Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid (3 of 7) by Brad Whitt

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Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid (3 of 7)
Series: Ready Or Not. . .Here He Comes
Brad Whitt
Matthew 24:3-21



INTRO: I want you to take God's Word now this morning and be finding your place at Matthew chapter 24 if you would. Matthew 24 and in just a few moments we'll be looking at verses 3-21. We are in a series of sermons this summer on the Second Coming of Christ that we have entitled, "Ready Or Not . . . Here He Comes." And what we're doing in this series of sermons is simply hitting the highpoints of the return and reign of Jesus.

We began by looking at what is known as "the rapture." That time when Jesus will come back with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God to call His church together to meet Him in the air. Then last week we looked at what will follow that amazing event and that is what is known at the Judgment Seat of Christ. The Bible says that there is coming a day when all of the saved of all of the ages are going to gather before what is known as the 'bema,' or 'the judgment seat,' and Jesus is going to call each and every one of us out from that multitude to stand in front of that multitude for a time of revelation, review and reward. It will be a time of tears as we see the missed opportunities of our lives. It will be time of terror as the Lord Himself goes through our lives – our actions, our words, our attitudes, our faithfulness, and our motives – with a fine-toothed comb. But mostly it will be a time of triumph as God rewards those who have known Him and loved Him and served Him, sometimes in desperate, desolate places, year after year after year upon this earth.

I'll tell you, I think we'll be amazed on that day to see who will receive those rewards and who won't. You know, sometimes we really do fall into a kind of cult of personality. And what I mean by that is that sometimes we get the idea that it's the preachers with the well-known names, who preach on tv, who'll have the most rewar ...


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