Living on Borrowed Time – Part Two

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I’m going to let God’s Word do the speaking about Living on Borrowed Time.  Buckle your seatbelts and let’s go:

Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.  They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ He promised?  Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”  But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water.  By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.  By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.  The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness.  Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief.  The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.

Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be?  You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.  That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.  But in keeping with His promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.

So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him, (2 Peter 3:3-14, emphasis mine).

These days after the multiple disasters predicted for September 2015 didn’t happen, people—even believers!—have started scoffing.  After all:

  • The Jupiter Effect planetary alignment disasters of 1982 didn’t happen.
  • Heaven’s Gate cult, comet Hale-Bopp apocalypse of 1997 didn’t happen.
  • Nostradamus’ prediction of August 1999 terror from the sky didn’t happen.
  • The disasters predicted for Y2K didn’t happen.
  • The May 5, 2000 Antarctic ice mass disaster didn’t happen.
  • The End of the World deaths of millions predicted for 2008 didn’t happen.
  • The Mayan Calendar end of the world in December 2012 didn’t happen.
  • And now, the multiple deaths and disasters (both natural and economic) predicted for September 2015 didn’t happen[1].

All these failed disaster predictions have birthed a term called apocalyptic fatigue.  Apocalyptic fatigue no doubt explains why so many people (including believers) have become scoffers.  The above passage from 2 Peter addresses both the failure to predict the date of the coming judgment and the scoffing due to apocalyptic fatigue.

It’s true that everything seems to be going along just as it always has.  That doesn’t mean that judgment isn’t coming.  It doesn’t mean that God is asleep (or doesn’t exist).  God is patient, not wanting to have to condemn anyone.  He’s giving mankind a stay of execution (see Living on Borrowed Time—Wake Up!).

And even though it’s been delayed, it doesn’t mean that the Rapture won’t happen, either.  Some believers have become Rapture Deniers (see Scoffers and Rapture Deniers).  I think part of the reason why they deny the Rapture is because it just seems too good to be true.  You know how some people have the philosophy that if they expect the worst, then they will be pleasantly surprised when something better happens.  Well, it won’t work that way for believers who deny the Rapture.  They will get exactly what they’re expecting—only it will be far worse than they’ve imagined.  I do believe that some are called to stay behind in order to share Jesus with the world left behind.  But some will simply miss their divine appointment in Heaven because of unbelief.

Even though mankind has been granted a stay of execution, they need to accept the full pardon that has been given to all of us through the atoning death of Jesus Christ in our place.

If you haven’t accepted the full pardon, it’s very easy and completely painless.  Just admit to God that you have done wrong against Him.  Ask Jesus to be your Savior, and let the Holy Spirit fill you with His love.  Begin to live this new paradigm.  Draw on the Holy Spirit’s help to change and to live a life that pleases God.  It’s not a formula or a method, it’s a moment-to-moment loving relationship.

God will show you where you need to be attending church, whether it’s a traditional church or a simple house church.  Be ready to join a body of believers.  Get into the Bible (and the Bible into you).  The Bible looks like a book, but you will find that it will become very personal in its messages.  This is because the Bible is the Living Word of God.  God will speak to you through the Bible.

Most important of all, now that you’re a believer, get out there and share the love of Jesus with others.  Tell them what He has done for you.  Show them how easy it is to become a child of God.  There is no time to waste!  God is patient, but judgment will come.  God is good!

[1] The link recounts 27 predictions for September/October 2015, which is interesting.  Twenty-seven is the biblical number for the Holy Spirit (3 x 3 x 3) and for Holy Truth.

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