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When will God come save us?

Pastor Steve Answers:

God will come save us today—October 10, 2006! Are you ready? Of course I’m just making that up. But others have set dates in the past, including the Seventh-day Adventists. They set a date for 1843, then changed it to 1844. The pioneers of this church based this on their understanding of certain texts of Scripture.

Although they read that no one knows the day or hour of Christ’s return (Matthew 24:36), they believed that they had understanding that previous generations lacked. And when they read Daniel 12:4—that knowledge would increase at the time of the end—they figured that it was knowledge about timetables that would increase.

Whenever someone sets a date for Christ’s return, some people automatically don’t listen, but others hook in (either because of desperation or hope). Actually, we’re most apt to look for God to come save us when we’re in a situation we want to get out of!

Think about it: If things are going well, who wants time on earth to end? Or if you aren’t finished with something or haven’t even started something you want to do, you may not want God to come yet.

I’ve heard some young people say such things as “I hope Jesus doesn’t come until after I get my driver’s license [get married, have children, etc.].”

But if you live in a house that looks and smells like a dump, have no friends, are flunking school, and your face has enough zits to remind people of a mutilated BB gun target, then it’s not surprising that you’d want God to come save you.

Yet it could be more like hell to spend eternity with Jesus if your primary reason for wanting to go to heaven is to escape your problems or keep breathing.

Heaven will be a great place for those who are in a relationship with Jesus, though, and want to continue that relationship. Not only will we get to see Him face-to-face, but we’ll get to be with Him forever!

But back to your question When will God come save us? Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21 give us some signs to look for so we’ll know when Jesus’ coming is near.

Yet Hebrews 4:7 quotes Psalm 95:7, 8, which clearly points out that today is the time to respond to Jesus’ offer to save us—not tomorrow or next month or after you get married. Second Corinthians 6:2 even reads, “Now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.”

In other words, commit to Jesus now! Don’t wait for some other time.I’ve met many people who made their commitment to Jesus later in life. They typically say something like “This is great, but I wish I’d done it earlier.” I’ve never met anyone who said, “I waited until later in life to accept Christ, and I’m so glad I waited!”

I’ve heard regrets so many times that I want to tell everyone who’s planning to commit to Christ sometime later—do it now!

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By Steve Case. Portions reprinted with permission from Insight Magazine Online. Copyright © 2013 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®.

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