DCLM Daily Manna 28 March 2023 Devotional By Pastor W. F. Kumuyi — Carelessness In The Last Days.
TOPIC: Carelessness In The Last Days. (DCLM Daily Manna 28 March 2023)
KEY VERSE: “And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man” (Luke 17:26).
TEXT: Luke 17:20-37 (KJV)
20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
22 And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it.
23 And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them.
24 For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.
25 But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation.
26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
31 In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.
32 Remember Lot’s wife.
33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.
34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.
35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.
The lyrics of the song, “I Wish We’d All Been Ready”, written by US songwriter and musician, Larry Norman in 1970, comes to mind. It has been a great influence on believers for decades. The first stanza reads: “Life was filled with guns and war, and everyone got trampled on the flour. I wish we’d all been ready. Children died, the days grew cold, and A piece of bread could buy a bag of gold, I wish we’d all been ready”.
And the chorus: “There’s no time to change your mind, the Son has come, and you’ve been left behind…” Christ laid out the condition of things when He will return to the earth. The days that precede His coming are referred to in the Scriptures as the last days or the end times. He predicted that self-love will prevail over the love of God. There will be feasting, eating, and drinking, as man lives and acts in utter disrespect and disregard for God and His word.
And when He comes to take His people away during the rapture, a lot of people would be left behind. And seven years after, He returns again for the second phase of His advent. But before then, the Antichrist would have deceived many during the time of the great tribulation, which is described in the Scriptures as the time of Jacob’s trouble. Christ will then destroy the Antichrist and his cohorts, put Satan in the bottomless pit, and commence His thousand years reign of peace.
The days in which we live right now are the last days. These are the days Jesus prophesied about in our text. Sinners are careless about their souls and believers are distracted by celebrations and festivities. This carelessness will go on until the rapture takes place, and only a few believers who are alive in Christ and remain in fellowship and active service shall be raptured. The remaining careless saints will partake of the sufferings of the great tribulation. How ready are you?
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
The greatest gamblers today are Christians who are unmindful of the rapture.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
Deeper Life Daily Manna was written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.