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Eschatology: Things to Come (part 3: Recognizing and Identifying the Season)

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Recall that in part 2 of this exposition, I maintained that the time of Jesus Second Advent cannot be known by anybody; but we can know the season.

Now, there are two reasons why we can know the season of the Lord’s return. Two reasons:

The first is God wants us to know the season of His Son’s return. Let me repeat, God wants us to know the season of His Son’s return.

Now, you are probably thinking, “Pastor, how do you know that?” Well, let me put it to you another way. Listen to this carefully. Did you know that God would violate His character if He sent Jesus Christ back by surprise to His children? And since God cannot violate His character, because He is a God of perfect integrity, then God must warn us about the return of Jesus.

Now, stop and think for a moment. Why would it violate God’s character to send Jesus back by surprise to His children? The reason is that the Bible reveals that never once in all the history of mankind has God ever poured out His wrath without warning. That is the nature of the lovingkindness, grace and mercy of God. Yes, God is a God of justice and righteousness and holiness. But He is also a God of tender, loving, mercy and kindness, and because He is, He always warns before He pours out His wrath.

Why does He do that?

He does it because in 2 Peter 3 verse 9 it says, “God does not wish that any should perish but that all should be brought to repentance.” The God who is the creator of this universe is not some Cosmic Sadist who is hiding in the clouds, peeking down at us, waiting for an opportunity to zap the greatest number of sinful people on planet earth with the Second Coming of Jesus. He wants human beings to accept Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. He wants them to accept His gift of love to the world. He is longsuffering and patient. Again, He does not wish that any should perish but that all should be brought to repentance.

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God has never poured out His wrath — never — without warning in advance. Take Noah for example. God told Noah to go forth and preach to the people that they were living in the season of the pouring out of the Lord’s wrath. Noah preached that message for 120 years. He told people repeatedly, “You are living in the season of the pouring out of God’s wrath.” The people responded by laughing at him, scoffing at him, and ridiculing him. Some laughed until they could not tread water anymore!

Likewise, the Lord told Abraham to go into the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and warn them of impending destruction. Abraham warned, but the people of Sodom and Gomorrah did not believe, and they perished in the destruction of the cities.

God does not destroy any nation without warning. He is warning humanity today. He is raising up voices all over the world, calling the nations to repentance. God never pours out His wrath without warning, and the point is that Jesus Christ is returning in incredible wrath. He is coming to pour out the wrath of God upon those who have rejected the grace, mercy and love of God.

This is one of the best kept secrets in the universe. Satan does not want any one to know about it. The average Christian does not know that Jesus is coming in wrath. But the Bible makes it plain. Take Revelation chapter 19 for example. It talks about the Second Coming of Jesus. In Revelation 19:11, the Apostle John says, “I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat upon it was called Faithful and True; and in righteousness He judges and wages war.” My dear readers, Jesus is coming to judge and wage war! He is coming to pour out the wrath of God. It says in Revelation 6 that on the day Jesus returns, the presidents and prime ministers and kings of this world will fall down on their hands and knees and crawl into holes in the ground and pray for the rocks and mountains to fall upon them, so great will be the wrath of the Lamb of God.

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God is going to deal with sin in one of two ways — grace or wrath.

You are under either the grace of God or the wrath of God. To be under the grace of God is a glorious thing. It means you have the promise that one day soon Jesus will appear and take you out of this world.

But if you are under the wrath you are going to stay behind and you are going to experience a wrath unlike anything you can even imagine. This will happen during what the Bible calls the Tribulation — those 7 years when the wrath of man, the wrath of Satan, and the wrath God will be let loose upon this earth.

My beloved in the Lord, God is no Cosmic Teddy Bear. Most people tend to think of Him in that way, and they therefore believe that when they stand before God, He will reach out and put His big warm furry arm around them and say, “Well, I know you never did live a very good life; I know you boozed it up all the time and chased women; I know you never accepted my Son as your Lord and Saviour; but you lived so much better than that old reprobate down the street from you — and since I grade on the curve, you just come on into my Kingdom.”

My dear readers, no such God exists. The God of grace, mercy and love is also the God of justice, righteousness and holiness, and He must deal with sin. The Bible says that God deals with sin in one of two ways, that is, either grace or wrath.

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Almost everybody knows John 3:16 — “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish. But it is amazing that very few people seem to be familiar with John 3:36 which contains some ominous words spoken by John the Baptist. Listen to him: John 3:36 says: “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

Watch out for part 4 for more on the season of His Second Coming. Shalom!

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