“Would We Be Ready If He Came Today?”

Samuel Rindlisbacher

Peter warns us emphatically, “that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. 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.’ 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, and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. 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” (2 Pet 3:2-7, ESV).

The subject of our Lord’s return is crucially important, yet even we Christians seem to have forgotten it! It seems to me that the current Church of Jesus is similar to the five foolish virgins who were unready to meet their Lord (Matt 25:1-13). May I ask, would we be ready if He came today?

The anticipation of the Lord Jesus can make us tired; the ridicule of others can wear us down. Opposition, even from other Christians, can afflict us. Nevertheless, hope still burns in our hearts: Jesus is coming again. Could it be today?

In the days of Noah, mankind was given a sign when the great Flood came: the ark, which Noah built over the course of 120 years! In the same way, we also have a clear sign right before our eyes: Israel. Our spiritual fathers understood this sign. In 1882, the first mass repatriation of the Jews to their Land occurred; and in 1948, the State of Israel was finally established. Christians worldwide said, “God’s Word is being fulfilled. The time of the nations is coming to an end. Israel’s blindness will soon be removed!” A murmur passed through all of Christendom, “Jesus is coming again. The Rapture could take place at any moment. We want to be ready if He comes today!”

And what about today? We can’t escape the conclusion that what is happening in the Church now is exactly the thing that Peter once described. This is the great tragedy of our time. Allow me to restate his text as follows: “Christians 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’” (cf. 2 Pet 3:4).

Why would I say that? Because the world isn’t interested in Jesus anyway, let alone His second coming. The world is indifferent to God and His kingdom. So, it’s the Christians who will be saying, “Where is His second coming?” Or, “It’s nowhere near time for Him to come!”

Didn’t our spiritual fathers preach, “Jesus is coming again!” “The Rapture could happen anytime!” “Be ready, in case He comes today!” Today, many believers have become tired, possibly disappointed or discouraged because of the long wait. And yet Jesus will come, precisely when the believers are thinking, “My master is delayed in coming” (Luke 12:45).

“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. 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…But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace” (2 Pet 3:9-10, 13-14). Maranatha; our Lord, come!

Midnight Call - 11/2019

ContactAbout UsPrivacy and Safety