50 DAYS TO UNDERSTANDING THE END-TIMES MORE ACCURATELY - DAY 47 : THE END-TIME CALL TO SOBRIETY - AUDIO & VIDEO

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This is DAY FORTY SEVEN of the daily devotional.


I am releasing a 50 day daily devotional about the end-times as revealed in Scripture. Along with the text, I will be providing a video where I cover the text of the day, and @verbal-d will be providing an audio version of it. That way, whether you want to read, watch, or listen, you'll be able to enjoy this study as you wish.

The plan is to release this devotional over the next 50 consecutive days, but life may "get in the way." We will do our best, but please be patient with me if I fall behind.

The SoundCloud Audio from @verbal-d

The YouTube Video from @papa-pepper

The Text I Originally Shared on the @narrowminded Account

DAY 47 : THE END-TIME CALL TO SOBRIETY

Though we cannot get around what Matthew 24:48-49 says, “that evil servant shall say… My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to… drink with the drunken,” if this was the only occurrence of such a message, we could conclude that God certainly did not put as much of an emphasis on this as I do. However, as I am about to show, this is a clear and repeated message as it specifically relates to the end-times.

“Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober…” (1 Thessalonians 5:6-8a)

This passage clearly contains two exhortations to be sober. Drunkenness is even specifically mentioned between these exhortations. This passage appears between the teaching of “the day of the Lord” coming “as a thief in the night” (1 Thessalonians 5:2) and the well-known “For God hath not appointed us to wrath” (1 Thessalonians 5:9). Without a doubt, this repeated command of sobriety is in an end-time context. It is also worth noting that the first mention instructs “let us watch and be sober.” The “evil servant” gives up watching because his “lord delayeth his coming” and begins to “drink with the drunken.” The time that we most need to be watching is when the temptation of strong drink for the pretribulationists will be strongest.

“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ:” (1 Peter 1:13)

The word translated as “sober” here means “clear-headed” or “self-controlled,” and no specific mention of drunkenness is contained in this verse. However, being self-controlled and clear-headed is contrary to drunkenness. If Noah had been self-controlled he would have not passed out naked, and if Lot would have been clear-headed he would have never gotten his own daughters pregnant; but, these men were drunk. This specific appeal is made pointing to the “revelation of Jesus Christ,” when He returns for us.

“But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.” (1 Peter 4:7)

The word translated as “sober” here means “to be in a right state of mind” or “to be self-controlled;” much like the Greek word in the last passage, though a different word is used here. Again, if we are “under the influence” of strong drink, we are not in our “right state of mind.” Interestingly, the same Greek word translated as “sober” in the previously mentioned verse (1 Peter 1:13) is translated as “watch” in this verse. Technically then, because “the end of all things is at hand” we are twice exhorted to be sober and in our right mind.The strength of this message should be obvious since this one short verse mentions it twice.

Since the conclusion that Jesus had not shown up on time was what caused the “evil servant” to turn on his fellow-servants and begin to eat and drink with the drunken, I do not think it is strange that we are so often warned not to be deceived and to carefully pay attention.


Point #1: We are repeatedly warned to stay under control and keep our heads as the last days approach, and as we enter them.

Point #2: We must therefore remain sober.

Point #3: We must also be willing to suffer as we wait.

CLOSER

If anyone is really interested, I did post the entire volume through an alt account over a year ago. I did so as an experiment to see how hard it would be for a new user to get noticed on steemit, so I didn't let anyone know that I was doing it. You can click here to a post that has links to the entire 50 days of this devotional if you really want to read ahead. That information has always been available there since I first posted it. It is not the purpose of this series to just copy all of my previous work, but instead to transform it into some new outlets by releasing it in an audio and video format, to broaden the reach that this work has.

Again, though I will certainly never claim to know it all, I do believe that many are being lead astray by some popular beliefs. I hope that this project will be able to help many others understand the end-times more accurately. Thanks!

PREVIOUS POSTS

Just in case you are new to this series and wanted to check out the previous audio or videos, here are links to the posts from each day of this series.

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Until next time…

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Sobriety rules!

thank you for the update @ papa pepper , you have really taught me alot since you began the series , may GOD BLESS you.

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Thank you @monjan!

woe .... greatly add science to the post ...@papa-pepper
we must be patient and also always have to pray...

Great eye opening information,
Remembering, Everything has an END.
Thanx papa-pepper

nice post thanks for searing....

Oh lord ,make me ready for that day.

This is a really interesting topic. I am a Muslim and I guess many of teachings are similar about the end times. Like we both believe that Jesus Christ will return towards the end times. Will study Bible too to study more.

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Cool! Perhaps will you learn something. Thanks for checking it out!

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Thank you

I came across a scriptural passage that admonishes believers never to be tired in unravelling the mistery of the kingdom

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Nice!

The 'End Times' were actually ALL 1st Century events. Sorry to burst your bubbles.

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Upvoting and following.

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Good stuff, the mysteries are being uncovered

Thank you for sharing. This is very informative

https://steemit.com/christianity/@ammyluv/where-did-we-go-wrong

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Hello there, if you will follow my advice; it is not advisable to post links in the post of other people except if they request for it.

sober means not drinking alcohol, though it has other meanings, but I think being used here contextually sends a message about drinking. Well I won't dispute the fact that drinking has ruined the lives of people turning good men to bad ones. Let us be sober