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Gospel of Luke Chapter 17
Theme: Jesus teaches His apostles on forgiveness; and on faithful service; Jesus heals ten lepers; Jesus speaks on the spiritual nature of God's kingdom; Jesus speaks of His coming again
Jesus Instructs His Disciples on Forgiveness (Luke 17:1-6)
He teaches us to avoid occasions of offense
Luke 17:1 Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! (KJV)
Then said he unto his disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! . . . Matthew says: Matthew 18:7 Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! (KJV) . . . This could mean temptations to sin, and could also mean all the contempt and criticism hurled upon the doctrines, ordinances and people of Christ Jesus, and all those afflictions, distresses and persecutions aimed at them on purpose, to hopefully cause them to stumble and fall. Followers (disciples) of Christ Jesus are tempted to deny the Truth, stop their witness of Him, tempted them to deny Him, and stop service to Him. All these things are very displeasing to God. He does NOT want His people discouraged, and He does NOT want them to listen to the false doctrines of false teachers. He shall sooner or later, justify His own cause, avenge His own elect, and render tribulation to them that trouble them.
For it must needs be that offences come . . . we must consider the persistent hatred of the devil, and his determined and non-stop temptations, plus the hatred of the men of the world, their dislike and hostility to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to all who make any attempt to serve Him. We cannot escape the coming of evil doing, because such is the wickedness the devil and of wicked men and their stubbornness, for they will NOT come unto Christ that they may have life, but desperately continue deceiving and being deceived. "It must needs be that offences come," not because it is the will of God that they should come, but because the depravity of men makes them unavoidable. For this reason Jesus adds,
But woe to that man by whom the offence cometh . . . a tragedy indeed, He who gives the offense, and he who receives it, are both exposed to ruin. There shall always be offenses in this world, but each of us should make sure that he is not the cause of them.
Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. (KJV)
It were better for him that a millstone . . . see Mat.18:6; Mk.9:42.
Luke 17:3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. (KJV)
Take heed to yourselves . . . Matthew says: Moreover, if thy brother shall trespass against thee . . . this means sin committed by a believer against a brother, either in word or deed. Jesus had warned the disciples against giving offense, or in any way mistreat a brother. Now He tells them what to do when a brother sins against them.
Rebuke him . . . privately lay his sin before him; try not only to convince him of his wrong, but also the evil of it; that it opposes the will of God; and is unsuitable to the Gospel of Christ, and the profession he makes of it; how hurtful it is to himself, as well as hurting his brother; and how such evils give the enemy the chance to rebuke the saints, to speak evil of the ways of God, and blaspheme the Name and doctrines of Christ.
And if he repent . . . if he comes to his senses, and is truly sorry for it, and admits it,
Forgive him . . . for the injury committed, and pray to God for him, for an application of his pardoning grace and mercy to him; and comfort him with the hope of forgiveness. (Mat.18:15).
Luke 17:4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him. (KJV)
And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day . . . good men often fall into sin, and daily offend both God and man (Pro.24:16).
And seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent . . . if he takes your rebuke kindly, admits his offense, accepts his sorrow for it, and desires it might be overlooked,
Thou shalt forgive him . . . this lecture seems to be motivated by Peter's putting such a question to Christ, how often a brother might sin against him, and he forgive him. (Mat.18:21-22).
Luke 17:5 And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. (KJV)
And the apostles said unto the Lord . . . either because of what was now said by Jesus about offences, and forgiving injuries; being constantly conscious of their own weakness to withstand temptations; and fearful that they should stumble and offend someone, or that they should give offence to others. They were very aware of difficulties and of conquering them, and mastering the resentment of their minds, when injured and provoked. They were also aware of the need of divine assistance, of having fresh supplies of grace, especially their faith, strengthened, and drawn into active applications. This was most likely brought on by their remembrance of their not being able to cast out a devil from one that was possessed (Mat.17:19-20), when words to the same purpose, were spoken by Christ, as in the following verse.
Increase our faith . . . both the faith of working miracles, and the grace of believing in Him: by which they express their awareness of the weakness and imperfection of their faith; and their great desire to have it increased, which would be for their comfort, and His glory. Here they acknowledge His divine power, and that He is the Author and Finisher of faith (Heb.12:2). It is NOT in man’s power to increase it faith, or add to it, or draw from it when needed; it was totally in the Hands of Almighty God! My friend, if the apostles, in the Presence of Jesus, needed to place such a petition before Him, much more reason do we have?
Luke 17:6 And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you. (KJV)
And the Lord said . . . in answer to the disciples.
If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed . . . (Mat.13:31;17:20)
Ye might say unto this sycamine tree . . . Matthew says: “ye shall say unto this mountain”
Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea, and it should obey you . . . for a tree to be plucked up by the root would be a miracle, and beyond our power. I believe that this means that any obstacle that is set before us, here in Luke it is a tree, in Matthew 17:20, it is a mountain. The idea is to show what great things are done by faith, and when we are lacking faith, asking for an increase does not offend God. Matthew says: Remove (a mountain) hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. NOTHING that is, according to the will of God for you, is impossible. It was God's will that this boy be delivered from demon possession in Mat.17:20. Why couldn't the disciples deliver him? Because they did not have enough faith.
If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed . . . mustard seed was a very small seed, the least of all seeds, and is often used by the Jews, to mean anything of a small quantity or weight, and is sometimes used of faith, as it is here. Lack of faith had already been shown to the disciples at the time of Peter's attempt to walk on the water (Mat.14:31). The faith in question here, was the belief that what was commanded would be done; faith in the power with which the apostles were endued, and belief that what they commanded would happen.
