Sorry for not posting recently – I’ve been a little bit consumed by other activity in my world, and I’ve also been struggling with what to write. I spend my time straddling a delicate fence – most of you know that I am a follower of Jesus Christ and that I am a follower of “eschatology” – the study of biblical “end times.”
And it’s right there that I probably lose a lot of you.
Why is that?
Please read on – this is the part where I often get stuck – how do I retain your interest long enough to describe how the busy-ness of the world has caused a masking of these relatively blatant signs from the creator of the universe?
Quick side note – most all of you are pretty smart folk, many of you more academic than I. So let’s just real quick remind each other that the more that science tries to disprove “divine creation” – the more it actually proves it (click), and with it the existence of God. We are not a cosmic accident, the odds of that being true are literally unfathomable. And so if we are not a cosmic accident, then we must have been created, and If we were created, then the creator probably had a plan for his world, and those of us in it. Our creator actually gave us a document, complete with thousands of events over the period of known history, that were intended to provide ongoing proof of how real the bible – and He – really is. These are called “prophesies” and, the majority of them have come to pass with flawless accuracy. Jesus’ birth was a prophecy. His death was a prophecy. The times of those events were prophesied – all with incredible accuracy. (click for more).
God’s own chosen people, The Jewish people, had a portion of this document available to them, to tell them that their “messiah” was coming, and when to expect Him. I was not alive at the time, so I pass no judgment on the Jewish people from that time, but even with all of the documentation surrounding the first coming of the Messiah, they missed Him. In fact, they even had him crucified because they thought he was a heretic. And guess what? The fact that they would fail to identify him, AND that they would have him crucified, was, you guessed it, prophesied.
Ladies and Gentleman, most of the churches that exist today, who love Jesus, and whose congregants worship Him on a weekly basis, and even try to live the lives that He has called them to, are about to miss Him again. There are so many reasons for this, all of them being tactics employed by Jesus’ enemy, to distract His followers from being aware of the times. But if you are having a hard time believing that Jesus is coming for you, I can tell you that this means those tactics have been effective on you, and you are going to have to CHOOSE to think beyond them. It gets easier as you dive in, I promise – Jesus did not want us to miss him this time for sure.
Most everyone with a basic understanding of Christianity understands that Jesus promised to come back for his “bride” (the church) and take us with him to where he resides. The Bible (the same bible that prophesied thousands of historical events with accuracy) is replete with signs that describe what will be occurring in the world right before he comes, with very accurate detail (and it pretty much resembles today.) Yet today, so many Christians, when an attempt is made to point out the enormous signs that are being fulfilled even daily, tend to shrug it off. “Maybe in my kids’ lifetime” some will say. Others just can’t even fathom it, choosing to believe the world will go on, just as it is today (sorry for the broken record, but even THAT is prophesied in the bible.)
Here’s just a taste of some of those signs that speak of His return. And before you dismiss them, please research them yourself (don’t just take someone else’s word for it.) Many see a list like this and often will say “well, we’ve always had XYZ…” Folks, you have to dig deeper – we’ve NEVER had all of these world events happening as the Bible foretold, all converging at the same point in time. (article about convergence.).
Wars and rumors of wars
Increased volcanism ( sorry – always wanted to use that any geological word…)
Increased mass animal deaths
There are so more, this is just a taste.
Thankfully, the consequences of missing Him the second time are not quite as dire for the active believer who cultivates a relationship with Jesus as it was for the Jews – a believer with a solid relationship with Jesus can expect to be “snatched away” from the world just before a very challenging period of time takes place on the earth, that has very few survivors(think – like never before challenging.)
OK stop for a moment. If you are a Christian, please don’t shrug this off – this is real stuff. Do we know the exact time of Jesus’ return? It is possible, He seems to continue to reveal more and more information to the Watchmen (people looking for Jesus’ return) – but at this moment, we can scripturally prove that we shall know the season of His return- and folks, we’re here in that season. Sorry to be bold, but you really have a choice – you can ignore these points that folks like me bring up and you can just be extremely surprised when you end up in the presence of Jesus soon. Or, you can set out to prove or disprove some of these points, and see what you, your bible, and the Holy Spirit come up with. I’m confident if you take that path, you will find truth there. You will also find that Jesus commanded us to watch and expect His return.
Or you can take the path that I started on about 18 months ago. I “discovered” eschatology, began to dive in and discovered first that I had to expand my thinking quite a bit. The whole topic is way beyond normal. In fact, it’s completely at odds with the “everything will remain as it is” theory of life sold by the world – so it took me a time to allow myself to process bigger things – to talk about meeting Jesus in the clouds was definitely mind-expanding – but once I allowed it, truth started to unfold in a big way.
The world (Jesus’ arch-enemy) does NOT want you to be aware of these times. Think about it, if you knew that in a matter of days, you would be removed from this world and taken to a MUCH better place – would this not change the way you behave? Would you perhaps spend more time sharing Jesus with that family member or friend that you know does not have a personal relationship with Him? Think hard about that – when you are taken to “forever” – they will NOT be. But both of you will live for eternity – just one in a better place than the other.
I took six months to prove to myself that Jesus was really coming before ever sharing it with another soul. When I finally “crossed the line” I remember telling my wife “This changes everything.” Once you know and believe this in your heart, it’s hard not to focus on maximizing the remaining time.
So.. Do we know when? That’s a deep discussion, and others on the web and YouTube have done it much more justice than I can. But beware, some of the Christian population is at odds with each other over some of the details (yep, that’s prophesied too) but if you focus on what really matters in your study and research, I think you will come to the same conclusion that I have – that there’s not much more (if anything) that has to happen before Jesus meets us in the clouds. Seriously, I’ve been aware of the “season” for over a year and a half – and with each passing week, and with each passing “I wonder if XYZ is the date he comes,” The urgency of the situation becomes more and more apparent. Do I have some ideas of the day? Yes, I do, and it’s not far off. Might I be wrong? Yep, but with all of the increasing signs called out by one of the most accurate books ever printed, it’s not far, not at all.
Consider giving “end times” some thought, would you please? Allow yourself to digest what is being said by those in the watchman community. Realize that not everyone agrees on 100% of the points, but don’t let that distract you from knowing the season. And please, remember – it’s not a biblical crime (aka “sin”) to know, or even try to guess the date He’s coming for us – Satan loves to use that on us to keep us from looking – but like Pastor Sandy Armstrong has said many times, no one has ever brought me evidence of the “Thou Shalt Not Try To Predict The Date of the Rapture” commandment (hint: it doesn’t exist.) And a caution, Satan has crept this thinking into our own beloved churches – so just beware – your senior pastor, who is probably amazing at creating an environment for saving souls – is so focused on that task, he may not be fully aware of the times – and you need to let yourself be OK with having a different viewpoint from your pastor – he will still love you, and so will Jesus.
Remember when I mentioned that the bible tells us that the world will be oblivious as a whole to the end times, even to the point of ridiculing those of us who DO believe we are at that time? Please allow yourself to receive the information – the eternal life of your friends and family could be at stake. Could we be wrong? It’s possible, but not very likely – I don’t believe that God would have made it that hard for us to discern the times incorrectly – he even chastised the Jews for being better at predicting weather than being aware of prophecy – so it can’t be that difficult.
Finally, please be sure that Jesus will “know you” when you meet Him. Accepting him is just the start, but there’s more – the bible is very clear that He’s looking for a relationship with you – He wants to “know” you. Not your good works, that’s junk to Him – your active relationship is what He is after.
Said with much love,