I never cease to be amazed at the continual speculations as to when will be the culmination of life as we know it. What are the signs of “end times?” When will the Lord return? What about the “rapture?” The continuum of theories keeps alive an anticipatory interest from generation to generation. Even today, sincere and dedicated theologians promote their theories on the “termination of the ages.” What is interesting to note is that the theorists are simply echoing what the generations of the past have predicted. The danger of speculating about end times is that if people are making predictions which fail to materialize, there is a danger that the “cry wolf syndrome” will materialize. Also, by continually centering on end times, which only God knows about, we lose focus on the here and now. Jesus will come back again, but instead of putting a case together as to when that will be, we need to major on presenting the Gospel in word and deed. We claim our Country has never been in such bad shape, and this alone points to the culmination of the age. I image the people in the Civil War felt the same way. What about the Depression and the Viet Nam War generation? The books of Daniel, Ezekiel and Revelation, along with other Scriptures, have been dissected through the ages with a convincing rhetoric that the end is near.
Instead of adjusting our ears to the coming sound of the Trumpet, let us hear Jesus tell us that He will never leave us. Instead of scaring people through end time promotions, let us draw people to the finished work of Jesus. Instead of doom and gloom, let us sound the message of forgiveness, hope and assurance. Until the Lord returns, let us serve Him with every ounce of strength that He has enabled us to have. If Believers were as concerned about presenting the Gospel as they are in trying to figure out the end time scenario, we would have a Christian Country again!
I am not minimizing the Second Coming of Christ, for HE IS COMING BACK! What we need to know is that Jesus’ return is determined by God and God alone. Until that day comes, let us keep focused on His calling.
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