How Much Faith Do We Need? (Mat.9;2,22; 13:32; Mk.5:34; 10:52; 11:23-24; Lk.7:50; 8:48; 17:19; 18:42; Acts 14:9)
Jesus Instructs His Disciples on Faithful Service (Luke 17:7-10)
Here again Jesus is harsh. There are those who talk ONLY about the gentle Jesus, but my friend, if you read some of these Passages, you will find that He was NOT always gentle. He was gentle with children, but NOT with those who offended them. In order to keep the apostles humble in their performing such miraculous works; and that they might not think that they could have anything at the Hands of God by merit; and to stimulate them to go from one duty to another; and never think that they have done enough, or more than what is their duty, Christ Jesus brings the following parable.
Luke 17:7 But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat? (KJV)
But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle . . . not that the disciples had any such servants under them, although the words are directed to them, Jesus only puts this for an example, to suppose such a case.
Will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field . . . this could have been translated immediately. He would not, as soon as he returned from the field, direct the servant to eat and drink. It would only be proper for the servant to first attend to his master. The apostles were not to be impatient because they did not at once receive the reward for which they were looking.
Go and sit down to meat . . . to lie down on the couch, as was the custom in those countries at eating. To meat, to eat.
Luke 17:8 And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink? (KJV)
And will not rather say to him . . . will he not say to him
Make ready wherewith I may sup . . . get my supper ready, by preparing the food and bringing it to the table. It was the job of servants to prepare foods, as at the Passover (Mat.26:17), and at regular suppers.
And gird thyself and serve me . . . by giving him drink, or whatever he calls for. Since servants used to wear long garments in those countries, servants girded them up about their loins, that they might be suitable for service, and carry out it more freely, and with greater ease.
Till I have eaten and drunken . . . finished his meal,
And afterward thou shalt eat and drink . . . if he was a Hebrew servant, he ate and drank the same as his master did.
Luke 17:9 Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not. (KJV)
Doth he thank that servant . . . the master does not thank the servant for doing the job he was obligated to do.
Because he did the things that were commanded him? . . . as a servant, he should do his job, and in so doing does but his duty. He may certainly be praised for it, but not thanked.
I trow not . . . I think not, or it does not seem so to me, as if he would, or it was not proper and necessary that he should be thanked.
Luke 17:10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do. (KJV)
So likewise ye . . . this is the application of the parable to the disciples of Christ, whether they are pastors or lone believers . . . they are as servants, and should work as farmers and shepherds. As their condition is, so their conduct should be. The job of the ministers of the Gospel is in reading, prayer, meditation and study. They are to preach the Word, and administer the ordinances. Every private believer also has a job to do, that being to exercise the grace of God, as the work of faith, the labor of love and patience, and hope.
When ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you . . . such as preaching, hearing, reading, praying and every other act of divine worship. Every job should be according to the will of God, from right principles, and to right ends, and by the assistance of the Spirit and grace of God.
Say, we are unprofitable servants . . . not in the sense as unregenerate men are, who are disobedient, and to every good work reprobate and unfit (Rom.3:12; Tit.1:16), or as the slothful servant, who did not what his Lord commanded (Mat.25:30). Unprofitable servants . . . we have conferred no favor. We have merited nothing. We have not benefited God, or put Him under any obligation. IF He rewards us, it will be a matter of unmerited favor (Eph.2:8-9). This is true in relation to Christians in the following ways:
#1. Our services are NOT profitable to God (Job 22:2). He does NOT need our help, and His happiness will NOT be increased by our efforts.
#2. The grace to do His will comes only from God, and all the praise of that will is due to Him.
#3. All TRUE believers do what is our duty. We cannot claim to have done any service that will bind Him to show us favor.
#4. Our best services are always mixed with our imperfections. We all come short of his glory (Rom.3:23). NONE of us serve Him as cheerfully, faithfully and sincerely as we should. We are so far from the example that was set by Jesus, our Saviour.
#5. IF we are saved and rewarded, it will be because God will be merciful to our unrighteousness, and will remember our iniquities no more (Heb.8:12). Unprofitable: (Job 22:3; Ps.16:2-3; Isa.64:6; Rom.11:35; 1 Cor.9:16-17).
We have done that which is our duty to do . . . diligence is very proper, and reasonable in doing the work of the Lord, humility is necessary so a man may not claim anything to himself, which does not belong to him; or boast of his goodness.
The Christian is not to allow his faith to exalt him, but he is to remember its source is God, and his own service is to God. The Master does not feel any sense of obligation because the servant has performed some menial task. No Christian place God in his debt. This parable in Luke illustrates that what we do as servants of God is just the common duty of man. We merit nothing and should not expect thanks, grace, mercy or answered prayer because of what we do.
Jesus Heals Ten Lepers (Luke 17:11-19)
Only ONE, a Samaritan Returns to Thank Him
Luke 17:11 And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. (KJV)
And it came to pass as he went to Jerusalem . . . that is, Jesus, with His apostles; who was now going to Jerusalem to eat His last Passover, and suffer and die for His people.
That he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee . . . as he passed, Samaria was on His right hand, and Galilee on the left.
Luke 17:12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: (KJV)
And as he entered into a certain village . . . it is not told whether the village was in Samaria or Galilee, maybe it bordered on both, since there were both Jews and Samaritans in it, as appears by what follows; and since Christ was passing between both places.
There met ten men that were lepers . . . who either were confined to this place, this village, or else they had heard that Jesus of Nazareth was going to such a place, got together, and met Him as He entered in it, in hope of being cured by Him. (Mat.8:2).
Which stood afar off . . . from Christ, because of their uncleanness, as they were forced to do by the law (Lev.13:46). For more on Lepers, see:
Luke 17:13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. (KJV)
And they lifted up their voices . . . all together, they cried aloud, for they were some distance away. They wanted to make sure they would be heard, as well as to express their passionate desire, and great persistence to be cleansed. (Judg.9:7).
