The Day of His Appearing

In the midst of all that is happening around the world today, are you and I able to accelerate the return of Jesus?

Some would say we absolutely cannot hasten the return of the Lord because, in their theological take on the providence of God, everything is preordained.

I believe very much in the sovereignty of God. I also believe He gave us free will, and He invites us into the mystery and destiny of being a co-laborer with Christ.

As we consider whether we can hasten His appearing, let’s ask another question: Is it possible that we can cause it to be delayed? It is an interesting concept, is it not?

The Bible seems to suggest that we can either hasten or delay the coming of the Lord:

“What sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat!” (2 Pet. 3:11-12).

Without majoring on the dimensions of calamity in this passage, let’s look at our part in the coming day of the Lord. Peter suggests that “holy conduct and godliness” will hasten “the coming of the day of God.” Your life and your lifestyle can be part of hastening the coming of Messiah, when the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!”

I also firmly believe that prayer can change the course of events.