We have our orders!
Matthew 24:42 Watch therefore: for ye know not on what day your Lord cometh.
1 Corinthians 16:13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.
1 Peter 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers.
I was thinking about this and talking to the Lord and wanted to share about something that came up. I know many boards on the internet have news forums and many Christian ones will even divide their news forums into categories. For instance one board has End Times News, for a forum and then another forum for "regular" news. I chose not to do that for one reason. If we are in fact living in the end times, and I believe we are, then everything that happens IS end times news. Do you see what I mean? (I'm not knocking those forums who do divide the categories that way...I understand why they do it)
But I was thinking, if you were in the army and your commander gave you an order to go watch for the enemy, what would you do? For starters, you'd want to learn as much about your enemy as you could so you'd be able to recognize him. You'd want to learn about his tactics and what kind of schemes he'd used in the past. You'd also want to learn about your commanders tactics that He used to overcome the enemy before. The more you knew about your enemy and about your commanders way of overcoming him, the better you'd be able to recognize the enemy when you're watching and the better you'd be able to warn others of his latest scheme.
Well, that's exactly what our orders are! We have been commanded to watch, wait and pray. Does that mean we scour the bible for anything related to end times? Some people think so.
I think we should scour the bible for everything in it though, as every single sentence in the Bible will help us be better prepared for our duty. How can we warn others about the coming apostasy if we don't know the True Gospel??? We can't! How can we tell for sure if something is from the enemy unless we know our commander so well that no one could fool us into believing they were Him? I'm not saying that we shouldn't study things related to the end times, but rather that we should seriously study ALL of God's Word as every single word of it is relevant to our times.
We are the Lord's watchmen! Let us do our jobs well and be in His Word regularly, praying and asking for understanding, knowledge and wisdom; asking for discernment, and that His Word be written indelibly on our hearts. Let us be the best watchmen that we can be so we can warn others of what has already occurred and what is coming next!