Mat 24:37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Mat 24:38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
Mat 24:39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
In a few days we in the body of Christ will be celebrating the occasion of Jesus's resurrection from the dead.
Jesus is the first born of God both, of flesh and spirit. He ushered in the New Covenant, signed in His blood. His blood the payment God required for the transgression of Adams sin of disobedience thereby completing the Covenant with Adam and Eve. He, Jesus, crushed the head of the serpent, defeating Him once and for all even though the serpent bruised His heal.
Now all of what I had just said is true and it is all couched in 'religious speak', words which mean very little to the un-churched and unsaved. But don't worry if you are one of those un-churched or unsaved, just visit one of the many Easter Services in your neighborhood this coming weekend and I am sure you will be able to find someone who knows what all that means. I could tell you and maybe someday in this blog I will go into all of that but for today I want to deal in what should be the primary hope and motivator of every Christian on this planet, the second coming.
There have been hundreds of thousands of sermons preached, book after book written, even a few movies made on mans speculation of what our concept of the words recorded in John's Revelation shall look like. I don't know. I do not know how the words John recorded in the book of Revelation will play out. I will continue to read them and seek Gods guidance and understanding of them but they are not my main focus or concern. My main focus and concern are in the words found in Matthew 24: 37- 39.
You see Jesus had been asked by His disciples when the temple was going to be destroyed and when the world was going to meet it's end. Jesus answered both questions together and I believe that was done for the purpose of giving validation to His prophecy. The Temple was destroyed by the Romans in AD 70. The destruction was total and the Jewish Nation has never been able to rebuild the Temple. The siege and conquest of Jerusalem was accurately foretold by Jesus in this prophecy, it has been said that not one Christian died in the siege as they obeyed Christ and fled when the signs where being fulfilled.
All too often I have heard preachers lament the state of humanity from the pulpit, "Ohhh, the sins of our generation, the time must be near," Really, now. Cant prove it by my Bible, there are still believers out there, it's not like in the days of Noah just yet, "Gen 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Gen 6:6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at
his heart." And if it were, we should be celebrating. Sure it would be a sad thing that many of our
fellow creatures are going to miss out on the consummation of the Kingdom here on earth, but if we
did our job and gave them the Good News, it is not something we should feel guilty about. Maybe, we are not doing our job and that's why these gloom and doom sermons are given so often.
Perhaps humanity is, as a whole, quickly degenerating into full time party animals. Perhaps self-centered, hate filled, lust crazed people are the dominant percentage of folks. I don't know and it's not my experience. Seems to me we still have some time to get the Good News out there, the News that Gods Kingdom is here and there is a King sitting on the Throne of David, Jesus the Risen Lord. That the New Covenant that promises a new heart and the indwelling of the Holly Spirit, (Hebrews 8:8-12) has been consummated and by repentance and faith (Acts 2:37-39) anyone can take part in the Kingdom of God that's here and now and the Kingdom that will never end.
There is so much to tell, God has and is doing so much for me personally that it is getting harder to justify being in the dumps. He has healed me from Alcoholism some 37 years, He gave me the keys to finding health during a crises, (although I seem to have misplaced those keys and stepped out of His grace at the moment). He has provided an excellent job which I enjoy immensely. An opportunity to raise a family again after loosing my first one. And best of all is when in self-will I put myself into a bad place, He doesn't wag His finger at me and say some stupid thing like, " you made this mess, you fix it", nope He comes alongside of me and says, "Hey, you need some Help". Yes my God is an AWESOME GOD and I am not to proud to tell ya I Love Him.
May God Bless and Keep You
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