Nov. 26, 2021
This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
2That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
3Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
4And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
5For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
6Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
7But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
8But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
9The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
10But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
“Where is the promise of His coming?” All throughout the New Testament, we are assured of Christ’s coming again. “And He will come again in glory, to judge both the quick and the dead.” The parable of the five virgins who had oil for the wedding feast; the faithless servant that doesn’t watch for the return of his master, and many others as well.
He will come the second time. It will be at the time of God’s choosing, just like the first time- that unique day and hour of the birth of our Lord Jesus. All things in God’s good time.
What we are called to do, in preparation of that day, is to live the lives Jesus called us to live. Learn Jesus. Love God. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Love each other as Jesus instructed us to do. Follow the ten commandments. Let everything you do be to the praise and glory of God.
We prepare each day now according to the news we hear about supply chains and empty shelves so as we do our weekly grocery shopping, we buy a few more cans of this, a couple extra things that’ll keep in the freezer, a little extra paper goods. It’s only smart to prepare so that your household runs as smoothly as you can make it run. It’s only smart to prepare for the second coming – it doesn’t cost money, no gas is used, you can prepare at your desk or counter or jackhammer. Live as Jesus has shown us how to live and you will be ready when He returns.
And fear not. He will be with us always, even until the end of the world. It doesn’t get any better than that.