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Luke 21:36
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Panimula ng Aralin:

Plagues, pandemics, natural disasters, rumors of war, famines, economic collapse and many others – much have been happening around the world lately in the past decade, and the world is looking for answers. Many could try to provide answers, but the most reliable source that man has is no other than the Bible, the Holy Scriptures, and God has assigned the Church, His people to know and tell the world what His Word tells us about these events.

Surely, if we do not know the Word enough, we may just say that history just repeats itself and these will all pass. Partly it is true (Ecc. 1:9), but if we know our Bibles, we will see that in this particular time and season that we are living in, something special is going on that bears the mark of something very grand in the Eternal Plan of the Almighty God that has never happened in all the generations before. And this very particular time and season that we are living in is the very generation when our Lord Jesus Christ would return (Matt. 24:32-35).

But before we get to the explanation why this is the particular generation our Lord Jesus Christ would return in, we will first study why every Christian should study End Times Prophecy. What do we mean exactly by End Times? We shall give it a very basic definition of “The specific time and season when the Lord Jesus Christ would return to establish His Eternal Kingdom” as foretold in Daniel 12:9. Though of course it will include several years and events leading up to this very particular time in appointed history. What then is End Times Prophecy? It is the prophecies or the signs that pertain to the End Times. We can also go to the term used by theologians and scholars, that is “Eschatology”, as another name for the Study of the End Times Prophecy.

Let us first brief ourselves why many Christians and Churches today are not knowledgeable in End Times Prophecy, and there are several reasons for this, including:

1.) Karamihan sa mga Kristyanong Iglesya ay may kaisipan ang mga aralin sa huling araw (Eschatology) ay mahirap maunawaan at nakahahati ng simbahan. There have been so many doctrines in Church History that have been debated and caused church divisions, and Eschatology, is one of them. Its mixture of figurative/metaphorical and literal language caused it to be hardly understood by casual reading. Eschatology demands serious study to be understood correctly, for it belongs to the meat or solid foods (1 Cor. 3:2; Heb. 5:12-14) of the Bible and is of the higher teachings. The ability of “rightly dividing the Word of Truth” (2 Tim. 2:15) and the knowledge of world history and current events are two key ingredients for understanding Eschatology.

2.) Ang Eschatology ay bihirang ituro sa mga simbahan. This is one direct result of reason number one mentioned above. I have seen that many Christians are eager to learn the End Times Prophecy, but cannot find the answers because their churches are not teaching it. This topic is best taught however in a series of lessons; like in a seminar for it is a deep study. 

3.) Ang mga mananampalataya at simbahan ay nagkaroon ng negatibong damdamin sa Eschatology upang ito ay iwasan. This is partially due to the two reasons mentioned above. Another reason is because we have also suffered wrong teachings regarding the topic. One example of this is that we can never know the time and season of His Second Coming. With this wrong teaching, we become aloof to End Times Prophecy when we witness specific signs that indicate ‘this is the time’ for Christ’s Second Coming. This particular misinterpretation of the Bible is to be discussed in detail in Lessons 2 and 3.  

Another reason for hostility against this area of Bible Study is that it is often seen as something separate from the Gospel of Salvation of the Lord Jesus Christ. To many, an in-depth study of the End Times Prophecy diverts focus away from of the Gospel. Many of these same people believe the Gospel is all that we need to preach and teach. However, if any saint takes the time to understand the message of End Times Prophecy and take it into his heart, he will realize he cannot preach or teach End Times Prophecy without teaching the Gospel of Jesus, and vice-versa! In fact, Biblically, End Times Prophecy is an essential part of the Gospel! Surely, John the Baptist and Jesus said, “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand!” (Matt. 3:12; 4:17; Mark 1:15). 

Now that we know the basic reasons why many Christians are not knowledgeable in End Times Prophecy, let us now discuss why every Christian should study End Times Prophecy. Studying End Times Prophecy brings us many blessings:

Pahayag 1:3 Mapalad ang bumabasa ng aklat na ito, ang mga nakikinig sa propesiya nito, at tumutupad sa nasusulat dito! Sapagkat malapit na itong maganap.

