L. A. Marzulli
2 Peter 3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as [they were] from the beginning of the creation.
I may have discussed this portion of scripture before, however, I feel that it is apropos to visit it again, with all that is going on in the world, and here’s why. There is a time before a life changing event where all seems normal, it’s business as usual. Before Columbus discovered America, most thought the world was flat, it was the accepted position of Columbus’ day. Everyone’s paradigm changed and what was scoffed at became accepted as the new norm as Columbus proved that the world was round. The English people were lulled into a false sense of security when Chamberlain assured everyone that Hitler did not war…. everyone’s paradigm was rocked when Hitler attacked Poland and WWII began.
Most people 200 years ago could never have imagined that we would go faster than 30 miles an hour, or fly through the air, or land on the moon, or traverse the depths of the ocean in submarines, or store vast amounts of data on computer chips, or a thousand other wonders of the modern age.
What Peter warns us of almost 2000 years ago, continues to echo down the centuries, where is the promise of His coming? Peter warns us that there will be scoffers in the last days, who will mock a literal second coming. We certainly don’t have a problem seeing that today do we? Here in the west the supernatural has taken a back seat to the scientific method. In other words if we can’t produce it in a lab it can’t be real…. Of course if that’s the case, how do we come to terms with Moses parting the Red Sea, Jesus walking on water, or rising from the dead, or healing the sick, or the words of prophecy which, to me, seem to be lining up and getting ready to be fulfilled!
Here, in the west, we are mostly dead to the supernatural. Those miracles that we read in our Bibles, might have happened long ago, but certainly they won’t happen now in our time…. Yashua/Jesus coming isn’t really literal. The devil won’t really manifest on the earth, when he is booted out of the second heaven. The temple literally won’t be rebuilt. The Jews aren’t really the Jews. The Rapture of the church wasn’t taught by the early church fathers – I will get into this more in another post as they most certainly did! There is no literal millennium, and on an on it goes.
I believe that He is coming. I don’t know when, but when He tells me the signs of what to look for that will tell me when he his coming, the wars and rumors of wars, famines and pestilence and earthquakes in diverse places, I have what I need to discern the signs of the times. I also live in the modern era where I can now track these signs, where only a few decades ago it was impossible to do so.
The rider on the white horse with the armies of Heaven at his command is literal, in my opinion. I have had two waking visions in my 31 years as a Christian, and as Paul says, whether in the body or out of the body I do not know. I do know that I was in that scene, seated on a white horse. That the armies of heaven are shaped like a horse-shoe and stacked rows upon rows high into the sky. I was positioned at the top right hand side, about four rows back. The horse I was on did not have a bridle or saddle. I had a sword in my hand and was dressed in white. Every eye was on the rider on the white horse. Everyone assembled in that scene could see Him as we rode to earth for the final battle. I saw this before I knew of the passage of scripture that tells of this. Remember that the kings of the earth are assembled and with the Antichrist are looking up thinking that they can conquer Him who sits on the white horse…. REv 19:19
The promise of His coming is the most real, assured event in the history of the world…. even so come Lord Jesus!