April 21, 2014

Humility And Honesty About Christ’s Return

Humility And Honesty About Christ's Return

Humility And Honesty About Christ's Return

A personal note from the editor of www.TheSingularity.com.

In May of 2010, while changing careers, I began to study information technology.  Until this point, I had heard about “big changes” that were coming, but had never really conceptualized just how big they really would be.

As I began to study in depth, I began to see clearly what will soon be the miraculous appearing results that are starting to affect our society.  Again,  as I studied, I realize that this compression of massive sets of data will soon provide what will appear to be miracles.  However, these miracles will require no faith in a god.

The more I learned, the more my eyes were opened to the science behind it, and I was truly amazed.

Having been a Christian for 18 years, I had always felt uncomfortable when preachers would try to explain “end-times” events.  They always seemed to be “forcing” their interpretations into the current events of the day.  The problem was that because so many had been wrong, it simply felt safer to not pay attention to all that “end-times” stuff.

Besides, most of the interpretations I had heard never really appealed to my scientific side.  They always seemed off in one way or another.

You may be familiar with this feeling.

Because of this, I had intentionally avoided meditating on the subject and instead, adopted a widely held view that says…  “Well, we can’t know the exact times or dates, so there is not a lot of reason to pay attention.  This subject cannot be known, so I’m just going to follow Jesus….”

But is this really a view that honors God?  Is it even scriptural?  While on the surface, this view seems valid, after comparing it to the truth of the word, we can easily see that this idea is the compression of two ideas and the resulting idea is a lie.

So what are the ideas that get compressed?

  1. No one knows the exact hour- This is completely true.  Jesus even said that He was not given the exact time.  Mark 13: 32

“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.”

  1. Don’t live in fear over the subject- This is completely true.  In 2nd Thessalonians 2:1, we are instructed about becoming “unsettled”.

1 Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, 2 not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us—whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter—asserting that the day of the Lord has already come.

 

The problem is that when we add both of those together, we get a completely different idea that by default, takes us out of the race.

“Well,  we can’t know the exact times or dates,  so there is not a lot of reason to pay attention.  This subject cannot be known, so I’m just going to follow Jesus….”

This is simply a deception because we are instructed in the parable of the Ten Virgins to stay in a state of preparedness for that day by keeping oil in our lamp. I believe that because many men have “claimed” to know specific details that never came true, Satan has tricked, deceived, and lulled us into believing that the subject is unknowable and THUS not all that important.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, this is a complete and utter lie from the Satan.  He would love nothing more than to lull us to sleep.  But the scripture clearly tells us not to be asleep regarding the subject.

1 Thessalonians 5:6So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.

If you have avoided the subject of the second coming of Christ, please search your heart and ask God to show you why.  The word so clearly tells to stay prepared.

After I began to look at it with scrutiny, I began to see that I had been prideful.  I had not wanted to look silly or stupid like all those other preachers who had so clearly been wrong.

It takes humility and complete honesty to talk seriously about the second coming of Christ.  Because the visions of , John of Patmos, or Ezekiel were either in dreams of in “the spirit” we are unable to pinpoint “exactly”.

So, if you have been prideful like I had been,  I would encourage you to consider setting the pride down and in humility, compare what the scriptures say to what is happening with information technology.

I can only share my faith as it has grown up to this point.  It would be going “past yes” to swear that any of these interpretations are absolutely correct.  None of us are able to make a hair black or white,  so to assign a definite percentage of “correctness” to these interpretations would not be of God.  Not even the authors, John of Patmos, or Ezekiel got the FULL picture.  God does not appear to work that way.  He seems to use many different prophets and balance them one against another.   In 1st Corinthians 14”32 He says that “the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.

In 1st Thessalonians 5:19, we are encouraged not to quench the Spirit by treating prophesies with contempt.

Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil.

Please do this.  My faith is that God is showing himself to be true.  I believe that the beast is clearly described as computers and the miracles that computers will soon be able to do.

I am walking and looking in the same way that you are as so, I will endeavor operate in humality and honesty when presenting these ideas.  It is a bit difficult, because my flesh gets worked up in many ways.  So please pray and throw out what is evil, and cling to what is true as I attempt to present this in an  unbiased manor.

Sincerely,

Mark Russell