Encouraging Scriptures for End Times
Below are some scriptures that are encouraging for believers. I provide links, tell you what they're about and make some comments.
Passages offering encouragement to believers
1 John 2:28 And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming. NIV
Romans 8 has many awesome encouragements for us throughout the chapter. Here are a few I've picked out:
We know our bodies will be resurrected if the Holy Spirit lives in us. (Verse 14) He has adopted us as his own children and made us heirs if we share in his sufferings. (Verse 18) These sufferings are zilch "compared to the glory that will be revealed in us." Meditate on that for a while. We get upset when some small amount persecution happens, but what is that compared to what we in Christ Jesus (power over sin, his peace and joy, power to love our enemies) and the joy we will have in heaven!
God loves us so much that the Spirit helps us pray and intercedes for us so that the right words get to the Father! Sometimes when we're tired or emotional or numb from sadness or our brain is fuzzy from who knows what, and we just can't think of what to pray, God knows, and he helps us in our weakness.
Romans 8:28-30 is a favorite of many. It reminds us of the many spiritual gifts God gives us when we're his children: He conforms us to his Son, justifies us and glorified us...
Even if the whole world is against us: if our "friends" have turned against us, if our family is against us and turns us in during the coming days of the Great Tribulation, if everyone at work is against us because of Jesus, if they call you an "extremist" or a "nutjob" or a "terrorist" because you don't go along with the NWO agenda...it doesn't matter! God is for us! He's the one that matters! He says what goes! He is the all-powerful one who rules in the end! There's no safer place to be than on his side. And even if we are persecuted to the point of death, and we die for Christ's sake, the ones killing us think they have "won". But it's not true. We win! We still will live. Because the Lord Jesus conquered death, being in him, we do too! In Christ Jesus, we are not condemned. We don't die (our spirit lives on), and none of them can separate God's awesome, all-surpassing, lavish, complete love for us, his children! Nothing. Nada. There is a lot of talk about "aliens" really being demons, CERN and demonic forces being released from hell. Doesn't matter. We don't need to be afraid if we're in Christ Jesus. We're covered. They can't touch that.
Death won't win over those who are in Christ Jesus. God gives us the victory to overcome death through the Lord Jesus. Give yourselves fully to him.
God is our hope, our refuge. Though we will have to go through many trials and tribulation, and some of us will be martyred for Christ's sake, he will restore our life again, increase our honor and comfort us again.
When Jesus comes back for us, we'll be with him forevermore!
Pray for your love to increase and for the Lord to strengthen your heart.
God is faithful. He will sanctify us and keep us blameless. He is faithful. And God is just. He will pay back those who trouble his children. 1 Thessalonians 5:6-10.
From that passage, I want to emphasize Jesus' words of encouragement in Matthew 24:13.
In John 15:9-17
Jesus, before he died on the cross and rose again, comforted and encouraged his beloved disciples with his words. They are a great encouragement and comfort meant for all Christians, especially in the End Times that we are now witnessing. He encourages us to remain in his love no matter what. Hard times will come. There will be great deception, an increase of wickedness, famines, pestilence, hyperinflation; and the love of many will grow cold. Jesus tells us to remember his life, suffering and death; and just as he remained in the Father's love, we are to do the same, remaining in his love, showing love to each other, so that our joy can be complete. John 15:9-12
As Christians, we are not loved by the world, not accepted, nor understood, because we follow Jesus and his teachings; And those who are not born-again do not know, understand, nor accept him. And so they will not accept his followers either. Jesus again comforts his disciples, and all Christians everywhere, with his loving words in John 15:18-25. He reminds us that the 'slave is not greater than the master', just as he had already taught the disciples earlier when he washed their feet in John 13:1-17. Then he was teaching them, and us, to serve each other in love. Now he expounds on it further and warns and comforts his followers.
But he doesn't leave us alone, like orphans, he gives us the Helper, the Holy Spirit to live in us and guide us. John 14:15-18. He reassures us that we who have been with him will testify about him. John 15:26-27. Rely on him. Stay in the vine. John 15:1-8
After Jesus tells us about how we need to be on guard of the false teachers, and the deception, he comforts us with these words in Luke 12:6-8. Then he reassures us that everyone who stands up for Jesus before others, he will also acknowledge us before the angels. Jesus is our advocate, as stated in 1 John 2:1.
Again, he tells the disciples to not let our hearts be troubled (worried) or be afraid. He loves all of his followers in the same way. John 14:26-27 He even tells us that he is preparing a special place just for us; and so of course he will come back for us, after he went to all the trouble to do that, right? Why? So we can be with him. That's how much he loves us. John 14:1-3 He again reassures us that he is coming back for us in John 14:28.
Revelation 2:8-10 8"To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again. 9 I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich! I know about the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor's crown. NIV
Revelation 2:17 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it. NIV
Revelation 3:4-5 4 Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. 5 The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels. NIV
Revelation 3:10-13 10 Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth. 11 I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. 12 The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will they leave it. I will write on them the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on them my new name. 13 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. NIV
Revelation 3:21 To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. NIV
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