I was talking with someone the other day about church and God. (By the way, it was in a public school.) We were talking about church doctrine. He was all excited because his church had begun a series on end times. “This is important because you have to make sure you are ready. Everybody is not going and you have to make sure your heart is right,” he explained to me. This was in response to me saying our church focused more on Acts than Revelation. But I walked away with several thoughts:
1. Our salvation is secure. Regardless to your end times theology, please know this: If you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, you are saved. Now, you will enjoy this journey on earth a lot more if you develop a relationship with God and surrender to him. But your salvation is secure.
2. It seems as if some Christians get pleasure at knowing some will be “left behind”. But that is not the heart of the Father. He doesn’t want any to perish. I believe if we want to quicken Jesus’ return, we should spread the gospel.
I want to see Jesus’ return. I want to see Him in all of His beauty and splendor. But we were not called to stop and gaze at the stars waiting. No we are to occupy until He comes. We are to push back the darkness, preach the gospel, heal the sick. We are to love the hell right out of people by demonstrating the goodness of God. When Jesus return, I want Him to find me preaching the gospel.
That’s my end times theology.
“The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.”
2 Peter 3:9 NLT