According to a certain radio preacher, the process of Jesus returning to Earth was supposed to start yesterday, accompanied by all kinds of calamities world-wide. If you’re reading this any time after May 21, 2011, it didn’t happen.
While many call that preacher’s statement preposterous, the Bible says something even more astounding on the subject. We are told that Jesus will come “in the twinkling of an eye.”
As I sit here writing, my eyes blink involuntarily. Blink. Did He come yet? No. … Blink. Did He come yet? No. … Blink. And so forth.
Jesus gave many parables stating the supreme importance of being ready for His return. In fact, this seems to be the main reason behind all the prophecies about the event. He wants us to be awake, alert, productive, and effective to the last moment. This might involve such practicalities as asking and granting forgiveness, giving and receiving love, showing kindness to all mankind equally, loving God with all my heart, and so much more.
A number of people believed the May 21, 2011 Judgment Day prediction. Since they knew about it months in advance, they made preparations accordingly. Their stories, some serious and others silly, showed up in media from private blogs to the New York Times. From the beginning to the end of a blink, however, is not enough time to do much preparing. Those eye twitches, therefore, can remind me to have forgiveness, love, and the like constantly in order. That way I’ll be all set for the next blink.