Suppose God would decide to tell us what time Jesus’ Second Coming will be. Let’s say he’d
say Sunday, March 30th, 2020, at one a.m.
Well, let’s see. At one a.m. Sunday on that date in Alaska, it would be 11 p.m. Saturday, across the
Bering Sea, over in Russia. and depending on where you were at the time, it would be any of the 24 hours on the clock. six
p.m. here in the Midwest.
Now I’ve never thought about that before, and so if I have the thing backwards, you still get the point.
Remember, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in the Hawaiian Islands, it was Sunday morning, December 7th , but back
in Japan, it was Saturday, December 6th. So who’s right. Well, both are right. I said I’d never thought about
it before, but come to think of it, I’ve noted that on New Year’s Eve at midnight in New York, we’re sitting
around waiting, because it’s only 11 p.m. here in Missouri. And 10 p.m. in Colorado and 9 p.m. in California, and two
or so out in the Hawaiian Islands. That’s why the Hawaiians feel cheated when we’ve named a new president here
in the United States, and the polls are just closing out there in the Islands.
Are you tired of this by now? I don’t blame you. And just don’t worry about when Christ will make
His Second Coming. Just be ready. It’s as simple as that, because when it happens, no one will be looking at the clock
to save it for posterity, because time will be no more. With all that will happen during that space, there’ll be a new
Heaven and a new earth. Read about those things in the last two chapters of the Book of Revelation in the Bible. And some
things there, apparently God doesn’t intend for us to understand completely until His time. Just be ready.
And the way to do that is to give your heart to Christ now, and ask Him to help you stick with it. Then it
doesn’t matter whether you go to meet Him in the air at that Second Coming, or when you pass out of this life as we
all are destined to do, as the alternative. See? No problem, if you do it right.
I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.