Daily anticipation of Christ’s return – Part 1
Every believer must be in a state of preparedness and readiness, looking forward to the day of the Lord; the day Jesus Christ will return to earth.
Apostle Peter wrote to Christians of all ages to “stir up (their) pure minds,” reminding them that the day of the Lord “will come” whether or not scoffers scoff, scorners scorn or freethinkers think whatever they like. And that day will come suddenly and unnoticed “as a thief in the night.” It will be a day of separation when the precious people of God will be taken away.
The heavens and the earth shall pass away with a great noise, melting with fervent heat and burning. All believers, therefore, must ensure that they are in a state of readiness at all times, so that they may escape that day. As believers look and haste for the coming of the day of the Lord, they must “be diligent that (they) may be found of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless.”
We are in the last minutes of the last hours of the last days. These are the days of men, who think less of God, harbour no thought of salvation and conveniently neglect to contemplate the portents of the future.
But the days of man will surely end, and the Lord will be exalted for His day. The Apostle Peter reveals by the Spirit of God those that will deliberately, willfully and intentionally scoff at the day of the Lord (2 Peter 3:3,4). The reason they do this is because, one, they forget history; two, they forget the signs the Lord had given. Although these signs can be seen clearly in the times we live, they impudently shut their eyes to them. They will say: “Where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” But this is not true!
The proportion of water to land, the mechanism of things we use, the heat we feel and the increase in knowledge all show that things have changed in the world. These people, on purpose, are ignorant that “the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.”
The day of the Lord will not be a day of joy, merriment or picnic, but of devastation and judgment. The Lord “will punish the whole world (and not the children of Israel only) for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity.” It will be a day characterised by judgment, wrath and trembling. It would stand out from all the sufferings in all the wars of the world. Of the outpouring of indignation that would happen, there has never been anything like it before and even after that time, there will be nothing like it to the years of many generations. The strongest of men will collapse and the most courageous of men will crumble under the pressure and punishment of the coming day called “the Day of the Lord.” But God has provided a ready escape for those who dedicate themselves to the Lord.
• Further Reading (King James Version): 2 Peter 3:1,10-14. 2 Peter 3:10,3-7; Isaiah 2:12,17-19; Revelation 6:12-17; Isaiah 13:6-13; Joel 1:15; 2:1,2,11,31; Zephaniah 1:7,8,12,14,15; 2:1-3; Luke 21:25,26.