Timing of Jesus on earth

“I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look!  God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them.‘ “  Revelation 21:3a

Have you wondered about why Jesus came to earth when He did?  It occurred about 2,000 years ago in the Middle East of all places!  Why didn’t He wait until now and arrive somewhere in America’s heartland?   

We know that God’s timing is absolutely perfect, even though it rarely matches what we think it should be.  Jesus arrived at the perfect time in the perfect place in perfect circumstances.  

The cradle of civilization, aka Mesopotamia, includes the area between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers.  It figures prominently in the Bible, particularly in the Old Testament.  Major Jewish figures came from here; part of Israel existed here; wars between Jews and non-Jews were fought here.  In reading the Bible and historical records, this place was a disaster two millennia ago.  Jesus arrived at the right time to save mankind from itself.  

Understanding God’s timing on Jesus’s arrival on earth is quite simple.  Think about the world in which we live, filled with crime, hate, wars, immorality, and the list goes on endlessly.  How much different would it be had Jesus not come when he did?  Can you imagine satan’s domination on earth now in the absence of Jesus and the spread of Christianity?  It’s certainly not a place where I’d want to live.  It’d be hell on earth, a trillion times worse than it already is.   

We live in a spiritual battlefield where we have freedom of choosing sides.  As society continues its downward spiral into moral decay, the conditions will become perfect for the Second Coming.  We don’t know when, but we know where.  Jesus will land on the Mount of Olives where He ascended two thousand years ago, and He will move triumphantly into the city of Jerusalem and take charge of the entire planet as its everlasting King.  

Are you excited about His return?  Are you prepared for it?  

Prayer:  Dear God, we praise You for Your perfection in everything.  Amen.

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