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Acts 1:6,7, "When they therefore were come together, they asked of Him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? 7. And He said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in His own power."
And 1st Thess. 5:1,2, "But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. 2. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night."
What we do NOT see in these verses is the word SIGNS. Jesus Himself told us the signs to watch for, and He told us to watch, and be ready. The reason He told us that, is that we do not know the day or the hour. And further, here Jesus tells us it is not for us to know the times or the seasons. Why are so many, doing exactly that? Did Jesus really mean what He told us? Many do not take seriously what He said, and that is sad.
Another thing we see a lot of, is that many will claim the words of Jesus were to the nation of Israel, and not the rest of us. When Jesus uses specific places, then we do well to heed. Such as "And when ye shall see Jersusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. A specific place.
Jesus gave us the example of the fig tree, when its bud shoots forth. Jesus also said, in that context, "and all the trees". The meaning is not mystic. It is simple. When we see the signs coming to pass, then know that it is near. Just like when we see the trees budding, we know that summer is coming.
But when Jesus was telling His disciples what to watch for, He was not speaking specifically to a Jewish nation and people, He was speaking to His disciples. The command to go and make disciples, and baptize them, of all nations, and unto the uttermost part of the earth, is more than proof enough of that.
We are seeing these signs that Jesus gave us, budding. We are seeing the apostasy that we were told would come. We are seeing the turning away from the truth of Gods word, we were also told, would come. Jesus Christ our Lord, did not tell us to go and teach everyone all about the "times or the seasons", did He? Look at what He actually said. Why are many so convinced, that they know, exactly what Jesus said it was not for us to know?
What Jesus told us, was to watch for, and to recognize, the signs, that He gives us. And to be ready, and to be watching, and for that day to not come upon us unaware. This is what He wants us to do. What about your family? Your relatives? Your friends? The strangers you see everyday? Those in the uttermost part of the earth? Are you witnesses? Do we go in the power of the Holy Spirit, to do that? If not, what is the problem?
Focus on what He actually said. God willing. Watch, Be ready, do not sleep, or tell yourself, my Lord delays His coming... ... ..
That coming will be visible, just as the disciples were told. That "HE would return in like manner. That return (HIS) was not the sound of the wind, or the Holy Spirit, at Pentecost, either. That was what He promised, concerning the Holy Spirit, that He would send, to empower. He will return, and every eye will see Him, just as scripture says. Scripture will not teach what many greatly wish it did. Just Watch, and be ready". Amen.