This Sunday, the Gaylord Evangelical Free Church (GEFC) will hold its services just inside the Pearly Gates in Heaven, at least if the "experts" are right who are predicting that Jesus is coming back this Saturday, May 21st. Could they be right? Are we out of here come tomorrow?
One of these same "experts" made a similar claim back in October of 1988 with the publishing of a booklet entitled "88 Reasons Why Jesus Will Come Back In 1988." A lot of evangelical Christians bought into it. I remember walking out of the mall and finding a copy of the booklet on my car window and on the windows of all the cars around me. In fact, I know of one church that took it so seriously that they held funerals for each other since they would not have their own funerals. They even brought home their college students on the predicted day so they could all be together when Jesus returned. But when the day came and passed, nothing had changed.
So is this Saturday the day? Let me give just a few thoughts:
First, I believe that Jesus is coming back and that the church will be raptured and the bodies of the dead in Christ will be raised.
Second, I believe that this event is imminent, meaning that it could happen at any time.
Third, I believe that the reason Jesus hasn't come back yet is because God, who is patient, is giving more time for people to change their minds about Jesus and put their faith alone in His death and resurrection for their sins.
So will it happen Saturday? It could, but not because the experts have predicted it. If it happens Saturday it will be because it has been the plan of God since before the foundations of the world. I still plan to see you at the Gaylord Evangelical Free Church come 9:30 Sunday morning. But if the "experts" guessed right - then will meet just inside the Pearly Gate. Either way, it is going to a great service!