Greetings, brothers and sisters!
We find ourselves in the midst of an intense and prolonged storm, eagerly waiting for rescue. While charting this unique course and navigating these waters with the aid of the starry signs above, many of us knew that we were close to safe harbor, but who could have foreseen the crosswinds of this current crisis now engulfing the world?
All throughout the years leading up to this climactic moment, we have been warning of imminent danger and sudden judgment. And now, we are bracing for impact. The proverbial iceberg is right in front of us.
While some are going overboard, dreaming of creative plans of rescue via political, scientific, or military means, others are drowning in denial and dreaming of a brighter future on board a ship that is destined for irreversible wreckage and disaster.
Meanwhile, the Captain and Commander interjects with a reality check:
…wide [is] the gate and broad the way that is leading to the destruction, and many are those going in through it; how narrow [is] the gate and compressed the way that is leading to life, and few are those finding it! (Matt. 7:13-14, LSV).
As discussed in the video, there are two lanes going down the broad way leading to destruction (for example: the ideology of the Sadducees vs. the Pharisees; the Liberal vs. the Conservative; the Legalist vs. the Lawless).
Conversely, there is only one narrow path that leads to everlasting life: Jesus is the narrow gate, and He is the narrow way:
Jesus says to him, ‘I AM the way, and the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father, if not through Me’ (John 14:6, LSV).
Now more than ever, it is time for the Body of Christ to narrow the focus exclusively on the Author and Finisher of our salvation (Heb. 12:2). There is simply no other alternative.
As discussed in the video, the climactic ending of the book of Acts provides a prophetic template and preview of the final moments of the Church Age. The ship that has carried us this far can represent many things earthen and corruptible, but one thing is for sure: This ship is not our home, and it is destined to break up and splinter beyond repair.
Therefore, take heed. Lean not on your own understanding, look for no other lifeboat, and get ready to be life-flighted out of Egypt—in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, AT THE LAST TRUMP. Do not get comfortable here, and do not make plans to salvage the ship. It’s going down—fast.
Remember that all is not lost. If you have already trusted in Christ and you are a member of His Body, then you don’t have to worry a single second about losing your salvation. The Word of God is crystal clear: Though the ship will be a total loss, not one soul on board will be lost—all will arrive to Safe Haven when it is time to leave the ship behind (Acts 27:22, 24, 34, 37, 44; cf. Jn. 6:37-40; 21:11; Rev. 3:10; 18:4).
Jim: “Acts 27 and the End of the Church Age“Supplemental Resources:Pastor Tommy Nelson, Denton Bible Church, Sermon on Acts 27 entitled, “Certain People in an Uncertain World” (07/23/2017)
Hymn referenced by Pastor Nelson toward the end of his sermon: William C. Martin (1864-1914), “My Anchor Holds”
And it holds, my anchor holds: Blow your wildest, then, O gale, On my bark so small and frail; By His grace I shall not fail, For my anchor holds, my anchor holds.