In April U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann accused President Obama of hastening the end times because of his policies.
Imagine that, the President mocked, me having such power and influence.
What did Peter mean when he wrote “looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God” (2 Peter 3:12)? Do you have power and influence to hasten the coming of the day of God?
The Greek word for “hastening” is speudo. Vines defines it as “earnestly desiring, urge on diligently, await eagerly.” We are “instruments through prayer and service for the accomplishment of His purposes, purposes which will be unthwartably fulfilled both in time and manner of accomplishment.”
Jameson Faucett & Brown says pseudo means “with the utmost eagerness desiring … The Greek may mean ‘hastening’ (that is, urging onward the day of God; not that God’s eternal appointment of the time is changeable, but God appoints us as instruments of accomplishing those events which must be first before the day of God can come.”
Like preparing for a big dance that is taking place on a special date and you must arrange and prepare the hall, the food and the band before that date and hasten its success.
We serve in 3 ways that must be done before Christ returns.
3 P’s in the hastening pod
1)Preach the Gospel: “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14).
Clearly the gospel of the kingdom must be preached with urgency and passion so that the Father deems the world has been properly witnessed to and warned. Our prayers are compared to incense which should be beaten fine—in heartfelt detail.
If we accomplish 20 goals during a day, it will seem to have sped by rather than sat around watching TV all day and the same 24 hours crawled by in boredom.
2)Prepare a people: “Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness” (2 Peter 3:11). Peter asked this pointed question of us right before he said to hasten the coming of Christ.
God is preparing a people to be His kings, priests, judges and teachers in Christ’s coming millennial government and Great White Throne Judgment. First of all, Peter is saying: hasten to make sure you are part of this family crew!
Isaiah 16:5 shows that a king hastens righteousness by being swift to do it.
In John 4:35 Jesus said the fields are white with harvest and we should pray God send laborers!
In 1 Corinthians 3:6 Paul said we must plant and water. May we do that with passion and urgency! But it’s God Who gives the increase. Nobody can come unless the Father calls (John 6:44).
Peter warned that Christ is coming like a thief in the night and we must be “looking for” (“watching” in Luke 12:39).
Jesus said in His model prayer that we must daily pray fervently and urgently “Thy kingdom come.” The Bible ends with “Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev. 22:20). Not that the Father needs reminding—we’re the ones who need to be fired up for His return!
Psalm 122:6 commands “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” Since peace in Jerusalem and the rest of the world will only come when Jesus comes back and sets up righteous government, we are to be praying for Christ to return!
Amos 5:18 cautions “Woe to you who desire the Day of the Lord.” We must not try to bring about the fulfillment of prophecies in some human or political way or desire for unbelievers to “get theirs!”
Albert Barnes Notes on the Bible and John Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible both say: “Christians should keep looking out for it … for though the day is fixed for the coming of Christ, nor can it be altered, yet it becomes the saints to pray earnestly for it, that it may be quickly, and for the accomplishment of all things that go before it… saints should be hasting to it by their readiness for it, having their loins girt, and their lights burning, and their lamps trimmed, and they waiting for their Lord’s coming, and going forth in acts of faith and love…”
The same Greek word SPEUDO is used in five other places in the New Testament, several in the story about Zacchaeus who looked for Jesus and hasted down from the sycamore tree to be with Christ. He didn’t speed Christ’s coming. It was about him making haste to be ready for Christ’s arrival.
So can you hasten the coming of the Lord?
The Father will send His Son at the right time! Psalm 102:13-16 says “the set time.”
Ernestly desire it! Preach, prepare & pray! As Vines puts it so well, “In this way the earnest desire will find its fulfillment.”
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