A Date Established Long Ago

It is a date established long ago. Although it cannot be seen on anyone’s calendar, it is the surest of events. It is an event you can - and should - carefully plan around. The most deliberate and detailed plans will be impacted by this one event, so do not dare plan anything without taking this key event into consideration.

"BEHOLD, HE IS COMING WITH THE CLOUDS, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen." (Revelation 1:7)

The Second Coming of Jesus. Many mock and dismiss it as an absurd notion; delusional hope by deceived followers. Such sentiments are accurately echoed in this passage: "Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, 'Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.’ ” (2 Peter 3.3-4)

The continuity of creation provides evidence for Second Coming mockers, and can easily lull followers of Christ into lethargy. But, creation itself teaches us that calamities often come with abrupt suddenness; overwhelming the unprepared. Such will it be on the day of Christ’s return.

Mockers ought to beware; the sense of finality and certainty concerning this key evident is well validated in these words: "So it is to be. Amen.” Is there the slightest hint of uncertainty in God’s authoritative word?

A phrase in an old hymn reflects the most regrettable position for anyone on the day of Christ’s return: almost persuaded. To know and fail to act is the most precarious position of all eternity. There are plenty of people with more than enough biblical information to reach a verdict, but have failed to do so. Their confidence is based on what they know rather than what they have done. And nothing will be more regrettable on that great and certain day than a failure to act: “Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. (Matthew 7.21)

Believer and cynic alike needs to come to terms with the implications of the greatest event in all history. Regardless of plans, dreams, and hopes, this event will override everything. It WILL happen, and it WILL impact every living soul. Have you made every necessary preparation? Are you living today in full anticipation of this great event? Is it cause for excitement or dread?

Know that Christ is coming again. Live and serve as if it will happen today. Endure faithfully - motivated by this great hope - if death comes before hope is realized.

He IS coming again. You have His word on it. Come, Lord Jesus!

©Steve Taylor, 2015 --Used by permission

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