Russell and Duenes

But the End IS Coming

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While it is clear to me that Harold Camping is a false teacher – and not mainly because he wrongly predicts dates for Christ’s return – I reminded my students this week that it is certainly possible that Christ could return today, and really, any day; and so we ought to listen to the Scriptures when they tell us how to live in light of the times. What do the NT writers tell us?

10Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. 11 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. 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, arm yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh. (Rom 13:10-14)

25 Now about virgins: I have no command from the Lord, but I give a judgment as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy. 26 Because of the present crisis, I think that it is good for a man to remain as he is. 27 Are you pledged to a woman? Do not seek to be released. Are you free from such a commitment? Do not look for a wife. 28But if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this. 29 What I mean, brothers and sisters, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they do not; 30 those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep; 31 those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away. (1 Cor 7:25-31)

5 You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 8But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. (1 Thess 5:5-11)

1 We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. 2 For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, 3 how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? (Heb 2:1-3)

12 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14 We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. (Heb 3:12-14)

23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Heb 10:23-25)

13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. (1 Peter 1:13-17)

7 The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. (1 Peter 4:7-8)

One thing is certain: We DON’T know the day or the hour. But another thing is just as certain: That day and hour is coming, and it is coming suddenly like a thief in the night. If we knew a thief was coming tonight, we would stay up waiting for him with the lights on. How do we wait similarly for Jesus’ coming? I’m not totally sure. How do we go about our daily lives, filled with meals and clean-up and showers and laundry and jobs and shopping and so forth, in an expectant manner? That’s what I need you to show me, Lord Jesus, for I want to be ready…body, soul, and spirit. For you yourself told us:

34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.” (Luke 21:34-36)

Teach us to live “on the watch.” And teach us to long for your appearing, with hearts full of faith and confidence. Amen.

-D

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Written by Michael Duenes

May 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Posted in Duenes, Theology

2 Responses

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  1. Couldn’t have said it better. Unfortunately, the media is painting us with the same brush as it hears in Camping’s “teaching.”

    Stan Edington

    May 21, 2011 at 2:31 pm

  2. I think I just used a mixed metaphor. LOL
    Stan

    Stan Edington

    May 21, 2011 at 2:32 pm


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