I’m going to add Matthew 24:36-44 to these three passages. Isaiah 2:1-5 and Psalm 122 are related to the second coming and the judgment of Israel. Romans 13:11-14 is about being prepared for when that time comes. I am adding the Matthew passage as a reminder that, although we may see the current times as headed toward apocalyptic times, Jesus himself said that even HE didn’t know the time, but only the Father. For the record, as crazy and out of control as the world seems now, keep in mind that in the Middle Ages, as the plague was ravaging all of Europe, killing 25% of the European population, people in those times thought that was the beginning of the end times. Yet, here we are about 800 years later.
So, although we can see the signs all around us that COULD be pointing to the second coming, we don’t REALLY know. With that being said, so now what? If you ask me, whether or not the second coming is before I can post this blog entry, or 10,000 years from now, we should be following the advice Paul gives in Romans 13. “12b So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.”
Sometimes I (and probably most everyone) get that empty feeling inside. Some people get that feeling more than others. Some of those people fill that emptiness with sexual desire, drugs, alcohol, gambling, etc. Instead, we should be filling that “hole” with the love of Christ. Filling the hole with those other things is only a temporary fix, and often leaves you feeling worse afterwards. But filling that void with the Word is everlasting, so long as you believe it to be true. I leave you with one of my favorite, and most reassuring, Jesus verses from Matthew 28:20b: “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”