What Time Is It?
by Jack Van Impe
But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only (Matthew 24:36).
Somewhere in time there is a sacred date known only to the Lord, the date of Christ’s return for His Bride…the Church. No one on earth can tell the day or pinpoint the hour of this long promised event. We know only that it is sure to come and that wise ones get ready for it.
In his book, Pepper ‘N Salt, Dr. Vance Havner tells of a wild duck that came down on migration into a barnyard and liked it so well that he stayed there. In the fall his former companions passed overhead and his first impulse was to rise and join them, but he had fed so well that he could rise no higher than the eaves of the barn. As time passed, the day finally came when his old fellow travelers could pass overhead without his even hearing their call. Many Christians have become content in this world and scarcely hear the call of God concerning the needs in their lives. Preaching doesn’t touch them. They have settled down in the barnyard and have forgotten they belong to the Lord.
On that special day to come, they will hear the call of the Lord and will rise to meet Him. All who have been born again will be taken in the Rapture of the Church…but many will be ashamed. The weight of worldly trinkets had overloaded them. John warned: “And now, Little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming” (1 John 2:28). The coming of Christ is imminent…an event to be expected at all times. He will return right on time. PERHAPS TODAY!
Remember who you are.
The time of His coming draws nigh.
Get out of the barnyard.