Thursday, October 20, 2005

Message for Apocalyptic Tea-Leaf Readers: Get a Grip

My brother, comedian Marty Daniels, told me that some comic who claims to be Christian recently told a group of people--in all seriousness--that the spate of recent natural disasters proves "without a doubt" that the end of time is upon us.

Obviously, this is one person who needs to get a grip...on a Bible.

Jesus says:
‘But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.’ (Matthew 24:36)
Jesus also says that every natural disaster that would need to occur as a sign of His return had already taken place before He spoke with people two-thousand years ago.

Our task as followers of Christ isn't to worry about when God closes the curtain on the old life of Planet Earth. Our task is to keep doing what God has called us to do: love God, love neighbor, share Christ with the world.

Jesus puts it this way:
‘Who then is the faithful and wise slave, whom his master has put in charge of his household, to give the other slaves their allowance of food at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom his master will find at work when he arrives.’ (Matthew 24:45-46)
A lot of the Jack van Impe-style non-Christianity would be cleared up if people took the time to read what the Bible really says.

So, whether Jesus comes back today, tomorrow, or five-thousand years from now is immaterial. We're to keep on keepin' on just the same.

6 comments:

J. A. Gillmartin said...

Amen! And Amen! We're supposed to be on the alert but not afraid of the end.

HE ALONE KNOWS

Mark Daniels said...

John:
Thanks for dropping by the site and for leaving the affirming comments!

It was a real treat meeting you at GodBlogCon.

Blessings in Christ,
Mark

Rick Moore said...

As someone who well remembers the late 60's and early 70's when the Rapture was supposed to occur any day, I've gotten somewhat immune to the constant speculation about end times prophecies. It's good to read the biblical backup you provided in your post as an antidote to all those folks who try to imply supernatural meaning to natural disasters.

Mark Daniels said...

Rick:
You're right. These folks have been saying that Christ's return was imminent have been around a long time. Funny that they claim to know more than Jesus!

Mark

Marty said...

THE END IS NEAR!!

okay, at least it is closer than it was yesterday...but mark my words, Mark...My eyes are looking nowhere other than the Eastern Sky!

Okay, sorry...it's early and I just ate a Pumpkin donut from the Circleville Pumpkin Show.

Mark Daniels said...

Marty:
Where does the Pumpkin Show fit in with Biblical prophecy?

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