Topic: Act of Apostles
When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. (Acts 1:6-7 KJV)
In this passage, we see that the disciples asked a question concerning the nearness of Christ’s literal kingdom, which it is not incongruous with Old Testament promises (Is. 9:6, 7; Dan. 2:44, 45), nor with the gospel teachings (Luke 19:11; 21:31; 22:18). In Matthew 24, Jesus gave them a long sermon about His second coming. Again, as we see, these disciples were concerning about the timing of the event.
I believe that Jesus didn’t give us time of His returning for following reasons:
1) God called us to spread the Gospel to whole nations without for us to worry about timing.
2) If God would announce His date of returning, Satan would be ready to fight against Him.
However, Jesus left us some signs before His returning. First, He left us the sign of Israel. Since the people of Israel reestablished their land as nation in 1948, they are still dealing with issues from other nation. Ezekiel 38-39 predicts that the nations from north would plan to attack Israel and start Battle of Armageddon.
Why the whole world would attack Israel? First, it’s a battle between God against Satan. Second, there was a history of family rivalry since the lives of Abraham and Sarah. Even though God had a plan for their lives, Abraham and Sarah decided to have a child through their Egyptian servant, Hagar (Hebrew word for wandering). Hagar became a mother of Ishmael by Abraham, which represents the world. Due to their disobedience, their two children, Ishmael and Isaac, split into two separate families, which resulted in the birth of two nations—Israel and Arab nations. Even today, we continue to see that the Arabs and Israelite nations continue to fight against each other. This is why the two nations continue to feud in Israel. As Apostle Paul declares in Galatians 4:22, “…that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.” He was referring to Hagar (mother of Ishmael), who represented the bondmaid and Sarah (mother of Isaac) as the freewoman.
We currently see that our relationship with the Israelite nation is not doing well. President Obama currently pushes Israel to give up their land to Palestine. When the Israelite Prime Minister visit and spoke to US Congress, President Obama was absent from his presence; then, he did not follow through with the Prime Minister. What’s wrong with this picture?
We need to reestablish our relationship with the people of Israel. As we see from this past Friday, we let our Supreme Court ruled over homosexual agenda. Now, people can have marriage with same sex, children, or animal. If you read the fine print of this law, it’s more than gay marriage. We let the sin take over this godly nation.
Now, we, as body of Christ, need to wake ourselves up and spread the Good News of Jesus Christ throughout the land. It’s ashamed for us to see that other nations come to do evangelization, even though we have churches in every corner throughout all 50 states.
Do you have your relationship with the Heavenly Father? If not, I like to encourage you to develop your personal relationship with Jesus Christ today. First, confess your sins and invite Jesus Christ to your life. Paul said in Romans 10:9-11, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” There is no sinner prayer formula. Instead, you just talk to God at where you are now. Secondly, I’d like to encourage you to find a good solid biblical teaching church and Christian friends. They can help you to build strong relationship with God. If you’d need further assistance, you can email me at or visit my ministries website at www.mgjcweb.org for further resources.