Be Prepared. The End Draws Near.
Written By Ken
If you are like us, you are seeing and hearing so many rumors emanating from both sides of the political spectrum. We can no longer trust our Media after they have proven themselves left wing outlets spreading so many lies about Trump and Russian collusion over many years. To some degree, many were just caught in a baseless conspiracy theory started by one campaign trying to dig up dirt on another, and it spiraled out of control. We do hope and pray that now another conspiracy is not dragging a lot of conservatives with it as information and disinformation blankets the Internet and our own personal communications.
There are a few things I have learned at my mature age and one is to be cautious in accepting rumor as facts. A friend told a friend who knows a military commander and they say “x, y and z” so it’s a reliable source. Well, not really. A reliable source is hearing something first hand from the source themselves, so be careful with third hand information, especially in a volatile political time.
I also have learned how easy it is to go along with the crowd, especially if the friends you love and trust are in the crowd. Crowds, whether in person or online, can make us do and say things that we would not say face-to-face in person with someone from the other side. We find both husbands and wives are often pushed along in their bad thinking and behavior by their crowd of friends and family. Many divorces have taken place because the crowd pushed for divorce instead of quietly and gently focusing the hurt spouse back to the Word of God and His Spirit. How many parents pushed their child to get out of the marriage, dragging three children with her, when all they got was one side of the story?
When confusion comes our way, it is best to take a step back and first remember that God is on His throne and completely sovereign. Whatever is going to happen this next year is either His ordained or permissive will as He marches this world to the end of times. Even if we cannot control this slippery slide of immorality and governmental autocracy that is now running straight down to the pit, God knew this was coming and is fully prepared. He also knew that you and I were made for just such a time to shine His glory, love, and grace no matter what.
We are indeed in the end of times. I am not saying that to be alarmist, but the Church has lived in the end of times and anticipation of the return of Christ throughout its history. But it has been almost exactly 2,000 years from the time of Christ’s death. If 2,000 years was given to the early beginnings of man until God intervenes with Abraham, and 2000 years of Israel from Abraham to the establishment of the Church with the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus, can the last 1,000-year reign of Christ be far behind?
“But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2 Peter 3:8).
Yes, we have exposed our premillennial theology which we see in many places in the Word, especially in Revelations 20:4 where it flat out says:
“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years” (Revelations 20:4).
So then how should we live given that Christ is returning soon? The same way we should be living moment by moment in the Spirit every day, knowing that Jesus is already with us! This means our walk of holiness and love. Holiness means to “separate” our lives to God and not follow along with the flow of culture as it heads to depravity. Love means to actually LOVE, even those who hate us or what we stand for in the Bible and a traditional values.
We don’t need the world to be our circle, not even America, or our state or city to worry our souls. Instead, this is a time to focus on our small circle of friends and family including our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ and our neighbors. Keep them in your full focus as the things that count most in life are relationships, not wealth, health, or politics. Hold your babies, children, and grandchildren tightly and love on them without fear knowing that God has made them just for this time and has promised to “keep us from the hour of testing” (Revelation 3:10). Children are so precious and all we need is food, shelter, and our precious babies and family to live wonderful lives even in a degrading society.
Then cast a wary eye at the rest of what is happening, yet always keeping in mind that everything we are seeing today in the world has been promised to us, especially for the end of times. Let’s face the fact that the end of times must come some time, so why not now? Almost all prophesies have been fulfilled for Christ’s return except for the building of a new temple in Jerusalem, which may be ready to go up any day now.
We are to be prepared with watchful waiting. Jesus and the apostles speak of our need to be vigilantly ready. When we keep thinking, “Oh, my Master will not return for a long time as He has tarried so long already,” it is then that we will be caught off guard and unprepared, hopefully not one like the virgins who fell asleep and were not allowed into the marriage feast of the Lamb.
