Saturday, August 30, 2014

What the Coming of Jesus will Look Like
We've talked about false Christs and false prophets before on this blog (see Related Articles below). We've talked about how these false Christian teachers will appear and that we need to not only be aware of this but on our guard watching for them. In his speech, Jesus again circles around to repeat this topic (so it must be important!).

Here is what Jesus said in Matthew 24:23-28 (ESV):

23 Then if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or 'There he is!' do not believe it. 24 For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand. 26 So, if they say to you, 'Look, he is in the wilderness,' do not go out. If they say, 'Look, he is in the inner rooms,' do not believe it. 27 For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28 Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.

Jesus concludes his thought with two images:

  • lightning flashing in the sky and
  • vultures circling in the sky.

Both of these images reveal something that can be seen by people from great distances. In other words, when Jesus comes, you and everyone else will be able to see him. It seems clear this means everyone in the world will be able to see him, no matter where you are.

He won't be hiding in the desert. He won't be concealed by a privileged few in some inner room in a remote location. When you hear of such things, remember that Jesus himself said there would be lies like this being promoted, so you can confidently dismiss them. (Tweet that!)

When Jesus comes, he'll come in a way where everyone in the world can see him. There will be no mistaking what's happening! (Tweet that!)

Denial? Yeah maybe. Especially since the false Christs and false prophets will have already come and performed great signs and miracles. Be careful what you believe based on what you see. (Tweet that!)

Think of what we see on TV and in movies that is not real but looks real because of special effects. Jesus said those who do these things will do this for the very purpose of deceiving people. And they will be very good at it, because Jesus said they will be able "to deceive even the elect—if that were possible." (Which kind of implies it's not possible, don't you think?)

(Also, there's a lot of discussion of who the "elect" are. I think it's fair to say they are the true followers of Jesus.)

But for those who are willing to look and see the truth, the coming of Jesus will be unmistakable. (Tweet that!)

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Those Days Will Be Shortened

In the next section as Jesus describes what events will precede his return, he talks about something that has always intrigued me. I can't say I understand it. It's a mystery to me. Let's see what you think.

Right after Jesus talks about "the Abomination that causes desolation," he says this:

...then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house.  Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again. 
If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. (Matthew 24:16-22)

Focus on two verses here:

  • verse 20: "Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath."
  • and verse 22: "If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened."

This has always sounded to me as if the time in which all the End Times prophecies will occur can shift in time. (Tweet that!)

I mean, if we can pray and affect the fact that our flight will not take place on the Sabbath, doesn't that mean the time for this to happen is not a set date in time? (Tweet that!)

And if the days can be shortened, or will be shortened, does this indicate some flexibility in the dates these things will take place? (Tweet that!)

If that's possible (and I'm not saying that it is), what is it that affects the changes that might occur in the date things will happen? It seems what can make that difference is our prayers. (Tweet that!)

And yet, End Times events also seem to have a "set time." (Tweet that!)

For example, Daniel said:

The two kings, with their hearts bent on evil, will sit at the same table and lie to each other, but to no avail, because an end will still come at the appointed time. (Daniel 11:27)

So it seems as though End Times events do indeed have a set time. (Tweet that!)

I know. That's a contradiction. That's why it's a mystery to me. What do you think?

If you would like to read more about all of this, I suggest you read the account of "the King Who Exalts Himself" (that would be the Antichrist) in Daniel 11:36 – 12:13.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The "Abomination that Causes Desolation" Spoken of Through the Prophet Daniel - Part 4: What is it? 

I'm not sure we know exactly what the "abomination that causes desolation" is or what it will look like, but it seems to be when the Antichrist comes on the scene and then sets himself up in the Jewish Temple of God and claims that he himself is God. (Tweet that!)

That is the “abomination that causes desolation.”

It is an abomination because there is no god but the one true God! (Tweet that!)

This is what the Lord says - Israel's King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty: I am the first and the last; apart from me there is no God. (Isaiah 44:6, NIV)
I am the Lord, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me... (Isaiah 45:5, NIV)

This causes desolation because the whole earth, meaning every nation, every people group, everyone, is gravely affected by what happens next. (Tweet that!)