What are some of these blessings?

1.) Ang pag-aaral ng Eschatology ay pagsunod sa Salita ng Diyos. Most Christians read the Bible and see its truth but do not take their principles as commands. The opening statement of the Book of Revelation (the twin to the End Times book of Daniel) says,

Pahayag 1:1 Ito ang pahayag na ibinigay ng Diyos kay Jesu-Cristo, at sa pamamagitan ng anghel na kanyang isinugo, kanya namang inihayag kay Juan na alipin niya. Ang layunin ng paghahayag na ito'y ipabatid sa mga alipin ng Diyos ang mga bagay na malapit nang maganap.

The whole book signifies that it is a revelation of God the Father given to Jesus Christ, and its purpose is to show its servants the things that will happen soon, thru the writing of the Apostle John. If we claim that we are God’s servants, then we must take this revelation unto ourselves; for God never intended that this revelation be hidden from us, His servants. 

And if we in fact read and hear it, and keep the words of Revelation in our hearts, we shall be blessed. Remember, obedience always equals blessings: 

Pahayag 1:3 Mapalad ang bumabasa ng aklat na ito, ang mga nakikinig sa propesiya nito, at tumutupad sa nasusulat dito! Sapagkat malapit na itong maganap.

2.) Ang pag-aaral ng Eschatology ay tumutulong upang maituro natin sa mga disipulo ni Jesus ang buong aral ng Bibliya. When Jesus gives His Great Commission to His apostles, He says:

Mateo 28:19-20 Kaya't habang kayo'y humahayo, gawin ninyong alagad ko ang mga tao sa lahat ng bansa. Bautismuhan ninyo sila sa pangalan ng Ama, at ng Anak, at ng Espiritu Santo. Turuan ninyo silang sumunod sa lahat ng iniutos ko sa inyo. Tandaan ninyo, ako'y laging kasama ninyo hanggang sa katapusan ng panahon." 

We cannot the obey the command of the Lord to teach His disciples the whole counsel of God if we do not teach them End Times Prophecy. One of the Great Themes of End Times Prophecy is the establishment of the Eternal Kingdom of the Lord Jesus, which was explicitly mentioned in Daniel 2:44. And this theme is very central to the Gospel teachings of the Lord Jesus. In fact, two chapters of Matthew, chapters 24 and 25, deal with His Second Coming and His Eternal Kingdom. So, if we study End Times Prophecy and teach it to others, we are basically continuing the Gospel Message of the Lord Jesus Christ today.

3.) Ang pag-aaral ng Eschatology ay nagbibigay sa atin ng panibagong sigla sa pag-eebanghelismo. The divine task of evangelism is not confined to the select few individuals or churches, but it is for all Christians. Once the message of End Times Prophecy is understood and taken to heart, it will ignite our hearts into a new fervor to share the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ:

Judas 1:23 Agawin ninyo ang mga hahatulan sa apoy ng paghuhukom. 

4.) Ang pag-aaral ng Eschatology ay nagbibigay sa atin ng panibagong sigla para sa personal na kabanalan. Amidst all the hardships and sufferings that we endure, and all the sacrifices that we give for the Lord’s ministry, let us not forget that the major reason why we are saved is for us to be Christlike, and that is holiness: 

Roma 8:28-29 Alam nating sa lahat ng bagay ay gumagawa ang Diyos para sa ikabubuti ng mga nagmamahal sa kanya, silang mga tinawag ayon sa kanyang layunin. Sapagkat sa mula't mula pa'y alam na ng Diyos kung sino ang magiging kanya at ang mga ito'y pinili niya upang maging tulad ng kanyang Anak. Sa gayon, ang Anak ang naging panganay sa lahat ng maraming magkakapatid. 

