Jimmy Lishman (28 Jan 2013)
"Why are we still here?"

My Study mentor Jon Courson of Calvary Chapel put it so beautifully in my study today that I have to share it:

 

For six thousand years, or six days, we've been sweating and struggling and straining. We're headed for the seventh day, the seventh millennium—one thousand years of rest, peace, and prosperity when Jesus comes back to establish His kingdom in the city of Jerusalem.

I am personally persuaded that the typology of the Old Testament, as it points to the prophecies of the kingdom, places us on the verge of the seventieth day. We've gone through six days of struggle and strain, six years of slavery to sin and the flesh. And now it's time for the seventh day.

Then why are we still here? We're in overtime.

Personal Invitation

The 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.—2Pe_3:9

Not only did the sun stand still, but it actually disappeared as Jesus hung on the Cross to pay for the sins of humanity (Mar_15:33). Fulfilling Old Testament typology, He bore each of our sins specifically because He loves us passionately. Therefore, He delays His coming for us in order to give everyone abundant opportunity to come to Him. But He will not delay forever. The third day is soon to dawn—beginning with the seven-year period known as the Tribulation—when God will pour out His wrath on a Christ-rejecting, sinful world. The Tribulation, described in Revelation 6-19, will be a time of unparalleled destruction and difficulty. But the good news is that many who are doubting, skeptical, lukewarm toward the gospel will see God's reality and will be saved in that day.

"I'll just wait until then to make my decision," you say.

You can. But here's the question: If, because of what your friends will think, or your colleagues will say, it's too difficult for you to make a decision for Jesus today in this time of peace and safety, what makes you think you'll suddenly have the courage to refuse the mark of the beast—to turn your back on any ability to buy food, gas, electricity or oil to keep warm—in the day of Tribulation? What makes you think you'll be able to stand against an entire new world order, face unbelievable pressure and imminent death then if you're worried about what others will say today?

Precious people, now is the accepted time; today is the day of salvation (2Co_6:2). Therefore, may the Lord give understanding of His working and of His ways to you who seem to have more to do than time to do it, to you who increasingly long for Jesus' return, to you who have yet to come to Him. And may you daily find your place in the Son.

 

May the word bless you as it blessed me today

Love in the Coming King of Kings, JESUS CHRIST – MASCHIAGH NAGID

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