“As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him (Jesus) privately, saying, ‘Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?’ And Jesus answered them, ‘See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.”
“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 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.” (Matthew 24:3-14)
One cannot read the above passage without thinking about one or more recent newspaper articles and/or news broadcasts. False prophets and teachers in the church, wars and rumors of wars, nations at each other’s throats, natural disasters all over the world, increasing hatred against all things Christian, love growing cold – it’s all happening right before our eyes. I don’t need to get into the details.
Not only are these things happening, there are also a countless number of prognosticators who will tell us not only exactly when Jesus is coming back, they tell us what we should be doing in the midst of it all. We should be hoarding everything from foodstuff to guns and ammo according to the ‘survivalists’, mounting opposition campaigns or boycotts against all of the ungodly factions out there, or even taking back the country! We Christians can even find scripture passages to support our efforts, although not necessarily in their natural context in the Bible.
While I’m not taking a stand for or against any of the above, I am asking if the Bible tells us what we are to be doing in light of ‘these end days’. I think we are told how to respond – not only in the end days, but every day, until Jesus comes back as the judge of the Earth.
“And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.” (Luke 19:13 KJV)
We know the rest of the story. The servants who invested the money given to them were commended, while the one who buried it for safekeeping it was chastised.
We are to ‘occupy’, (‘do business’ in more modern translations) until Jesus comes back. What business?, you ask. Jesus left no doubt their either:
“ And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations” (Matt 24:14)
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
No matter what our main occupation or situation in life might be, we are to be about the business of the gospel, proclaiming it and making disciples. We are to be about ‘investing’ the gospel in our own lives and in the lives of others. We should be continuously growing in our own knowledge of God and His Son, sitting under sound Biblical teaching, and at the same time pointing the lost around us to the Cross of Christ and helping other believers grow in their faith.
“Occupy Until I Come” – Jesus