Ready or Not

Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! (Proverbs 6:6 NIV)

As a child, in the early evening, a favorite game at family gatherings with our cousins was “Hide n’ Seek”. Our home was ideal with trees, bushes and other wonderful places to hide. Our big maple tree served as home base. The person who was “It” covered their eyes, faced the tree and started counting. When they reached fifty they would shout “Ready or not, here I come!” When we heard “Ready or not” we would freeze in place. You did not want to be the first spied or caught. That meant you would be “It” the next round. What a thrill to race to the tree, touching it and yelling, “All-ee, all-ee in free.”

The game took some forethought. The time for hiding went fast, so you better have a plan before the counting started.  In life we do not have the benefit of a countdown. Things happen unexpectedly; things from which we cannot hide.

With the debate over when Jesus will re-appear, it may be overlooked that death could find us long before this age ends. Ready or not is the question. We all need to be ready, not for an “any moment” rapture, but for an “any moment” end of life.

This does not mean discussing the timing of Christ’s coming is irrelevant; it has total relevance. We don’t know what tomorrow holds, but it will matter greatly to survivors we helped prepare. Our test will be whether we are ready for either eventuality, and whether or not we love truth.

(The peril facing those who absorb Pre-Tribulation Rapture (PTR) “imminent return of Christ for his Church” teaching is that they will not be ready for “the Great Tribulation” (Daniel 12:1, Matthew 24:21, Revelation 7:14). God’s Word clearly states it will indeed happen, and that it must precede Christ’s return for his saints. (In our book Lifesaver we offer 24 Biblical and rational torpedoes that sink the PTR ship.)

The centuries old saying of Benjamin Franklin is true: “By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.” There is no guarantee we will live to see the thing we prepare for, but we are guaranteeing a disaster if we see the thing for which we are unprepared. So will we be ready for what Christ promised (The Great Tribulation) or not be ready because we paid no heed? Ready or not, it is coming!

 “…to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” (Luke 1:17b)

Next time, we will look at some practical goals preparing us for the last days.

 

One Reply to “Ready or Not”

  1. I agree completely. We must live moment to moment with the understanding that we are not promised our next breath. However, we must be prepared for the evil that is about to come upon the world. If we are not, then disaster will be heaped upon us like a thief in the night.

    A great example of this is Daniel, Chapter 5. Belshazzar, was co-regent with his father and as he disobeyed God’s judgment on the greatest Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar. This “prince” was heaping judgment on himself, his family and Babylon. By worshiping idols and throwing lavish banquets, he was unaware of the enemy, King Cyrus of Persia. The Persians lowered the water level of the Euphrates, so they can enter the seemingly impenetrable Babylonian fortresses. The same day that God proclaimed judgment on Babylon, the nation fell. Belshazzar refused to learn from past mistakes and was asleep and his kingdom was taken from him life a thief in the night.

    Christians show the same lack of awareness, when they allegorize the Book of Revelation. For the PTR teachers, they refuse to follow the rules of Biblical interpretation. Many times they use typology and not Scripture to support their ideology. If these individuals survive into the 70th Week, how many will actually recognize the times they are in? Sadly, the answer is very few. EJ

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