Katydid Prophecies

The katydids have begun their summer song in Massachusetts.  Their songs blended with the wooing sounds of the tree frogs fill the evenings with magic. Local lure says our first killing frost will now be six weeks away.  That means we will have a killing frost in the middle of September.  That seems way too soon.  But wait, I looked this up and discovered some say it is nine weeks until the killing frost.  That sounds more like it.  But then again I found someone saying it is twelve weeks.  I’m confused.

It is the same consternation I feel when listening to interpreters of Bible prophecy.  It seems that almost every preacher has a unique prediction regarding what is happening in the Middle East and when Jesus will return. Each one has verses to support his\her special insight. But they aren’t saying the same thing. I am thinking they are about as accurate as our New England katydid prophecies.

In regard to Jesus’ return He said, “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”  Mark 13:32.  It is true that we should be aware and not have our heads in the sand.  It is also true that knowing or not knowing should not make one iota of difference in how we live each day.  Our personal goal should be to be as much like Jesus as we can and that should be the case if He was coming tomorrow or sometime in the next millennium. In Luke 19:13 Jesus said, “Occupy until I come.”  Don’t stop living. Let’s just be the kindest, most caring, most honest persons we can be.

Written by Roger Bothwell on August 8, 2014

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