Understanding the latter times

Pastor Willy González.

Brethren, we are definitely living in the latter times, therefore we must be prepared for the things that soon will happen. We don’t come to church to hear a feel good message but to accomplish our calling for this time. For this reason, we must analyze our life according to the times we are living in; we are running a spiritual race, but we are not doing it for fun or hobby, we are running to win the crown the Lord has prepared for each one of us.

II Timothy 3:1 (NKJV) But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:

To know is also to understand, therefore we need to understand what kind of time we are living, or else we will be living as the people of the world, i.e. in ignorance. The Lord is coming soon for His church, and we must keep this in our minds and hearts.

Luke 17:26-27 (NKJV) And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: [27] They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.

The Lord said that we must understand the days of Noah in order to understand the latter days; we must also keep in mind and analyze what happened during the days of Lot.

Luke 17:28-30 (NKJV) Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; [29] but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. [30] Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.

Days of Lot

  • Lot means coverage.
  • His growth and riches separated him from Abraham.
  • He saw the valley of the Jordan as the Lord’s garden.
  • He was visited by angels.
  • He lived in times of great sexual depravity.

Now let me say that Lot means coverage, and he had problems with his uncle Abraham; this means that in the latter times people will have problems accepting God’s coverage, they will seek their ways and reject God’s authority. Lot was deceived by what his eyes saw, therefore, the people who behave like Lot will go after the riches of this world and they will be seduced by false doctrines. These doctrines consider material prosperity and human achievements as the highest goals for a Christian. In the days of Lot, men sought to have sexual contact with other men, and this is exactly what we are seeing in these days.

Days of Noah

  • His name means repose.
  • He lived during a big climate change.
  • He saw corruption, wickedness, and violence.
  • His sons were Shem, Ham and Japheth.

One of the good aspects of the days of Noah is that the Lord will bring an integral ministration, that is, to the body, to the soul and to the spirit.

Days of Moses

  • A liberator was manifested for God’s people.
  • Children were slaughtered, especially males.
  • Plagues came upon the land.
  • Government was mixed with occultism.

The manifestation of Moses as a liberator represents the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. In the time of Moses, Pharaoh’s plans were like the actual schemes of the devil because he will try to keep God’s children caught in the world. Our enemy and his children are attacking men and children around the world in many ways, his work is to destroy society with noxious ideas.

Exodus 1:11 (NKJV) Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh supply cities, Pithom and Raamses.

When Pharaoh saw that Israel prospered greatly in Egypt, he decided to put heavy burdens upon them. In our days people work more than before, every day the burden is heavier. People spend more hours outside their homes, therefore, family and church time is shortened to just a few hours per week.

Exodus 5:9 (GNB) Make these people work harder and keep them busy, so that they won’t have time to listen to a pack of lies.

In the verse cited above we can see how the devil thinks, he pretends to put hard work upon God’s people, moreover, he says that the coming of the Lord and the rapture is a pack of lies. Therefore, we must learn the lesson and know that hard work is the will of Pharaoh not God’s will. Through this strategy, the devil will try to cause harm among God’s people, as we see in the next verse.

Exodus 6:9 (NKJV) Moses told this to the Israelites, but they would not listen to him, because their spirit had been broken by their cruel slavery.

Now I want you to consider the books that Solomon wrote, these are: Ecclesiastes, Proverbs and Song of Songs. These books represent the three stages of a Christian, i.e. the courts, the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies. In the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon describes all the things that happen under the sun, manifesting a great conflict within himself. In the book of Proverbs Solomon speaks about wisdom, and in Song of Songs he describes a life full of love; this is how a Christian should evolve. Therefore, we know that when someone loves the Lord, he will find the way to spend more time with Him, he will endure all situations by the power of love.

Ecclesiastes 1:3 (NKJV) What profit has a man from all his labor in which he toils under the sun?

Hard work means to be under the sun, that is, without coverage, and before this we said that Lot means coverage. Many people choose to be under the sun because they reject the hand of the Lord upon them, i.e. the five ministries that He established.

Ecclesiastes 2:18 (NKJV) Then I hated all my labor in which I had toiled under the sun, because I must leave it to the man who will come after me.

When someone is living under the sun, he doesn’t enjoy life, he suffers because he thinks that all his achievements will benefit others. But on the other hand, he who lives under God’s coverage, enjoys thinking that his work and achievements will bless his successors. Let’s see what things occur under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 3:16 (NKJV) Moreover I saw under the sun: In the place of judgment, wickedness was there; And in the place of righteousness, iniquity was there.

Ecclesiastes 4:1 (NKJV) Then I returned and considered all the oppression that is done under the sun: And look! The tears of the oppressed, but they have no comforter – On the side of their oppressors there is power, but they have no comforter.

This reminds us that God’s children have Comforters, but those who are without Christ live under the sun and have no comforter. Isaiah 61:3 says that there is consolation for those who mourn in Zion.

Ecclesiastes 8:9 (NKJV) All this I have seen, and applied my heart to every work that is done under the sun: There is a time in which one man rules over another to his own hurt.

This verse invites us to examine ourselves, whether we behave correctly when we have authority over people or not. A good Christian, with a clean heart will manifest the character of Christ when he is in leadership or authority.

Song of Songs 1:7 (NLT) Tell me, my love, where are you leading your flock today? Where will you rest your sheep at noon? For why should I wander like a prostitute among your friends and their flocks?

Song of Songs 1:8 (ESV) If you do not know, O most beautiful among women, follow in the tracks of the flock, and pasture your young goats beside the shepherds’ tents.

Again, the tents tell us about coverage, therefore the church of the Lord must be under the coverage of His hand. God doesn’t want His people to wander like a prostitute. Under the shadow of the Lord we will be protected and we will find everything we need.

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