The Return of Our Lord Jesus

Preparation for the End Time - TELUGU / June 24, 2018

However distant in time the Creation of the world (our beginning) is from the second coming of Jesus (our end, at least the end of this sinful existence), these events are linked. The God who created us (John 1:1–3) is the same God who will return and, in an instant, “in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet” (1 Cor. 15:52, NKJV), will bring about our ultimate redemption. In our beginning, indeed, we find our end. In this study of the Bible, we will learn about the final of all final events, at least as far as our present world is concerned: the second coming of our Lord Jesus.

Babylon and Armageddon

Preparation for the End Time - TELUGU / June 17, 2018

The book of Revelation comes filled with images and language taken directly from the Old Testament. For instance, the name Babylon appears six times in Revelation. But it is not talking about the ancient kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar, which had passed from world history hundreds of years earlier. Instead, John was using Old Testament imagery to express a truth. In this case, Babylon—a massive political and religious power that had oppressed God’s people—now describes the massive religious and political powers that will seek to do the same in the end times. Something similar occurs with the word Armageddon, which occurs only in Revelation but is based on a Hebrew phrase that seems to mean “Mount of Megiddo,” a reference to a location in ancient Israel. A great deal of speculation exists about Armageddon, with many people looking for a massive military battle to take place there, in Megiddo, near the end of the world. We will look at Babylon and Armageddon, and seek to learn what the Bible is telling us with these images.

God’s Seal or The Beast’s Mark

Preparation for the End Time - TELUGU / June 10, 2018

One of the most telling signs of God’s true last-day people is their proclamation of the third angel’s message, which warns against receiving the mark of the beast. However, despite there being no more serious warning in all the Bible, many confusing ideas as to what this mark is have been suggested over the years: a bar code in the forehead, a credit card number, or some biometric identification. We should not be surprised at the proliferation of confusing ideas in Babylon. After all, its name means “confusion.” But God’s remnant people need a clear understanding of this topic in order to proclaim the third angel’s message with power. Let’s try to understand better what the mark of the beast is and how to avoid it—by receiving the seal of God.

America and Babylon

Preparation for the End Time - TELUGU / June 03, 2018

In Daniel 7—after the rise of Babylon (lion), Media-Persia (bear), and Greece (leopard)—came the final earthly power, Rome. It started out as pagan Rome and then turned into papal Rome, the little horn power of Daniel 7:7, 8; 19–21; 23–25; which rose directly out of the fourth beast. We saw, too, that many of the characteristics of papal Rome, as depicted in these verses in Daniel 7, reappear in the sea beast of Revelation 13:1–10. Hence, Bible scholars have seen Rome as one of the key antagonists in the end-time scenario of Revelation 13. However, Rome is not alone. Another power is depicted. we will focus on Revelation 13 and the events and powers portrayed in it. What do these events mean, and how can we be prepared for them?

End Time Deceptions

Preparation for the End Time - TELUGU / May 27, 2018

Even in heaven, before his expulsion, Satan worked to deceive the angels. Lucifer went forth to diffuse the spirit of discontent among the angels, he endeavored to excite dissatisfaction concerning the laws that governed heavenly beings, intimating that they imposed an unnecessary Restraint. In Eden, he disguised himself as a serpent and used trickery against Eve. Unfortunately, he’s much smarter, more powerful, and craftier than any of us, which is why we need to cling to Jesus and to His Word in order to protect ourselves from his wiles. “But you who held fast to the Lord your God are alive today, every one of you” (Deut. 4:4, NKJV). The principle espoused here, indeed, still holds true today, as well. we will look at some of the devil’s most effective deceptions and how we can be protected from them.

Worship The Creator

Preparation for the End Time - TELUGU / May 20, 2018

God unfolds truth to humanity at the time it is needed, with more and more light being given by the Lord over the ages. The coming of Jesus, who proclaimed that “ ‘the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many’ ” (Mark 10:45, NKJV) is, of course, a greater revelation of the gospel truth. we believe that the three angels’ messages of Revelation 14:6–12 is “present truth” for those living in the last days prior to Christ’s return and the fulfillment of all our hopes as Christians. The first angel’s message contains truths crucial for those who seek to stay faithful amid end-time perils.

