Daily In The Word – Feb. 7th

Date: 9 Feb 2018 Comments: 0

Here are some thoughts from today’s reading. I hear people all over the place trying to ‘predict the end times’ or trying to look at the events happening in our world and try to link them with some kind of biblical eschatology. I don’t think less of them for this, but my thought is always that the moment someone thinks they know when the end will come, they will be proven wrong. We are not supposed to know when God is coming… wouldn’t that defeat the purpose of Jesus coming to offer everyone the chance for grace before the end? If we all knew Jesus would come back on a certain day, sure, people would likely try to go into atonement mode ASAP, but would they be trying to do better because of their love for Jesus? Or because they fear death and don’t want to die the final death? I think it would be much more the latter. Be careful when people tell you that ‘the end times are coming’ because the scripture tells us why that is not the case: Then if anyone tells you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah,’ or ‘There he is,’ don’t believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones.” (Matthew 24:23-24, NLT). Instead of trying to plan for the end times and get right with God then… we should all be focusing on doing the right thing now so that we do not fear the end.

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