Reading Matthew 24 and 25, as well us major Scriptures regarding End Times Prophecy, we can’t help but realize that God calls us for holiness as one key evidence of our true faith in Jesus. To those who watch for the Lord’s soon return, keeping awake and watchful also means being holy: 

1Thess 5:4-8 Ngunit wala na kayo sa kadiliman, mga kapatid, kaya't hindi kayo mabibigla sa Araw na iyon na darating na parang magnanakaw. Kayong lahat ay kabilang sa panig ng liwanag, sa panig ng araw, hindi sa panig ng gabi o ng dilim. Kaya nga, kailangang tayo'y manatiling gising, laging handa, at malinaw ang isip, at di tulad ng iba. Sa gabi ay karaniwang natutulog ang tao, at sa gabi rin karaniwang naglalasing. Ngunit dahil tayo'y sa panig ng araw, dapat maging malinaw ang ating pag-iisip. Isuot natin ang baluti ng pananampalataya at pag-ibig, at isuot ang helmet ng pag-asa sa pagliligtas na gagawin sa atin ng Diyos. 

5.) Ang pag-aaral ng Eschatology ay magkakaloob sa atin ng Korona ng mga Matuwid. This specific reward will be given for those who eagerly wait His Second Coming: 

2 Timoteo 4:8 Makakamtan ko na ang koronang nakalaan sa mga matuwid. Sa Araw na iyon, ang Panginoon na siyang makatarungang Hukom, ang siyang magpuputong sa akin ng korona; hindi lamang sa akin, kundi sa lahat ng nananabik sa kanyang pagbabalik. 

6.) Ang pag-aaral ng Eschatology ay tulong upang makamtan natin ang Korona ng Buhay. This reward is given for those who remain faithful until the end: 

Rev 2:10 Huwag kang matakot sa mga pag-uusig na malapit mo nang danasin. Makinig ka! Ipabibilanggo ng diyablo ang ilan sa inyo bilang pagsubok; magtitiis kayo sa loob ng sampung araw. Manatili kang tapat hanggang kamatayan, at gagantimpalaan kita ng korona ng buhay. 

7.) Ang pag-aaral ng Eschatology ay upang matiyak natin ang personal na kaligtasan. Not all confessing Christians are truly saved (Luke 6:46; Matt. 7:22-23). Understanding the message of End Times Prophecy and taking it to heart will help us to evaluate ourselves truly before God to be prepared for the great Day of the Lord.  

When the Pharisees failed to recognize the First Coming of the Lord Jesus, they missed to see that Jesus was their long-awaited Messiah (Matt. 16:1-4), and they lost their very souls for always rejecting Him (Matt. 23:13)! We hope that this will not happen to our present generation, and we should be watchful for His Second Coming. 

As a final note to this lesson, we study End Times Prophecy because we do not want to miss the Heart of God – His plans for His Eternal Kingdom, and for humanity. To others this study may be purely an intellectual endeavor, but personally, I am pursuing this as an act of getting intimate with my Father God. The more I study End Times Prophecy (and of course all the other truths in the Bible), the more the Fatherly Heart of God is revealed unto me, and the more I love Him and care for the people around me, especially the lost. And I pray that the same will happen to anyone reading this.

In the next two lessons, we will study in-depth how and why the Bible actually tells us that knowing the time and season of Jesus’ Second Coming can be discerned through careful study of End Times Prophecies, the whole Bible, knowing world history, and keeping watch of current worldwide events.

Tayo ay manalangin: 

“Lord God our Father, thank You for Your Eternal Plans and Purposes, without which there could be no hope for anyone who calls unto Your Name. I ask for Your forgiveness, because for so long we have been negligent and doubtful about the study of these plans, and of the End Times Prophecy. I humble down myself, and ask Your Holy Spirit to confirm into my heart the contents of this lesson – take away what is not Yours, and what comes from You in agreement with Your Word remain in my heart and mind. I ask Your Holy Spirit to guide me into all Truth, for You are God, and Your Word is alive and powerful, a perfect manifestation and revelation of Your Character, Love, and Eternal Plans. In Jesus’ Name, to You alone be the Glory, forever and ever, Amen!”

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