Without Warning

Luke 17: 26-37
2 Jn. 4-9 / Ps 119: 1-2, 10, 11, 17-18

It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed.
(Luke 17:30)

No one knows the day it’s coming,
The least we can do is prepare.
What our Lord today is saying:
Repent, have faith and don’t despair.

“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all. It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed. On that day no one who is on the roof of his house, with his goods inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything. Remember Lot’s wife! Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.” They asked, “Where, Lord?” He replied, “Where the dead body is, there the vultures will gather.” (Luke 17:26-37)

Reflection

We do not know when or how the end will come, but as our Lord Jesus prophesied, it will definitely happen. We only know (as our Lord here tells us) that it will come unexpectedly, and without any warning. His coming “will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other” (Lk. 17:24). By then the time to repent will be too late.

The Bible is replete with warnings about the end times when our Lord Jesus will “come upon the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. . . sending out His angels with a trumpet blast to gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other” (Mt.24:30-31). Even the prophets of the Old Testament had visions of this Great Tribulation, as Isaiah prophesied: “Thus I will punish the world for its evil and the wicked for their guilt … the heavens tremble and the earth shall be shaken from its place, as the wrath of the Lord of Hosts on the day of His burning anger” (Isa 14:11,13); Ezekiel: “I will cover the heavens, and all their stars I will darken; the sun I will cover with clouds, and the moon shall not give its light” (Ezek 32:7); and Amos: “On that day, says the Lord God, I will make the sun set at midday and cover the earth with darkness in broad daylight” (Am 8:9). The prophets Daniel and Joel too had visions of the end times (Dan 12:1-3, Joel 2:1-2). Then we also read about the “Great harvest” in the Book of Revelation (Rev.14:14-20).

Why do so many people ignore these dire warnings in the Book of Life? This too is answered by the Word of God in the epistle of St. Peter, who wrote: “In the last days scoffers will come to scoff, living according to their own desires and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming?” … But do not ignore this one fact, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day. The Lord does not delay His promise, as some regard ‘delay,’ but He is patient with you, not wishing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a mighty roar and the elements will be dissolved by fire, and the earth and everything done on it will be found out” (2 Pet.3:3,8-10). Our Lord has given fair warning. It will come, but the Great Retribution will be upon us when we least expect it, when most people are not prepared. Death will be as inevitable as the vultures that herald it. And only those who put their faith in this, the Word of God will be saved.

Dear God, as Your Word is the truth in our life, may our Lord Jesus’ fellowship be our main objective, and Your will be our life’s sole directive, so that we may be assured of salvation in the time of the world’s great and final reckoning. Amen.

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