If you look around the blog here for a while, you will discover that I have a keen interest in escatology (study of the end times for those who didn’t know). I am not one to set dates or wear loose fitting clothes to avoid “rapture rash” as my fellow blogger Willohroots feared. But I am convinced that Christ will return on time at the right time. He hasn’t missed keeping a promise yet and so I trust His Word. When I was younger, it seemed like I used every opportunity that I got to preach to preach about the end times. Because of that, I often heard comments along the lines of “haven’t Christians been saying that for 2000 years” or “I don’t know if I believe that will happen in my lifetime or not” or something like that. People were kind about it, but it led me to add a saying in my messages that touched on that subject. I can’t guarantee that it will happen today or tomorrow, but I can guarantee that it is one day closer than it was yesterday. (I know, it is terribly pithy, but it stopped the comments)
Today, I ran across an article about the Billy Graham Association. They have apparently decided to have an emphasis on the “end times” in 2009. But the thing that really caught my eye was a statement attributed to Billy Graham in the article.
“If that happens today, are you ready?” Graham poses.
The world renowned evangelist also reminds believers that regardless of when Christ returns, the end of the world does come for each and every single person – the moment that they die.
“[A]nd that could be at any time for any of us. We never know,” Graham states.
“What have you done to prepare for that moment when your heart stops beating?
Frankly, one of the other points I have always tried to drive home in my years of ministry is the fact that none of us can predict or know the day we will pass from this life. It goes beyond debates about pre-trib or post-trib or a-trib or no-trib and cuts to the heart of the matter. Whether Christ returns in my lifetime or not, I will face Him one day. Am I going to try and face Him on my own merits or with only the gift He has given me? The first method is doomed to failure. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. The end of your world may not come at the same time as it does for everyone else, but it will come. Are you ready for the end of your time?