This abomination begins at the time Daniel 11:31-32 tells us: 
His armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress and will abolish the daily sacrifice. Then they will set up the abomination that causes desolation. With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him.

Verse 31 tells us "his" (that’s the Antichrist) armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress. (Tweet that!)

Secondly, he will "abolish the daily sacrifice" of sheep at the Temple. Again, this tells us the Temple must be standing on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, because that is the only place where the daily sacrifices of lambs by the Jewish people can take place.  (Tweet that!(Can you imagine how many people will be against these sacrifices taking place, from the animal-rights people to other religions who find this repulsive?)

In order for this prophecy to be fulfilled -- that of the Antichrist putting a stop to the sacrifices -- the Temple must be standing and the Jewish sacrifices must be going on. Therefore, when the Temple is rebuilt on the Temple Mount, this is an extremely significant sign of the End Times which has not yet occurred in our day. (Tweet that!)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The "Abomination that Causes Desolation" Spoken of Through the Prophet Daniel - Part 3: Means the Temple Must be Rebuilt

The golden dome of the Dome of the Rock is prominent
on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem today.
The Dome of the Rock - Wikipedia

In the previous post we talked about the desecration of the Temple in Jerusalem by Antiochus Epiphanes. Because the actions of Antiochus Epiphanes purposely desecrating the Jewish Temple by sacrificing a pig on the altar of Zeus in 168 B.C. was not the complete fulfillment of Daniel's prophecy, there is a more complete fulfillment yet to come.

This fulfillment was in the future when Jesus spoke about it around 30 A.D.

It is clear that the "abomination which causes desolation" occurs at or in the Jewish Temple. The thing is, the Temple was completely destroyed in 70 A.D. when the Romans burned the Temple to the ground. (Tweet that!)

That was only 40 years after Jesus spoke these words. Ever since, the Jewish Temple has not stood on the Temple Mount. 

This Temple can only be located on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. (It's not like it can be built in another location. God instructed that it be located on Mount Moriah, which is also known as the Temple Mount. See Genesis 2:22 and 2 Chronicles 3:1.)

Therefore, in order for this prophecy to be fulfilled, the Jewish Temple must once again stand on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. (Tweet that!)

The rebuilding of the Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem is a subject of great animosity. Currently the Islamic shrine known as the Dome of the Rock, sits on the Temple Mount. I'm sure you've seen it. It's that large golden dome glistening in the sun whenever we see pictured the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Some people think the Jewish Temple can be built in another area so the Dome of the Rock and the Temple can both coexist on the Temple Mount. Others believe the Jewish Temple belongs in the location of the Islamic shrine, because "the rock" which the Dome covers is the foundation stone of the Temple. Either way, something significant would have to happen for the Jewish Temple to be rebuilt.

Because of the perceived clash it might cause between Muslims, Jews, and Christians, some people think rebuilding the Temple could ignite World War III. I don't think so because I believe there will be a "false peace" negotiated by the Antichrist. (But that's yet another discussion, prophecy, and blog post.)

Obviously this prophecy has not yet been fulfilled. But it is something to watch for, because it would definitely signal when we are in the End Times.

I believe the rebuilding of the Temple could happen extremely quickly. It's possible that, when the go-ahead to build is given, the Temple could be erected very quickly - possibly in a day, if it's possible to erect and use the tent-Temple, like Moses built, instead of the building-Temple, like Solomon and Herod built. (Tweet that!)

Nevertheless, next to the most significant fulfillment of prophecy in our day, which was the fact that Israel is once again a nation, in my opinion this is the next most significant sign of the End Times. (Tweet that!) I believe that because it is something concrete and visual. Unlike the "birth pains" that can leave us wondering "are we there yet?," there will be no mistaking the rebuilding of the Temple when it happens. (Tweet that!)

However by the time the Antichrist sets up the "abomination that causes desolation," so many people may be following him instead of Jesus that they may not recognize this abomination for what it is. (Tweet that!)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The "Abomination that Causes Desolation" Spoken of Through the Prophet Daniel - Part 2: Antiochus Epiphanes

Another photo I took of a model at of first century
Jerusalem and Solomon's Temple at
The Holy Land Experience, Orlando, Florida, USA
We could spend a lot of time working through the End Times prophecies and vision given to Daniel, but since we're currently working our way through Matthew 24, let's try to keep our look at Daniel's vision of the "abomination that causes desolation" simple. Maybe we can revisit Daniel's End Times prophecies another time.

