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Summary: As the Lord Jesus Christ prepared to meet the final conflict of his earthly ministry he spoke to his followers about the things that would come in the last days and delivered a similarly clear message: Proposition: I am coming at a time you don’t expec

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As the Lord Jesus Christ prepared to meet the final conflict of his earthly ministry he spoke to his

followers about the things that would come in the last days and delivered a similarly clear

message:

Proposition: I am coming at a time you don’t expect, Get Ready.

In the course of his teaching about that day of return, Jesus makes several important points about

"the Day of the Lord" which all of us would do well to understand. The first is that it is a day of...

1. Secrecy v. 36"No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the

Son, but only the Father.

In the year 375 AD an early Christian writer proclaimed: "There is no doubt that the Antichrist has

already been born. Firmly established in his early years and in a few years will achieve supreme

power."

Hippolytus wrote that Christ would come back in the year 500.

The year surrounding the year 1000 were filled with predictions of the coming of Christ… It was

recorded that people were so sure of the Lord’s coming that they didn’t even plant their crops.

In the 1500’s Martin Luther wrote, "We have reached the time of the white horse of the

Apocalypse. This world won’t last any longer.

A little know fact was that Christopher Columbus was a student of biblical prophecy. He wrote a

volume called "The Book of Prophecies," in, which he predicted that the world would end in 1556.

He even wrote, "There is no doubt that the world must end in one hundred fifty five years.

The year 1666 saw an explosion in end times speculation. One pastor wrote in his journal, "every

time a storm has hit this year the church was full of people waiting for Jesus."

In 1800 William Miller predicted the return of Christ in 1844 All over the Northeast, half a million

Adventists awaited the end of the world on April 3, 1843. Journalists had a field day. Reportedly

some disciples were on mountaintops, hoping for a head start to heaven. Others were in

graveyards, planning to ascend in union with their departed loved ones. Some high society ladies

clustered together outside Philadelphia to avoid entering God’s holy kingdom amid the common

herd.

In 1992 Harold Camping predicted the end, again nothing happened and he changed his date to

1993 and then 1994. (Stephen Pace "Ready or Not Here I come" on sermoncentral.com)

All of these people had one thing in common. They must’ve missed the text we read today, that no

man knows the day and the hour. Our Lord’s point is simply this: Be ready all the time. Yes, at

other times Jesus says to watch for the signs--but not so that we can put off being ready, but so

that we will be ever expectant of his return.

At the height of WWII, Protestant theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer was imprisoned for taking a

stand against Hitler. Yet he continued to urge fellow believers to resist Nazi tyranny. A group of

Christians, believing that Hitler was the Antichrist, asked Bonhoeffer, "Why do you expose

yourself to all this danger? Jesus will return any day, and all your work and suffering will be for


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