February 2, 2014 – Pastor Tim – “Predictions”
Matthew 24:3, Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
There have been many predictions about the date of Christ’s second coming—despite our Lord’s words in Matthew24:36-44, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. 37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, [At first glance, they were just living life—what’s wrong with that? As we looked at last week, coveteousness is a sin, selfishness. I’m just doing my thing, don’t bother me.] 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. [Blinded by their own work, they couldn’t see the storm coming.] 40 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. 42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. [I think most of us would avoid trouble if we see it coming…right?] 44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
Christ told His followers that instead of trying to predict the date of His return, they should “watch” (v.42) and “be ready” (v44). Jesus was saying, if you know I cam coming soon—and I am coming for you—don’t let yourself get in a position that would keep you from receiving heaven.
Hebrews 9:27, And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.
James 4:13-17, Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” 16 But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
In 2 Peter 3:10-11, Peter warned, But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,
Striving to live for God—that’s what Jesus want us to focus our energy on while we are “looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).
When someone says, “I can discern
Exactly when Christ will return,”
Don’t be deceived or led astray—
The Lord said we can’t know the day. By Sper
Look for Christ’s return, and you’ll live for Christ’s glory.
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