I was talking on FaceBook today about the fear being generated by the Coronavirus.
I made the comment that those of us, who came out of the WCG, have been looking forward to and at the same time fearing the coming of Jesus Christ and the Great Tribulation that comes with it for, some of us, over 60 years.
I mean it seems like I have always thought since the days of Herbert Armstrong that Christ could come back easily within 10 years. I’ve thought that for the last 60 years. And He hasn’t made it back yet. That doesn’t mean He can’t in the next ten years.
But after so long a time of thinking like that we sometimes just get kind of tired of it and it loses it’s motivating effect on us.
That’s kind of sad but if you think about it those of us who did come out of the WCG are likely to be so old that we are going to meet up with Christ within 10 more years regardless. I’m 79 years old and there are many that came out of the WCG that are not far behind me. We are going to be with Christ whether the tribulation begins in our lifetime or not!
So are we ready for that?
I was thinking about this and a song came to mind that kind of tells the story. It’s by Jerry Reed from the Smokey and Bandit movies. There is a quote in it that says ” We’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there”.
Doesn’t that just tell it like it is with each of us? There is so much about each one of us that we want to change. We want to be more like those “Mighty Men of Valor” that are talked about in the Old Testament, in a Spiritual Sense.
We are going to be serving God’s people during the Millennial Reign of Christ and I want to be the very best servant I can be. But honestly, I’ve got a long way to go and given my age, if nothing else, I’ve got a short time to get there. I suspect there are many of you that are in that boat as well.
It makes you take a look at those scriptures about redeeming the time in a very different light:
(Col 4:5) Walk-in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
(Eph 5:15) See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,(Eph 5:16) Redeeming the time because the days are evil.
(1Pe 1:17) And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:
We live in the last AGE of the Church of God before Christ returns. That age is prophecied to be lukewarm in their attitude toward God and themselves. We, those of us from the Age of Philadelphia, cannot afford to be that way because we have no time left. We truly have to redeem what little time we have left to be alive to show God that our Faith is strong.
Christ appears to be concerned whether or not He would find faith on the earth when He returns;
(Luk 18:8) ……Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
We are lacking in motivation brethren, perhaps we have heard the cry of “Wolf” for so long that it no longer motivates us to prepare.
Christ seemed to think that Himself. But hey for those of us who literally came to God within the WCG, we are old enough that our death is on the horizon regardless of any prophecy. We need to be up and about and getting ready, my friends.
I mentioned this in a post the other day, how the Army used to have an advertising slogan which read: “Join the Army and be the Best that you can Be”. Well, that should be our goal and our motivation for that matter. Given the goal that God has set for us in the Kingdom, don’t you want to be the best you can be?
Let’s take that Goal seriously brethren. Truly we have a long way to go and a short time to get there!