There was a time when I sang in another Bluegrass band that one of our most requested songs was “Matthew 24”. A song about the coming of the Lord and our need to be ready. Oh it was a beloved song, but the message in reality is not readily accepted. Nobody wants to hear about the return of Jesus Christ, and yet they do. I know… sounds like either a riddle or a bluegrass song. Perhaps I’ll write it! If there’s time. The blood moons got several people excited and ready for a major spiritual event. But what if that event was a major spiritual non-event.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-2 says But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
This verse always causes me to roll my eyes when the predictors start giving dates of the Lord’s return. What part of Matthew 24:36 do they not understand when it says “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” God said simply to “Watch.” In verse 42 of that same book, and so that’s what I’ve been doing. Watching…
- As many have professed to be God (Matthew 24:5)
- As there have been wars and rumors of wars (24:6)
- Nations have risen against nations (24:7)
- Pestilences (diseases) have come (24:7)
- Famines have come (24:7)
- Earthquakes have occurred (24:7)
- As Christians are killed and hated by all nations (24:9)
- Many are offended (24:10)
- False prophets deceive man (24:11)
- Iniquity abounds (24:12)
- Many wax cold (24:12)
- The gospel is preached to all nations (24:14)
Yes, I may roll my eyes at the predictors, but I’m not fool enough not to watch.
Verse 42 says “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.”
Before I put the last dot on this blog… Christ could return. And that brings joy to my heart until I read the end of verse 43 ~ But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
That brought new definition to “Broken Homes” for me. And it breaks my heart to think that many of the people that I know and love, and who love me in return, won’t take heed. I might as well be telling them that there’s a purple lizard is taking over the planet; because for them the return of Jesus sounds just as crazy. And lest they take heed, their homes will be broken eternally.
Did it happen on the night of the blood moon? Nope. But it will happen. Look at those bullet points of Matthew 24 and tell me which one has not occurred. The “non-events” are precursors to “The” event. Don’t watch the predictors… watch the skies.