I notice alot of people feel in their hearts the tribulation is near..yet the bible says our hearts are wicked!
9 “ The heart is deceitful above all things,
And desperately wicked;
Who can know it?
Paul Washer sermon jam 1 ('how do you know you are saved' is his message...kind of important if you think the tribulation is about to start).
I am saying..don't trust your heart!
The definition for the heart in the bible means the mind..our emotions...feelings.
30 years ago I was having alot of end time dreams and felt in my heart the tribulation was about to start. It obviously didn't. Why was I wrong? Many others were saying the same thing. 20 years ago people were saying they felt in their hearts the end was near...10 years ago people were saying the same thing...last year people were saying this...a year from now people will be saying this...five years from now they will be saying this...10, 20, 30 years from now they will be saying this. Shoot they were saying this in Paul's day that Christ was about to return...
Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament
Now we beseech you, brethren, touching the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together unto him;
This outlines the chapter, which regards the Second Advent, an event which the Thessalonians had mistakenly assumed to be "just at hand," some of them actually having stopped work in anticipation of it!
The coming of our Lord Jesus Christ ...
For comments on this title, see under 2 Thess. 1:2. "Coming" in this place refers to the final Advent and not to some manifestation of power and grace prior to the Advent.
Our gathering together unto him ...
The great feature of the final day will be the uniting of believers with the Lord. The expression "gathering together" is found nowhere else in the New Testament except in Heb. 10:25, where it signifies the gathering together of the Christians for worship.
to the end that ye be not quickly shaken from your mind, nor yet be troubled, either by spirit, or by word, or by epistle as from us, as that the day of the Lord is just at hand;
This is Paul's denial that he ever taught that the judgment day was "at hand" in his lifetime. True, some of the Thessalonians had mistakenly understood it that way, but it was their fault by doing so, not Paul's; and in the same manner, the exegetes of our own times who are always prattling about Christ and the apostles being mistaken in their assumption that the Second Advent was soon to arrive have mistakenly read the New Testament, and it is their fault, not the fault of the New Testament. In fact, Satan may have had a strong hand in fostering the misunderstanding. Hendriksen said:
In view of 2 Thess. 3:17, the idea that someone had even sent a forged letter (a letter purporting to be from Paul) - though open to certain objections - cannot be lightly dismissed. F2
Shaken from your mind ...
This means "thrown off the course of sound reasoning and thinking."
It is clear enough from this verse that Paul denied having anything whatever to do with creating the false notion in the heads of the some of the Thessalonians that they might expect the coming of the Lord at once!
Then he clearly tells us what the signs will be ...what will happen just before the return of Christ. There is no need to try to rely on our feelings on this. When it happens you will know without a doubt what is going on.
So lets say the end is not near! What are you going to do with the rest of your life?
Do you know what plans God has for you? What work He wants you to be doing? Are you busy doing His work?
The best thing we can do to be ready for the end is be working on our relationship with Him! Everyone does these post to 'get ready' 'be ready'...but never say exactly what that is. I mean exactly how do you get ready for an antichrist?
Matthew 24 says those in Judea are to flee when they see the abomination of desolation standing in the holy place...
Some take that to mean to just flee wherever they are at...but yet if the whole world is affected by a beast...an antichrist, where exactly will it be safe? If earthquakes are going on everywhere, hundred pound hail is falling from the sky...fires burning everywhere...exactly where are going to flee too?
Since Jesus says those IN Judea need to flee I would say this only concerns those actually in Judea...
Someone on another thread brought up some good points on food shortage...that it would do no good to stock up on food as those hungry mops will be breaking down your door and stealing it..probably over your dead body. Plus not all of us have the money to buy extra food anyway.
Some think going to the woods and living will be a good idea, yet Revelation says a third of the trees and grass will burn and the water will be poison. Mountains leveled, islands disappearing...
Only the wicked seems to be trying to hide in caves.
So how do you 'get ready?'
The bible says nothing about us 'getting ready' or listening to our hearts to know when the time is near.
I would get ready like you would if you knew you only had six months left to live. Get right with God.