Before I type another word, let me quote Jesus, speaking of His return, in Matthew 24 (ESV): “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only" (v. 36). So, I am certainly not predicting an exact date when Jesus "will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other" (v. 31). However, just a few verses earlier in that same chapter, Jesus tells us:
“From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place." (v. 32-34)
By this passage, it's clear that we won't know the specific "day and hour" of Jesus' return, but we will know the season and "generation."
With all of that being said, please keep Matthew 24 in mind as you listen to today's Footsteps with Dean Lundberg of YWAM (Youth With A Mission). You will hear Dean state, "I know that the figure of 2033 has been put out there as far as getting the Scripture in every language." I find this goal of 2033 very exciting because Jesus clearly tells his disciples, "And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come" (v. 14). I'm not saying that 2033 is the year, but it could well be within the season, and that means that "he is near" (v. 33).
So, let's all say together, "Come, Lord Jesus!" (Revelation 22:20)
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