“But he who endures to the end shall be saved.” (Matthew 24:13, NKJV)
Jesus, in this twenty-fourth chapter of the book of Matthew, tells his disciples about some of the signs that will take place before the end comes. He warns of devastating earthquakes, the world at war, famine and various deadly diseases that will be experienced before the end. Yet, Jesus also encourages His disciples to not loose heart. He says those who “endure” these various difficult situations “shall be saved.”
As we look at our world today in light of the “signs” Jesus warns will take place in the end time, I believe, we can rightly assess that we are living in the “last days.” We see wars and national uprisings all over the Middle East and parts of Europe. Human atrocities and genocide on the African and South American continents, along with the resurgence of diseases that we once thought had be eradicated a century ago, as well as new threats to our bodies like Covid-19, SARS, and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome). These are all signs that the end is near. Yet, the good news is that we can hear Jesus encouraging us, he or she who “endures to the end shall be saved.”
1. Do you see the fulfillment of Jesus’ warning of what would be the signs of the end times?
2. Have you made up your mind that no matter what happens around to you and around you you will not give up or give in?
3. In order to make it in these times you must have a warrior spirit. A mind and heart that says, “No matter what, I will not give in.”
Though you may not be in a war torn country, struggling with warring factions that seek to annihilate a certain segment of the population, or held in isolation because a deadly contagious disease, we too have struggles that seek to break us, our faith and our spirit. Be it spiritual, physical, political, emotional or financial, we all are struggling in one way or another. But the words of Jesus to His disciples then, is God’s Word or us today, “endure.” No matter what you are faced with you must endure. No matter what comes your way, declare that you will endure it. Do not allow the enemy of your soul to win the victory over your life. Declare before your problems and the world, no matter what, you are one who will be saved, because you will ENDURE IT!