Signs of the Close of the Age
4 And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. 5 For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, 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 various places. 8 All these are but the beginning of the birth pains....
11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come....
20 Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. 22 And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short....
24 For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand....
27 For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. (Matthew 24:4-8, 11-14, 20-22, 24-25, 27. ESV.)
That I May Dwell in Their Midst
8 And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst. (Exodus 25:8. ESV.)
This particular piece of scripture tells me a little bit about God's character. He desires to "dwell in [our] midst". But why?! We can be such a pain in the butt, yet He (who is so perfectly holy and righteous) wants to be among us...like when God walked around in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve. Just the thought of that makes my heart soar.
One Cherub, Multiple Cherubim
19 Make one cherub on the one end, and one cherub on the other end. Of one piece with the mercy seat shall you make the cherubim on its two ends. 20 The cherubim shall spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their wings, their faces one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubim be. (Exodus 25:19-20. ESV.)
Have you ever imagined cute, little, chubby, child like angels when you heard the word "cherub"? I know I did but the joke was on me. "Cherub" is the singular form of the word "cherubim" and from scripture we know the cherubim are NOT adorable and cuddly!!!
A friend (and sister in Christ) once said to me, "I wonder what angels look like. Each time they show up in the bible the first thing they say is, 'Fear not!'" If the cherubim and seraphim are any indication I imagine them to be very intense and perhaps intimidating...especially the archangels who fight against evil.
Jealousy Makes a Man Furious, He Will Not Spare When He Takes Revenge
32 He who commits adultery lacks sense;
he who does it destroys himself.
33 He will get wounds and dishonor,
and his disgrace will not be wiped away. (Proverbs 6:32-33. ESV.)
I appreciate that the Word of God does not pull any punches. It shoots straight from the hip and sometimes leaves me speechless. But here again, I get a glimpse of God's disposition...His absolute abhorrence of sin!
34 For jealousy makes a man furious,
and he will not spare when he takes revenge.
35 He will accept no compensation;
he will refuse though you multiply gifts. (Proverbs 6:34-35. ESV.)
Have you witnessed a man who is blinded by anger and/or jealousy? "He will not spare when he takes revenge" is such a piercing thought. Of what is a "furiously jealous" man capable?! My thoughts go to David, Bathsheba, and the death of Uriah (the Hittite)!