And what a glorious day and celebration that will be when we see Jesus coming in the clouds riding on a white horse with a sword in his mouth. His name is called “The Word of God!” Oh let’s have our hearts ready that we may not be ashamed in that day when we should be filled with great rejoicing with our loved ones who all claim that mighty name of Salvation. We’re simply pilgrims passing through. This is not our home.
But be on your guard, so that your hearts will not be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that this day will not come on you suddenly, like a trap; for it will come upon all those who live on the face of all the earth. But stay alert at all times, praying that you will have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.
27 thoughts on “Be Prepared. The End Draws Near.”
Thank you Lori! Beautiful!
Good word for tough times Thankfully, during this time of shaking and sifting, we can rest on the fact that Jesus told Peter the gates of hell would not prevail against His church. Thank you for “encouraging one another and all the more so as you see the Day drawing near”. God bless you and Lori
Happy New Year to you and your family Mr.Ken Alexander.
Pleasure to meet you.
I understand your concern and even to me the wickedness of the modern world horrifies me.
The world,when the East,is decaying morally.It is just that nobody talks about it.
And when someone does,they are either made fun of as close minded or the said things like “if it doesn’t hurt you,it shouldn’t concern you!”.
Frankly to me that is so self centered.
I mean even if I know that what is wrong and I don’t correct the wrong,then what is the use of education.
Thank you for your wisdom Mr.Ken.?
First of all, thank you for writing. You have many good points, and this was an encouragement.
I enjoy and look forward to reading this blog each day, and have learned and grown a lot through the wisdom that you and Lori have to offer, for which I am grateful.
However, I am disappointed, and am wondering why you are misleading readers with the verse quoted at the end of your post. I don’t know what perversion of God’s Word you’re quoting from, but I do know that it is not from the KJV, which is the only true and inspired Word of God that we have in the English language today. Any and all other versions are man’s interpretation of God’s Word, and are therefore irrelevant at best, and purposely misleading and deceitful, at worst. As believers, we should not be picking and choosing whatever “version” we like best, or whatever sounds the best or is easiest to understand. This is something that God takes very seriously (Revelation 22:18-19), and needs to be addressed in the Church today.
Amen! These are glorious days, the days long foretold. Prophets and apostles of old saw our days.
Will there be troubles, trials, and challenges? Yes! Let us place our faith and hope in Our Lord. We need to hold fast and endure.
Are our lamps full or half full? We should work to fill them and help others to do so.
If it is 1 year, 5 years, or 50 years, it matters not. It matters that we’re committed to our Lord and put him in the forefront of our lives.
Thank you Lori for helping us to refocus on what’s important! Can’t wait to meet our Lord in the clouds! ❤️
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
My husband, Ken, doesn’t agree with you. I like the KJV by far the best and only use it but he think the ESV and NASB are good too.
Almost exactly a century ago Yeats opined on just this. The world was devastated by WWI, and a pandemic raged. Oh, how history repeats….
The Second Coming
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
He’s 100% correct. They are, by far, the more accurate translations from the original Hebrew and Greek.
Thank you! I needed this as I get wrapped up in the “what ifs” of the next week.
Come Lord Jesus!
I know we should be happy that our time here on earth is probably coming to a close, but the end times have always frightened me so bad. I mean when I was younger I especially feared for my small children. Now I have precious, young grandchildren that I fear for. I know we will be in Heaven with Jesus, but what about the evil days we will go through before that? What if you were told that if you don’t deny Jesus that your child or grandchild will be slaughtered in front of you? What would you do? This is the kind of stuff that I imagine could happen. Or your babies starving because you can’t buy food because of the mark of the beast? I would appreciate your thoughts on this.
Completely agree, Maggie. And I agree with Lori, All objections to the KJV are met and refuted here.
This fatalism has been fed into the church for over 100 years, so that we will lie down in the day of battle, and millions are doing it.
We don’t know if Christ is returning next hour or in 10,000 years, but what we do know is our duty is to obey God every hour of every day.
