT: 1 Peter 4:7
7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.
Matthew Westerholm said, “The church prays because it is in need of her rescuing Savior. In praying for Christ’s return, believers recognize something quite apparent to God’s own perspective: The current fallen state of the world cannot be redeemed by additional human ingenuity or effort. Let us lift our eyes and voice to the Lord, beyond the plane of our many hurdles and hopes, and pray for his return.”
In our last series of messages, we looked at James’ instructions regarding the fervent prayer of faith. Now we are looking at Peter’s instructions on prayer to Christians in Asia Minor about how they should live in light of the end times. Here are three points we should learn in regards to this passage.
First, note that the end of all things is drawing near. Peter is talking about the coming apocalypse, the rapture of the saints and the second coming of Christ. Peter, just like us, did not know exactly when Jesus was coming back, nor was he making a prediction. Jesus had told the apostles, including Peter, in Acts 1:7 that “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.” Peter was connecting the urgency of prayer with the coming end of the age. Jesus did the same in Luke 21:36, where he said, “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” Another thing to note is that Peter was writing to persecuted Christians. Jesus said the persecution of Christians would be one of the signs of the second coming and the end of the world in His Olivet Discourse. Jesus also noted wars, famines, and earthquakes as signs of the times. But He also told the apostles that despite these things, “the end is not yet.” So Peter was encouraging these suffering saints in light of their persecution, which he knew would come before the end times. David Harrell said, “Now some would say, “He missed this by about 2000 years and counting.” No, not at all. That would be wrong. The term “end” in the original Greek does not necessarily mean the end or cessation of some chronological period of time, but rather it is the idea of fulfillment, of achievement, of completion, of consummation. It is the idea that an objective is about to be obtained, something that is being fulfilled, a goal that is about to be reached. And in this context it is the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is, he says, at hand. The idea there is that the Lord’s return is forthcoming. It is impending. It is on its way. It is approaching. And certainly we are much closer to it today than when these words were first penned. And also in the original language this is in the perfect tense. So it is the idea here that the fulfillment or consummation of an objective is approaching. You might use the term imminent with this. It could happen at any time. You see, beloved, this is the profound incentive for each of us to love the Lord and to love those that he loves because the Lord is coming. Ask yourself right now. Does this really mark your life? Do you have a sense of watchfulness in your life? Do you live in anticipation for the Lord’s return?” We need to live with a sense of divine urgency in light of the imminent return of the Lord. We are to live and work with a continual prayerful watch for the second coming.
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Now, if you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your first prayer needs to be what we call the Sinner’s Prayer. First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. 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 this 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. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. 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 trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. 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.