Matthew 24 and 25

Preparation for the End Time - TELUGU / May 13, 2018

In Matthew 24 and 25, Jesus reveals important truths about end times and about how to be prepared. He sees the impending destruction of Jerusalem, a tragedy of catastrophic proportions for His people. Wars, rumors of wars, pestilence, false Christs, and persecution—this will be the lot of the world, and the lot of His church. Amazingly enough, looking back through time, we can see just how accurate His predictions were. Therefore, we can trust Him for the predictions not yet fulfilled in our lifetime. But Jesus didn’t just warn about what was coming. In Matthew 25 He told parables that, if heeded, will prepare His people for when the “‘Son of Man’ ” returns. Yes, hard times will come, but He will prepare a people to meet Him when He does come back.

The “Change” Of The Law

Preparation for the End Time - TELUGU / May 06, 2018

Central to our understanding of last-day events is the question of the law of God. More specifically, it is the question of the fourth commandment, the seventh-day Sabbath. Though we understand that salvation is by faith alone and that keeping the law, including the Sabbath, can never bring salvation, we also understand that in the last days, obedience to God’s law, including the seventh-day Sabbath, will be an outward sign, a mark, of where our true allegiance lies. This distinction will become especially obvious amid the climactic end-time events depicted in Revelation 13 and 14, when an all-powerful conglomeration of religious and political forces will unite to enforce a false form of worship upon the inhabitants of the world. All this is in contrast to Revelation 14:7, where God’s people are called to “worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water” (NKJV); that is, to worship only the Creator and no one else.

Christ In The Heavenly Sanctuary

Preparation for the End Time - TELUGU / April 29, 2018

Scripture, especially the New Testament, is so clear about Christ’s role as our High Priest in the heavenly sanctuary, “where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek” (Heb. 6:20, NKJV), a role He took after He completed His work as our sacrifice here on earth (see Heb. 10:12). His intercessory work is crucial to the preparation of His people to be ready for the end time. What is Christ doing for us in the heavenly sanctuary, and why is it so important for us to understand it in the last days especially?

Salvation and the End Time

Preparation for the End Time - TELUGU / April 22, 2018

Christians emphasize not only what Jesus taught but what He did, because what Christ did provides the only means by which we are saved. Christ’s incarnation in human flesh (Rom. 8:3), His death on the cross (Rom. 5:8), His resurrection (1 Pet. 1:3) and His ministry in heaven (Heb. 7:25)—these acts alone are what saves us. It’s certainly not anything in ourselves. This wonderful truth is especially important for us amid the perils and deceptions of the last days.

Jesus And The Book Of Revelation

Preparation for the End Time - TELUGU / April 15, 2018

The New Testament is directly tied to the Old. Time and time again the Gospels and the Epistles either refer to events in the Old Testament or quote directly or indirectly from it. The same thing can be said for the book of Revelation. Indeed, it’s all but impossible to make sense of the book of Revelation apart from the Old Testament, especially the book of Daniel. This is one reason why we often study both books together. A crucial aspect of those Old Testament references in Revelation is that, taken together with the rest of the book, they reveal Jesus. Revelation is all about Jesus, about who He is, about what He has done for His people, and about what He will do for us at the end of time. Of necessity, any focus on last-day events must keep Jesus front and center, exactly what the book of Revelation does.

Daniel And The End Time

Preparation for the End Time - TELUGU / April 08, 2018

The Israel nation didn’t live up to the holy calling that God had given it. Eventually, it even went into captivity in Babylon. God was still able to use individual Judeans to be His witnesses, despite the disaster of captivity. God would accomplish through Daniel and his three fellow captives what He did not achieve through Israel and Judah. Yes, their stories unfold in a time and place far removed from the last days. But we can still find traits and characteristics in these men that can serve as models for us, a people who not only live in the end time but who are called to be witnesses about God to a world that, like the pagans in the Babylonian court, does not know Him.

The Cosmic Controversy

Preparation for the End Time - TELUGU / April 01, 2018

The cosmic controversy, sometimes called “the great controversy,” is the biblical worldview. It forms the background in which the drama of our world, and even of the universe, unfolds. Sin, suffering, death, the rise and fall of nations, the spread of the gospel, last day events—these all occur in the context of the cosmic controversy. The good news is that one day it will not only end, but it will end with the total victory of Christ over Satan. And the even better news is that because of the completeness of what Jesus did on the cross, all of us can share in that victory.