The blood moon happened. We’re still here, and there is no evidence of apocalypse! Was it just another warning and there’s still a little more time left for me to prepare for the big one? Or, should my “prepper” mentality (spirituality) be modified? As I celebrate this feast of Sukkot–a prophesied time reflective of Messiah Yeshua’s millennial reign, a new vision is forming. It has the potential to take me well out of my comfort zone. In listening to a teaching on end time events a scripture jumped out to me:
“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.”
According to this scripture Yeshua does not return as a consequence of the destruction of all things, but for the restoration of all things. The condition precedent to His return would appear to be the presentation of the gospel and its acceptance. Perhaps the prophetic predictions of the end time scenarios should be not so much that these events MUST happen, but that they WILL happen if, as the scripture says, the repentance and conversion does not take place. Are we, as Believers, willing to see the end time prophecies fulfilled from the “safety” of our physical and spiritual bunkers? Or, are we to be embracing the same burden as our apostolic fathers to share the promise of a time of refreshing as Peter says above?
We thrill to the stories of the Muslim who gets saved as the result of dreams about Yeshua and then risks life and limb to present the message to fellow Muslims. But we–and now I will shift to first person–but I am overly careful to not offend anyone. All the while I am trying to figure out how to “survive” the judgment coming on this corrupt world. I wonder what I think the scripture means that says judgment begins first with the household of God? (1Pet 4:17) Is it possible I will be judged for bunkering when I should have been presenting? As I said this possibility of my responsibility puts me well outside my comfort zone. I can plan for my family’s safety and survival with relative anonymity. But preparing for Yeshua’s return by challenging others to “repent and be converted?” Especially when I can promise “that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ (Yeshua Messiah)!” Wow, I’d better get started! But wait, as the TV commercial says, there’s more—back to third person—how about you?