“For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.” Isa 21:6
“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” Luke 21:28
This is a believer’s journey blog that has grown into a study board. I source the word of God as it relates to the world, and the days in which we are living. I am not a prophet, a preacher, a teacher, nor a doctor of anything. Posts on this blog come from my own studies, shared public information, and my personal opinions.
My Story: I fell away from God for twenty years until He, thankfully, rescued me again (I could write hundreds of blogs on God’s grace from that first sentence). But this time I felt Him pointing me towards Bible prophecy and Eschatology, and I had no idea why. Maybe I was awakened to the late hour in which I was living, due to my lost time away from God. Or maybe my “woke” spirit sensed the late hour we are all living in today. Or, maybe it was the gnawing urgency to get my children saved, and tell them about the soon return of Jesus. Maybe it was all of the above, but it was unexpected, exciting, and I had some God-given purpose!
“Eschatology is the thread that weaves the tapestry of Scripture into a glorious mosaic.” Hank Hanegraaff, The Complete Bible Answer Book—Collector’s via CRI.
My WHY: The return of Jesus Christ is what we, as Christians, are supposed to be looking forward to – our “blessed hope” (Titus 2:13). God gave hints to all generations that the end, or His coming would be soon (Gen 3:14-15). Biblical prophets thought He was coming in their day, speaking often on last days judgment rather than a humble first advent (Jude1:14-19). It is clear Abraham, and his descendants, believed the promise God gave them, a city which God is the maker. They were looking for that special promise to happen in their lifetime, and they died before receiving it (Hebrews 11:8-10, 13, 39-40). The apostles thought this kingdom of God was at hand in their day, preaching that the time was fulfilled (Matt 3:1-3, Mark 1:14-15, Matt 4:12, 16-17). Even Jesus made it sound like His return would be very soon (Matt 10:21-23, Matt 16:27-28). In fact, Jesus spoke so much about the nearness of the kingdom that His disciples thought it was time to get their pecking order straight; arguing about it as if the kingdom was, at that very moment, ready to be set up (Luke 22:15-24). And after His death, burial and resurrection, as Jesus was ascending into heaven, two angels told the disciples not to worry, that Jesus would return the same way he left… in the clouds (Acts 1:10-11). There was no message that they would die first, or they would have to be risen from the dead before they could see it. They were left with the suggestion that Jesus would return in their day. And so they went about preaching the promise (Acts 2:14-21, Acts 2:37-47); still believing Christ would soon return (Romans 13:11-14). The apostle Paul went on to encourage the church that those who sleep (die) will be raised again when Jesus returns (1 Thess 4:13-18). Peter even addresses those who will scoff in latter days, about the return of Christ taking so long, and he gives the reason why God seems to be “slacking”as it would seem in their eyes. He is being patient for our sake, giving everyone time to repent (2 Peter 3:1-18, 2 Peter 3:9). But Peter goes on to say “the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief.”
I want to know, and share everything the bible has to say about the past, present, and future of our world. The “glorious mosaic” of the good news. Jesus’ great commission instructs us to make disciples by baptism, and by teaching them to observe all He commanded (Matt 28:16-20). He rebuked the people, of His time, for not recognizing the signs of His coming. (Luke 12:56). When we omit exploring the events that surround the return of Christ, we not only cut ourselves short of God’s glory, but we dilute the urgency of several New Testament parables that teach the sudden, unexpected, dramatic coming of the Lord, and the importance of readiness: the door keeper (Luke 12:35-38), The head of the House (Luke 12:39-40), the servant in charge of the household (Matt 24:42-49), the ten virgins (Matt 25:1-13), the talents (Matt 25:14-30, Matt 10:7).
This chosen path not only glorifies God, but prepares our future generations for a mature relationship with Christ, and provides them with specific discernment tools for the last days. And while some are called to preach, and others to teach, we are all called to develop our own individual gifts in order to mature the church for His coming. (Eph 4:11-16, Rom 12).
My Prayer: As I strive to share the hope that is in every message of God, I pray He touches lost souls, and inspires others to dig into God’s word, and look inward and upward.
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