And said, Jesus, Master . . . or "Rabbi, Jesus", thou great Master in Israel; who art a teacher come from God, and who does surprising miracles, and art able to cure us.
Have mercy on us . . . and cleanse us from our leprosy. These lepers had faith that Jesus could heal them. Their faith was the same as the leper in (Mat.8:2).
Luke 17:14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. (KJV)
And when he saw them, he said unto them . . .when He heard their loud cries He looked up, towards them, and saw what a terrible condition they were in. His kindhearted compassion was moved towards them, and He tells them,
Go show yourselves unto the priests . . . the priests, as in (Mat.8:4), inspected lepers to see if a person was healed or not. If he was cleansed of the leprosy, he would pronounce him clean, then a gift was offered according to the law. (Lev.14:2-4). Christ Jesus was so careful that the ceremonial law, which was still in force, might be firmly observed.
And it came to pass that as they went, they were cleansed . . . before they came to the priests, while they were on the way to him, they, all at once, found themselves entirely healed of their disease. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed . . . (Mat.8:3). They were cleansed of the leprosy on the way to the priest. They all were was completely healed of the disease of leprosy. Mark 1:42 And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed. (KJV) . . . Perfectly and instantaneously. What a contrast this is to the deception of these rogue faith healers today! (Mk 1:42; Lk.5:12)
Luke 17:15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, (KJV)
And one of them, when he saw that he was healed . . . when he felt the perfect soundness in his body, and knew that he was restored to health, and saw with his eyes that the leprosy was gone, and which certainly was visible enough,
Turned back . . . it does not say if this was immediately, before he went to the priest; or after he saw the priest, came back to Jesus.
And with a loud voice glorified God . . . he poured out his thanks to God, and gave Him praise for his wonderful recovery. The first duty of sinners, after they have been forgiven and have the hope of eternal life (Tit.1:2), is to humble themselves at the Feet of Jesus, and to dedicate themselves to His service. Then we are to go and show to others the evidence that they are cleansed. (Ps.30:1-2).
Christ Jesus IS God, and His divinity is certainly seen in this miracle, also see (2 Ki.5:6-19).
Jesus IS God! . . . . . . . http://www.godcannotlie.org/is_jesus_god.htm
Luke 17:16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. (KJV)
And he fell down on his face at his feet . . . for being cleansed of the horrible disease. He came back where Jesus was, and with the deepest respect to Him, and reverence for Him; and having a deep sense of the kindness he had just received from Him, prostrated himself in this manner before him. Humility is a characteristic we all should possess. Pride is hated by God! Unbelievers are too proud to “fall down on their face at Jesus’ Feet.” One day, they will wish they had!
Giving him thanks . . . Jesus had shown compassion to him, had applied His awesome power on him, and had favored him with such a remarkable mercy, as restoring him to health.
And he was a Samaritan . . . this is specifically stated by Luke, because the Samaritans were considered by the Jews, to be ignorant and ungodly people, no better than Heathens, and yet this man acted as a very religious good man, who had a deep sense of Jesus’ kindness and mercy, knew he should praise and thank the One who had healed him. The other nine, who most likely were all Jews, acted in a very foolish, selfish and ungrateful way.
He was a Samaritan . . . this is said to make his conduct all the more remarkable and striking in the sight of the Jews. The Jews considered the Samaritans as very wicked, and themselves as very holy. This example showed them, like the parable of the Good Samaritan (Lk.10:30-37), that in this they were wrong; and one plan of this seems to have been to break down the opposition between the Jews and Samaritans, and to bring the Jews to more charitable judgments respecting the Samaritans. (Mat.10:5).
Luke 17:17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? (KJV)
And Jesus answering, said . . . after the Samaritan had paid his respects to him, and made his acknowledgments in this grateful way,
Were there not ten cleansed? . . . many had applied for a cure, and many had leprosy
But where are the nine? . . . but where were the rest? Of the ten that were cured, only ONE returned to give thanks. The rest of them simply returned to their homes, and forgot all about the blessing that had been bestowed upon them.
These few (Mat.7:13-14), that return and give thanks are often such as have been the worst of mankind, the vilest of sinners, from whom it has been least expected, that they should glorify Christ Jesus. Publicans and harlots go into the Kingdom of Heaven, the Gospel church state, embrace its doctrines, and submit to its ordinances, when the Scribes and Pharisees, self-righteous persons, do not. Ingratitude is a sin of which many are guilty, and it is very much hated by Christ. Instances of gratitude are few, here it is one in ten. Now and then a lone Samaritan, a stranger, one that has been a vile sinner, comes and acknowledges the grace of Christ in cleansing him. They come to the pastor of Christ, and to the church, and tell them what God has done for their soul . . . . BUT where are the rest? There are many others (the other nine), who have received spiritual advantages, and never come to tell of them, never express by words and deeds, any gratitude and thankfulness for them.
Where are the nine? Jesus had commanded them to go to the priest, and they were probably did literally obey His commandment. They were impatient to be healed and selfish in wanting it, but they had NO gratitude to God. Jesus seems to reprove them for not thanking Him. One of the first feelings of the sinner cleansed from sin, is a deep desire to praise Almighty God! And what should follow is a real willingness to obey His commandments (Mat.22:36-40). There should be a wish to give thanks to God for His mercy. Where are the nine? What a striking illustration this is of human nature, and of the ingratitude of man! Only one had come back to give thanks for the kindness bestowed upon him; the others disappeared and were heard of no more.
