3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? 4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars:see that ye be not troubled:for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you:and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. 10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. 15
(Matthew 24:3-15 KJV)
His Church has been saying the end is near for near 2,000 years. I understand, and say Amen to that — but have to wonder, are we doing something wrong?
1 Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2 Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the Lord; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown. 3 Israel was holiness unto the Lord, and the firstfruits of his increase:all that devour him shall offend; evil shall come upon them, saith the Lord
(Jeremiah 2:1-3 KJV)
Sorry I didnt mean to Old Testament you there — I did stop it there and skipped the rebuke.
Right: Holiness unto the Lord.
I know, we’re under Grace. What are we doing wrong in our own lives, in our churches, in the body of Christ? How do we let God use us to preach “… this gospel of the kingdom […] in all the world for a witness unto all nations;” ? Because the Word says “and then shall the end come.”
I don’t have the answers, but these are the things I wonder about at night sometimes.
As his Word says:
20 He Who gives this warning and affirms and testifies to these things says, Yes (it is true). [Surely] I am coming quickly (swiftly, speedily). Amen (so let it be)! Yes, come, Lord Jesus!
21 The grace (blessing and favor) of the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) be with all the saints (God’s holy people, those set apart for God, to be, as it were, exclusively His). Amen (so let it be).
(Revelation 22:20-21 AMP)
How Long Lord?