In the previous post we looked at Daniel and his story and history.

In Daniel's vision of the End Times, he refers three times to "the 'abomination which causes desolation.' " This is what Jesus mentions in Matthew 24:15. Here are the three times where Daniel mentions this event: 

  • Daniel 9:27:  He will confirm a covenant with many for one 'seven.' In the middle of the 'seven' he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.
  • Daniel 11:31-32:  His armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress and will abolish the daily sacrifice. Then they will set up the abomination that causes desolation. With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him.
  • Daniel 12:11-12 From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days. Blessed is the one who waits for and reaches the end of the 1,335 days.
(For more on these numbers you might be interested in reading "How the Jewish Calendar Works.") (Tweet that!)

What is the "abomination that causes desolation"?  (Tweet that!)

Some people point to when Antiochus Epiphanes set up an altar within the Jewish holy Temple to the pagan god Zeus and sacrificed a pig on it, and unclean animal to the Jews, with the very purpose of desecrating the Temple. This occurred in 168 B.C.

But that was (approx.) 168 years before Jesus was born. Jesus talks about this "abomination" occurring in the future from when he spoke these words, and he was speaking approximately 200 years after Antiochus Epiphanes' desecration of the Temple, in about 30 A.D. So there must be another, a different, or a more complete fulfillment to come. (Tweet that!)

This is Daniel 11:35:
Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time.
This verse mentions "the time of the end" (which hasn't come yet because, well, we're still here). It is clear Daniel is writing about a more distant future time from the then-future time (now past) of Antiochus Epiphanes. From Daniel 11:35 on, Daniel is writing about a time that has not yet come, a time still future to us. (Tweet that!)

We'll talk more about it in the next post.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The "Abomination that Causes Desolation" Spoken of Through the Prophet Daniel - Part 1: Who is Daniel?

Photo I took of a model  of first-century Jerusalem
with the Temple at The Holy Land Experience
Orlando, Florida, USA
Let's look at the next section of Matthew 24:

So when you see standing in the holy place "the abomination that causes desolation," spoken of through the prophet Daniel -- let the reader understand -- then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now -- and never to be equaled again. 
If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. (Matthew 24:15-22, NIV)

Remember that Jesus is speaking. He is responding to the question his disciples asked in Matthew 24:3:

As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. "Tell us," they said, "when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?"

After Jesus lists the events we've been discussing since June 24 (The Prophecy Buff's Favorite Chapter: Matthew 24), he now begins to talk about " 'the abomination that causes desolation,' spoken of through the prophet Daniel." 

What is the "abomination that causes desolation?" There so much information there, let's take several posts to talk about it. (Tweet that!)

First, please notice that Jesus himself validates the prophecy of Daniel. (Tweet that!)

Who was Daniel? Daniel was a young man living in Jerusalem when the Babylonians, under King Nebuchadnezzar, invaded and took the people of Israel into exile in Babylonia (modern-day Iraq, Syria, Jordan, and parts of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Kuwait, and Iran). 

There were actually three deportations of people from Israel to Babylonia: 

  • Daniel was taken with the first group in 605 B.C. 
  • The second deportation came eight years later in 597 B.C. The prophet Ezekiel was taken with this group. 
  • The third and final deportation took place in 586 B.C., which is when the invading Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple.

If, as a child back in Sunday school or somewhere along the way, you heard the story of "Daniel in the lion's den," that's not a fairy tale. That's a true story and this is the same Daniel.

From what I can gather, I think Daniel was probably a teenager when he was deported to Babylonia and I don't believe he ever saw the land of Israel again. But much later he did discover, according to the prophet Jeremiah, this exile in Babylonia was prophesied to last 70 years.
This is what the Lord says: "When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future" (Jeremiah 29:10-11).
Because Jeremiah was writing from Jerusalem to those in exile in Babylonia, "bring you back to this place" refers to bringing the exiles back to Jerusalem. 

