Time Lapse

by Dody Gibson

Jesus death and resurrection had brought much confusion to the apostles. As He stood on Mt. Olivet with the eleven, there was still the question, “Lord, wilt Thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?” While they watched with wondering eyes, Jesus began to move upward until a cloud covered Him from their vision. So intense were they of this phenomenon they did not notice two men by them dressed in white apparel. They said, “Ye men of Galilee, this same Jesus which was taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manor as ye have seen Him go into heaven.”

Much speculation has gone into that prophecy when at some unknown time in the future Jesus will come again. There are those who presume to predict the exact day but all have been proven wrong. Jesus said it would come unexpectedly such as a thief who would break into a home in the middle of the night. No one knows when Jesus will come again, not the angels, nor even Him, but the Father only. (Matt 24:36; Mark 13:32)

John the Revelator tells us that every eye shall see Him. (Rev 1:7) Haven’t we all imagined or visualized the day when looking upward we suddenly see the clouds part and roll away, revealing our Lord just as He was on the day He left but now surrounded in all His glory? What a sight that will be!

But, wait a moment. What about all the other people on the other side of the earth? How can we all see Him at once? This is only one of the great mysteries to be revealed to us on that last great day. All eyes will see Him at the same instant everywhere. All those living and even those in their graves, including those who drove the nails into the His hands and feet and even the blind will see. How can the earth even contain all these alive at once, is just one more mystery to be revealed.

So, will our Lord come in the day or the night? This, our planet is divided into 24 time zones. At any given moment the clock reads differently for each one. There are four time zones in the continental United States. When it is noon in California, it is 3 PM in Florida. Also, when it is noon in St. Louis, it is midnight in the western mountains of China.

Time began at the beginning of creation. It is used for measuring hours, days and seasons for mortal man. Time will cease to exist on that last day.

No, we do not know the day of our Lord’s appearing, but as to the hour, it depends on where you live. For the whole of the world’s population, clocks will read all hours of the day and the night. So will Jesus come night or day? He will come at all hours of the day and night!

However, there is a verse in the Bible that supports this fact. Luke records that two men shall be sleeping, 2 women shall be grinding and 2 men shall be in the field. (Luke 17:34-36) Yes, some sleeping at night and some working in the day. Perhaps even in the grinding and the fieldwork, we see different seasons as they exist worldwide.

Time is a blessing and for faithful Christians everywhere we will use it wisely until it is no more.

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