When Is Jesus Coming Back?
“For the Son of Man in his day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other. But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.”
What if I told you that Jesus is coming back in exactly 16 days, 10 hours, 4 minutes, and 34 seconds? What would you do? How would you live?
If it was announced by God, as a fact, that He is returning to earth to finish what He said He was going to finish?…What would you change about your life if you knew the exact moment Jesus would be standing in front of you?…And why doesn’t God just go ahead and tell us when He’s coming back so we can be ready?
Now, to that last question, I actually have the answer: He wants you to live ready. He wants you to choose to love Him, not fake it in an attempt to get into heaven. Like a loving parent who is away on a trip, when He returns He wants to see His house clean and in order. Only our faith in Jesus as our Savior can accomplish this feat.
I gotta be honest with you, when God put this subject on my heart this morning, I started to balk. I even argued a little, “Nobody wants to hear about such a difficult subject, give me something uplifting and encouraging for people.”
He replied through the Holy Spirit, “No, they need to be prepared for my return.”
I used to just ignore God when it came to something like this–speaking about uncomfortable stuff–but now I get over it real quick and become obedient to His guidance. He’s given me a gift of creative writing, so I must use it for Him. We all have gifts, you included. There is something God has placed in you that is very special and unique. He wants you to offer it up to Him daily by simply allowing Christ to live through you. Only then can your deepest level of purpose be fulfilled: making heaven’s population more dense.
JESUS IS COMING BACK. We can try to live as if this isn’t true, or that it will never happen, but it is going to happen. This planet had a beginning, and it will have an end. Jesus said He will be like lightning across the sky. We can’t compute this, just like an ant can’t compute the Theory of Relativity. So we should stay ready by living out our lives how God approves. Yes, our spirits are already ready–100% sanctified (see Hebrews 10:10)–but God in us is extremely active. So when we are passive and focused on the wrong things, we literally grieve His Spirit. HE WANTS OUT OF US! (See Ephesians 4:30, 1 Corinthians 3:16, Philippians 2:13, Galatians 5:22,23).
Our ignorance about His return was talked about by Jesus Himself. He used the example of the time of Noah. As he built the ark while preparing for the flood, the people of the world made fun of him:
“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.” (Luke 17:24,25)
“Well Matt that sounds like a cruel god to me!” someone might say.
Friend, this is all God’s stuff, this is His creation and His rules. If He says something is evil and has to go, then that’s that, no matter if we like it or not. He gives us plenty of warnings and opportunities to place our faith in Jesus, and He loves us. It is us who rejects Him, not the other way around.
You could also look at God flooding the earth like this: If He decides to sever off a gangrene-infected foot, it is to save the rest of the body from certain death. Noah kept warning these people that they needed to turn to God, yet they kept on rejecting God:
“The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.” (Genesis 6:5)
Just imagine a generation of people who hated God and everything about Him—a people who completely rejected Him and absolutely refused to acknowledge Him as God. Instead, they made themselves and “things” their own gods. “It’s my way! So shut up! Don’t tell me what to do! Mind your own business!”
To me, that sounds very familiar. I could pin those phrases on myself during the days of me ignoring God and saying, “NOPE! I’m handling this how I want!”
Unbeknownst to me, the whole time I actually wanted what God wanted because He lived in me! The internal conflict I faced each day was happening because of God in me. I wish I knew this sooner!
The million dollar question is, “Who knows when He’s coming back?” I don’t know, you don’t know, nobody knows. Jesus said that He doesn’t even know, nor do the angels–but only the Father knows (see Mark 13:32). So when someone says they know, ignore that garbage.
It could be today, it could be tomorrow, it could be in 1,000 years—all I know for sure is each day that passes by, we get closer. Right now, this moment, we are closer to Jesus’ return than we were yesterday. What’s it going to take for us to not just accept Jesus’ spiritual perfection as our own, but also allow Him to live through us?
What’s it going to take for us to remove our self-righteous religious mindsets? A church-club, members only, conditional-grace mindset that grows rotten spiritual fruit and repels the lost? When are we going to stop with the harsh judgments toward others, and making one sin worse than another? When are we going to STOP REFUSING to love everyone as Christ commands–which is as He loves us? (See John 13:34,35).
