I went to the nursing home for Bible study this morning and the person I started the study for got all set up for Bingo. She stays to play Bingo if the activities person gets to her before I do. At age ninety-four, she probably forgets our weekly appointment.
So, three of us met and one lady at age 91 told me she’s really interested in Jesus’ return. So we read 1 Thessalonians 4:7-chapter 5. Then we turned to Matthew 24 – Matthew 25. We spoke of the symbolism of the fig tree often signifying the country of Israel.
It tells of Jesus saying in Mat 24:32, (KJV) “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
Mat 24:33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
Mat 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
Mat 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
Mat 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”
Some figure that the beginning of the nation of Israel in 1948 is the year that the generation begins. So, if a generation is seventy years, or eighty years, or one hundred years it would seem that Christ could come back in three years or thirteen years of thirty-three years from now.
My ninety-one year old friend said that the man on Christian television spoke of 50 year time periods. Using those, he deduced Jesus Christ’s second coming would be in the year 2017. She didn’t remember his logic but she said it doesn’t give us much time, does it?
I listened to “Revelation Rumblings” on Youtube with Jack Van Impe and his wife, after looking online to see if I could find anything about 2017 being the year Jesus returns. They are speaking of the book of Revelation and interpreting the end time prophecies.
There were many references to 2017 being a year that Jesus could or would return. I didn’t open any of their sites, because I’m not familiar with their ministries. I have listened to Jack and Rexella Van Impe many times on television. I wanted to hear what they had to say on this video – “Revelation Rumblings.” Farther into the video he talks about the sixth Jubilee that will be coming in 2017 and a man of peace will be put into power. That man is not Jesus, the man is the Antichrist.
When I blog lately, it seems that it turns to the Gospel when I’m not expecting it.
There are so many voices against the Gospel in some circles. I ran into that in my undergraduate college courses. I hear it in my home town when I speak with young people who have read books written by atheists trying to disprove God and His plans.
When we lived hours from here, we heard a little girl using the name of Jesus as a cuss word. When I told her God didn’t like His name being used as a swear word, she said, “God?”
She never heard anything about Jesus except His name loud and clear and in angry tones.
I couldn’t believe that a seven or eight year old in America never heard of Jesus, even at Christmas time.
What a shame.
If Jesus is coming back soon, that may be why my blogs seem to veer of their own volition to belief in Jesus Christ, God the Son, and His sacrificial death on the cross and His call for us to repent and obey Him.
I thought about the verse in 2 Peter that talks about God not willing that any should perish:
2Pe 3:9, (KJV) The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
2Pe 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
2Pe 3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
2Pe 3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
2Pe 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
2Pe 3:14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
2Pe 3:15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
2Pe 3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
2Pe 3:17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
2Pe 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
May God give you peace and bless you!