This Week's Sermon: Prophecy ( 1-26-15 )
I will do a series of sermons on the topic of prophecy.
However, there are still many other Bible topics I feel the need to discuss, so I will do a
“ This Week's Sermon “ on a different subject, sometimes in between the series of my discussions on prophecy.
Peter, quoting the Psalmist David said;
“ But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. “ 2 Peter 3:8
“ For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. “ Psalm 90:4
It is interesting that David knew this long before Jesus was even born.
Joel knew about the last days.
Peter quoted Joel saying;
“ But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. “ Acts 2:16-21
“ And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call. “ Joel 2:28-32
No, we do not know when Jesus will return...that is why Jesus said we are to be watching, because we do not know when He will return.
“ Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.“ Matthew 25:13
“ But of that day andthathour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
For the Son of man isas a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:
Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.“ Mark 13:32-37
When I was 16 years old I was at a gas station and heard a mechanic say to the other mechanic - “ You are as slow as the second coming of Jesus Christ. “
Peter said in regard to this common outlook in society;
“ The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. “ 2 Peter 3:9
Unfortunately today, many born again christians have said they have heard all their life that Jesus is coming soon, and now because He has not yet returned, they scoff at the idea and refuse to watch for His return despite Jesus saying we are still supposed to be watching, because we do not know when He will return.
That is the point...we do not know when He will return. That is why we are supposed to be watching.
We have to understand according to the Scriptures I posted, that the end time or last days technically began 2000 years ago and is still going on today, as being the last days.
Incredible as that seems, that is the way God looks at time.
Different than we do.
Paul and the early born again christians looked for Jesus back in their day and lived in expectation of His return.
They were not mislead or deceived by Paul and the other Bible writers when they taught them to watch for Jesus.
Jesus Himself said to watch.
What is even worse than a born again christian having given up the hope that Jesus could still come back today is when a born again christian simply is so in love with themselves and their life that they do not want Jesus to come back...especially today.
I know born again christians personally who do not want Jesus to come back at anytime, in their earthly life.
There are also born again christians that have the belief that Jesus already came back and lives in their heart, as the Bible says, which is true except the Bible says Jesus is in us by His Spirit...and therefore, they do not believe in a literal physical return of Christ. They believe He is only a spirit now living in them and does not have a human flesh and bone body with the wounds in His hands and feet which He received when He was nailed to the cross, even though He appeared to Thomas and His other disciples in human flesh and bone as Jesus declared Himself to be in His existence after His resurrection.
So therefore, these born again christians who believe this way are not looking for Jesus to return literally physically, and mock and make fun of the other born again christians who still believe Jesus has a flesh and bone body and will literally physically return.