And for the unbelievers, what will it take to remove your mindset of “There is no God.”? What will it take for you to finally acknowledge a God who created us instead of us creating Him?…More blessings? Less blessings? Or simply a return trip from Christ Himself?
It’s a good thing God promised to never flood the earth again no matter our behavior. Each time you see a rainbow, that’s a reminder of God’s vow to Noah, which He gave after the flood (see Genesis 9:11-13).
We must begin to realize our Creator is reaching out to us through so many different outlets right now. His grace-filled saving words are not just being preached in the church buildings for an hour on Sundays, but also throughout social media ministries, youtube videos, major motion pictures, books, podcasts, apps, tv shows, satellite radio—you name it—God is allowing technology to soar! And He’s using everything together to do as Jesus said:
“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” (Mark 16:15)
We have no more excuses! We aren’t sitting in the woods any longer, trying to make fire just so we can have a hot meal! God’s created beings, all of us, we have blossomed into something spectacular! We have quite possibly tapped into the full potential of the capacity of our brains! It’s only going to get better from here! God will use ALL OF THIS to bring attention to Jesus’ message, in order to amass more souls in heaven! Don’t you want to be a part of that?!
God has blessed us and this planet on such a grand scale that if we told Christians from 200 years ago what we can now do to spread the gospel, they’d laugh! It would be unfathomable! The technology we have is amazing! As of the time of me writing this devotional, May 30th, 2016, I can preach the gospel to over 300,000 people on my social media pages without even leaving the comfort of this big comfy chair–and if I pay for it, my message would go out to millions more!
GOD HAS MADE THINGS SO EASY FOR US! WHAT ARE WE DOING WITH IT?!
ARE WE HELPING PEOPLE GET READY FOR THE RETURN OF OUR CREATOR?!
WHAT. ARE. WE. DOING?!
I WAS DOING NOTHING. Instead, I was worried about the zeros in my bank account, the style of car I was driving, and how many likes I could get on Facebook. I was worried about making sure I had enough beer and shots to last the rest of the night, as well as how bad I could make my enemies pay. I wasn’t allowing Jesus to live through me at all. Thankfully I was saved, I still would have gone to heaven because I asked Jesus into my heart at a very young age. However, there are people in this world who reject Jesus’ free gift of forgiveness all the time. He had this to say about what will happen to them when He returns in the flesh:
“I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.” (Luke 17:34,35)
And no, we might not be “grinding grain”—although somewhere in the world someone will be—but we could be staring at our phones, or sitting at the bar, ignoring our kids, refusing to forgive a coworker, spouse, or neighbor. We could be putting on our clothes after having an affair, or gossiping about a relative…so why not live ready? Why not get in on the abundant life Jesus promised, right now? Why wait? Our lives aren’t that great without letting Jesus live through us anyway. I thought my life was ideal, but until I got to know Christ deeply and began to allow Him to renew my mind, I didn’t realize how miserable my life actually was.
So today, my friends, why not humble yourselves before God, repent of your unbelief in Jesus’ forgiveness, and begin to allow Him to use you each day? If you will, when you finally meet Him in person He’ll say:
“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:21)
A prayer for you: Good morning Father! Thank you for another day! And thank you for helping me realize how wonderful you really are! Right now, I lift up all who are reading this, directly to you. For those who might have had fear overtake them while reading about Jesus’ return, please help them understand you don’t want them to be fearful, but instead, ready–just like Noah. You are not a God who uses fear to control us, but to warn us about coming danger. We NEED Jesus’ forgiveness. We need it! You are sovereign, good, loving, and full of grace! Thank you for the free forgiveness you’ve given us in Christ. If any of these readers want that forgiveness, all they must do is receive it today through belief in it as the truth for their sins! How simple you’ve made it! Help them develop a deep faith in what Jesus has done for them, beginning today! Because of His sacrifice at the Cross, we will enjoy your presence forever! Amen!
This devotional is from 60 Days for Jesus, Volume 2. Get your copy here!