Friday, May 20, 2011

Nobody Knows The Hour or The Day

     Anyone sitting on your roof, waiting for the sky to part? I am not trying to be cynical, but it seems like every so often someone comes along who claims to know when the end of the world is going to happen. It makes the headlines. Some people plan rapture parties, while others sit and scoff at the believers. Some sell all their possessions to get the word out, while others cash in on their hopes and fears. It is a scenario that has repeated itself many times over in the past few millennium.
     The latest comes from a guy named, Harold Camping, who claims that judgment day is tomorrow, May 21, 2011. Using numerology in the Bible he arrived at this date, only after coming up with the wrong date the last time. I guess his previous prediction of September, 1994 must have just been a miscalculation. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying that Jesus is not coming back. He is! I am not even saying that I know he isn't coming back tomorrow. He could! What I am saying though, is that Mr. Camping should have camped out a little longer in Matthew 24. He seems to have missed a key part of the message Jesus was sharing with his disciples.
     After the disciples asked Jesus what the sign of his coming would be and when it would happen, Jesus launched into a long discourse about all the things that would take place beforehand; wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes, famines, and the like. He encouraged them to pay attention to the signs. Then, he says something absolutely astounding. He says, "But, about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father." He then exhorts them to "keep watch", for they do not know when their Lord will come.
     Do you want to know why I am not sitting on my roof waiting, or hanging with my friends at a rapture party? Because I believe the words of Jesus and because I take them seriously. Because nobody knows the hour or the day. Because he will come like a thief in the night. Because he will come at an hour when I do not expect him. But, though I am not on the roof, I am watching. I am waiting. I am living like a servant who is in charge of his masters household, awaiting his return, wanting to be found ready for his arrival.

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