not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:25 (NKJV)
One of the temptations that a persecuted people felt was the temptation to cease meeting together. Their meeting together was one of the tale-tell signs they were Christians. When they gathered together they were testifying of their faith and commitment to Jesus. This commitment to meet together would have brought the condemnation of the Jewish religious leaders and the suspicion of the Roman government officials. Since the condemnation of the Jewish religious leaders and the suspicion of the Roman government officials made life hard for them the natural temptation was to give up meeting together. The inspired author absolutely encourages them not to do this, but instead to continue meeting together and encouraging one another.
The author gives them an interesting reason for doing this. He tells them there is a great need for them to do this and that they are to continue to do this and so much the more as they see the day approaching. What day is the author talking about? The day the author is talking about almost certainly refers to the day of Jesus return.
The Bible teaches that there is a day set aside in which God will bring the world to an end. I see this in my mind I see it as a countdown timer. The timer started at the creation of the world and has been counting down every since. When the timer reaches zero then time is up and the game is over. What the author is saying is that the closer it gets to this day the greater the need for us to gather together to be encouraged in our commitment to Jesus. Why is this?
The closer it gets to the day of Jesus’ return, the more wickedness will increase. These things will attack our devotion to Jesus. The Bible says that in these last days that many will turn away from the truth and Jesus said that only those who endure to the end will be saved. The inspired author of Hebrews knew this and that is why he says we must not forsake the assembling of ourselves together but instead meet all the more as the day approaches. He says this because he wants them to persevere to the end. He doesn’t want them to fall away because of the hardships that are harassing them.
The close we get to the day of Jesus’ return, the more wicked the world will get. The more wicked the world gets the greater the opposition to our faith and commitment to Jesus will be. The greater the opposition to our faith and commitment to Jesus, the greater our need will be to gather together and encourage one another so that we can persevere to the end and receive all the promises that God has given us.
Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: Hebrews 10:35-36 (NKJV)
We need endurance to stay faithful to the end in order to receive all that God has planned for us.
For further study read 2 Timothy 3:1-5.
How does Paul describe the last days?
What will people be like in these days?
What kind of religion will prosper in these days?
How do you see these things in our world today?