When people are restored from dangerous disease, once in a while, one comes forward to give thanks to God; but "where are the nine?" When men are defended from danger; when they are recovered from the perils of the sea; when a large boat is destroyed, and a large part of crew and passengers perish, when a flood, a tornado, or an earthquake comes, once in a while, one of those who are saved acknowledges the goodness of God and praises Him, but where is the rest of them? They give no thanks; they offer no praise. They go about their usual jobs, they mingle in the scenes of pleasure and of sin as if nothing had happened. Only a mere few, of all who have been rescued from "threatening graves" feel an obligation to God, or ever express it. They forget their Great Benefactor, JESUS! Is it that the mention of the Name of Jesus is unpleasant? Do they mock the idea that they are under any obligations to Him? My dear friend, do NOT ever mock and ridicule the Name of Jesus. He is the ONLY One that can save you from Hell (Jn.14:6; Acts 4:12). Do NOT be one of the many! Be one of the few! Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (KJV)
Luke 17:18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. (KJV)
There are not found that returned . . . it does not seem, that any of the nine had returned.
To give glory to God . . . they did not return to give thanks to Christ Jesus, and acknowledge Him as the One who had cured them. They did not give glory to God.
Save this stranger . . . this stranger, this foreigner. The man who might have been least expected to express gratitude to God, is the only one who did come. The most unlikely people are often found to be most consistent and grateful. People from whom we would expect least in religion, are often so completely changed, as to raise all our hopes. They often put to shame those who have been most highly favored. The poor often put to shame the rich; the ignorant the well-educated, the young the aged. The Samaritans were considered by the Jews, just as the Gentile, as being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of Promise. And yet here is a stranger among the Jews, considered unclean because of leprosy, and was the only one to show gratitude to Jesus!
Luke 17:19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole. (KJV)
And he said unto him . . . this very grateful stranger still lay at Jesus’ Feet, upon his face, adoring and praising Him. He did not attempt to rise till Jesus told him to, saying,
Arise, go thy way . . . to your own country, town or city, and to your friends and relatives, and about your job.
Thy faith hath made thee whole . . . faith made thee whole, not as the others, just in body, but in a spiritual sense as well, with which His constant language has so familiarized us. His faith appeared to be no more than that he was persuaded that Christ did not do what things he did by any magic, (as the Pharisee blasphemed), but by the power of God, and that Jesus was a Man sent by God. This kind of faith Christ honors, praises and rewards. Christ Jesus is our Object of faith.
A sense of our spiritual leprosy (SIN) should make us very humble whenever we draw near to Christ Jesus. It is enough when we refer ourselves to the compassion and grace of Christ Jesus, for they fail not (Lam.3:22-23). We may look with assurance, for God to meet us with love, kindness and mercy, when we are obedient to Him. Only one of those who were healed returned to give thanks. It really would be better for us, to be like him, to be very grateful, to be very humble in our thanksgiving, and in our prayers. Christ noticed this one who set himself apart from the others, and he and he alone got the spiritual blessing along with the desired cure.
How Much Faith Do We Need? (Mat.9:22; 15:28; Mk.5:34; 10:52; Lk.8:48; 17:19; 18:42).
The Spiritual Nature of God's Kingdom (Luke 17:20-21)
Luke 17:20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: (KJV)
And when he was demanded of the Pharisees . . . or asked by them. They expected the Messiah, and believed that when He came, He would set up a temporal kingdom which they could see, and deliver them from the Roman yoke, and then they would enjoy great liberty, peace and prosperity. Because of this, they would ask the following question of Christ in a serious manner.
When the kingdom of God should come . . . this was a matter of great importance to them, and they had taught that it would come with parade and pomp. It is not unlikely that the Pharisees asked this merely in contempt, and for the purpose of drawing out something that would expose Him to ridicule. (Mat.3:2).
He answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation . . . the kingdom of God is NOT something to be seen with the eye, or to be as the kingdoms of this world, by outward pomp and splendor, by temporal riches, external honors, and worldly power and grandeur. Even though it cannot be seen with the eyes, they might have detected that it was come, by what they saw done by Jesus, especially the power that He revealed in dispossessing devils out of the bodies of men (Mat.12:28).
Luke 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. (KJV)
Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there!. . . no one shall be able to point out the physical location of the Kingdom of God, "Believe it not", as in (Mat.24:26).
For behold the kingdom of God is within you . . . remember that Jesus is speaking to Jews. The kingdom of God is within the elect of God among the Jews, in their hearts; because the Kingdom of God is spiritual, and lies in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost (Ro.14:17); in the dispossession of Satan, the strong man armed (Lk.11:21); in the putting down of the old man of sin (Col.3:9) with its deceitful lusts.
The kingdom of God is among you . . . meaning that the King Messiah was already come, and was among them, and His kingdom was already set up, of which the miracles of Christ were proof; and if they could not discern these signs of the times, and unmistakable appearances of the Kingdom of God among them, they would never be able to see it, hereafter or elsewhere.
Jesus speaks of the fact that the "Kingdom of God cometh not with observation." To whom is He talking? He is answering the Pharisees who are demanding that He tell them when the Kingdom will come. He is NOT saying that the Kingdom of God is inside the hearts of these godless and hostile Pharisees, but instead, the Kingdom of God was in their midst, in the Person of the King, the Lord Jesus Christ. He was at that moment, standing among them. The kingdom of God is only within TRUE believers.
Jesus Speaks of His Coming Again (Luke 17:22-37)
One of the greatest delusions of our time is that man is going to improve himself and his world; that he is going to build the Kingdom of God . . . without God. He expects to bring in the Millennium without Christ. That shall NEVER happen!
The glorious day of the Kingdom was the subject of much of what Christ had to say. In fact, He stressed the future . . . the change coming and His Return. In this important section before us, the Lord Jesus warns His apostles NOT to be deceived about His Return.
