(Red-letter portions of the New Testament)

Matthew 24:40-42, “Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.”

Two will be working side-by-side the day the Lord returns. One will be ready for the Lord’s return and the other will not, weighed down by the desires of this life. One will be taken away from the coming tribulation and one will be left behind to face a terrible judgment on earth.

Jesus said co-workers, people we do business with, fellow members of civic organizations, etc. will be left behind. Who do we work with? Who do we do business with? Who are we in organizations with? Are they ready for the Lord’s return? Are they watching? Are we?

To keep watch means to be ready when He returns. It means to believe in Him. It means to surrender to Him. It means to fall in love with Him, with all your heart, all your heart soul, all your mind, and all your strength. It means to long for His appearing.

His coming is imminent, meaning it’s about to happen. Some might say that it’s been 2000 years since Jesus ascended to heaven. Where is His coming?

“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?” (2 Peter 3:3-4)

Scoffers were prophesied. That’s a prophecy that the scoffers, themselves, are now making come true, by their scoffing.

“With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day...But the day of the Lord will come like a thief.” (2 Peter 3:8, 10)

By the Lord’s count, it has only been a couple of days since Jesus ascended. When we aren’t paying attention, that’s when the thief will come.

Jesus, the thief, will steal away those who love Him and who are longing for His appearing. He will get away with it and the rest of the people will be left behind, wondering where we went.

John Curtis can be reached at john.curtis@shelbyvilledailyunion.com

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