Hello Readers, hope all’s well. I’m only chiming in with a very short, quick post today. I’m on vacation this week, as I said all last week. I’m not traveling anywhere because of the COVID-19 situation, but I am enjoying myself here in my own country.
Today I have a very short, quick post. This is kind of a follow-up to something I wrote not too long ago.
In Part 23, I wrote a quick prayer for the End Times and the return of the LORD Jesus Christ. I invited you all, the readers, to pray it with me too. This prayer clearly asks for the return of Jesus Christ and the destruction of this world.
About a month after writing that, I was reading through the book of Amos in the Old Testament. It’s not a book I was familiar with before, but I like it very much now. In Chapter 5, I came across this harsh admonition from the LORD that we should not pray for the End of the world! I started feeling then that I had made a mistake with my prayer for the End Times that I posted in Part 23.
Here’s the passage in question, from Amos Chapter 5.
(18) Doom to those who desire the day of the LORD!Amos 5:18-20 (CEB)
Why do you want the day of the LORD?
It is darkness, not light;
(19) as if someone fled from a lion,
and was met by a bear;
or sought refuge in a house,
rested a hand against the wall,
and was bitten by a snake.
(20) Isn’t the day of the LORD darkness, not light;
all dark with no brightness in it?
Doom! The LORD doesn’t actually use that word too often in the Bible. That tells me that the LORD really, really does not want us praying for the End. Whoops! Did I make a mistake with that prayer from Part 23?
Well, I think the important thing is that we should not desire the day of the LORD, as verse 18 says. There will be much death, destruction, terror, and suffering on that day. We should never look forward to that part, though in my defense, I don’t believe that I desire that day to come. My whole thing is that I’m saying it’s coming sometime soon, and not to be afraid of it, but we still have some time to do things that we need to do. Does all this add up to desiring the day of the LORD? I don’t know. I’m inclined to say no, but it’s not what I say that’s important, it’s what God thinks.
I will be considering this issue further, both on my own and in my prayers. In the meantime, I’ve stopped saying the prayer I posted in Part 23. I’m sure the LORD doesn’t mind. After all, it’s not like my prayers would ever make that final day come sooner! God’s plans cannot be changed, delayed, sped up, altered, and so on. That day will come when it comes, all in God’s time. No need to be in any rush for it, and no need to pray for it to come.
Just something to think about.
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