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Hastening THAT Day

In the interim between Christ’s ascension and return, God has granted humanity the opportunity to repent .  In his second epistle, Peter explains the apparent “delay” in the return of Jesus from heaven. God is characterized by mercy and has no desire for anyone to perish. But the apostle even contends that the conduct of the church may “ hasten ” that day’s arrival. The relationship of men with God is dynamic, not static, and He responds eagerly to repentance - [ Photo by Wil Stewart on Unsplash ].

Witness to All Nations

Jesus declared that the “end” will not come until this gospel of the kingdom is proclaimed to all nations .  When the future return of Jesus is discussed, the question naturally arises - What “signs” will precede it? Will wars, earthquakes, and other catastrophes mark the nearness of that day? Fortunately, Jesus provided a definitive answer to this question - The completion of the church’s mission to testify to the whole earth   - [ Preaching the Gospel - Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash ].

Mission of the Church

The mission of the church between now and the return of Jesus is to announce the Good News of his Kingdom to all men   –   Matthew 24:14 .  Jesus tasked his church with announcing his gospel to all nations. The New Testament summarizes his message as the “ good news of the Kingdom of God .” In him, God’s rule over the earth is being established, though often in unexpected and paradoxical ways. By the time Christ returns, he will have established total sovereignty over the nations and subjugated all His “ enemies ,” especially the “ last enemy ,” death - [ World in Hand photo by  Jake Weirick  on Unsplash ].

Kingdom of God

The political order inaugurated by Jesus is the “Kingdom of God,” and it bears little resemblance to the political systems of this world .  When Jesus first appeared in Galilee, he began to proclaim the “ Kingdom of God ” – “ Repent, for the kingdom is at hand .” In his ministry, the reign of God began to invade the earth. However, his realm was of an entirely different nature than the political systems of the present age, and on more than one occasion, Christ refused that kind of political power, especially when it was offered by Satan - [ Colosseum - Photo by Hank Paul on Unsplash ].

Son of Man has Authority

Jesus is the Son of Man foreseen by Daniel, the one with absolute authority from Yahweh over the earth .  After defeating Satan in the wilderness, Jesus began to proclaim the “ good news ” of the kingdom – “ The season is fulfilled, the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe the gospel .” The term “ Kingdom of God ” was a summary statement that meant different things to different people, but he identified his mission most closely with the “ Son of Man ” from the book of Daniel - [ Earth Photo by NASA on Unsplash ].

Hope for only SOME Nations?

Is the Good News of the Kingdom of God a message for only SOME nations, or for all?  Often in church history, the gospel has been perverted into good news for some nations, but bad news for others. This occurs whenever representatives of the “church” associate Christ’s message with specific nations, races, cultures, and political systems. Unfortunately, this has been an all-too-common pattern in church history - [ North America Globe - Photo by Greg Rosenke on Unsplash ].