Now is the Time!
In 2002, as I was studying through Matthew 24 this passage caught my attention.
"Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. "Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? (Matthew 24:42-45)
First, this passage is addressing the leadership of the church since the Lord is referring to “the servant … whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household.”
As I was reading “at the proper time,” I heard in my minds ear and emphatic – "NOW!"
As I considered the message - "NOW!" I asked, "Lord, are You coming soon?" His answer was equally emphatic – "NO!" Then He said, "Now is the time the Church must teach what the Bible says about my return, because, your children and their children will need to know".
The message was clear. That was in 2002.
Therefore, study, teach and keep Watch !
Richard H. Perry