By Ray Gano
So this past weekend something big was supposed to happen. Some said that the end of the world would take place, others said that Jesus would come rapture the church or very coming of the Lord.
Like always, nothing happened.
No matter what, it amazes me how my gullible Christians bought into this shtick and some bought into it hook, line and sinker.
What has happened to Christians today?
Many are no longer students of bible prophecy, instead they have become the chasers of signs. They are constantly looking for the next supernatural event.
Over and over again they promote some astral formation, skip trace bible code, or a picture of Jesus that miraculously appears in a piece of toast.
Around this time of year I hear about some obscure sign, word of knowledge, etc that people are chasing after.
HEY… I will admit that I have been sucked into the adrenalin rush as well in years past. But what God has showed me is to keep things simple and stick with His Word.
What it has boiled down to is the point that Christians are showing their lack of knowledge when it comes to the scriptures.
I say that because of what Christ said himself…
Matthew 16:4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed.
Do you know what Christ is saying here? The sign of Jonas / Jonah is a very simple message, REPENTANCE.
God wants our repentance, he wants us to come to Him and seek His forgiveness.
Looking around at what is happening around the world and here in the US has nothing to do with rapture, end of the world, or second coming, what God is wanting is people to come to His saving grace and seek His repentance.
Why is it that a lot of Christians area looking for the rapture to the point where they are basically throwing in the towel?
It is truly a sad state of affairs and as much as I hate to say it, being selfish as well.
Why do I say that?
Just look around. Look at all the people who do not know the Lord. So many just want to give up and I hear over and over again “I just want God to come rapture us home.”
Basically they are stating “HEY… I have my fire insurance, my eteral life is secured… what me worry? I am throwing in the towel, there is nothing else I can do.”
The attitude is “to bad, so sad on you, you’re gonna burn in hell… BUT HEY.. I got my heavenly mansion.”
Yeah hard words, but it is the attitude that I am seeing in many Christians today.
No Man Knoweth The Time or The Hour… NOT EVEN CHRIST
Matthew 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
I am still amazed at how many Christians claim that they know when the rapture or any future event, then when that date comes and goes, they back-peddle and start rerunning the math so that they can come up with a new date.
Why is it that people out there refuse to listen to Matthew 24:36?
Are they above it all? Even above Christ himself?
Folks, we are told that Christ himself doesn’t even know the day or hour.
I want to share some insight with you that a pastor friend of mine shared with me, showing that Christ himself does not know the day nor hour.
Mark 16:19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
This is also backed up in Hebrews 10:12.
Hebrews 10:12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
NOW… as many of you know, Stephen was the first martyr and when he was stoned. We read the following account in Acts 7:55.
Acts 7:55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,
Do you see what I am pointing out?
We know that when Christ said “it was finished, he was received up into heaven and SAT at the right hand of God.
BUT… when Stephen was martyred, we see that Christ is all of a sudden STANDING at the right hand of God.
What I believe we are we seeing is Christ wanting to return down to the earth and take care of business right then and there.
But can He? No, because it is not the appointed time.
Rescuing the Perishing – Sharing The Hope Those Who Lost Everything
This past weekend I had the great privilege to come down to Port Arthur and minister to those who have lost everything.
It is amazing when one is able to share some food, people are open to listening to you share the gospel.
You are feeding the body and feeding the soul.
Here this past weekend some great calamity, second coming or the rapture was going to take place based on the stupidity of a man who tossed out the idea. What is really sorry is how many bought it hook, line and sinker.
Look at how much time and energy was spent chasing this stupid useless sign. The sun crossing virgo and the the 12 stars. Whoppee… big deal.
Now, where would the world be if all that time and energy was spent sharing the gospel, sharing hope, just reaching out to the lost and less fortunate?
Think that our nation would be a much better place if we did that instead of chasing after signs based on ignorance and sensationalism?
Folks, it was an honor to go down and minister to people who have literally lost everything. I could walk up to just about anyone, ask how they are doing and tears well up in their eyes.
I would reach out, pat them on the back, give them a hug, just bridge that gap of human contact and let them know that for a few moments they are not alone.
Another amazing thing is that every time I asked if I could pray with someone, they gladly accepted. As I prayed I would hear the people I am praying with just break down a cry. That in turn would cause me to get a little teary eyed as well.
Folks, why did we waste a lot of time on some hockey star gazing, number counting “sign of the last days” when if we really wanted to make a difference, why not come down where the fields are truly ripe and people want God in their lives.
Here is another thing that I found amazing.
NOT ONCE did I ask someone if they wanted a bible.
Instead, I had people tracking me down asking ME if I had a bible that they could have.
Here are people that lost everything, what is the one thing they desired?
God’s Word, the one solid foundation in which they can find hope.
Friends, lets get our eyes off these stupid end time signs that never amount to anything and let’s get back to focusing on sharing the hope of our Lord Jesus Christ with a hurting world.
So many people are hurting with all that is going on in the US and in the world.
God is not pointing to the last days, He is calling people to repentance and calling them to Him.
Let’s not drop the ball when we can make a difference. Let’s stop with this ignorance mental masturbation which does no one any good except stimulate the brain for not.
Instead let’s get to work and see what we can do so that possibly we can go home.
Like it or not folks, so many forget that once that last gentile is saved, we will remain here on this planet, so the quicker we work as sharing gospel and the Hope that Christ offers, the sooner we might be able to see Christ coming in the clouds.
“Go Ye Therefore” – He wasn’t just talking to the 12 disciples, Christ was talking to all of us, who are also His disciple.
So the next time some fly by night sign comes popping its head up, remember that no one is going to benefit except the guy who came up with the lousy sign. Yeah, he is going to make a bundle on all the books, DVDS and such because there will still be people who forget that “ of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”
When that happens and you feel that last days stimulation temptation, step back and ask God, what can you REALLY do to help build His kingdom and share the blessed hope and gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ?
And when God answers, listen to Him, step out in faith and do it.
You will be glad you did and you will bless many others because you did.