Posts Tagged ‘End Times’

All in the timing

May 9, 2011

Well, I took a week or so off from the blog as our house should now be on the market. Needless to say, the last week has been very busy and tiring. So, this strip came in on Saturday’s e-mail, but I liked it better than today’s. Don’t we wonder about trying to be in the right place at the right time? Do we often blame circumstances on the failure of some venture? If I had only done this, If I had only ____… you name it. We think that if we had changed one of the variables that things would have worked out differently…

There are a few billboards throughout Nashville that proclaim May 21, 2011 as the day of the second coming of Christ. They point to some Old Testament references in which specific people were aware of events that were going to happen. Probably the most interesting example was that “Noah Knew!” And thus we are somehow supposed to be able to know things as well? In Genesis 6, “13And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth.” There’s a pretty good reason that Noah knew what was going to happen, God told him. Now this group proclaiming the end times may say that God told them about this date, and I take issue with that. (There are many other passages of scripture that they butcher as well, but this could go on forever). At the beginning of  the letter to the Hebrews, it is written: 1Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.” It is clear that God spoke directly to men in the past many times and in many ways. What is also clear is that the whole “package” of Jesus is not only God’s word to us, is the last word that God spoke. Think about it. To paraphrase a favorite hymn “What more can God say to us than what He has said through the life, death, and resurrection of Christ?” If we find ourselves looking for more than that, for looking for direct words from God, then we will find ourselves either frustrated by the lack of response, or believing that whatever we want to do must be a message from God. [much of this train of thought was introduced to me by a recent guest lecture by David Garner]

Jesus, prior to the triumphal entry, was commenting on the second coming. Mark 13:32-37:  32“But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. 35 Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— 36lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. 37And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”

If Jesus tells us that the second coming is not for us to know, I think we should take Him at His word. I think that Calvin’s idea from this strip does have some merit when thinking about how to truly be prepared. His theory seems to jive with what Jesus said. The right place for man is leaning only in faith on Christ. If that be the case, then you’ll always be in the right place no matter the time.

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