We have been living in the last days for over two thousand years. The final countdown began with the resurrection of the world’s Savior, Jesus the Christ. There was no way God would bring an end to the world until He first made salvation possible for all men. Jesus and His Apostles gave us prophesies of the signs of the times.
1 John 2:18 Children, time is just about up. You heard that antichrist is coming. Well, they’re all over the place, antichrists everywhere you look. That’s how we know that we’re close to the end.
When Jesus began to teach and preach, the antichrist began his ministry. The vision of the antichrist is to oppose and pervert everything Jesus spoke. According to man’s calendar we have been in the last days for over two thousand years. According to God’s calendar we have been in the last days for two days. With the Lord a thousand years is as one day, Jesus was just here two days ago.
Mathew 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not even the angels of Heaven, but my Father only.
I have been in the faith for nearly forty years. From the early days of my conversion, everybody and his brother knew that Jesus would return on or before the year two thousand. They’re reasoning appeared to be sound because they were based on Scripture. But they all neglected to factor in what Jesus said, no man knows the day. Since the year two thousand has come and gone, no one has any more theories concerning the day of Christ’s return. The honest and the sincere are watching and waiting for the return of Christ, they don’t know when He will show but they know He’s coming.
2 Peter 3:3-4 In the last days scoffers (false teachers) shall come. They will say, where is the promise of His coming? Nothing has changed, all things continue as they have from the beginning.
These scoffers have convinced a lot of folks that Jesus is not coming back. You can tell by the way they live, they are not looking or watching for the Lord. Ready or not Jesus is coming for His Church, when the Father sends Him. If God would have given us the day and hour of His return, the whole world would repent before that day. They would not care anything about the Lord, they would just want to avoid a trip to hell.
God is not popular in the world He created, men are passing laws to stifle Him. He has been voted out of governments and He has been expelled from our schools. Preachers have compromised His holy Word in order to accommodate the sinner. Many churches have a secular flavor that shields the sinner from the mercy of God.
Pastor Jerry Lamping
Born and raised in Helena, MT, has been a Pastor for over 20 years.