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The Ides of September?

A lot of Christians across the globe are getting excited, fearful or at least expectant regarding a list of dates in September this year which are said to be pointing to some big occurrence in that month.

The events involve rather significant prognostications linking the United Nations, the Pope, the US President, together with eclipses, stock market crash and other disasters.

To my way of thinking, it is a bit like the reason Paul wrote the second letter to the Thessalonians: to calm the Christians down and to encourage them to realise that God will not bring a disaster upon them without holding them all in His all-sustaining loving hand.  When they were fearful that the Day of the Lord was upon them and they had missed the Rapture, Paul explained clearly that Christ had not yet returned.

So I believe we should not get carried away with a list of events in September which may or may not herald His return for us.  After all, Jesus himself told His disciples that no man knows the day nor the hour, His point being that we should ALWAYS be ready.

The imminence of His return is one thing the true Church has always taught.  “Be ye ready …” He said.

The list of events is however, intriguing, and I am sure you can find it in numerous blogs at the moment – but I hope no-one starts using it to make some unbiblical prophecy.

Yes, the time is short, but so too are some Christians’ memories.  Similar things were said (as I remember) about 1975, 1988, 2000 and other dates.  A good rule is to make it a habit to remain dressed – figuratively – ready, every hour of every day and night.  Then we won’t be overtaken by surprise in our lack of readiness.

The other thing that concerns me is that the whole business may tend to distract us from doing our Master’s business: spreading the Gospel, fighting the evil spiritual forces promoting homosexual marriage and abortion on demand, to name just a few.

And while I am on the subject, evil spiritual forces can ONLY be defeated with the Word and by prayer, according to Ephesians 6: 10-20.  Check it out.

God bless you.

Lindsay.

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