The Return of Christ is in two parts. The first part is what we call the "Rapture of the church" which is simply the removal of all TRUE believers. 1 Thes. 4:13-18 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words. (KJV) . . . For clarity on the Rapture and the Second Coming, see:
In this Passage before us, Jesus talks about the second part of His return, which is His return to the Earth to establish His glorious Kingdom. This shall take place after the Rapture and after the Great Tribulation.
Luke 17:22 And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it. (KJV)
And he said unto his disciples . . . His apostles were also expecting a worldly kingdom, and external honors, and temporal benefits and riche. To take off their minds away from these things, so that they might not have their expectations raised this way, He brings them the Truth to them . . . they were to look for afflictions and persecutions.
The days will come when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man . . . the days will come, He here takes the occasion to direct the minds of His apostles to the days of vengeance which were about to fall on the Jewish nation. Heavy calamities will befall the Jewish people, and you will desire a deliverer. Ye shall desire, are those who now number themselves among His disciples.
And ye shall not see it . . . you shall not see such a day of deliverance, you shall not see such a Messiah as the nation has expected.
Disciples consist of all who follow Jesus and are learners of Him.
Apostles consisted of the twelve personally chosen by Jesus; also Paul (Acts 9:4).
Luke 17:23 And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them. (KJV)
And they shall say unto you, see here, or see there . . . the first time Christ came, they failed to recognize Him because they were looking for a conquering Messiah to come and deliver them from Rome. Instead, He came as a Baby and lived the humble life of a peasant. The next time He comes it will NOT be in an isolated place like Bethlehem. He shall come in glory! That is why Jesus is warning the apostles not to pay any attention to those who say, He is here or He is there, or to those who foolishly say He is coming at a certain time. NO one can set the date of the Return of Christ.
Go not after them, nor follow them . . . nor follow them is left out of some versions. This means, give no credit to them; as if Christ had come again in Person, and was in a certain place. Do NOT go along with them, do NOT go where they direct, as into the desert, or into the secret chambers (Mat.24:26). To follow these fools is very dangerous, as well as hopeless and useless. Do NOT listen to them. (Mk.13:21).
Luke 17:24 For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. (KJV)
For as the lightning that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven . . . when Christ comes to this Earth to establish His Kingdom, it will be as evident as lightning. (Mat.24:23,27). No one will need anyone’s advice as to when and where Christ shall return. His Return shall be very clear, and bright! Like lightning! NO one will be able to miss Him!
And shineth unto the other part under heaven . . . His Return shall enlighten the Earth, just as lightning lightens the heavens from one end to the other. This will be done in a moment, in a twinkling of the eye (1 Cor.15:52).
So shall also the Son of man be in his day . . . just as lightning flashes in the heavens, so shall the Return of the Son of Man be. You will NOT be able to miss it if you are here on Earth. Hopefully you will have been raptured, in the first part of Christ’s Return, and you will not go through the Tribulation period.
Compare this Passage in Luke with Jesus’ extensive discourse in Matthew 24.
Luke 17:25 But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation. (KJV)
But first must he suffer many things . . . there would be cruel disrespect, mocking, spitting, beating, scourging, and finally, death itself. Jesus is telling the apostles all that must take place, and DID, before His day came, and He entered into His glory. Right Hand of God: (Mk.16:19; Lk.22:69; Acts 2:33; 7:55-56; Rom.8:34; Col.3:1; Heb.10:12; 12:2; 1 Pet.3:22
And be rejected of this generation . . . the Jews would reject Jesus as the Messiah, and He would be treated with the utmost scorn and contempt, and in the most base and humiliating manner; He would be put to the death of the cross, hanged upon the accursed tree (Deut.21:23). All these things were necessary, must be; because of the purposes and decrees of God; the agreeing actions of Christ; the predictions of the prophets of the Old Testament, and His own predictions; and for the salvation of His people.
Luke 17:26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. (KJV)
And as it was in the days of Noe . . . this is speaking about while Noah was building the ark, before he went into it; the days of Noah before the Flood, NOT after it; for he lived after the flood 350 years (Gen.9:28).
So shall it be also in the days of the Son of man . . . Jesus means the time just before His Second Coming will be just like before the Flood.
We are living in an extremely wicked time, marry, divorce, marry, divorce. Wacko psychologists and backslidden religious people in churches encouraging divorce. Divorce is a horrible sin. We live in a time of liars, vow-breakers and quitters. The days of Noah were a time of not working-out marriage troubles, instead of God's will “UNTIL DEATH DO US PART.” Just like today.
Sexual immorality is an epidemic across the whole world. Pedophilia is everywhere. A pedophile is characterized by sexual attraction to children. Marriage is no longer sacred. People have sex with multiple other partners and are still married to someone else, they have no conscience about it. Prostitution is everywhere. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 foretold that in the last days people would live only for pleasures, backbiters, high-minded, boasters, disobedient to parents, fierce and lacking any natural feelings. People have become shallow, having no feelings, no happiness, no substance. The workplace is saturated with sexual promiscuousness, sleeping around and open adultery. More and more churches are allowing gay and lesbian clergy. Homosexuality is a sin (Rom.1:24-32).
Luke 17:27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. (KJV)
They did eat, they drank . . . the inhabitants of the old world ate and drank, not merely in a common way, with moderation, but they lived in an extravagant and luxurious manner; they indulged their sensual appetites, and put away the evil day that Noah told them of, far from them.
They married wives, they were given in marriage . . . “they married wives” (not “a wife,” but “wives”). It was a time of sexual immorality. They were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark. It was a time of distressing fornication and dirty-mindedness all day long, “evil continually” (Gen.6:5). They lived for sex, just like today. Marriage was no longer sacred, just like today, it was a continuation of adulterous marriages, whore mongering, quitting one marriage after another, homosexuality, just like today. It was a time that everyone lived for the lusts of the flesh, just like today.
