No one knows…..

when Jesus is coming back.

In Matthew 24:36, God tells us that only he knows.

Then why do some people and some religions spend so much time and so much effort in trying to figure out when the world is ending?  Prediction after prediction, translating sign after sign, memorizing Revelations – what’s it all about?

It’s pretty clear that God knows and he’s not telling.

If he thought it was important, he would be telling us.  The Bible is jam-packed full of all of the important things God wants us to know. 

Some of the things that are really important he repeats over and over such as loving him with all of our hearts, minds and souls and loving our neighbors as ourselves.  Jesus said these 2 commandments are what it’s all about.  Short, clear, to the point. 

 It’s not about signs, predictions or weird creatures with eyes all over their bodies.  It’s not about the end of the world, it’s about loving God right now with everything we’ve got.  So how are we doing?

4 thoughts on “No one knows…..

  1. Carolyn Cates

    Great post, Judy! Tickled me to see this come through, as just this morning I was preparing a teaching on the book of Daniel, and cross-referenced Matt 24 to get Jesus’ “take” on the matter. See numbers 10-12!

    From my notes:
    “Discussion questions:
    Many people become consumed with trying to figure out the meaning and exact dates of these future prophecies. Where does “future-study” fit into the life and focus of the Christian? Can it become out of balance? What does Jesus have to say about this?

    Matt 24
    1-Watch out that no one deceives you. Vs. 4
    2-See to it that you are not alarmed by these catastrophic events. Vs. 6
    3-There will be more wickedness and less love, but stand strong and endure. Vs. 12-13
    4-The Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached to the whole earth before the end comes. Vs. 14
    5-Abomination of desolation, distressing event in Judah, cut short for the sake of the elect. Vs. 15-22 (Daniel 9:27; 11:31; 12:11)
    6-Do not believe reports of the Messiah, false prophets will abound. Vs. 23-24
    7-All will see Messiah return. Vs. 27
    8-The heavens and the earth will be shaken. Vs. 29 (Is 13:10, 34:4)
    9-Christ will come in power and glory, to the distress of the nations and He will gather His elect. Vs. 30-31 (Daniel 7:13-14)
    10-There will be signs that the time is near (Vs. 32-33), but no one except the Father knows the exact time of Messiah’s return (Vs. 36).
    11-Be watchful and ready. Vs. 42 (Also parable of the 10 virgins)
    12-Be found doing what your Master told you to do. Vs. 46”

    Nowhere do I see Jesus saying to do long Bible-code investigations, write endless books, and generate terrabytes of online material regarding His return! It’s really very simple, observe the signs of the times, don’t fall for all the hoopla, be ready, and be doing what He has said to do.

      1. Carolyn Cates

        Looking forward to Sunday. ( I always do, these days!) Thanks for your blog. It was you several years ago at CCC, that got me reading through the Bible. What a blessing!

      2. Thanks so much, Carolyn! I love your comments and additions! I’m expecting a fresh wind of God’s spirit to move through our reading and meditations this year. How much more he has in store for us!

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