Not only is it time to raise our swords but it is time to figure out what we have truly placed our faith in. What do we believe? As my mother says "This is where the bear met the tree."
There is a man in Miami Florida claiming to be the Second Coming of Christ. He wears a batch with the number 666 on it. His followers have tattooed themselves with 666. He says that it shows their distaste for organized religion. Unbelievable. There is a verse screaming at me right now. "Many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am he,' and will deceive many." Mark 13:6. This man in Florida has over a million followers. Another passage in Mark 13 is verses 21 and 22 "At that time if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or 'Look, there he is!' do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and miracles to deceive the elect-if that were possible" This passage goes on to say in verse 23 "So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time."
This is one of the many reasons we have to know what God's word says. We can't be ignorant. We can't look at this man and for one minute say "oh, could this be Him?" Even if people around us are asking that question we must raise our swords, which is the Word of God, and say "NO! No this is not Jesus." Mark 13:26 and Luke 21:27 (other gospels say this, but these two I know say it word for word) tells us how Christ will return "At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory."
I just want to encourage you to get into God's word. Jesus is returning. I personally believe that I will see it. I have had thoughts over the course of being a mom, that I will not have any grandchildren. That is how close I believe it is but let me be clear ... that is my opinion. The Word tells us that Christ doesn't even know when He is returning. That only The Father knows. Keep going in Mark, scroll down to verse 32, "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father." So I am no one to say that I know when. I have one eye towards the heavens and one eye on earth. Another words, we are raising our boys to be mighty men of God, hard workers, strong husbands and great fathers. I pray for their future wives and children ... because I don't know when Christ is returning.
Please be encouraged. I know that when we, the Body of Christ, start talking about His return it can cause some fear and anxiety. Don't let it. There is so much to look forward to. Beyond our wildest dreams. Eternity with our Father ... what could be better? Like the psalmist says in 84:10a "Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; ... "
Here is the link to see the web cast http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=2928479
In the beginning of the web cast it refers to the bones found that James Cameron and his friend (name escapes me) believe are the bones of Jesus, his wife Mary and their son Judah ... AGAIN we have to know what we believe! That's another blog entry though.
Until we meet up again ...
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ! (Philemon 3)