Updated: Oct 15, 2021
As life becomes increasingly difficult for people all over the world, there have arisen many teachers/preachers who are saying that it could be another 50-100 years before Christ returns. They speak of how in times past many have sounded the alarm about the immanent return of Christ, some have even given dates that have long ago come and gone. The pulpit has become a place where they are teaching that "all things are continuing just like they always have". Kingdoms rise and kingdoms fall. People go into slavery, people are freed. We have wars, pestilences, and famines but they too pass. This is a phrase which has never been taught at the pulpit and yet is eerily similar to a warning in scripture.
Through the encouragement of these teachers/preachers from examples of history and promises that it will get better, the anxiety of many who are not ready is calmed. Those who follow or give heed to their teachings just go along with the hard times by giving in and letting their guard down. However, it is not so much what they are telling you, as it is what they are not. For instance, never before in history have there been on a world wide scale, lock downs, theft of rights, riots, a world on the brink of a total catastrophe that will inevitably lead to a loss of life that has never been seen before.
As they speak their half truths, many who follow them, turn out their lamps. This beloved is not a time to be turning to the world or becoming a part of the world. This is a time to come out of the world and turn to God. Lets go to 2 Peter 33-4, "Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation."
We read in 1 Thessalonians 5:2-4, "For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction come upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief."
In Matthew 24:32-35, we read about the parable of the fig tree. Matthew 24:43, "But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into." (Also see 2 Peter 3:3 & Revelation 3:3) Christ continues his talk about his return in Matthew 25:1-13 when he gives the parable of the 10 virgins who went out to watch for their bridegroom. 5 were wise and 5 were foolish. The wise took oil in their vessels and the foolish did not. While their bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. Meanwhile a cry was heard and the bridegroom was coming but the 5 foolish virgins had to leave to go get more oil for their lamps. Christ sums up his message in Matthew 25:13, "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man comes."
Many other new testament scriptures tell us to watch and to keep watching. Not to let the oil run dry in our lamps and not to let our light go out. Brothers and sisters, we are to watch!! Christ said we would not know the day or the hour but we would know the season and this is the season. Do not let any deceiver lull you to sleep.
Many before us were watching, as we were commanded, with anticipation and excitement for Christ to return. Even two thousand years ago, the followers of Christ watched for his return. None have seen the seasons change as we have, none have witnessed prophecy unfold as we have in the last 60 years. This is the season to wake up saints, for even though the bridegroom tarries for yet a little longer, he is soon returning.