As we watch the political strife of these times before probation closes, we can get a warning, an understanding of how the close of probation actually is. So that when Jesus said in verse 15 behold I come as a thief, blessed is he that watcheth and keepeth his garments lest he walk naked and they see his shame, He says when probation closes the thief has struck. Blessed is the person who watches. Watches what? The drying up of the River Euphrates (verse 12), that the kings of the East might be prepared.
The behavior of the three unclean spirits like frog coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet, working miracles which go forth unto the kings of the earth and the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. It is this kind of knowledge that needs to be understood and watched, because as it is coming to its conclusion, God’s people must be so wide awake. They must be spiritually so much in tune that they will not be caught naked when probation closes and Armageddon is going to strike.
Can you see, if you have an error on the subject of Armageddon, how easy it will be for anyone to be naked at that time? The Adventist circles don’t seem to mind partaking in war, going to war. They went to Vietnam, they went to all these other wars, and the First World War, the Second World War. What were they doing? Were they watching not to be caught up in this terrible Armageddon warfare where everything is coming to its climax, to that Armageddon? We are to be watching, we are to have a relationship with Jesus.
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