Laurel and I found the “Christ Is Coming Very Soon!” advertisement in today’s Salem Statesman-Journal newspaper most interesting. We read it carefully, especially the eight compelling reasons why the Second Coming is right around the corner.
It struck me that all of us, Christian and non-Christian alike, should be doing what we can to hasten Jesus’ return. For the faithful, this will mark the fulfillment of prophecy. For the unfaithful, it will be pretty darn interesting, to say the least—the adventure of a lifetime, if not eternity.
Practically speaking, there isn’t much that most of us can do to pump up four of the eight reasons for Jesus’ coming back to Earth. Israel’s rebirth has happened. Famines, violence, and wars aren’t easy to control, though with Bush's re-election at least one of the three is primed for Second Coming success.
Increasing earthquakes—not possible with present-day technology. Increase in both apostasy and faith: whatever your religious or non-religious conviction, it appears you’re helping out in this area.
So it seems that our focus should be on the other four reasons. These are areas where everybody can do something, big or small, to help assure that the Second Coming will really come.
There’s no substitute for individual initiative when it comes to good works, so the links below are simply some suggestions to get us pointed in the right direction. Which means…
(2) Keep the explosion of travel and education happening. Plan a trip. Educate yourself. According to the ad “two key conditions…for the Second Coming are that ‘travel and education shall be vastly increased’ (Daniel 12:4).”
(3) Help cults and the occult to prosper. I’d have to get a free report to learn exactly what a cult or the occult is, but I’m pretty sure my Church of the Churchless weblog qualifies as “counterfeit spirituality.” Visit it and speed Jesus’ return.
(4) Help support the New World Order. The ad says that “increased centralization of world financial and political power is a prelude to the soon-coming world power system in the hands of ‘Antichrist.’” Since you can’t have Christ without the Antichrist, please do what you can to support the New World Order.
Thanks for your assistance with encouraging the Second Coming. If it really happens, maybe I can point to this posting as proof of my good intentions and get a little respite from the Last Judgment.