We can always tell when the first snow is coming. We don’t know the day or the hour, but as the temperature slowly descends, the leaves fall from the trees, the sun rises later and sets sooner, the afternoon breeze is no longer a comfort from the heat, but a deliverer of the cold air; we know that the time is ripe for that first snowflake to fall.
This is a good example of how the Bible describes the return of Jesus Christ. We don’t know the day nor the hour, but we can see the changes that tell us the moment is near. Wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes, changes in the weather patterns, weird things going on in outer space, all these and more are signs of the last days.
There will be scoffers of these things, claiming these events have been going on since the beginning of time (2 Peter 3:4). Yes, there have always been wars, but entire planet had never been at war with one another until 100 years ago; and with the trouble in the Middle East and the Russian bear out of hibernation, the rumors of WWIII are out there. Wars and rumors of wars just as Jesus said.
Earthquakes are more frequent and more severe. It was just ten years ago the earthquake in the Indian Ocean cause the tsunami that killed nearly a quarter of a million people.
Katrina and the worst winter anyone can remember plus a cornucopia of other things, even the experts are telling us the weather patterns are changing. If global warming is true or not is not the issue. The issue is that God is sending us the signs that His Son is coming back sooner than later.
There are other signs of the season of Christ’s return. These signs are not center stage like a massive tidal wave or a bloody military conflict; these signs are more subtle, lurking in the background, yet they carry just as much impact on the world. These signs do not deal with nature or conflict among nations; these signs involve the heart of mankind.
The first five verses of 2 Timothy 3 gives us 19 conditions of the heart that will cause the last days to be filled with peril. Pride, greed, speaking against God, ungratefulness, improper lust, hatred toward those that are doing the right thing, loving pleasure more than loving God; these are only a few but you can get the gist.
Again, the scoffers will say, these things are nothing new, they have always been here. The Bible doesn’t tell us these things will all be new ways of behavior, no one has ever encountered before; it tells us these attitudes will be permeate through society causing everyday life to be more difficult and complicated.
As Christians, what do we do? If these days are upon us; do we sit back, try to stay out of the line of fire until Christ does come to get us?
God tells us to redeem the time, because the days are evil (Ephesians 5:16). We must make good of every moment God gives us for two basic reasons. First, we have an unknown amount of time remaining; this is true even when we don’t see the signs of His return. Second, Christ is the only light given to this dark world of ours. We are ambassadors of that light. Christ is the only means of salvation and Christians are the tools God uses to bring the message of His salvation to this dark and dying world (John 14:6, Romans 10:13-15).
Also included in redeeming the time as Christians; a large part of that is not having a heart filled with any of those 19 heart conditions God tells us of in 2 Timothy. In fact, God tells us to turn away from them (2 Tim 3:5).
Christian, how are you doing? Do you see the first snowfall coming?
Preacher Johnson is pastor of Countryside Baptist Church in Parke County, Ind. All scripture references are from the KJV. Blog: www.preacherjohnson.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you email, please inform me where you have seen Preacher’s Point.