Jesus had more than a few things to say about the "end times", as they are called today. Among the more profound things He said, is the simple truth laid out in Matthew 24:37-39:
"But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be
For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark.
And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be."
These three verses are found within the bigger context of the last great sermon Jesus gave before He was apprehended and crucified. The context of these verses clearly is speaking of the time when Jesus would return to establish His Kingdom on earth, known as the Second Coming of Christ.
Part of the reason these verses are so meaningful to me right now is that we are in the middle of a long holiday weekend here in the United States. Just today hundreds of thousands of people will be jamming race tracks to watch the Indianapolis 500 or the NASCAR 600. Millions more will be spending the day glued to their television sets watching cars go in circles with the hidden hope they crash.
Memorial Day weekend is one of those three day weekends in this country that is supposed to celebrate something important but in reality simply provides cover for people to "eat, drink and make merry with their friends". It means nothing to most people that oil continues to pour into the Gulf of Mexico, the world's financial markets are about to collapse, rumors of wars stretch from Korea to Israel or that the official forecast is for this season to be the worst for hurricanes in history.
People do not want to be bothered with bad news nor do they want to be told that there is something better to do this weekend than to get drunk while watching some sporting event. The last thing on most people's minds right now is anything regarding our Lord Jesus Christ. Even those who normally go to church on Sunday skip a day like today. There are just more important things to be doing in their minds.
In the coming days I am going to try and give you an impartial update on the status of the latest "birth pangs" Jesus spoke extensively about in Matthew 24. He Himself told us that the increase in these pangs means the end is near, but not yet. The wise believer would arm himself with the understanding of what our Lord told us would be the signs that the end is drawing near. The wise believer would do whatever is needed to be ready for the appearance of our Lord any day now.
While most people use this weekend to officially kick off summer, which is the most secular time of the year in the Northern Hemisphere; I pray that God's true people would use this time to gird up the loins of their mind so as to be more fully able to withstand the pressures surely to come. I would pray that God's true people would busy themselves with building their ark instead of throwing parties in the darkness.
The times in which we live are wrought with peril and there are so many ticking time bombs in the world that at any moment life as we have come to know it could pretty well cease. As for me and my household, I don't want to be caught sleeping when my Lord comes. I don't want to be one banging on the door of the ark begging Noah to let me in. I want to be safely inside petting a lion or a lamb.
Dear B2Y--All one has to do is lay Matthew 24 alongside 2 Timothy 3:1-9, and the reality of what you say in undeniable to anyone with their eyes and ears open.
In an ironic and bitter-sweet way, the worse things get in the world, the more cause we have to celebrate and shout, "Maranatha!!!" It's not contradictory to grieve for the world and rejoice for ourselves. May you and blest have a safe and joyous Memorial Day--Ron
The nations are feeling empowered by the recent flotilla attack and are rattling the sabers and shields at Israel. The prophetic clock is definitely ticking down. The Gog-Magog invasion is not far off, the Bride will be raptured and the time for evangelism is drawing to a close and the time for judgment is about to begin. Until the temple is built and MATT 24:15 can take place, the Bride must remain and continue to disciple. I know the Temple Society has everything ready to go; stones, implements, altars, priestly garments, all ready to go. As my physical health deteriorates, it is a race as to whether I pass away or the Lord returns first. I cannot wait, either way...