Today in the concluding part of series on truth in each of the three cardinal Christian doctrines, today we shall focus on the truth regarding…
“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.” (Matt 24:36)
Be gone date-setters of Christ’s second coming, for the truth that no one knows the date (I Thess 5:1-2) has set us free from believing your lies and indulging in many probable hypocritical actions. Out of sheer love for the Master, we are called to live freely a sincere God-honoring life day in and day out without putting up a mask of a Mother Teresa and participating in Charity, which would be the case in the case of many if the date of II Coming were to be publicly known. Quite often, the date-setters trigger several feigned acts of charity amongst their gullible followers.
Even though we do not know the exact date of our Lord’s return, is it really on the anvil? Let’s consider this Scripture portion in this context…
“When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day.” (Matt 24:37)
What then were conspicuous by their presence during Noah’s day? Violence and Corruption…ladies and gentlemen (Gen 6:11)! Are we not greeted by terrible news of escalating violence and corruption in the media almost daily?
Well, when the sin has fully ripened and is worthy of punishment (Gen 15:16), the fair God would then unleash His righteous judgment upon this wicked generation like He did during Noah’s time. God took the righteous solitary family of Noah completely out of the “harm’s way”. The same, unchanging God (Psalm 102:27/Heb 13:8) can do likewise in taking the “preservative salt” (read the Church with the Holy Spirit – Matt 5:13/2 Thess 2:7) out of the picture before unleashing the seven years of horrific tribulation upon this morally depraved World (Rev 6-19). Now this truth should “set free” a Christian’s tongue in proclaiming a loud Hallelujah!
As for those who have not yet trusted Christ yet but want to be found “in Him” (Romans 8:1), well it’s time to come out of fetters of trying to please God through futile human efforts and embrace Christ the truth Himself (John 14:6) and His righteousness which He is ready to impute to you free of cost. If you do it, without any further delay, then truly speaking a joyous, revelatory new year would follow!!!
An unworthy servant
J and SM Ministries
(To access the entire “Truth and Nothing but the Truth: A New Years’ Message for 2016” mini-series, please click here.)