Scripture tells us of three great judgements. First, the flood in the days of Noah. What happened? All the world’s population, except Noah and family, had the wrong agenda. Even though there was the sign of a 20,000 tons displacement boat built on dry land and Noah preaching for over 100 years, the population stuck to its wrong agenda – ‘their every thought was only evil continually.’ All but 8 people perished.
Noah’s Flood – extent of fossils buried (rapid burial) all over the world and fossil fuel evidence enough.
The second mighty judgement affects us all. It was the judgement of our sin which was put onto Jesus our Saviour. When Jesus came He was rejected by His own. Why? Because the leaders of Israel at the time had the wrong agenda. Did they know Jesus was the Messiah? – they knew that He performed miracles only the Messiah could do – healing leprosy and casting out demons, raising the dead. Also, the timing of the coming of Jesus as Messiah was well known – it was precisely specified in the prophecy of 70 weeks in the book of Daniel. The Magi, as the spiritual descendants of Daniel, knew full well – and they were watching. They recognised the sign. Regrettably, the religious leaders of Israel, at the time, had their own agenda – it did not include a Messiah that would upset their leadership and their religious rituals.
What about the third judgement that is prophesied in Scripture at His second coming. There are more prophecies about Jesus second coming than His first.
Are we so fixed on our well being, our business, even ministry that we have lost sight of Jesus’s specific instruction to watch for His return? Are we so concerned with our own agenda, that we have lost sight of the Messiah Himself and His imminent return. Are we in a church that trusts in the inerrant word of God, recognises that we are in the “end times”, and is challenging the church to complete the Great Commission and prepare for the coming tribulation?
Jesus said: ‘Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.’ Revelation 3:3. The counter to that is that if you will watch, then you will know – ‘But you brethren are not in darkness so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.’ 1 Thessalonian 5: 4
Are our priorities right? Jesus first and foremost above everything? Are we in a church that understands the times (Bereans), looking forward to His return? Or are our plans, our desires, like the famous singer, Frank Sinatra – ‘I did it my way’ – I had or have my own agenda!
The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come Lord Jesus.’ This is the right, the best, the pre-eminent agenda for today!
This post is based on an article written by Peter Mitchell of International Christian Chamber of Commerce, England – Got the Wrong Agenda?