Acts 2:20-21 New International Version (NIV)
20 The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood<sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-26970A" data-link="(A)”>(A)
before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
21 And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord<sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-26971B" data-link="(B)”>(B) will be saved.
This week’s scripture text speaks to that ‘great and glorious day’. when Jesus will return to this earth to rule and reign. However, it also speaks to the darkness and horror that will take place prior to his return. Thank God it doesn’t end there! If we have called Jesus our Lord, if we have truly made him Lord of our earthly lives, we will escape the wrath that God will display at the very end of the world. Christ will come to gather his own.
Now, there are many views on exactly how this will all play out, and I’ve said it before. I’ll reiterate it-I’m of the ‘Pan-Trib’ mindset. It will all ‘pan out’ in the end. I just know that I’ve read his ‘Book’, down to the last page, Satan loses, Jesus wins, so do his people, end of story. Sound too simple? Maybe. Maybe, I simplify it because there aren’t any definitive timeframes that we are looking at here. I may be old school and archaic in nature, but I just keep moving forward and try not to get stuck in the present, waiting for ‘the next shoe to drop’.
How about you? Where do you stand on prophecy and current events, the Tribulation, and/or Christ’s return? It’s an interesting topic of discussion as long as we are respectful of everyone’s credos as expressed.
I’m sure the Apostles and other disciples were looking over their respective shoulders every now and then just to make sure they weren’t missing Jesus’ return. I know I would’ve been! I do know from scripture that they continued to meet for worship, fellowship, ministry, and community outreach. They did not sit around waiting for something to happen. They continued to love God and love others. Period. I hope we all can do the same, myself included.
Papa, Thank you for making us all winners in the end. In the meantime, empower us with your Holy Spirit to keep on ‘keeping on’ until you call us home or Jesus comes in glory, whichever comes first! In Jesus, I come before you. Amen