Day 17: Monday, October 17, 2016

Rapture Drill ~ Devotions

Day 17

Then everyone will see the Son of Man arrive on the clouds with power and great glory. So when all these things begin to happen, stand straight and look up, for your salvation is near! ~ Luke 21:27-28

 

What images come to mind when you think of “end time prophecies”? What thoughts or fears does the idea conjure up within you? Most people, if they were honest, would admit that their view of the end times is a frightening one. They’ve heard stories of fire raining from the skies, of mountains sinking into the seas, of the moon turning bloodred, of earthquakes and death, and bodies rising from the graves. They imagine an angry and vengeful God hovering high above it all, bent on destruction and raining terror on all who have rejected him.

Not a pretty picture. And certainly not what we would imagine from a loving God described in scripture.

Have we missed something? In many ways I think we have. God didn’t reveal these graphics images of the coming judgment to express his wrath or even to frighten us into believing. He revealed them to show us his wonderful grace and mercy in the midst of our sin and unworthiness. The story isn’t about pending gloom and doom, but it’s about a loving God who will do anything he can to help people escape the consequences of evil.

Bible prophecy isn’t intended to frighten us, but it’s to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that God is real and omnipotent and active in our lives; to warn us of the very real danger lying ahead for those who reject his love and mercy; and to encourage us to accept his gracious and free offer of salvation through Jesus Christ.

In his first letter to Timothy, Paul tells us that God wants to everyone to be saved and to understand the truth” (1 Tim 2:4). Peter gives that same message in his letter. “The Lord…is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to perish, so he is giving more time for everyone to repent” (2 Peter 3:9). Time and again in scripture we are told that God longs for his people to be with him in heaven. The Bible is not a story of wrath and judgment but of unconditional love and redemption. God longs to be with us and wants desperately for us to accept his hand of salvation. What we do with that offer is up to us.

Daily Readings:

  • Luke 21:25-28
  • 2 Peter 3:1-18
  • Psalm 103:1-22
  • Revelation 22:1-21
John McSharry

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