When I was finishing High School in 1969, the year 2000 seemed to far away, and the thoughts of a new century were almost mystical. And yet here we are 12 years into this new millenium. Are we near the end?
I read Hal Lindsay’s Late Great Planet Earth during my college days, and I was intrigued by all of the efforts to see prophecy fulfilled and to declare the nearness of the return of Christ. I have to confess, however, that I have maintained the position that Jesus Christ is coming again, literally, but even He said only the Father knows when.
But a revisit to Matthew 24 in one hand, and the news releases of the current days in the other raises my eyebrows to stop and ask, “Soon, Lord?” The chapter speaks of Jesus’ discourse of His return in response to the disciples questions. Wars and rumors of wars. Iraq, and Afghanistan caught our attention as Americans. What about Libya recently? And Egypt? Fighting in Somalia, in Syria, and even tribal fighting in so many places around the world. The middle east seems allied to say that Israel has no right to exist.
The weather. Who would have thought that in the middle of February we would have 70 degrees one day, and freezing the next? Yesterday, I was grateful for the promise that God gave after the flood in Genesis, because I thought I was in a boat at times driving in downtown Columbia with rain seeming to come from every direction.
I don’t know when Jesus will return. The Bible says that a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like a day to God. I believe that God exists outside of the boundaries of time. But I know that one day Christ will return. And every person from every century will stand before their Creator and give an accounting for their life. We have been created to give God glory. We will account for that. We must be dilgent to declare the Gospel to the nations.