“But of that day or that hour not a [single] person knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on your guard [constantly alert], and watch and pray; for you do not know when the time will come.” Mark 13:32-33 (Amplified)
Eschatology, a word meaning “the study of last things,” ought to be a matter of concern for all Christians. As Christians, we believe that history is not an endless stream of events, occurring with no discernible meaning or purpose. As someone has observed, history is “His story.” God is in control, and, guided by His Almighty hand, history is moving to a climax; the day when Jesus will return to claim His own and to judge the world. It should not surprise us that in every age persons have spent a great deal of time studying the Scriptures that deal with this event. Many have worked out detailed and elaborate schemes to allow them to predict with some degree of precision just when and how this will happen.
In view of all this, what should the attitude of Christians be? We are urged to watch, but that watching is not some theological game. The watching is to insure that we will not neglect the work that our Lord has given us to do during the brief span of years we have been granted. We should live every day so that if it is the final day, then we are ready. But if it turns out not to be that last day, then fine — we are still ready.”
Archive for February 14, 2014
“A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree is good, its fruit will be good. If am tree is bad, its fruit will be bad. You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.”
Matthew 12:33-37 (NLT)