I used to wonder when the Lord would come back. I mean- what was taking so long? The early disciples thought it would happen in their lifetime, and every generation since then has probably thought the same.
But 2,000 years later, here we still are. Are we any closer to the end?
A while ago, I was praying about this, and I had a picture- a vision- that came to me that answered, at least a little, this question.
The people of the earth are like sheep grazing on a mountainside. Also on the mountain, there is a safe place- a shelter, in the fold of the Shepherd. It is enclosed by a gate, and the Shepherd himself stands in the doorway, calling.
On the horizon is a storm- a vast, black, thundering thing that is set to destroy.
And the Shepherd calls.
Any who hear His voice can come, and enter the fold, and find safety in his care. Many lift their heads at their names, but not all come.
But the Shepherd knows his sheep. He knows each one- who will come, and who will ignore him. He calls, and he watches as they come-
Two thousand years of coming.
And still the storm is coming- on the horizon now, just over the valley, and He is still calling-
Come, come, come…
And when the last sheep, the last one that will come DOES come, He closes the gate, and the storm breaks.
This is when the end will come- when the last sheep comes home.
In John chapter ten, Jesus says:
Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.John 10:7-15
So where are you, today? Are you safely in the fold?
The King is coming. The earth will not last forever. Hear his voice today, and come to Him.