Until the day that Noe entered into the ark . . . the ark that Noah had built by divine direction, to save himself and his family, and all the creatures that were with him, from the waters of the Flood; and this was in the six hundredth year of his life, in the second month, the month of October, and in the seventeenth day of that month (Gen.7:11,13).
And the flood came and destroyed them all . . . all the inhabitants of the Earth, every living thing, men, cattle, creeping things and fowls of the heaven . . . all except Noah, his wife and his three sons and their wives, and all the creatures that were with him in the ark. The Flood came not by itself, or by chance, but came by the power of God, according to His will. God brought it on the world of the ungodly (2 Pet.2:5). It is said that Cain, who is supposed by the Jews to have lived until the flood, that “the flood came, and washed him away.” Only eight people were spared in the days of Noe. (Gen.7:13).
Luke 17:28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; (KJV)
Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot . . . Jesus now says that just before His Second Coming, times will be like they were in the days of Lot. So, what were those days like? (Gen.18:26-32). Lot lived in Sodom. Before and at the time of the destruction of that city with other neighboring ones, they did eat, they drank (Lk.17:27; Eze.16:49-50). This is to be understood of the inhabitants of Sodom, and the other cities that perished with it. Gen. 18:32 and he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake. (KJV) . . . The days of Lot were extremely wicked, just like today. Abraham begged God to save Sodom. But there were NOT even TEN righteous people living in the combination of all the destroyed cities! Almighty God was totally fed up with the abominable sin of homosexuality in the days of Lot. Only three people were spared when Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed (Gen.19:30).
They bought, they sold . . . before the utter destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, they traded among themselves, and with their neighbors. It seems that they had no regard to the poor and needy; they had no conscience of defrauding and oppressing them, just like today! NONE of the wicked were looking for what was to come, just like today!
They planted . . . vineyards, and fruit trees; living in a very fruitful soil, like the garden of the LORD (Gen.13:10-11).
They builded . . . houses for themselves and their descendants. The days of Lot were filled with the increase of the earth, they lived in peace, security and tranquility.
Sexual immorality is an epidemic across the world. The lust for sex is everywhere. Pedophilia is everywhere, lusting for sex with a child is increasing. Marriage is no longer sacred. People have sex with multiple others while they are still married to someone else. They have NO conscience about it. Prostitution is everywhere.
2 Timothy 3:1-5 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters (1 Cor.1:31; 2 Cor.10:17), 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, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. (KJV) . . . The apostle Paul foretells that in the last days, people would live only for pleasures, be backbiters, be high-minded, boasters (1 Cor.1:31; 2 Cor.10:17), disobedient to parents, fierce and lacking any natural feelings. People have become shallow, having no feelings, no happiness, no substance. It's all a part of the New Age Movement. The workplace is saturated with sexual promiscuousness, sleeping around and open adultery. More and more churches are embracing the homosexual lifestyle.
Luke 17:29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. (KJV)
But the same day Lot went out of Sodom . . . Lot was literally plucked up and taken away from Sodom by the angels early in the morning (Gen.19:15-16,23). The Jews say it was the sixteenth day of Nisan.
It rained fire and brimstone from heaven . . . (Gen.19:24; Ps.105:32; 2 Pet.2:6). Lot’s condition is totally different than Noah, but, there are some things the same. Everyone left outside the ark, panicked! No one in Sodom panicked, selling their property and getting out of town. The stock market did not collapse because Lot said that judgment was coming. They simply did not believe it. God would NOT destroy the city until Lot had been taken out of it. Neither will God bring the Great Tribulation upon this Earth UNTIL He takes His own out of the world at the Rapture (1 Thes.4:13-18). The Great Tribulation immediately precedes the Second Coming of Christ to the Earth. (Zec.14:1-5; Rev.19:11-21). It is interesting that Jesus uses Lot as an example here, which He does not do in the Olivet Discourse in Matthew 24. WHY? Because in Matthew, Jesus answers their question about His Coming to earth to establish His Kingdom. Here in Luke, it is a wider subject. Sodom, because of her sin, stood on the brink of destruction, and the moment Lot left town, judgment fell. I believe that the minute all TRUE believers leave this Earth in the Rapture, the Tribulation period will begin (Dan.9:27; Rev.6). Fire and brimstone . . . a shower of neither fire nor brimstone (sulphur) can be accounted for in an ordinary way, so it has to be extraordinary and miraculous. The destruction of this city, along with others, by fire from heaven, are confirmed by the testimonies of Heathen writers.
And destroyed them all . . . all the inhabitants of Sodom, and all of Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim; which was an example of the destruction of Jerusalem, and the land of Judea, (Deut.29:23), and of the burning of the world (2 Pet.3:7,12), and of the perdition of the wicked in Hell (2 Pet.2:6; Jude 7).
Luke 17:30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. (KJV)
Even thus shall it be in the day when the son of man is revealed . . . when Jesus comes to avenge Himself on the Jews; and when He is revealed from Heaven in flaming fire (2 Thes.1:8), at the last day. Just as in the days of Noah and Lot, men lived in great immorality and security, with NO thought or fear of danger, so too, were the Jews before the destruction of their city and Temple, lifting themselves up with deliverance to the last; and such will be the times of laziness before the coming of the day of the Lord to judgment. Just as the destruction of the old world in the Flood, and the men of Sodom and Gomorrah was sudden and unexpected, so was the destruction of Jerusalem, and so too shall be the burning of the world (2 Pet.3:7,12). That day will come, as a thief in the night (Job 24:14; 1 Thes.5:2; 2 Pet.3:10), just as in the above calamities. There shall be a remnant saved, such as Noah and his family in the ark, and as Lot, and his wife and daughters were snatched out of Sodom, when the rest were destroyed. When the Christians left Jerusalem, they went to Pella. Pella was in the lower foothills of eastern slope of the Jordan Valley about eighteen miles south of the Sea of Galilee. It was one of the cities of the Decapolis, which was a ten-city Greco-Roman alliance, occupying all of Bashan and Gilead in northeastern Palestine.
