2 Peter 3:3-4 – ‘in the last days mockers will come, walking after their own lusts, and saying "Where is the promise of his coming?" For, from the day that the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.’
The early church were in the grip of the realization that the Lord could return at any moment. It fueled their evangelism, hunger and prayer.
Yet in our day many prefer to take a ‘managed approach’ and not put all their eggs in one basket. The argument written above is the same argument that many Christians use in our own day – it’s been thousands of years, nothing has happened – what’s the chances that He will return soon?
But when we start saying ‘Jesus will be a long time coming’ the church starts to fall asleep. We lapse back into complacency and comfort, and begin to let our lamps go out. It happens time and time again.
In our day, the church needs to be stirred awake. Jesus is closer than ever and He will come at a time ‘when we don’t expect Him’. The signs of Israel in the land and the Holy Spirit poured out on the church are strong indicators that His return is close. We live in days where Matthew 24 gets played out on television sets nearly every night.
So don’t fall asleep! Watch and pray! Jesus is coming soon!