It’s finally time to start writing books about the 24th chapter of Matthew and the 21st chapter of Luke, with a little of the book of Daniel tossed in for good measure.
It seems as if the memory of the world only goes back about three years now, while many of the people of God want nothing more than their pastor to tickle their ears with end times prophecy, while the events unfold seemingly only on their television screens, not so much in their personal lives. But the mandates are receding, there is still food on the shelves at the marketplace, and the calls to receive the booster shots are receding, so something else must be found to overly concern themselves with.
The fires, floods, earthquake and volcanic activity are becoming expected, and thereby passe’, only one supposed war going on, the WEF still draws their attention, though only occasionally, as does the rantings and expressions of the militant homosexual community. It’s becoming a somewhat arduous task for the “Oh, Jesus come back soon” crowd to find the next reason to do little more than sit in that personal fear that rarely if ever comes closer than their television monitor.
“For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” (Matt. 24:5) The false prophets are always out there though, are they not? One can always point out the deceptions of those who claim to speak for God, whether it be the prosperity theology, charismatics, or worldly churches in any form. “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” (Matt. 7:15)
There are a few showing the deception of Romanism, Mormonism and even Islam, but they do not bring about that needed underlying fear of the end times events.
Here then is the point of all this, how many people who have been saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ are spending the majority of their time searching diligently for the next “sign of the times” instead of for the lost? How many are spending excess amounts of time searching through all those social media sites in hopes of catching a glimpse of the evil they refuse to stand against, watching it unfold from far away, hoping it does not arrive at their door? How many are hiding in their church speaking in hushed tones about the evil of these days but are not standing on the street corner telling those that pass by they must, “Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matt. 3:2)
There is a very good chance that many who are living in fear will not understand what happened a few moments after the Lord does appear in the clouds to take His church home, for they will be still standing here.
Why are you crying for the Lord to return? Do those images on the screen frighten you that much? Did you think that evil just reared its head three years ago, can you not stand against it? “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.” (Prov. 24:10)
It’s nice to have verses like Philippians 1:21 memorized, isn’t it? It’s too bad its nothing more than a memory verse for so many. “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”