Sunday Devotional: How we are to prepare for the end days

Luke 21:25-28, 34-36

Jesus said to his disciples:
“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars,
and on earth nations will be in dismay,
perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves.
People will die of fright
in anticipation of what is coming upon the world,
for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
And then they will see the Son of Man
coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
But when these signs begin to happen,
stand erect and raise your heads
because your redemption is at hand.

Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy
from carousing and drunkenness
and the anxieties of daily life,
and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.
For that day will assault everyone
who lives on the face of the earth.
Be vigilant at all times
and pray that you have the strength
to escape the tribulations that are imminent
and to stand before the Son of Man.”

Apocalypse

1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2

Brothers and sisters:
May the Lord make you increase and abound in love
for one another and for all,
just as we have for you,
so as to strengthen your hearts,
to be blameless in holiness before our God and Father
at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his holy ones. Amen.

Finally, brothers and sisters,
we earnestly ask and exhort you in the Lord Jesus that,
as you received from us
how you should conduct yourselves to please God
and as you are conducting yourselves
you do so even more.
For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus.

rainbow of stars

As American culture and society darken by the day, voices claiming we are in the end days increasingly are strident. Those cries came to a crescendo last September, when doomsday profiteers under the guise of televangelists, like Rick Joyner and the disgraced TV fraudster Jim Bakker, hustled gold and “survival food” to the gullible who are unclear on the concept of “doomsday,” as if either gold or food could ensure a person surviving the end of the world. See our Trail Dust’s series of posts on the doomsday hucksters:

September and its super and blood moons came and went, and the world did not end.

So much for the end days hucksters who are so arrogant as to claim to know what Jesus Christ our Lord did not claim to know:

“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” -Matthew 24:36

The way to prepare ourselves for the end days is not by building bomb shelters, stockpiling gold, silver and survival food. The way to prepare ourselves for the end days and for our own separate deaths at the end of our mortal life on earth is to heed the counsel of Christ and that of St. Paul.

Choose to be good.

Strive to be holy, so that we’ll be blameless when we, one day, stand before the Creator and must account for how we have lived the precious life He gave us.

The Greatest Commandment of all is to love God with our whole heart, our whole soul, our whole mind, and with all our strength.

May the joy and peace and love of our most beloved Jesus Christ the Lord be with you!

~Eowyn

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15 responses to “Sunday Devotional: How we are to prepare for the end days

  1. Dear Eo:
    Your last four paragraphs are for me the best writing you’ve ever posted, as they make absolutely clear the TRUTH that sets us free!
    As you know, the past five years have been the most difficult ever in my life, and having been victimised by truly evil, manipulative sociopaths was the low point. But even when down I was never OUT, because you and other good people made sure that I stayed in the Light, and that I never lost sight of it.
    The great good you’ve done in creating this site shows the world –trolls aside!– that what is good and true can never be defeated, because evil is ever-perishing.

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  2. Reblogged this on pocketgopherblog and commented:
    John 14:6 The only way to the Father, is through Me.

    A well written and Bible quoted article that makes this Sunday another great day to be on God and His Son’s wondrous side.

    May God bless and be with all of you who might read this and pass it along.

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  3. YES! YES! YES! Thank you Dr. Eowyn!

    We’ve been in the correctly defined “end of days” since the death and resurrection of our Lord, and the birth of His Church, the beginning of the “age of the gentiles.” When exactly the Lord will return is a secret. But no human will have to wait for more the the length of a lifetime before having to get right before God.

    “And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” – Micah 6:8

    When the Lord Jesus Christ returns, which is more likely to be his first question?

    “Did you get the timing right?”

    or

    “Did you obey my commands?”

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  4. Dr Eowyn, that Sabbath Day message was magnificent. God Bless you for your efforts.

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  5. Thank you to all for your kind words. May our Lord be with you. ❤

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  6. “The Greatest Commandment of all is to love God with our whole heart, our whole soul, our whole mind, and with all our strength.”……that’s all that matters Thank You Dr. Eowyn for this awesome reminder for us all. 🙂

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  7. I am saving this article (as I do for many of FOTM’s posts) on Delicious, the link or post-saving site on the internet, for future reading. What St. Paul and Our Lord are describing is, if one reads it slowly and carefully, is truly frightening—from a natural perspective. When the Apocalypse and the Second Coming occur, they will be—naturally perceived—experienced by the unprepared as truly catastrophic events.
    You seem to me to be exquisitely sensitive to spiritual matters, Dr. Eowyn. So were my parents (although they had their difficulties in articulating such things, as many people do). As a former teacher, and for the past 19 years a cab driver, I know from talking and listening to people that most people, even the very intelligent, have great difficulties in articulating things—due to a small vocabulary, anxiety, stage fright, etc., etc. But you do not have these problems. (A personal question: Are you a convert to Catholicism? My late Mother was. She had a sensitivity to these things but never explained things to me the way my father would).

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    • Thank you, Steven, for your very generous regard. I don’t believe I’m particularly “spiritual” — I just use my God-given common sense. 😀

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      • I don’t know any longer, EO, that ‘God-given common sense’ isn’t an oxymoron. Granted, God does give it, but why are so few able to use it? Or is it just my misperceptions?

        Help me out out, readers!

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        • “…you are living among a rebellious people. They have eyes to see but do not see and ears to hear but do not hear, for they are a rebellious people.” -Ezekiel 12:2

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          • So wonderful to read God’s Word. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for creating a real place to be with others who love the Lord and can fellowship. Last night I was thinking about how the founders would meet in pubs and discuss wonderful and new ideas and this feels like that place.

            Don’t know if you ever heard of the author Edward Cline but he wrote a series called “Sparrowhawk” set in England and Our New Nation. Great read. He is an Objectivist as in the Ayn Rand kind. I learned so much from reading her work also but when The Lord called me back to Him I kind of gave them up because the true ones are atheists. The philosophy is for man on earth and supernatural thought and God are not part of it. Sad because it is rational and laissez-faire capitalistic.

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            • That’s my problem with Ayn Rand and all atheist libertarians as well, who really are amoral. Rand was not someone I would want to know or befriend. Late in her life, she had an adulterous affair with one of her acolytes, a much younger man.

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