How often do you think about the coming of the Lord? Until recently, it wasn’t something that crossed my mind. At the end of last year, I read the book of Revelation and quasi-studied it. I find myself there again. The book frightened me as a kid; the idea of the anti-Christ, armageddon, wars, and so on; wasn’t something I wanted to read.
As I began to read and peruse commentaries, I began to see the importance of reading the book; it even says at the beginning that there is a blessing in reading it1. I woke up to the fact that everything centers around Israel and that Jesus is coming back in love and in defense of His people, the Jews.
Peter warned that there would be people who scoff at the idea of the Lord’s coming. 2 Peter 3:1-4 CJB “Dear friends, I am writing you now this second letter; and in both letters I am trying to arouse you to wholesome thinking by means of reminders; 2 so that you will keep in mind the predictions of the holy prophets and the command given by the Lord and Deliverer through your emissaries. 3 First, understand this: during the Last Days, scoffers will come, following their own desires 4 and asking, “Where is this promised ‘coming’ of his? For our fathers have died, and everything goes on just as it has since the beginning of creation.”
Most of us would say we are not mockers, and that may be true, but are we looking for the coming of the Lord? Do we consider Jesus’ words in Matthew twenty-four and twenty-five?
I know we have heard it all our lives, and some may remember the predictions of 1988 and Y2K, but those things do not negate the fact that Jesus is really coming back. We are in the time of the Fall Feasts of the Lord. These are the only feasts that have yet to be fulfilled. Look up our redemption is drawing near. The rapture may not happen by the end of the day, but if it doesn’t we still need to heed the warning of Scripture and not be caught unaware. We don’t want to be one that squanders or hides the talent we have been given by the Lord.
- Revelation 1:3