Day 19: Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Rapture Drill ~ Devotions

Day 19

Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. ~ Revelation 1:3

 

            Most of us have noticed an increased interest in Bible prophecy over the last few years. It wasn’t so long ago that only a handful of authors dealt with end-times theology, but today’s bookstores often devote entire sections to the subject. The amazing success of the Left Behind series of novels only serves to underscore this truth. There are some who might wonder whether this new interest in eschatology is healthy or important. “What real difference does it make in my relationship with Christ?” they ask. “Why should I bother with it?”

The truth is, understanding biblical prophecies—those fulfilled and those yet to be fulfilled—is an integral part of the Christian faith. It is through prophecy that God revealed not only his will for the Israelites but also his plan to bring salvation to the world through Jesus Christ. It is through prophecy that he has revealed his will for the future as well. God’s divine plan for his people—for your life and mine—can be readily discovered within the pages of Scripture. What could be more exciting than that?

Understanding God’s plan for the end times brings with it countless blessings. When we see for ourselves how God has worked in the past to preserve and care for his people, we begin to get a small glimpse of his amazing and unwavering faithfulness—even in spite of humanity’s unfaithfulness. When we discover the hundreds of prophetic words and visions that were given during the days of the Old Testament and then fulfilled during the life of Christ, our faith grows stronger than ever. Any doubts we may have entertained about God and his glory quickly fade.

And when we understand his glorious plan for our future, those things of the present age start to lose their appeal. We’re no longer caught up in temporal things—the lure of material possessions, the desire for fame and money, and other earthly indulgences. Instead we find ourselves focusing on what really matters, storing up “treasures in heaven,” and eagerly awaiting the day that Jesus comes to take us home.

Daily Readings:

  • Peter 1:19-21
  • Revelations 1:1-3
  • Revelations 22:1-21
John McSharry

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