One of the strongest admonitions Jesus made in the Gospels is when he stated that a wicked and adulterous generation asks for signs (Mt. 12:39; 16:4). However, we as American Christianity LOVE signs. Why do you think all those books about blood moons flew off the shelves earlier this year? But … both Jesus and Jeremiah today in my #QT tell us to just quit it.
Jeremiah 10:2 tells us, Thus saith the LORD, “Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.” So why do we do it? I think I have a couple of answers.
First, it is “fun.” The signs of the times are interesting and exciting. Trying to figure out the identity of the anti-Christ is a good diversion from such weightier matters as the Great Commission. For you know, I have never seen prophecy-fixated folks all that engaged in evangelism. Just saying…. Incidentally, Tzedakah Ministries does not do prophecy conferences as Romans 1:16 is much more important.
Second, it makes a lot of money. Now that might sound like “sour grapes” but what are most Christians going to buy – How to Share Your Faith books or 2016 Reasons Jesus Is Coming on 2016? And will those same people go to either (A) prophecy OR (B) evangelism workshops?
We must be engaged in the ONE task we were given to do by Jesus before His Ascension – Go, Tell, and Make Disciples. The rest of it will take care of itself (Acts 1:8ff). And besides all that, Jesus is coming back on my wedding day as that will be my “luck.” 🙄