Daily Devotional - "Through the Eyes of a Cop"
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Briefing: When I was in high school, I was always told that if a police officer was parked and running radar, he was required to have his headlights on or he couldn't write you a ticket. When I studied traffic law in the police academy, I was surprised to find my understanding of the law was wrong. It was nothing but an urban legend.
Dispatch (Assignment): Look for articles on predictions about the end of time. Read Matthew 24.
On the Street: What do you think about the return of Christ? Do you believe we are living in the end times? This entire chapter is about these questions. It starts off with Jesus making a statement about what will happen to Jerusalem. He says, "not one stone will be left on top of another". This would be fulfilled about 40 years later when Rome marched their army to Israel and destroyed Jerusalem. The Roman army literally tore every building to the ground, not leaving one stone on another.
Verse 3 says the disciples were sitting on the Mount of Olives while Jesus was telling them about the signs of the end of the age and His return. It is no coincidence that He picked this location to reveal these things to them. The Mount of Olives will be the very place for Jesus' return, Zechariah 14:4 says, "On that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley".
I always wondered if I would know when Christ returned or would I be deceived? Jesus tells us that there will be many false teachers and prophets. This chapter gives me reassurance that I will know Him when He comes back to earth. In verse 27 it says that He will come back like lightning and everyone who is prepared will see. We will know. He will come back on the clouds with power and great glory.
Jesus tells them that at the end of times it will be as it was in the days of Noah. One of the things that the days of Noah did not have that we still have is the Holy Spirit. If the people of God (those who are in dwelt with His Holy Spirit) are taken out of the world, then it will again be like the days of Noah. Jesus tells us that no one knows when the end will come, not Him or the angels in heaven. Only God knows.
I think it is a fair statement that every generation since Jesus left this earth has thought that they were living in the last days. Our generation is no different. I believe that we have reached the end. I know that we cannot know the day or time but I do believe God has revealed the season to us.
Highlights from this Read: Israel has broken its covenant with Yahweh this time by rejecting the Messiah. Jesus will come back on the clouds. Read Acts 1:11 to see more on this.
If Jesus does not know the day or time of His return, then Satan does not know either. Satan has to be ready for the end too; therefore he always has to have an anti-Christ in place. This would mean that there have been several anti-Christs throughout history. We may even have an anti-Christ in place now.
Investigational Resources: Other gospel accounts can be found in Mark 13:1-37 and Luke 12:42-46, 17:26-27 and 21:5-36.
Officer Safety Principle: Are you ready?
from The Gospel of Matthew Through the Eyes of a Cop
©2012 by Charles Gilliland. Used by permission.
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