“What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again?”

“What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again?”

scoffers

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.”

                                                                                                                        -2 Peter 3:3

 

top news

This week I was talking to some friends about the events going on in the world. See, I don’t have cable and I don’t have a lot of time, so I generally just catch whatever news someone mentions in passing, whatever articles my friends post on Facebook (okay, well the titles), and short clips I hear on the radio during my commute. When I asked for the update, I heard about so much that was going on in the world: flights going down, bombings, and Christians being persecuted for their faith. I commented that I believed the stage was being set for Jesus to come back soon and decided that this would be a great topic for me to discuss.

 

#truth

Truth: It’s been a really long time and Jesus has not come back yet.

Truth: The disciples thought it was going to be soon back then.

Truth: We’re talking about JESUS saying He’s coming back and everything else He’s said has happened.

Truth: We can’t pick and choose what parts of the Bible we believe (well I guess we can, but it doesn’t make sense to only believe parts—it’s an all or nothing kind of book inspired by an all or nothing, in or out, kind of God who wants us all in).

Truth: Because it’s all or nothing, we can look to prophecy to solidify our hope that Jesus is indeed coming again . . . and soon!

Truth: We’re closer now than we were when they thought it was “soon” back then, so we should be all the more ready!

Truth: I wrote this because I want you to read through the verses that apply specifically to this and have the same hope that I have because that is the point of all of this . . . to have your relationship right with God and to lead others to have their relationship right with God as well. Don’t wait!

 

keep calm jesus is coming soon

So here is where we are today: Matthew 24, 2 Peter 3, and Revelation 3.

In the preceding verses of this chapter, Jesus has just finished talking about knowing that the time is getting close because we can look at the signs. Now we’ll pick up in Matthew 24:36-51:

36 “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.

37 “When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. 38 In those days before the flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat. 39 People didn’t realize what was going to happen until the flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes.

40 “Two men will be working together in the field; one will be taken, the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding flour at the mill; one will be taken, the other left.

42 “So you, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know what day your Lord is coming. 43 Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would keep watch and not permit his house to be broken into. 44 You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.

45 “A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them. 46 If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward. 47 I tell you the truth, the master will put that servant in charge of all he owns. 48 But what if the servant is evil and thinks, ‘My master won’t be back for a while,’ 49 and he begins beating the other servants, partying, and getting drunk? 50 The master will return unannounced and unexpected, 51 and he will cut the servant to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

 

reminder

We need this reminder!

It is so easy to think that it was so long ago that we should just go on with our life, but that would be a mistake. We should be living as if Jesus could come at any moment because He could . . . can, and will.

The point of this passage is to say that we will be caught off guard, but that we need to be ready rather than living in a way that doesn’t please God and will leave us feeling caught off guard and unprepared when He does return.

 

2 Peter 3:1-18 was a letter written to Christians who needed a reminder that Jesus would be coming back just like He promised:

This is my second letter to you, dear friends, and in both of them I have tried to stimulate your wholesome thinking and refresh your memory. I want you to remember what the holy prophets said long ago and what our Lord and Savior commanded through your apostles.

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.”

They deliberately forget that God made the heavens long ago by the word of his command, and he brought the earth out from the water and surrounded it with water. Then he used the water to destroy the ancient world with a mighty flood. And by the same word, the present heavens and earth have been stored up for fire. They are being kept for the day of judgment, when ungodly people will be destroyed.

But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day.The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment.

11 Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live, 12 looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along. On that day, he will set the heavens on fire, and the elements will melt away in the flames. 13 But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness.

14 And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight.

15 And remember, our Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved. This is what our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you with the wisdom God gave him— 16 speaking of these things in all of his letters. Some of his comments are hard to understand, and those who are ignorant and unstable have twisted his letters to mean something quite different, just as they do with other parts of Scripture. And this will result in their destruction.

17 You already know these things, dear friends. So be on guard; then you will not be carried away by the errors of these wicked people and lose your own secure footing. 18 Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All glory to him, both now and forever! Amen.

 

clock winding

Sometimes I definitely feel like God is simply taking too long. Does He care more about the people who don’t care about Him than the ones who are still waiting for Him to right the wrongs and bring about His plan? This is case and point why I am not God. He cares for the people He’s made and He knows whom the last person is that He is waiting for. He also knows His reasoning and maybe one day when my mind ceases to be so finite, I will understand. Regardless, that is not up to me though. Until then, I have to focus on being ready for Him to come back.

 

rev 3;20

Thus far in the book of Revelation, John has described what He saw and we have seen the message for each of the churches. At the end of the message to the Church in Laodicea, Jesus says:

20 “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. 21 Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne. 22 “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.”

 

what if he comes tonight

This message is for all of us! God is knocking on the door of your heart even now through the screen you are reading this on. Don’t put it off. Don’t wait. Have your relationship with God right at this moment! So what is your response? Will you be a scoffer who says “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.”? Will you be ready?

 

 

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