The Long Shadow
Thus, we have lived in this long shadow since that first Pentecost; when the Holy Spirit was given to mankind in an extraordinary fashion as ‘cloven tongues of fire’ descending upon the disciples (Acts 2:1-4). However, just prior to that, Christ ascended from the earth in front of His disciples in an equally glorious fashion. As they stood gazing intently into the sky, presumably, wondering if He would return in short order, two Angels appear and communicate with the disciples gathered there. Acts 1:9-11 Before He left, Christ’s mandate to the disciples indicated that while His return was absolutely certain (John 14:1-3), it may have some time built into it. They were to go into the entire world, making disciples of all nations. Matthew 28:18-20
Christ stands outside this church knocking on the door [Revelation 3:20]. However, the decline of Western Christendom and intense ramping up of persecution against Eastern Christendom was foretold by Scripture. None of this was by accident or surprise to God. We with eyes to see and ears to hear, should take some comfort living through these darkened days, because they are only darkened, by the shadow of what’s coming…our deliverance.
Are You Ready?
Apostles journey here: https://www.thebiblejourney.org/the-bible-journey/10-pauls-journey-to-phrygia-macedonia/paul-starts-his-2nd-missionary-journey/
- sad, John 14:1
- have sinned, Psalm 51:1
- facing danger, Psalm 91:1
- faith needs stimulation, Hebrews 11:1
- alone and sad, Psalm 23:1
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