Sunday, June 3, 2007

Are we there yet?

With the increase of lawlessness, love in most men will grow cold.
Matthew 24:12 Jerusalem Bible

People will be self-centered and grasping; boastful, arrogant and rude; disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, irreligious; heartless and unappeasable; they will be slanderers, profligates, savages and enemies of everything that is good; they will be treacherous and reckless and demented by pride, preferring their own pleasure to God. They will keep up the outward appearance of religion but will have rejected the inner power of it.
2 Timothy 3:2-5a JB

There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars; on earth nations in agony, bewildered by the clamor of the ocean and its waves; men dying of fear as they await what menaces the world, for the powers of heaven will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand erect, hold your heads high, because your liberation is near at hand.
Luke 22:25-28 JB

And if we're there, or getting close, then it's time to keep reminding ourselves of this…

It will be like this when the Son of Man comes. Then of two men in the fields one is taken, one left; of two women at the millstone grinding, one is taken, one left. So stay awake, because you do not know the day when your Master is coming.
Matthew 24:39b-42 JB

At the trumpet of God, the voice of the archangel will call out the command and the Lord Himself will come down from heaven: those who have died in Christ will be the first to rise, and then those of us who are still alive will be taken up in the clouds, together with them, to meet the Lord in the air. So we shall stay with the Lord for ever. With such thoughts as these you should comfort one another.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 JB

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