“In the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, ‘Where is this ‘coming” he promised?’” 2. Peter 3:3.4.
There was a time when believing in the soon return of Jesus Christ defined the lives of many of my generation. I grew up in a church culture that believed in and proclaimed the imminent return of Jesus. As a child I used to dream seeing Jesus coming in the clouds of Heaven.
Today we are embarrassed even to mention that we are looking forward to His soon appearing. We don’t want to look like fools in the eyes of the scoffers, spiritual nihilists, and those who possess an overly optimistic view of human progress. Plus, we have ourselves become uncertain too. What if we cry “wolf”, and nothing happens, again?
It is out of fashion today to believe in the Second Coming of Jesus. We plan to conquer Mars in the next 30 years. We fantasize about what will the human life look like in 20 years from now. We dream about extending the length of our lives indefinitely with the help of modern science and advanced technology.
Frankly, it is not an in thing to believe in the imminence of the literal coming of the Lord Jesus at the time when many are intoxicated with the utopia of a gradual ushering in of the lasting earthly kingdom, which is to become a heavenly one through a guided process of social, spiritual and scientific evolution. We have not finished dreaming about our tower of Babel yet.
But the writing on the wall is ever more clearly upon our civilization – “You have been weighted on the scales and found wanting” Daniel 5:27. How much worse could it get? How much longer could it go? The generation of Noah was horror stricken when the day of reckoning came upon them. So will many living today be in for a shock as they suddenly come to a sober realization that God is not an old full to be played with forever.
When that day arrives, suddenly and unscheduled in the calendars of the powerful, no remorse or repentance will be of any use. “For this time it will be God without disguise; something so overwhelming that it will strike either irresistible love or irresistible horror into every creature. That will not be the time for choosing: it will be the time when we discover which side we really have chosen, whether we realized it before or not.” C.S. Lewis, The Business of Heaven
It will do us well to realize now that one day soon it will not be a false flag. The shouts will be real, “The King is coming! The King is coming!”