GB, Jesus' "Sermon on the Mount" has nothing to do with the apostate Jews end time!
And Jesus did not imply that everyone has their end time. He is describing an absolute foundation of faith- in the Beatitudes!
I didn't come into "end times" subject until I was fully grounded in the faith.
Sir, there is no end times for us Christians anymore. We are reaping what the early Christians sowed.
Everyone having their "end" is just that. We die and Jesus is right there receiving us to himself.
Jesus doesn't come as a thief in the night for Christians. Especially Christians who are alive! And NEVER as a thief!
God gave Jesus the Revelation (Rev.1) All was to happen soon according to the Father's decree. Do you get the gist of that?
So, look at Revelation again. God gave the time (soon) to Jesus to John.
We don't need to stand vigilant for anything! We just need to pray and stand on God's promise for us.
In love, and thank you.
1 Thess. 5:1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
3 For when they shall say
, Peace and safety
then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
6 Therefore let us not sleep, (Be Vigilant) as do others; but let us watch (Be Vigilant ) and be sober
7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober
, putting on the breastplate of faith and love
; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation
. 9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Vigilant means to "Watch", to "keep awake".
I don't believe the very popular religious teaching that we are all set, already there, and that "We don't need to stand vigilant for anything". I understand how attractive and comforting this religious doctrines sounds. "Peace and Safety" But the Scriptures say we are to "HOPE" for Salvation, not sleep as if we are already guaranteed salvation. Paul certainly doesn't instruct the Thessalonians in this manner as he shows in his instruction to them above..
And Peter also believes we should be vigilant, and Watch so that was are not caught unawares. .
1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant
; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 Whom resist
stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
And Jesus Himself also warned of the teaching of religious men who preach "Peace and Safety".
Matt. 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound
, the love of many shall wax cold.
13 But he that shall endure unto the end
, the same shall be saved
Endure means to "bear trials, have fortitude, persevere, abide.
I don't know who told you the followers of the Christ do not need to stand Vigilant for anything. But in all due respect, it goes exactly opposite of what the scriptures tell us to be.
Luke 21:34 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
35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
36 Watch ye therefore
, (Be Vigilant) 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.
I respectfully disagree with your reply based on the evidence posted above. I mean no offence.