Why I’m not teaching about “End Times”
I have been asked numerous times this year, by people inside & outside of our church, “Why are you not doing a teaching series on the End Times?” I understand the question – there is a lot of concern and fear associated with everything going on in our world, world economy, the direction the U.S. gov’t. appears to be going, etc. A lot of people are asking is all of this a sign of the end times as foretold in the book of Revelation. The church I grew up in would have jumped all over this like “stink on a pig” (I’ve been in Georgia too long ;-)) They would have fanned the flames of fear and gotten everyone all worked up about our current world events. I personally think that is a bit irresponsible – but let me back up just a bit.
When I am asked why I’m not doing a teaching series on the End Times – my question to that person is “When is the last time you shared your faith & talked with someone about Jesus? When is the last time you invited someone to church where they could hear about the God who loves them, created them, and wants to have a relationship with them? When is the last time you were out in your community serving the homeless, orphans, drug addicts, etc?” After asking these questions I normally have a person with a very perplexed look on their face staring back at me.
Here’s the point – Jesus didn’t say “Sit around worrying about tomorrow”, “Group up in your holy huddles fearfully studying the Bible & trying to figure out when I’m going to return”, or anything of that nature. Jesus said, “GO and make disciples…” (BTW: A disciple is someone who is LIVING OUT what Jesus told us to do). Jesus said, “Love God – Love others…”, Jesus said, “Take care of the widows and orphans”. My belief is that too many people are allowing themselves to be DISTRACTED from what Jesus told us to do. So, rather than sitting in those holy little huddles puffing ourselves up with all kinds of knowledge (we need to do that to a certain degree) – but rather than spending most of our time doing that – GO – LIVE OUT what Jesus has told you to do. Here’s 2 ideas I’ve shared many times before: 1) Our problem is not knowing what to do – it is doing what we already know. 2) God is not impressed with how much knowledge/truth you have aquired – He is impressed by how much knowledge/truth you practice and put into action.
Here’s another reason I’m not doing a series on the End Times – because I haven’t got a clue when it will come. It may be in our lifetime and it may not be in our lifetime. And if some yahoo on christian television or at a church somewhere tells you that they know when it will come – RUN the other direction! That person is claiming that the Bible is untrue – that God is a liar – because here’s just a small bit of what the Bible says… “Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.” (1 Thess 5:1-2) Jesus himself said… (Matthew 24:42) – “Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.” (Matthew 24:44) – “For the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will. (Matthew 24:36) – “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.” (Matthew 25:13) – “Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.”
Basically, here is what I teach about the End Times – and it doesn’t take a whole teaching series to do it – ready? ———— He’s coming! ———– maybe in our lifetime – maybe not – but He is coming! And when it happens, if you have a personal relationship with Jesus – life is great! If you don’t – you’re in trouble.
So here’s my suggestion, let’s just live each day as if it were our last opportunity to GO & do what Jesus has told us to do here on this earth. Love God – Love Others – Serve the World!!! Let’s get busy doing something about all of those people who don’t yet have that personal relationship with Jesus. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted from what Jesus has commanded us to do!
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