Luke 17:31 In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. (KJV)
In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop . . . either for entertainment or devotion, when he shall hear that the Roman armies are approaching to Jerusalem, to besiege it,
And his stuff in the house . . . his goods and furniture; or his utensils, and instruments of his trade and business.
Let him not come down to take it away . . . I think this means that he who is on the housetop when this calamity came upon the city, should flee without delay . . . he should not even take time to take anything from his house, because so sudden would be the calamity, that any delay would endanger his life. He should go down by the steps, or ladder on the outside of the house, and make his escape directly to Pella, or the mountains.
And he that is in the field . . . this refers to people working in the fields. If a worker left his jacket at the end of the row when it got hot, and the word comes that the abomination of desolation has appeared, he is not to go back and get it, but to flee as quickly as possible.
Let him likewise not return back . . . he was to make it the best way he could, as he is. (Mat.24:17-18). In Matthew's account of the Olivet Discourse, the Lord Jesus calls this period the Great Tribulation (Mat.24:21).
Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife. (KJV)
Remember Lot's wife . . . Lot’s wife is a good example of one who did not believe God (1 Jn.1:10; 5:10). She had daughters and friends in Sodom. She most likely had prominent clubs that she belonged to. She did not want to leave. Why did she look back? She did NOT believe God would destroy the city. This is why we are to remember Lot's wife.
To BELIEVE God is the most important thing in this world for us.
Our God does NOT hide things from us. He wants us to know many of His plans. He tells us in the Bible (His Holy Word), what His plans are for the righteous and the wicked. He clearly WARNS people of what is to come! BEWARE!!!
Gen. 6:17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die. (KJV) . . . He told the people in the days of Noe what would happen.
Gen. 19:13 For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it. (KJV) . . . He told the people in the days of Lot what would happen.
God warned the people back then, and He warns people today! BEWARE!!!
Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: (KJV)
Matthew 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. (KJV)
Rev. 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (KJV)
Luke 17:33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. (KJV)
Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it . . . (Mat.16:25). This is one of those great paradoxes (puzzles) of Scripture. In that day there will be a great scramble to save their lives, but it will be too late! My friend the only way we can be safe is if we believe God, and accept His one and only Plan of salvation (JESUS). We must be willing to lose our lives and simply turn them over to Jesus. Any attempt to save your life in that day will be done in vain.
For whosoever will save his life . . . anyone who wants to preserve himself (save his life) from troubles, reproaches, persecutions and death; and does so by forsaking Christ, denying His Gospel, and conjuring up favors with men, in order to obtain for himself worldly honor, peace, pleasure and life,
Shall lose it . . . anyone who will not assume the risks involved in becoming a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ will, in the long run, lose his life, eternally, for he exposes himself to the wrath of God, to everlasting punishment, the destruction of soul and body in Hell, which is the second death and will be his portion (Rev.20:11-15). The opposite is also true. At Christ's Second Coming ALL accounts will be settled and everyone shall receive their proper rewards (1 Cor.3:12-15)
And whosoever will lose his life for my sake . . . meaning whoever is willing to forego all the pleasures and comforts of life, and be subject to poverty and distress, and to lay down life itself, for the sake of Christ and the Gospel, rather than deny Him, and Truth,
Shall find it . . . eternal life (Jn.3:15-16; 14:2-3; 1 Pet.1:3-5), in the bliss of Heaven, he shall enjoy an endless and eternal life, free from all troubles, uneasiness and affliction, and full of everlasting joys and pleasures.
Luke 17:34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. (KJV)
I tell you, in that night . . . of affliction and calamity, that shall be upon the Jewish nation, and which is before called that day, (verse 31), and so it is not to be understood literally of being night.
There shall be two men in one bed . . . two in one bed, the Lord Jesus is absolutely NOT talking about homosexuality! Two in one bed, means believers and unbelievers, the prepared and the unprepared, interacting together in the ordinary walks of life, when the moment of severance arrives, (the destruction of Jerusalem AND the Rapture, 1 Thes.4:13-18). This awful truth was realized just before the destruction of Jerusalem, when TRUE Christians found themselves forced by their Lord's directions (Lk.21:21-22), immediately and forever be separated from their old associates. . . BUT most of all . . . when the Second Coming of Christ shall burst upon a thoughtless world.
The one shall be taken, and the other shall be left . . . by the Roman soldiers at the destruction of Jerusalem. This is mentioned, to show the division God will make in His providence, and to encourage believers to trust in it and Him. This is also how it shall be at the Rapture! One taken, the other left behind, to go through the Tribulation period!
Luke 17:35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. (KJV)
Two women shall be grinding together . . . (Mat.24:41). Matthew adds: "at the mill". It was common for two women to grind at one hand mill.
The one shall be taken and the other left . . . just like before, one shall be taken by the Romans, and either put to death, or carried captive; and the other shall escape their hands through the remarkable providence of God. Christ foretells His Coming in vengeance upon the Jews in the destruction of Jerusalem. It is common for prophets to speak of things as near and just at hand, to express the greatness and certainty of them. Concerning Christ's Second Coming, as I said before, I think the Rapture is the first part of that Coming. The Son of Man shall come in the clouds and take His church home with Him. Sooner or later, ALL sinners will be mourners; but repenting sinners can look to Christ NOW, and mourn (Mat.5:4), and those who sow in those tears shall shortly reap in joy (Ps.126:5). BUT, impenitent (brazen) sinners shall see Him whom they have pierced, and even though they scoff and laugh now, they shall one day mourn and weep in endless horror and despair (Zec.12). The elect of God are scattered abroad; there are some in all places of the world, in all nations . . . but when that great gathering day comes, there shall NOT be even one of them missing. This also goes for the Rapture for the church, and for the Second Coming of the Jews (Zec.14:1-5; Rev.19:11-21). Distance or place will NOT keep any out of Heaven. The Lord clearly states that the Jews would NEVER cease to be a distinct people, until all things He had been predicting were fulfilled (Mat.24:34). Are you prepared to meet the Lord? Can you stand before Him? A question we all should ask ourselves as we live in this wicked world.
