Friday, April 23, 2010

Dangerous Idea (2)

The sign that Jesus gave in Matt 24:14 sign was fulfilled in biblical times. On the day of Pentecost, there were devout men in Jerusalem “from every nation under heaven” (Acts 2:5). They would have taken the gospel back to their on lands. The Bible confirms that this happened.

I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world (Rom 1:8).

All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing (Col 1:6).

This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven (Col 1:23).
By the time that Paul was writing his letters to the Romans and the Colossians, the sign that Jesus gave had been fulfilled. The Bible says that the gospel had been preached in the entire world, but unfortunately many Christians refuse to believe it.

The sign did not require the completion of the Great Commission. That task is still not complete. The prophetic sign only required the preaching of the gospel as a witness and a testimony. The scriptural examples given above show that the sign was fulfilled before the destruction of Jerusalem. It is not a sign of the second coming.

Worst of all, the belief that Jesus is coming within the next decade is dangerous. It encourages short-term thinking that distracts Christians from seeking the Kingdom of God.

I am really encouraged by the number of Christians who are starting to think seriously about the Kingdom of God. I note that when this happens, they start more long-term thinking and planning. The idea that Jesus is coming next week will have to go out the window, if we get serious about the Kingdom.

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