Many people are familiar with that beautiful promise of Jeremiah 29:11. But not many are aware of its context -- that it was written to the Israelites when they were in exile in Babylonia! I included verse 11 so you can see the context of that promise. (Tweet that!)

Even as a young man Daniel showed extraordinary bravery and leadership. You can read how his time in exile began here. (I'm not posting it all because of its length, although it will only take you a few minutes to read it):

Read Daniel 1:3-21 here.

That passages ends with a mention of the first year of King Cyrus, king of the Medes, which was 539 B.C. That means by this time Daniel had spent 66 years in Babylonia.

Note that in verse 17 we are told "Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds." Daniel not only interpreted dreams of Nebuchadnezzar (see Daniel 2), Daniel was given visions of the End Times by God. It was in these visions that he "saw" the "abomination that causes desolation." (Tweet that!)

We will look at the actual verses where Daniel told about this "abomination that causes desolation" in the next post.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Gospel of the Kingdom Will Be Preached in the Whole World 
Finally, in this paragraph, Jesus makes one final statement, one final event that must occur before "the end" comes (Tweet that!):
"And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come" (Matthew 24:14).

I remember in the 1980s or perhaps the 1990s hearing Christian mission organizations talking about the "1040 window" (the "ten forty window"). That's the geographical area within those latitude and longitude designations. This is an area of the world where many Christian mission organizations were sending Christian missionaries to tell the people the gospel of Jesus.

I also remember hearing them quote numbers on the "people groups" in the world who had not yet heard the Gospel. Then they described their plans to reach all these people with the good new of Jesus.

The plan: to complete, or nearly complete, this task by the year 2000.

Did they make it? Well I never hear of any claims that they have. I only continue to hear of people groups who need to hear about Jesus but have yet to. And that's okay. The right thing to do is to keep working whole-heartedly until He comes again. (Tweet that!)

Last week I heard a man talk about this very prophecy. He suggested it might be possible that if a "people group" has been given the gospel in decades or centuries past, that might fulfill what is needed here. Whether that people group "received" it, held onto the information about Jesus, and handed it down to each generation, or whether they refused to believe may not matter -- only that they had been reached with the Gospel at some point in history.

This makes sense to me. I don't believe that, to fulfill this prophecy, we need to reach a point where every person living in the world needs to have heard the gospel…and then the end will come. But, oops! Wait. Someone else was just born so we have to wait until they've heard the gospel. No, I don't think that's how it works.

The Gospel of Jesus must be preached everywhere, to all nations, as a testimony to all nations. (Tweet that!)

This testimony gives every nation, and every individual within each nation, an opportunity to follow Jesus. (Tweet that!) If they refuse, this will be the testimony against them that convicts them of the worst sin ever, the only unforgivable sin: unbelief in Jesus. (Tweet that!)

Frankly, I think we're probably already there. At the very least, if this prophecy of the end times has not already been fulfilled, then I believe we are very, very close. (Tweet that!)

Do you find that exciting? Or frightening?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Love of Many Shall Wax Cold
Jesus then says that because of all this persecution, hatred, betrayal, turning away from the Christian faith, false prophets leading many astray, and deception, this will be one result:
Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved (Matthew 24:12-13, NIV).

The New Living Translation says it this way:
Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold.
The New King James Version says it like this:
And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
"Lawlessness." How often are we hearing that word today? There's another prophecy all about that very term ("man of lawlessness," see 2 Thessalonians 2 - there's two different translations at that link), but that's a whole big discussion for another day. (Tweet that!)

The original King James Version uses this phrase which has always stuck in my mind:
And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
That phrase has stuck with me because it is such a visual image. "The love of many shall wax cold." (Tweet that!Love waxes cold. Love no longer flows. What a sad and desperate condition. But this is what will happen when Christians are slammed and silenced and persecuted and hated and betrayed to death. (Tweet that!)

God is love (1 John 4:8), and without His representatives in the world allowed to speak His truth about what is sin and what is right, when we are hushed from speaking the truth about sin, which is the most loving thing to do, love waxes cold. (Tweet that!)

But not all love will wax cold. The love of most or of many will wax cold, but not of all. (Tweet that!) The one who stands, those who remain firm in their faith in Jesus through to the very end, will be saved.

