"No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father." Matthew 24:36
Recently, the owner of a network of Christian radio station predicted the end of the world, even the date. When the day came and went, he quickly revised his calculations and came up with another date. I began to wonder to myself, do we ever learn?
Jesus reminds us in this verse that no one knows the day or hour. Paul teaches that we cannot know the times or dates ("Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you." I Thessalonians 5:1) Yet, we have endless speculations on when Christ will return and seem to have forgotten the main message about the second coming: Be prepared!
Speaking of the second coming, the Apostle John wrote, "Everyone who has this hope in Him, purifies himself, just as he (Christ) is pure" (I John 3:2). Peter, when pondering the return of Christ and related events, asked his readers, "What kind of person ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed His coming" (2 Peter 3:11-12).
The message of the second coming is clear: Live the kind of life you would if you knew He was returning today. Jesus predicted His return not so we would engage in endless guesswork and speculation, but so we would prepare for it and reach other people.
Jesus is Coming to Earth Again
Jesus is coming to earth again, what if it were today
Coming in power and love to reign, what if it were today
Coming to claim His chosen Bride all the redeemed and purified
Over this whole earth scattered wide what if it were today
Glory, glory, joy to my heart will bring
Glory, glory, when we shall crown Him King
Glory, glory, haste to prepare the way
Glory, glory, Jesus will come some day
Posted on Tue, July 19, 2011
by Sunrise Church