I watched an interesting and somewhat comical movie called, “Time Changer” (www.TimeChangerMovie.com). It is a time travel adventure about a Bible Professor from the year 1890 who travels to present time. It depicts the difference between the way of life in the 1800s and today’s society with special emphasis on the changes in religion and God within the school system, politics and entertainment. The movie was thought provoking.
The very last scene sparked in me both fear and wonderment. A professor from the 1800s was using a time machine to see how far in the future he could send a person. Originally, he set the dial at the year 2100 but the machine refused the date, implying that the world no longer existed at that time. Then he turned it to 2090, but again the date was rejected. The movie ended with him changing the date again and again, but as the viewer we obviously don’t know when the machine finally accepted the date.
I don’t spend too much time thinking about this. Somehow, like death, I assume the rapture will be years and years in the future. The book of Revelation in the Bible promises that Jesus will return as the coming King and glorified Lord. Sin and evil will not last forever. “Yes, I am coming soon” (Revelation 22:20 NIV). When will this happen? What if it isn’t years away? What if the end of time is tomorrow? Or later today? I am forced to ask, Am I ready? Are you ready?
God commands His people to remain completely faithful to Him. If you died today would you go to heaven? If you reply, “I hope so” the Bible gives us the assurance that we can know. Thankfully, believers can know because of the power of the Holy Spirit and the grace of Jesus.
It is sobering to think in these terms, yet this is exactly what the Bible instructs us to do. Live your life as if Jesus were returning today. The truth is that this is not a hypothetical way to live. Today, we need to ask ourselves if we are ready.
Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, we would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him (Matthew 24:42-44 NIV).