MONDAY, OCTOBER 5
“Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.”
1 John 2:18-19 (ESV)
STAYING ON TRACK FOR GOD’S BEST
A young boy was playing in his grandmother’s house near a large grandfather clock. Noontime was approaching, and when both hands of the old timepiece reached 12, the chimes began to ring. As he always liked to do, the boy counted each gong as it sounded. This time, however, something went wrong with the clock’s inner mechanism. Instead of stopping at 12, it kept right on chiming—13, 14, 15, 16 times. The boy couldn’t believe his ears! He jumped to his feet and ran into the kitchen, shouting, “Grandma! Grandma! It’s later than it’s ever been before!”
John is shouting in 1 John 2, “It’s later now than it’s ever been before” when he writes “it is the last hour.” John lived in the constant expectancy of Jesus’ return and the prevalence of false teachers called “antichrist” was one of the signs. And the evidence of embracing the truth about Jesus and living it out would give his hearers reassurance that they were ready for Jesus to return at any moment.
This is an expectancy that we should also have, knowing that the Lord’s return can come at any time. And the exhortation is to be ready for the return of Jesus. If you knew Jesus was coming back tomorrow, what would you change?
Thank God for the promised return of Jesus. Thank Him that we can be ready for His return because He has offered us grace and mercy. Read Revelation 13:3-18 for a description of the Antichrist in the tribulation.