I’m a heretic. Might as well get it out in the open. I don’t believe we’re in the End Times. I think God’s just getting started. If a day is like one thousand years to the Lord, and Christ walked the earth two thousand years ago, then on a Celestial calendar this is only the beginning of the week!
I don’t trust the prevailing winds on this issue, and since Christ said in Matthew 24:36 that no one knows the day nor the hour of His return, I don’t see much value in trying to predict it. My Pastor used to answer his phone, and close every prayer session with the phrase, “The Best Is Yet to Come.” Faith requires that we believe it even if it is difficult to perceive. The Gospel spreading in Iran, Syria, and China doesn’t get the headlines that bloodshed and violence garner, but it is spreading faster than at any time since the apostle Paul left Antioch to begin his evangelism.
The story of the wedding invitation in Matthew Chapter 22:1-14 says the King was so eager to celebrate, and so dismayed at those who ignored His invitation, that He sent His servants into the desolate streets to invite the destitute and homeless as His honored guests. If He is willing to postpone the feast until the halls are filled, why are we in such a hurry to shut the door? Any walk to the rough parts of town reveals dozens of unsuspecting wedding guests waiting to be invited to the party. So if the Joy of the Lord is why, and how, we prepare our hearts for His return, then what better preparation is there than sharing the hope that is in us?
The global strategy for salvation started with a dozen men going from town to town on foot. I don’t think reaching the planet with the Gospel via the internet or Twitter is any kind of sign to slow things down. We’re to run the race with our eyes fixed on Jesus. He’s already hit the finish line and He’s waving us on as we hit the straightaway. Jesus is a Keep It Simple Savior. When asked how are we to prepare for His coming He cut to the chase; “Watch and Pray.”
The current Anglo-American emphasis on revival seems to say there has been a holiness lost, but I think no eye has seen, nor ear heard what the Lord has prepared for us to discover as we rise to the opportunities that grace and mercy afford us. When asked what are the greatest commandments in Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus summed up all the law and the prophets into: “Love God with your whole mind, heart, and strength and love your neighbor as yourself.” Short and sweet.
Let’s busy ourselves with that and leave the future to the Alpha and the Omega. After all, the wedding invitation still stands, and the best is yet to come.
I LOVE this – this is exactly what I believe. I also do not believe that the United States of America is the be-all, end-all center of God’s eternal plan for humanity. I can love my country without believing that we have a more important role or place in God’s plan than anyone else. Thank you for sharing this – excellent!
Praise God Bro. Will. Right on point.
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