What I Read Today;
Exodus 13-14; Psalm 24; Matthew 24; 1 Corinthians 8
Things are sure getting interesting, aren’t they?
Over the past 30 years, we’ve lived through an onslaught of events around the world. Many people have used these events to point to the coming of Jesus Christ.
When I was in the Air Force, stationed in Germany, I remember that many were claiming Christ was coming during the first Gulf War. Some even proclaimed that Armageddon had begun.
Then there was the year 2000 prophecies. I remember watching one televangelist proclaim that God worked in two thousand year increments. 2000 years from Adam to the flood, 2000 years from the flood to Abraham, 2000 years from Abraham to David, 2000 years from David to Jesus and now 2000 years to the second coming. Yep, he had it timed perfectly.
9/11 brought a whole new breed of doomsdayer’s. Osama Bin Laden was the new anti-christ, Shia terrorists were his army, and Christ was coming soon.
Then there was the second war in Iraq. Prophecy “experts” ran wild with that one once again.
Now the confrontation with Iran that appears to be brewing has started things over again.
In Matthew 24, Jesus tells us that times like these will come and go. At a time appointed by God, that only God the Father knows, Jesus will come back. I realize that it’s fun to theorize the second coming of Christ. I also understand that you can sell a ton of books by claiming you know the details. The overarching message that Jesus leaves us with is as follows:
- Don’t be fooled
- There are a ton of people out there who want to make money off of Jesus’ return. They love to pawn themselves off as experts on the subject of prophecy. They puff out their chests and tell us things that are just vague enough to slip out of when things don’t happen the way they predicted. I remember the turn of the century that individuals were claiming that Christ was coming. These individuals were able to convince people to sell their homes and all their possessions. They then convinced them to give that money to the church. On New Year’s Eve, they were all praying for Jesus’ return. Do you think they ever got their money back?
- Keep watch
- It’s Ok to pay attention and wonder. Keeping watch is not in itself a bad thing. However, it shouldn’t consume your every waking moment. You shouldn’t lose sleep over it. You should look forward to it. The thought of Jesus coming back should bring a smile to your face.
- Looking forward to Jesus’ return is not only OK; it’s what we should be doing. But I don’t think Jesus wanted our lives to be consumed with anxiety about his return.
- Stay Faithful
- This one is critical. If we truly believe that Christ is coming soon, then we need to get off our rear ends and reach out to people with the Gospel. We need to tell people that God loves them! Our goal must be to reach as many people with the love of Jesus Christ as is humanly possible. Honestly, the Church has one mission. That mission is to spread the message of hope, forgiveness, and grace to a lost and hurting world. If we focus on doing our job, then the rest will take care of itself.
- Jesus Words will never pass away!
- Finally, God’s word will never cease. His message of hope will never change. His mercy will live forever!
We have no idea when Jesus will return. So let’s get to work!