“Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves are full aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.” 1 Thessalonians 5:1-2
Well, I guess you’ve all heard, once again someone is predicting the end of the world. The date? September 23rd, 2017. Tomorrow! Yikes. There have been many, many predictions of this sort, and it’s plain to see they’ve all been wrong. Not surprising when we actually examine what the Bible has to say. In the verses above, the apostle, Paul, says there is no need for Christians to concern themselves with this question. The end will come without warning. Jesus, in the book of Mark says that even HE does not know the exact date:
“But concerning that day or hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” Mark 13:32
Trying to figure out what God has specifically told us we can’t know is pretty presumptuous, not to mention downright sinful; probably right up there with Eve eating the apple. There is however, one big thing Jesus wants us to learn about the end of time, and here it is:
“Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know what day your Lord is coming. But know this, 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 24:42-44
Don’t waste your time speculating about when Jesus will come again. Simply be ready ALL THE TIME. This passage is immediately followed by two parables: the Ten Virgins and The Talents. The wise virgins didn’t wait to purchase oil for their lamps; the good servant used his talents to produce more. Don’t put your relationship with God on hold for the things that seem more important today. Be faithful now. Stay awake. The Lord IS coming. We just don’t know when.
P.S. I fully expect to be blogging tomorrow!