If Jesus had had text messaging, would He have sent His followers a message with the chat acronym "B4N" before ascending into heaven? It wasn't good-bye forever, but simply "Bye for Now." There are some other texting sign-offs that might have worked: BBL (Be back later), CYL (See you later), or just L8R (Later!).

When Jesus left for heaven, the Father sent the Holy Spirit to enter our hearts and point us to the will and ways of Christ (John 16:14) so we will bring glory to the Father. But Jesus knew that He was coming back (John 14:3), Throughout the Church Age, Christian believers have looked to the day when Jesus will snatch His people to heaven (I Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 3:10; I Corinthians 15:50-54), but Jesus also spoke of His return to Earth, and He wanted His Jewish disciples to rest in that truth. He told His disciples to watch for His coming (Luke 21:31; I Thessalonians 5:4), and He offered some signs that would serve as birth pangs labor pains before His return (Matthew 24:8). Unfortunately, as people see each earthquake, each typhoon, each new disease, each new war, each new government dictator rise to power, they jump the gun and say Jesus is coming now! One website I read said Armageddon would take place in 2007. No, that didn’t happen. Like false labor, these pronouncements end in disappointment.

There really are only two signs that Jesus gave that are clear signs of the nearness of His return. First, Jesus said, "This gospel shall be preached in the world as a testimony to the nations, and then the end will come" (Matthew 24:14). According to many missions researchers, the fulfillment of this Great Commissionthe reaching of all people groups is nearly complete, and God wants His people to get involved in this great mission (Matthew 28:20).

The second sign is unfolding before our eyes, and we may see its fulfillment in our lifetime.Although Jerusalem is currently "trodden on by the Gentiles" (Luke 21:24), the Bible says that God will gather the Jews back into their land and re-establish Jerusalem as the capital city. During the "Six-Day War," the Israeli army captured the Old City (1967), and much of today's conflict in the Middle East centers on control of Jerusalem. God will fulfill Zechariah 12:2-10, and Jesus will return at the Battle of Armageddon (Revelation 16:14) as the conquering King.

The world won't need a text message thennot even BIHR: "Behold, I have returned!"for every eye will see the Him (Revelation 1:7a). We are eager for that day, Lord Jesus!

1 comment:

Lady-in-the-Making said...

LOL! I loved this!!!! BIWR!!!!

*Sighs in relief* Yes, He will come back for us. That makes me smile today. Thank you! This was such a cute post!