Soon and Very Soon

Connecting Points

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Today’s Topic: Soon and Very Soon                                                 

Today’s Text:  2 Peter 3:10 (ESV)  But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.

News headlines from the past month:

  • Israel’s  Deputy Foreign Minister Asks Nations to Say Iran Talks Have Failed  (NYT)
  • Israel’s Prime Minister: If Iran goes nuclear, it may actually  use bomb — “In a television interview last week, Netanyahu said  that he sees ‘the regime of the ayatollahs declaring what it has etched on  its banner – to destroy us. It is working to destroy us, and is preparing  atom bombs to destroy us. As much as it is dependent on me, I will not let that happen.’”
  • New intelligence reveals Iranian military nuclear program advancing faster than previously thought
  • SENIOR ISRAELI OFFICIAL WARNS OF “30 DAY WAR” WITH IRAN
  • NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: NEW NATURAL GAS WEALTH MEANS HISTORIC CHANGE FOR ISRAEL

The signs of the times are speaking loudly that we could be living in the last days before the return of Jesus Christ for His Bride the Church. Jesus commands us to be observant – From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Matthew 24:32-33 (ESV) I’m not predicting anything, but I know what Jesus said, and what the Prophets said, and what Paul and Peter and John said, and I know that the events of our current age have me looking up and proclaiming “Come Lord Jesus, come!”

His coming is going to surprise the world. In fact, my writing about it is going to surprise and even offend some of you. It is to be expected. Read carefully the full context of Peter’s statement from which our Scripture verse for today was taken:

1 This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, 2 that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, 3 knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. 4 They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” 5 For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, 6 and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. 7 But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. 8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. 11 Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, 12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! 13 But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. 2 Peter 3:1-13 (ESV)

To quote the words of an old Gospel song, “Soon and very soon, we are going to see the King!”

Are you ready?

Right now?

 

Pastor John

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