Monday, May 30, 2011
One Simple Truth
They will say, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.” —2 Peter 3:4
A number of years ago, I was a guest on a talk radio program, where a professor was debating me on the topic of Christ’s return. I said that I believed Jesus Christ is coming back, while he said that we have been hearing this forever. So as we were talking I said, “Sir, I suggest that you are a fulfillment of Bible prophecy yourself. The very attitude you are taking is one of the signs of the times.”
He asked me to explain, so I read to him from 2 Peter 3:3–4, which says, “Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. They will say, ‘What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.’ ”
Yes, we have heard the message before that Christ is coming back. But over the years, certain things have happened that have immense prophetic significance, including the dramatic escalation of global wars and terrorism, the push for world unity or what is often referred to as globalism, change in world economics toward a cashless society, the unprecedented increase of killer earthquakes, and false teaching permeating the church, leading to a great apostasy.
What is significant is the cumulative effect, the convergence of so many more signs at one time that cause me to wonder, Are we the generation that will see the return of Christ? The Scripture likens it to a woman having labor pains (see 1 Thessalonians 5:3).
There is some disagreement among Christians on the order of prophetic events, but on this one simple truth there can be no division: Jesus Christ is coming back again soon.
Summary Sentence: What is your response when you hear that we may be the generation that will see the return of Christ? Do you scoff or look up?
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