Christ and the End of Days
In the remaining hours of Jesus’ earthly sojourn in human flesh, He spoke these phrases of consolation to the disciples:
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know”. (John 14:1-Four, NKJV).
Though they actually didn’t totally perceive the which means of what He stated nor the time by which His promise can be fulfilled, the males absolutely drew consolation from Jesus’ phrases. A room in His Father’s home? A spot that Jesus Himself was getting ready for them? Surely this may be higher than wherever they could discover themselves on this world now.
Indeed, not too lengthy earlier than, as He sat with the disciples, Jesus gave them a fast survey of what would occur earlier than He returned. It was sort of a “history of the future”, and it was not fairly. Wars, rumors of wars, nation in opposition to nation, famines, and earthquakes have been all, Jesus stated, simply “the beginning of sorrows”. Persecutions, betrayals, deceptions, and trials have been on the horizon, as nicely.
Today, from our vantage level in the circulation of historical past, we will see that just about all of what Jesus warned about has come to move, and simply as He predicted, too. We can see the achievement of two main time prophecies, as nicely. The first is the “time and times and the dividing of time” of Daniel 7:25 (see additionally Rev. 12:6, Rev. 12:14; Rev. 13:5; Num. 14:34), which started in the sixth century A.D. (A.D. 538) and led to the late eighteenth century (A.D. 1798). Then, too, the longest time prophecy, the 2300 days of Daniel eight:14, reached its achievement in the yr 1844.
Surely, then, we at the moment are residing in “the end of the days” (Dan. 12:13). But not solely will we not know when the finish — climaxing with the second coming of Jesus — will come, we don’t want to know. We must know solely that it’ll come, and that when it does, we should be ready.
How? Perhaps the greatest reply is discovered on this textual content: “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him” (Col. 2:6, NKJV). In different phrases, with so many world occasions, so many headlines, and so many theories about finish occasions, it’s straightforward to get diverted, focusing an excessive amount of on the issues that we predict are resulting in Christ’s coming as a substitute of on Christ Himself, who alone is the key to our preparation.
This quarter the focus is on the finish time, however not completely. The actual focus is on Jesus, however in the context of the final days and the way to be ready for them. Yes, we have to take a look at historic dates, at world occasions, at historical past itself, as a result of the Bible talks about them in relation to the finish. But even on this context, the Bible talks about Jesus, about who He is, what He has achieved for us, what He does in us, and what He will do when He does return. Christ and Him crucified should be the middle of our religion; or, as Paul stated: “For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2, NKJV). The extra we deal with Him, the extra we grow to be like Him, the extra we obey Him, and the extra ready we will probably be for all that awaits us, each in the instant future and in the finish, the day once we do enter “the place” that Jesus has ready for those that love Him.
Norman R. Gulley, PhD, is a analysis professor in Systematic Theology at Southern Adventist University.