Christ specifically says no man will be able to tell when he is returning, but, that hasn’t stopped tens of millions from deciding they alone know when Christ is coming back.
America’s Founders knew history and the Bible far better than we, and they decided to rebel with arms against tyranny. Today, we face a far worse tyranny abd most Christians think we are supposed to roll over and look to heaven.
It’s a disgrace, and it’s a result of the Communists infiltrating the church with their fake Bibles and fake doctrines.
I don’t believe in the Rapture, in gifts, or in any of the other heretical ideas fed into the church in the last two hundred years.
It’s astounding the church knows less of their Bible than ever before, yet, they claim to know about the rapture and Gifts, ideas that the church for the past 2,000 years largely rejected, for good reason.
That said, we are likely in for hard times. But, the reality is no human on earth can harm us, only our sin separates us from God. Man can only take our life, but God can take our life and soul.
I agree 100% Maggie. I love this blog but it grieves me when I see the use of perversions of the perfect, inerrant, inspired KJV Bible.
Thank you Yash,
The days are getting darker with evil, but this should not surprise us as it was promised to us. We cannot stop the world, but we can try to stay separate from it and pure that we may please our Lord Jesus.
This sounds like our world today!
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Tim. 3:1-5).
Thank you Maggie!
As much as I love the KJV there are some verses that become unintelligible with some of the words that it it uses because we do not use those words anymore. The second best translation is the NASB and that is what I used here.
There is no loss of fidelity to the Greek in the translation of this verse. I do not believe that the KJV is the only God authorized version of the Bible. If that were so how would the reader read God’s Word in another language?
Let’s not get so attached to our own preferences that we create separations between Believes and Churches over translations. I use KJV, NASB and ESV in that order depending on which version appears most understandable to the reader as all three are very faithful to God’s Word.
I love what you write Petep! Amen and Amen! Come quickly Lord Jesus!
thank you for this refreshing site & blog. God bless.
What is your take on feminism & gender fluidity?
Many godly men don’t agree with you, Carrie. I don’t make it a big issue. It shouldn’t divide believers in Jesus Christ.
As always, I read Ken’s entry with interest. He is very wise in his knowledge of Christ and I love his perspective. I hope one day he might have time to run his own ministry similar to Lori’s. His message to women is inspiring.
I have a few questions about living in end times. What in particular should I do to be prepared? What will the end times be like, and is it responsible to have kids if we are living in such perilous times. Thank you!
Hello Brother Ken and Sister Lori,
I agree with Maggie above, you guys are a blessing for teaching the truth in love.
However I also believe that the KJV is the only inspired, infallible word of God in the English language today. The Lord showed me this shortly after I got saved when I was praying for the right church to join.
Please don’t take my word for it though, I ask that you please watch these documentary’s below that deeply expound on this very important issue and study it out as the word of God is the foundation of our belief in Christ and ever since the garden Satan has been casting doubt on the word of God ‘ Yea, hath God said,‘ Genesis 3:1. Also please know I’m sharing this in love, not to cause contention ?
God bless ❤️
I put you and Lori in my prayers. You are good people and I believe the Lord is pleased with your devotion and ministry.
May He grant us the strength to endure what is to come.
Good response! Let’s not get overly attached to “our” version, thereby dividing us from our brothers and sisters in Christ. (Which is exactly what you just said, so this is superfluous!)
Let me spare Lori & Ken from repeating themselves at great length regarding their postions on these very broad topics, especially feminism, by suggesting you research through the archives & categories, found in a panel at the top right of the main page. Thank you.
Good morning Mam. Thank you and Your husband so very much for these awesome messages you make available to us. I pray our Heavenly Father blesses you both abundantly. I had begun to think that the full and true application of God’s Holy Word was a thing of the past, where the Bible truths were now being watered down and compromised to accommodate prevailing cultural trends. Thank you very very much.
Thank you lori