Not only am I really tired of all the so-called end times prophets picking dates for the End of the World based on some obscure Bible passage, a few wonky mathematical equations, the alignment of the moon and the stars and a little bit of old-fashioned B.S. thrown in for good measure, I’m downright angry about it.
I mean, I can’t decide what’s worse: The fact that these sorts of predictions continually get promoted or that so many Christians endlessly fall for them.
What it does for our faith is to solidly prove to everyone who has never read the Bible that it must assuredly be too confusing to understand, or just flat-out filled with failed prophecies.
Either way, these end times prophecies about the end of the world based loosely on the Bible do nothing but make Christians look stupid and the Bible look untrustworthy.
Why would anyone listen to anything a Christian says about anything? If they can’t even understand their own Holy Book, what makes us think they can understand my life, or help me with my problems, or lead me to something one might consider to be “The Truth”?
With all that being said, I have something to say to all of you:
Jesus returns today.
I’m totally serious.
Today, Jesus will reveal Himself as the Lord and show His true power to the world.
Every knee will bow when they see Him.
Every tongue will confess when they hear His voice.
Every heart will melt like wax when they realize that they are in the Presence of the Holy One.
His Kingdom will descend from Heaven.
His rule and reign will have no end.
Jesus returns today.
Here’s how: You and I are carriers of His Presence.
His Spirit lives and breathes within every one of us.
There are millions of us all over the world right now.
Those of us who are in Christ will not only do the things that Jesus did – feed the hungry, care for the sick, stand for the oppressed – but we will do even greater things than this.
Like, love our enemies and pray for those who hate us.
Like, forgive those who have spitefully used us and release them – and ourselves – from prisons of pain and regret.
Like, serving our neighbors and demonstrating the transformative love of Jesus in every way we possibly can.
When people who have not known Jesus see this kind of love, they will see Him and they will be conquered by His affection.
When people who have never experienced forgiveness are set free from blame and guilt, they will experience His presence and be overcome with joy.
When people who have been told they do not deserve love and compassion are suddenly and unexpectedly immersed and saturated by the love of Christ that is higher, and wider, and longer, and deeper than any mind can comprehend, they will know that Jesus has returned to rescue them.
Jesus is returning today.
If you’re lucky, you just might catch a glimpse of Him when He does.
If not, that’s ok. He’ll be returning tomorrow, too.
But, whatever you do, don’t get left behind.
Keith Giles is the author of several books, including the Amazon best-seller “Jesus Untangled: Crucifying Our Politics To Pledge Allegiance To The Lamb.”