Luke 21:36 “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”
Before Jesus went to the cross to die for the sins of mankind, He spent time teaching His disciples about what they must be careful of in the end times. When we say end times, we are talking about the period after Jesus ascends to Heaven. For years, preachers have said that we are in the end times because of what is going on in their day, but you have to understand that the end times are those times after Christ ascended to Heaven. Everything that Jesus talked about to the disciples concerning the end times happened to the disciples. This is one reason why Jesus admonishes the believer to be ready for His coming, because it could happen at any time. However, because of the happenings of the end times, there are several things about which Jesus teaches the believer to be careful.
First, the believer is warned not to be deceived. Verse 8 says, “Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.” There are many in the end times who will look good, but they have nothing to do with Christ. You can look at some of the well-known worldly preachers who fill stadiums with people, but they only make people feel good. My friend, beware of those who give people a good feeling but never preach against sin or give out the Gospel. Don't be deceived by their idea groups, feel-good religion; you have been warned by Christ that these compromisers would arise in the end times.
Second, the believer is warned not to be terrified. Verse 9 warns, “But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.” There seems to be chaos going on around the world. You must not be terrified of these things. Just because the world is in chaos doesn't mean that God has lost control. God is in control despite the chaos.
Third, the believer is warned to possess their soul. Verse 19 says, “In your patience possess ye your souls.” When you look at what precedes this verse, you will see that there are many things we face today that can obsess or dominate you, but Jesus warns not to let these outside, peripheral things cause you to change. Jesus is saying to let the inside dictate what the outside is doing. Don't let the pestilences, betrayal by family and friends, and the hatred towards believers cause you to despair. Watch that you don't change or lose faith in the end times.
Fourth, the believer is to take heed about becoming worldly. Verse 34 says, “And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.” It is easy to give in to worldliness, thinking that it will be easier to live in these times than it is to serve the LORD, but worldliness will never help you to be prepared for Christ’s coming.
What is the answer to these end times? The answer is to watch and pray “always.” You will never make it without these things happening to you unless you keep yourself busy serving the LORD and living a life of prayer. The end times are here, don't let them change you from what God expects you to be.