Saturday, August 9, 2014

Are we living in the last days?

By National Geographic Channel (Original here) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
by Gregory A. Johnson

Today, there is more of an infatuation with the end of days than in any other time I can recall during my lifetime. Movies have been made, books written, and predictions made. Preppers are building bomb shelters, stockpiling food, water, guns and ammunition, while buying up silver and gold. Are we living in the last days?

The last days began with Jesus coming into our world and was accelerated at the cross of Christ when those three powerful words, “it is finished,” were uttered from the parched lips of our tortured and dying Savior.

Throughout the years, many have predicted the return of Christ for his followers. These dates have come and gone, but the truth of Jesus’ return remains. Each time a prediction is made with the date passing, some are swayed into believing that it is nothing more than a myth, but it is not a myth; it is truth and will occur at God’s beckoning, which will not be in response to his creation’s predictions. God will not consult with anyone.

Jesus said, "But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. (Matthew 24:36-44 ESV)”

So, as Christ-followers, besides being in a continual state of readiness, what are we to do? Jesus answers that question in a few verses of Scripture prior when he says, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:14 ESV)”

The gospel is good news. Jesus showed us what the kingdom is all about through his words and actions when he came into our world to show us how to live and how to die.

Beloved, Stay encouraged. As you allow Jesus to live through you, those around you will see his kingdom at work. You have a bright future. Jesus is with you and will continue to be with you through all this world brings your way in these last days. The best is yet to come!

Know that you are loved,
gaj

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