1 Peter 4:7-11 The end of all things is upon us, therefore to help you pray, you must lead self-controlled and sober lives. Above all, love each other, because love cancels out a host of sins. Be hospitable to one another, without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gifts that they have received from God to serve others. Use your gifts and strength to glorify God through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and power for ever.
1 Peter 4:12-16 Dear friends, do not be surprised by trials, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice, that you participate in the suffering of Christ, then when His glory is revealed, your joy will be great. If you are reviled for being a Christian, count yourself happy, for the Spirit of God rests upon you. If you do suffer, it must not be for any criminal deed. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.
1 Peter 4:17-19 For it is time for judgement to begin; it is beginning with God’s own household. Scripture says; If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the impious and sinful? So let those who suffer according to God’s will, entrust their souls to Him, while continuing to do good; their Maker will not fail them.
Zechariah 9:9-17 Rejoice with all your heart, Daughter of Zion. Your King is coming, mounted on a donkey’s colt. He has won the victory. He will banish all weapons of war and proclaim peace to the nations. His Rule will extend over all the earth.
As for My covenant people, I will free the captives. On this Day, I shall restore a double portion to you. Judah and Ephraim, the sons of Zion – I have made you like a warrior’s sword, prepared for battle against the Gentiles. The Lord will appear over them. His arrow will flash like lightning. The Lord will sound the trumpet and advance with the storm winds of the South. His troops will be protected, they will exult and destroy the enemy.
On that Day, the Lord will save His people, like a flock. They will sparkle in His Land, like jewels in His crown. What wealth is theirs! What beauty! Plenty of good food and wine for all His people. Ref: REB.
‘the end of all things is upon us’. Peter said this nearly 2000 years ago, so obviously he wasn’t talking about his time, this is a prophecy for us. 2 Peter 1:19
‘it is time for the judgement to begin’. As we see in Revelation 6:12-17, the next event that we can expect is the Day of the Lord’s wrath against the nations. Hab. 3:12
‘..do not be surprised by trials…’ The early Church suffered trials and we too can expect to face a time of testing. Luke 21:34, 1 Cor. 3:13-15
‘your King is coming on a donkey, He has won the victory’. Perfectly fulfilled in 33 CE.
‘He will rule the world and give peace to the nations’. The coming Millennial reign.
‘His arrow will flash like lightning’. The CME sunstrike that the Lord will use on His Day of judgement/punishment against His enemies. Isa. 30:25-28, Psalm 97:2-5
‘His Covenant people, freed from their exile among the nations’. The twelve tribes of Israel and those grafted in, rescued, rejoined, redeemed, restored and reinstated. Eze. 36:8
‘The Lord will appear over them’. In the same way as He did for ancient Israel. 1 Cor 10:1-4
‘The Lord’s people will live in the holy Land’. They will fulfil their destiny to be a ‘light to the nations’ and will proclaim the coming Kingdom of Jesus. Isaiah 66:18b-21
If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW
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