What does it mean that these people will be saved? I believe these are those who have already been saved to eternal life because of their faith in Jesus. (If you're not one of us, you can be at any moment you believe in Jesus as your Savior.) Because of Him, their love will never wax cold. (Tweet that!)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Many False Prophets Will Appear and Deceive Many People
As we continue our look at the prophecies Jesus gave in Matthew 24 of what our world would be like in the end times, He said:
…And many false prophets will appear and deceive many people (Matthew 24:11).

We have already talked about false prophets in several posts in this blog. To find them, you can go to the list of Labels in the right sidebar and click on the label "false prophets" and a list of all the posts labeled with that tag will come up.

Today, we need to carefully think about what false prophets might look like in our age. (Tweet that!) For me, I can think of two kinds of false prophets right away (Tweet that!):

  • leaders of false religions. A false religion is any religion that is not based on the truth of Jesus Christ as revealed in the Bible. 
  • And false prophets or leaders who claim to be within the true religion of Christianity but are not teaching truth.

Frankly I see many of each of these today.

In the United States, this once-Christian nation was founded on Christian principles by men and women of the Christian faith. Yes, I said the Christian faith (not "deists" like some try to claim today). Our freedom of religion allowed all faiths to be represented, but also allowed us to talk about our faith and, through reasoning and peaceful conversation, we could convince others of the truths of our faith. (Tweet that!) Today, however, Christians are hushed and bullied while other faiths are promoted and protected.

Also, I see many within the Christian church teaching and promoting principles that are not in line with true Christianity. (Tweet that!) For example, homosexuality is wrong, however many churches are not only accepting homosexuality as another "life style" but are ordaining church leaders who are openly homosexuals! God will not allow this for long.

However this is nothing new. And homosexuality is not the only sin God abhors, of course. The apostle Paul wrote about sin his letter to the Romans. Notice the list of different sins toward the end of the passage. Also notice the spiral downward with the three-time repeated phrase that "God abandoned them…":

18 But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness. 19 They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. 20 For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. 
21 Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn't worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. 22 Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools.23 And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles. 
24 So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other's bodies. 25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. 26 That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. 27 And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved. 
28 Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. 29 Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. 30 They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents.31 They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy.32 They know God's justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too (Romans 1:18-32).

In the United States homosexuality and same-sex marriage has been "normalized" and is now promoted as good and right. Those of us who speak out against it are slammed and bullied into silence. This can only happen because so many people are deceived.

These are only a couple of examples of how many false prophets are appearing and deceiving many people.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Many Will Turn Away From the Faith and Betray and Hate Each Other 
The next thing Jesus lists that will happen, after the persecution of Christians leading to many being put to death and being hated by all nations (Matthew 24:9), is this:

At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other… (Matthew 24:10, NIV).

This is what will happen under the pressure of the persecution. Some will turn away from the Christian faith. (Tweet that!

I guarantee this scares every true believer in Jesus. We wonder, Will I be one who turns away? Will I lose my faith? Will I be the one to betray fellow Christians? Will I hate other Christians…or be the hated one?

I believe those who are truly believers in Jesus will never turn away. (Tweet that!) Jesus himself will be with us and strengthen us.

Why is all this persecution happening? What is God doing? Why is He allowing this?  (Tweet that!

He is separating the true believers from those who are not true believers. The wheat from the weeds. His sheep from the goats, the fake sheep. (Tweet that!

Here is how Jesus explains what will happen a little later, in Matthew 25:31-34, 41 (NIV):

"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. [Tweet that!] 
"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world…' 
"Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels' "

Do not be afraid, my Christian friend. You are safe in Jesus. Again, the words of Jesus in John 10:25-30 (NIV):

Jesus answered, "I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father's name testify about me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. [Tweet that!My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. I and the Father are one." 

Here's another passage of assurance:

Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. [Tweet that!For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day" (John 6:35-40, NIV).

Just stand. We are strong enough in Jesus to stand. Just stand there in your faith in Jesus! When you have reached the end of your strength, when you are frightened and weak and can do nothing more, when there's nothing left to say and nothing left to do, just stand. (Tweet that!

"Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand" (Ephesians 6:13).