Summary: “Wake up and Be”
The 911 Terrorist attacks, the tsunami, more hurricanes in one season then ever before, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and Rita, the Pakistani earthquake, the mudslides in Mexico, fires in California, floods in Bangladesh and China, the war in Iraq, the Asian Bird flu, hundreds of thousands people killed. These are the signs of our times and to many they are the signs of Christ’s second coming. Books on the prophecies and predictions of the end of times are soaring off the book shelves. A search on Google on the words “end of times prophecies brings up 2 million hits. People are lamenting the end of the world looking at the events of our time touting them as the signs. If I have heard it once I have heard it a million times, “The signs are there; people better get ready because Christ is coming back soon.”
And yet, Christ himself said he did not know when this time would come. In Matthew he said there will be wars and rumors of wars, there will be famine and earthquakes that this would be the beginning of the end but they would not be the proof or indicator of the imminent time. In fact he said it would be like in the time of Noah, Matt 24:44 But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37 For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, 39 and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. 41 Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left. 42 Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43 But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.
The second coming of Christ will be a surprise to everyone. There won’t be any big fan fair or catastrophic event to announce it. It will come while people are eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, when they are in the field or grinding meal. It will come in the normalcy of the day – we should be more concerned that Christ is coming when nothing is happening then when there are natural disasters and wars happening.
Like the people of Thessalonica we are confused about the end of times. So Paul wrote to the Thessalonians and us to correct our misconceptions. He says it is certain Christ will come and for us as Christians, “children of the light” it will be no surprise when he does come but he says there is more useful things to be doing right now then worrying about when this will happen.
He says first and foremost you need to wake up, that we shouldn’t be sleeping