Luke 17:36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. (KJV)
Two men shall be in the field . . . at work tilling the ground, or sowing seed in it, or reaping the crop. (Mat.24:40).
The one shall be taken, and the other left . . . again, the same here as above! One taken, the other left. These verses seem to represent Judgment Day, and that dreadful separation which shall take place in that day between the sheep and the goats (Mat.25:32-33). It is true also of Christ's day in the preaching of the Gospel; one hears, one is deaf, but that does not seem to be the sense of this text. This can hardly be applied to the destruction of Jerusalem; because it was so universal that hardly any were left.
Luke 17:37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together. (KJV)
And they answered and said unto him, where, Lord? . . . either the Pharisees put this question to Jesus, who demanded to know when the Kingdom of God would come (verse 20), or rather the disciples, to whom Christ more specifically directed His discourse (verse 22), who hearing of the division that would be made of persons in these depressing times, ask where the Kingdom would be; not where the persons would be left, but where the others would be taken, and by whom: and He said unto them,
Wheresoever the body is . . . the carcass of the Jewish nation. With reference to the sense of this proverbial expression, see (Mat.24:28).
Thither will the eagles be gathered together . . . the words in this verse are proverbial. Vultures and eagles easily determine where dead bodies are, and come to devour them (Job 9:26; 29:27-30; Eze.39:17-19; Mat.24:28; Lk.17:37; Rev.19:21). So it was with the Roman army. Jerusalem is like a dead and putrid corpse. Its life is gone, and it is ready to be devoured. The Roman armies will find it out, as the vultures do a dead carcass, and will come to devour it. This proverb also teaches a universal truth: Wherever wicked men are, there will be assembled the instruments of their chastisement. The providence of God will direct them there, just as the eagles are directed to a dead carcass.
The days of Noe and the days of Lot are clear signs of the times, that shall be before the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are living in the times as it was during Noah, being programmed to accept homosexuals. Homosexuality is perversion and an outright abominable sin. God hated homosexuality so much that He established the death penalty for it. Lev. 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. (KJV)
God did NOT want homosexuals to influence other people. Actually, God WILL forgive and save ANY homosexual, but God demands that this person must first ADMIT that homosexuality is a perversion and a sin, and repent of it. Any homosexual who defends his sin and refuses to acknowledge it as perversion is deceived and cannot be saved (1 Jn.1:8-10). God only saves repentant sinners . . . “THE UNGODLY” Romans 4:5-6 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. 6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, (KJV)
A personal comment
I have taught the Bible for well over 45 years. I must teach the bad (Hell) with the good (Heaven). God is a God of love, YES! But He is also a God of wrath! The phrase “the wrath of God” is found 149 times in the Bible. God has TWO sides! If you do not like what I say, it is most likely the Holy Spirit trying to get your attention. I speak the Truth! Homosexuality is a SIN! BEWARE!!!
The word “sodomy” comes from the city of Sodom, which God destroyed by raining down fire and brimstone for their wickedness (Jude 1:7). Several churches are beginning to ordain homosexuals, but only if they promise NOT to practice their homosexuality. That's sickening! Some churches accept gays and have NO conditions! They will take in the practicing homosexual as a member of their church. These shall stand at the Great White Throne one day! (Rev.20:11-15). What are they going to say to Judge Jesus? He clearly states it is a SIN! He is the One who destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of homosexuality. The Bible says it is a SIN! (Lev.18:22-24; 20:13-16; Deut.23:17-18; Judg.19:22; Rom.1:24-32; 1 Cor.6:9-11; 1 Tim.1:8-11; Jude 1:7,10).
God destroyed the world with the Flood, because of continual evil (Gen.6:5). Lustful thoughts, internet dating, Viagra, male enhancement products and perversion of every kind are being persistently promoted on TV in today's world. Our nation has become a cesspool of iniquity. God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of homosexuality (Gen.19).
We are living in times as bad, or worse than the days of Noe and the days of Lot. Do you really think that God is going to simply let this dreadful condition go on indefinitely? Anyone with any common sense knows that there is a God! If He destroyed the whole world once, and destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, don’t you think He is capable of more destruction? Read the Book of Revelation. That is prophecy! That is going to happen! Do you want to be on this Earth when that happens?
Jesus prophesied about the Tribulation period. Matthew 24:10-12 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. (KJV) . . . Persistent sinners hate TRUE Christians. Many sinners are offended when Christians tell them they are sinners, because the Bible says so. They refuse to believe God. They are really calling God a LIAR! (1 Jn.5:10).
These evil times are already in the world today. We are strongly seeing these signs of the times. Hostility against Christians WILL increase as we progress into the end-times. During the Tribulation, Christians will be beheaded. All of the TRUE saints will be “CAUGHT UP” (1Thes. 4:17) at the Rapture. Then the Antichrist will be revealed at the beginning of the Tribulation, which will last for 7 years. If you are not taken in the Rapture, you will go through the Great Tribulation. Why not trust Jesus and not take a chance of missing the rapture?
Mat. 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. (KJV) . . . You do NOT want any part of this! Believe God and trust Jesus today.
1 John 5:10-13 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. (KJV)
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