by Dr David Jeremiah
"Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming." - Matthew 24:42
Recommended Reading Acts 1:4-8
"Save this date!" That's the slogan of those proffering specific dates for the return of Jesus Christ to earth.
The fourth-century Christian writer, Lactantius, determined Jesus would return in AD 520. Many believed Jesus would come in the year 1000, causing adherents to stay up all night on New Year's Eve of 999, awaiting the great event. Some among the Anabaptists believed Christ would come in 1533--exactly 1500 years after His death by their reckoning. Archbishop Ussher believed our Lord would come on a particular day in 1644. George Rapp, a religious teacher in Pennsylvania, predicted Christ's return on September 15, 1829. William Miller caused widespread panic through America by announcing October 22, 1844, as the date of Christ's return. In the 1980s, a popular booklet gave 88 reasons why the rapture would occur in 1988.
But Jesus told us to be ready anytime. Not even the angels know the exact day, but we're to "Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is" (Mark 13:33).
It might be today! Are you ready?
"To be ever looking for the Lord's appearing is one of the best helps to a close walk with God." - J. C. Ryle, nineteenth-century Christian writer
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Daily Devotional: My Utmost for His Highest
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