Sunday, 22 May 2011

NO MAN KNOWS THE DAY (Matthew 24:36-51)

Many of us must have heaved a sigh of relief when we woke up this morning. Or were you disappointed after your special preparations for your last day, according to
Harold Camping’s prediction that the world would come to an end on May 21?

This has again proved that the word of Jesus Christ is true when He said, ‘But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only’ (Matthew24:36).

Jesus Christ did not set any date for His second coming; instead, He gave believers a guideline of what to lookout for (Matthew 24:1-35). I can say that these are already playing out before our very eyes. The world to-day is marked by wars and rumours of wars, anarchy, revolutions, murders and blood bath, earthquakes, tsunamis, wild winds, fire, name it. See the prophecy in Isaiah 24:1-23. May God open our understating of these things.

Another very important guide to events leading up to the end of this age (not the end of the world, as some erroneously believe) is Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, and its interpretation which God gave to Daniel. It is important to note the description of the successive kingdoms from that of Nebuchadnezzar, which is the head of gold. The last kingdom, made up of the feet and toes of the image, is described as divided; partly strong and partly brittle (Daniel 2:1 – 49).
According to some Bible scholars, could the last kingdom be the current European Union? Let’s be on the watch out.

The Bible says, ‘In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people …’ (Daniel 2: 44-45). That points to the coming of Christ.

When we see Bible prophecy being fulfilled before our eyes, what should our attitude towards God and His word be? I believe it calls for sober reflection. This is the time to repent of our sins towards God and man, ask for forgiveness, and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, if we hope to reign with Him in His soon coming Kingdom (Revelation 20:6). Why not do it now by praying to God.

Heavenly Father, I come back to You, and repent of all my sins. I believe that Jesus Christ died for me, and that You raised Him from the dead. Please forgive all my sins. I choose to turn away from them now, and accept the work of Mercy. Lord Jesus, I pray that You come into my heart and life as my Lord and Saviour. Amen.

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