Friday, May 20, 2011

Will Jesus be coming back tomorrow?

Undoubtedly, all of you have heard about the group of people, perhaps they have their own denomination at this point, who believe the world will end tomorrow. Check out this video to see what the group is up to as the final hour is approaching.

So what should Christians who are not believers in this May 21 Doomsday theology take away from all this?  I'll give you a few things that come to my mind.

1. Have no fear.

Jesus was not a mysterious, "figure out the riddle" Man when He was on earth. He taught in a straightforward manner. When He said that no one knows the day or the hour He will return, He really meant that no one knows the day or the hour. The Bible does not contradict itself. That statement stands true. We do not need to be worried that other people have been able to understand God and we are left in the dust. His Word stands true. 

2. Learn a lesson.

a. Man's ideas

Sometimes there are men, like Harold Camping, who get too much of a following. These kinds of men who gain power and respect can truly manipulate the people they teach. When we start putting men on a pedestal, forsaking what we know to be true, good things will never follow. This May 21 rubbish is completely the idea of a man who wanted attention. We have to be on our guard against this.  

b. Urgency

Although these people are completely wrong in what they believe, they somewhat exemplify what a follower of Christ's heart should be like. They are all over the place proclaiming Jesus' name so that people will be saved (unfortunately they are trying to "save" them from a false event, but still). Our hearts should be in tune with this kind of thinking-- that we, like God, will that none should perish (2 Pet 3:9), but that all will come to the truth (1 Tim 2:4) and become devoted followers of Jesus.

3. Conjure compassion.

This group is quite laughable. They have made themselves easy targets because of all the things they do and say. However, we can't mock them. We can't poke fun at them. They should receive love and compassion, so that when May 22 rolls around they can be restored. When this weekend comes and goes without the fictitious happenings they boast, we need to pray for them, that they may not forsake God on account of terrible, unbiblical teaching, but that they may turn to Christ and follow His commands.

The fact of the matter is that Jesus Christ will be coming back. Could He come back at 6 PM on May 21? Of course. Could He come back at 5:59 PM May 21 (which would be awesome)? Yes. He could come back tonight if that is when the Father has planned for it to happen. He could also not come back for 20, 50 or 100 years. It is all in God's hands.

With that said, we should all be living like He was coming back the very next minute. As hard as that is to do, the early Church did it well in their devotion to Christ and their evangelical spirit. Let us find that same kind of attitude in our daily lives, that we may be found approved when Jesus comes to claim His Bride. Amen.

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