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It is not time yet

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Stephen Johns

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Transcript of It is not time yet

It is not time yet
Mark 13:7-8
Reading The Lines . . . or In Between Them?
Ignorance of History
Ignorance of 'End Times'
Consequences of this thinking
The True Intent of Christ
Commanded to Not Fear
"Don't be afraid, I am leaving to prepare for you."
John 14:1-3

"1 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”
You can trust me
My leaving is to help you not harm you
I will come back for you and it will be joyous
2 Thessalonians 2:1-2

“1 Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, 2 not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.”
"Don't be afraid, I haven't come yet"
You haven't missed Him
"Don't be afraid, these are the birth pains of My plan"
The command to not fear is a command to trust the person, plan, and work of Jesus Christ.
It is a command to Believe
What can we lose?
The things that we lose from wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes, and famines are not what matters most.
What is the purpose?
By enduring suffering with patience the reward of our experience of God’s glory in heaven increases (II Corinthians 4:17-18).

God uses the sufferings of his missionaries to awaken others out of their slumbers of indifference and make them bold (Philippians 1:14).

The sufferings of Christ’s messengers ministers to those they are trying to reach and may open them to the gospel (I Thessalonians 1:5-6).

The sufferings of the church is used by God to reposition the missionary troops in places they might not have otherwise gone (Acts 8:1).

The sufferings of missionaries is meant to magnify the power and sufficiency of Christ (II Corinthians 12:9-10).
2 Corinthians 12:9-10

“9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
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