Wednesday, May 11, 2011

10 Days Left

According to an advertisement on the side of a bus, 10 days is all we have left here on earth. May 21, 2011 is the Judgment Day when God will settle all accounts. A group of people claims to have calculated the exact date of creation, the exact date of the end of the church age, and the exact date of the final judgment. According to them, we are currently living in the days of the great tribulation. If that's true, I must say that Jesus and the Apostle John really hyped it up to sound a lot more impressive than it is in real life. Of course, anyone who subscribes to this idea has to disregard Jesus' words from Mark 13:32-36.

"No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. It's like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch. Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back - whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping."

Even Jesus said He doesn't know the day or the hour. Someone claiming to know the day is also claiming that they have the inside track on Jesus - pretty impressive.

Anyway, the Owner of the house will return and He will find some servants sleeping and some keeping watch. Certainly, He will find some who were keeping watch for a long time and then just took a quick break to play Wii or check their Facebook for a few minutes. I'm sure there will be a servant who was lucky enough to hear the car pull up in the driveway and woke up just in time. And apparently there is a group of servants, who, instead of just constantly keeping watch like Jesus commanded, are spending all of their time trying to figure out exactly when the Owner is coming home so they can be ready when He gets there.

Is there any employee more frustrating than the one who only works when the boss is around? Which servant will provoke the Owner's anger more: the one who refuses to work outright, or the one who clearly accomplishes nothing but always appears to be busy when the Owner is watching? There is a reason that God the Father has revealed the day and the hour to no one.

I will make a point to post something here on May 22, 2011. Until then, whether it's 1 day, 10 days, or 1,000 days until He returns, heed Jesus' command: "What I say to you, I say to everyone: 'Watch!'" Mark 13:37

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