June 12, 2008
First, it's silly for anyone to be doing the date-setting thing (Matt. 24:26). But I believe Scripture does teach the "imminency" of Christ's return. Fulfilled prophecy gives us plenty of evidence for that.<br><br>On the other hand, as someone who grew up in the era of the film, "Thief in the Night," I know somewhat of the disappointment that Christ hasn't come back yet.<br><br>The balance for me is to recognize that, even though Christ's return is imminent, I have work to do for the kingdom until he comes. And the Lord is with me in the meantime...
Thanks for bringing up that verse in Matthew, it really make me wonder how Buffalo Bill interprets it. It also reminds me of Matthew 24:36:<br><br>"No one knows when that day or hour will come-not the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father" <br><br>Kind of wonder if he appends, "And Buffalo Bill." to the end of that.
I can't think of a bigger waste of time for a Christian than trying to guess when the world will end. God wants us to live in anticipation of the Second Coming, but anticipation and preoccupation are two different things. With the sickening way in which attention-seeking 'prophetic' end-times teachers monopolize on the vague notion of impending doom, distracting so many from our duties as Christians here and now, imagine how ineffectual the Church would be if we actually DID know the "day and the hour".
God's time is not man-kinds time. A second to him is many years to us.
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