Matthew 24:3-14 AMP3 “While He was seated on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately and said, Tell us, when will this take place, and what will be the sign of Your coming and of the end (the completion, the consummation) of the age?
4 Jesus answered them, Be careful that no one misleads you [deceiving you and leading you into error].
5 For many will come in (on the strength of) My name [appropriating the name which belongs to Me], saying, I am the Christ (the Messiah), and they will lead many astray.
6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not frightened or troubled, for this must take place, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in place after place;
8 All this is but the beginning [the early pains] of the birth pangs [of the [intolerable anguish].
9 Then they will hand you over to suffer affliction and tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.
10 And then many will be offended and repelled and will begin to distrust and desert [Him Whom they ought to trust and obey] and will stumble and fall away and betray one another and pursue one another with hatred.
11 And many false prophets will rise up and deceive and lead many into error.
12 And the love of the great body of people will grow cold because of the multiplied lawlessness andiniquity,
13 But he who endures to the end will be saved.
14 And this good news of the kingdom (the Gospel) will be preached throughout the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then will come the end.”
In Matthew 24, Jesus is talking about the last days, before He returns. And there is a reason why God’s people are acting so wickedly.
In verse 12 it says, the LOVE of God’s people will wax cold. How? Verse 10 says many shall be OFFENDED.
Yes, offense is a much bigger problem than many know or understand. LOVE is opposite of offense. Without love, when we pray to God we just sound like noise to Him, (see 1 Corinthians 12:1-8).
If we do not have love, we cannot truly forgive someone. You can’t say you love someone and not forgive them, and vice versa, that’s not love. And if we don’t forgive others, God cannot forgive us, (see Matthew 6:14-15). Jesus The Christ commands us to love and forgive!
God IS LOVE, (see 1 John 4:7-21), so we need to be imitators of Father God, and speak His language, LOVE.
I cannot emphasize how important love is.
I understand everyone had been hurt, wounded, OFFENDED by someone somewhere at sometime. I understand it’s hard to forgive, so that is why I keep pushing the book, “THE BAIT IF SATAN” by John Brevere. It will help you to release the hurts and offenses that you have. I promise.
Do not allow the offense to hinder your relationship with Father God! It’s not worth it.