Mark 13:31-33 “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.”
As a young boy, waiting for school to end and summer to come seemed like an eternity. Eventually, it came and went so quickly, we wondered where the time had gone.
The build-up to an event, time, or season in our life can sometimes be anticlimactic. The buildup is more exciting than the actual thing for which we are pining. Not so with our Lord!
Every promise answered. Every prophecy fulfilled. Every word spoken by God will come to pass – He promised!
As I look out on this day, I wonder; “Will You come, today Lord? His Word tells me:
“But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.”
Eschatology, or the study of end times, tells us that of the day and the hour no man can know. But, of the season, we see signs that point to the fact that we are indeed in the last days.
2 Timothy 3:1-5 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
This past Sunday, a preacher shared a recurring question;
“With over 45.7 million abortions performed in the United States, why hasn’t God’s hand of judgment come?”
It may be that all has not come to pass.
Mark 13:10 “And the gospel must first be published among all nations.”
We can debate the finer points of what may be holding back God’s hand of judgment or the event known as the rapture that will carry His church away in an instant; in the twinkling of an eye. But, a more excellent discussion would be:
“Are we doing all we have been commanded so that our disobedience, laziness, or apathy isn’t what is holding back the Lord’s return?”
Are we evangelistic in our fervor?
Do we participate in worldwide missions?
Have we been witnesses in every sphere we have been commanded?
Acts 1:7-8 “And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
Knowledge for knowledge’s sake is to be just like the Pharisees. Because if what we know does not move us to action, the spirit that overtakes us will become infectious to all around us and soon there will only be a remnant left.
Churches are closing their doors at an alarming rate. The call to our younger generation to take up the mantle has gone silent. The older generation has grown cold, and we are far better critics and sideline analysts that we are a Christlike example.
Jesus IS coming again. I know in some cases, my failure to witness will bring shame and blood on my hands for my lack. But it is also, my motivation. To succumb to the failure is to fail indeed.
To allow that fall to become my motivation in gaining victory is to allow my soul to be revived.
Believing that I will see my Savior face to face is a sobering thought. It isn’t a chance happening. It is a surety. I may never meet the President of the United States, my favorite sports figure, or a famous actor or actress. But I am 110% sure I will meet my Savior.
2 Corinthians 5:8 “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”
And if that is not enough, the very words of our Lord should convict and convince us:
John 14:1-4 “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.”
Faith must take us the rest of our journey here on this earth. Making the truth of His coming a solid foundation in our life and a motivating factor to do all that we can before He does will best prepare us for that meeting.
Even so, come Lord Jesus!