Friday, May 17, 2013

Words of Comfort: Eyes on Jerusalem

"Jesus is coming very soon. Yes, I believe Jesus said that in the Bible.....a few millennia ago. Don't hold your breath." Danny O'Brien

Right, don't hold your breath. Rather, keep your eyes on Jerusalem and the surrounding nations. That's the biblical timeline. Jesus said the Second Coming would happen when the Jews got Jerusalem. That happened in 1967. They were without a homeland for 2,000 years. When you mock His coming by saying that the signs of the times have always been around, realize that you are fulfilling prophecy in saying those very words. Scripture even says why you mock: 1. You love your lust (isn’t that true?). 2. You are ignorant that God dwells outside of the dimension of time, and that a day to Him is as a thousand years to us. He's waiting for you, because He will take no pleasure in your just damnation. Here’s the verse about your motives: “Scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” (2 Peter 3:3-4). You may be under the impression that when Jesus comes again He will be walking around on the shores of Galilee. That’s a misconception of Scripture. His first coming was as the harmless Lamb of God who came to be a sacrifice for the sin of the world. He came to bring mercy to sinful humanity. In His Second Coming He comes in wrath. He comes as a lion to bring justice to humanity. Here is one mention of that terrifying Day: “…when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed” (2 Thessalonians 1:7-10).

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