Steven S (10 May 2011)
"The Spirit of Elijah and prophetic ministry at the end of the age"

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While reading an article about the Spirit of Elijah and prophetic ministry at the end of the age by Sam Clough below I also found
Spirit of Elijah and prophetic ministry at the end of the age
Watching for His Return



“The coming of the Son of Man can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. When he left

home, he gave each of his slaves instructions about the work they were to do, and he told the gatekeeper

to watch for his return. You, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know when the master of the

household will return—in the evening, at midnight, before dawn, or at daybreak. Don’t let him find you

sleeping when he arrives without warning. I say to you what I say to everyone: Watch for him!” – Mark

13:34-37 NLT-SE


A. Many in the church are weary of eschatology because of unbiblical teachings and predictions that

did not come to pass. Because of this many treat eschatology as peripheral or even avoid it


B. Jesus always intended that we be an eschatological people. The entire point of this parable is that

the church must be aware of the events that accompany the His return and should be found

eagerly watching for them.

1. Our heart stays in a posture of watching because of our tender love for Jesus and our

desire to see Him return. A people that truly love Jesus will eagerly watch for His return.

An eschatological focus is natural for those that love the person of Jesus.

2. Eagerly watching for these events helps us to keep life in focus. When we know that

magnitude of the coming events, we are less focused on distractions in the present. When

we understand the temporary nature of so much that surrounds our daily life, we are less

apt to become entangled and distracted by cares that weigh our heart down. Watching for

Him like a gatekeeper keeps us focused on Him rather than other distractions.

3. Jesus warns that the pressures surrounding His coming will produce pressure on the earth

that will never again be duplicated (Mark 13:19). He commands us to be a watching

people so that we will have awareness of the times and seasons. He also expects us to be

able to be a voice in that hour to billions who will be in the valley of decision with no

understanding of what is overtaking them. It is not an accident that gospel goes to every

tribe and tongue (Matthew 24:14) in the midst of this context of trials and shaking.

C. Though Jesus is clear that only the Father knows the time, the focus of His instruction is clearly

that we should be watching and ware of the times and seasons. It is clear that He expects us to be

aware of the times and seasons and be prepared for the events that will come upon the earth.

D. There is great urgency in Jesus’ commands to watch.

1. Jesus knows that only an urgent posture towards His return will enable believers to live in

an unencumbered manner. This urgency is necessary for every generation.


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2. Jesus’ urgency is also directly intended for the generation that will be reading this words

and actually enduring the things Jesus describes. We are quick to say that we believe we

are in the last days, but are we as quick to embrace the things that Jesus predicted and

calls us to?

E. Jesus command to watch comes with intensity and urgency. He intends the full force of it to be

felt and that we respond to it.

“And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!” – Mark 13:37 NKJV

1. Mark records the summary of Jesus’ discourse with a single command to watch.

2. Jesus does not just direct this command to a few but all. The language also indicates that

this was not an isolated message for Jesus. The command to watch was something Jesus

directed to all. It is not difficult to imagine Jesus lifting up a cry to all men to watch.

3. Just as Jesus preached repentance to all men, so too He preaches watchfulness to all men.

4. Jesus does not intend us to be surprised or caught off guard. He intends that we are fully

prepared for the last days. He intends that we partner with Him by being a witness to the

earth in the midst of the crisis. This is how He intends to fulfill Matthew 24:14.



“And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these

things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and

kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various

places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and

kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake…And because lawlessness

will abound, the love of many will grow cold…And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached

in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” – Matthew 24:6-14


A. Matthew’s parallel passage is very clear to include Jesus’ prediction of the proclamation of the

gospel to every people group (Matthew 24:14) within the context of eschatological events.

1. Think of whatever you see as the most horrible period of pressure or persecution and then

consider the weight of Jesus’ words.

2. There has never been a day like the day that is coming and that day will come in the

context of global proclamation of Jesus.

B. The completion of the task of world evangelization takes place within the context of massive

political and geological shakings across the earth.


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C. Many have seen Matthew 24:14 as a requirement for the Lord’s return, and it clearly is, but we

must also understand that it is not just a requirement for the Lord’s return that, upon fulfillment,

will usher us into the last days. It is an event that actually occurs within the context of the

immense pressures of the last days.

D. God has so orchestrated the plan of history that the pressure of the last days and the

evangelization of the earth are parallel events running together in partnership. The crisis of the

last days is one of the primary mechanisms that cause the gospel to spread to every people group

on the earth. This is a staggering and terrifying reality.

E. Eschatological pressures are the mechanism that the Lord will use to cause the gospel to extend

to every tribe and tongue. These events and world evangelism cannot be separated. It is a grave

mistake to approach missions and global evangelism outside of the context of the pressures,

trials, and tribulations of the last days because they are a critical component.

F. While our hearts should rejoice that it may be possible to finish world evangelization within a

generation, it is also a serious warning about the day in which we live. We cannot live as though

the fulfillment of Matthew 24:14 will be the event that is a cause of eschatological events.

Instead we must see it as a result. If world evangelization is near, it means we are entering in to

the very troubles and sorrows that will help bring Matthew 24:14 to pass.

G. It is foolish to engage in missions, ministry, or marketplace ministry without eschatological

urgency and understanding. This does not mean embracing unbiblical ideas or predictions, but it

does mean obeying Jesus’ clear command to have awareness of times and seasons and to live in

a posture of watching like a gatekeeper.


A. The modern prayer movement is a sign and a wonder. Beginning in Korea’s prayer mountains

and now sweeping all throughout the earth, the prayer movement is moving across the earth with

a velocity that is staggering.

B. It is critical that we have proper understanding of the prayer movement. The prayer movement

has not arisen in a vacuum. There is a reason it is spreading across the earth.

1. The prayer movement is God’s way of preparing the earth for the house of crisis that is at


2. He will use weak and broken people huddled in prayer rooms around the earth to prepare

the earth for a crises that Jesus warned would be un-survivable if God did not shorten it.

3. God will shorten it on behalf of believers eagerly watching and crying out, as Jesus did,

to others to watch.

C. Prayer rooms are to be incubators in which the Lord prepares believers to endure the crisis and to

lead masses of people who will be in disbelief and confusion as pressures increase. This ministry

will be critical to both believers and non-believers.


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D. There is a divine strategy in the convergence of the last days, missions, and the prayer

movement. It is imperative that we see all three of these things together. They cannot be isolated.

They are not separate and distinct events. They are all in harmony with one another. You cannot

have one without the other. Nor can one be understood without the other.

E. The prayer movement is a very serious thing for the survival of believers. There is much more at

stake in prayer rooms around the earth than we realize.
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