What If Today?

I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

“Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.”

And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon.

Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, “It is done!” And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth. Now the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And great Babylon was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath. Then every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hailstone about the weight of a talent. Men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, since that plague was exceedingly great. (Revelation 16:13-21)

What if you knew Jesus was coming back today? Martin Luther was hoeing weeds in his garden when a member of his church asked him that very question. Martin Luther responded quickly, “I’d be hoeing weeds.”

In the middle of John’s visions about the future, Jesus announced that he was going to come back like a thief. He said that those who were watching for his arrival wouldn’t be like some person rousted from bed naked in the middle of the night to confront the problem. In that part of the world it was warm and humid most of the year, so people regularly slept unclothed. In California, earthquakes are a regular feature of life. Most cause no damage. But I have a friend whose greatest fear is that after an earthquake, she’ll wind up on national television being rescued naked from the rubble of her home. So she makes a point of wearing a lot of clothing when she goes to bed.

Jesus’ point was that he wanted his people to always be doing his will, whatever that might be, whether it’s hoeing weeds or preaching the gospel.

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About R.P. Nettelhorst

I'm married with three daughters. I live in southern California and I'm the interim pastor at Quartz Hill Community Church. I have written several books. I spent a couple of summers while I was in college working on a kibbutz in Israel. In 2004, I was a volunteer with the Ansari X-Prize at the winning launches of SpaceShipOne. Member of Society of Biblical Literature, American Academy of Religion, and The Authors Guild
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