An Exhortation October 5, 2016Posted by stevekerp in Uncategorized.
The end of the present evil age, the restoration of the created order from the ravages of sin, the establishment of the kingdom of Christ on earth, and the time of judgment were all major topics in the early years of the church. Accordingly, significant portions of scripture are devoted to explaining the end times. One of the truly precious promises that Jesus made to His disciples (which includes us) is that He will return (John 14:3). In Matthew 24:30, He said that something He called “the sign of the Son of Man” will immediately precede that event.
Have you ever wondered what that sign might be? Have you ever anticipated what it will be like for those believers on the earth when this promise is fulfilled? And perhaps as important: what it will be like for unbelievers on the earth when Jesus returns?
It may surprise you to know that many people who consider themselves Christians really don’t seem to care. “He might return tomorrow, or He may not return for another hundred years,” seems to express their view. A statement such as, “He said we could not know the day or the hour,” is, for them, the end of the discussion. Perhaps your pastor or your friends don’t like to talk about this stuff, so you assume it’s not important.
If that describes you, Jesus has a question for you: “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46), because intentional ignorance of the end times is actually disobedience. He gave us specific signs to watch for, and He COMMANDED us to watch! (Mark 13:37) If He said, “I will be back next week” you would not know the day or the hour… but you would still be expected to watch. Just as you don’t want to be found loafing when your earthly boss shows up unexpectedly in your work space, you don’t want to be found disobedient when Jesus returns. Please take this warning seriously.
The sign of the Son of Man will appear over Jerusalem on Saturday, September 23, 2017. Stay tuned and get ready.