(By Ricky Scaparo) One of the greatest topics of debate in the Body of Christ is the “Coming of the Lord” and the “Rapture” of the Church. It has been discussed for years and will continue until the end. However, I want to emphasize something here that I believe needs to be brought, and that is “balance” to the topic of the Coming of the Lord.”  One day I was reading the following passage and realized something simple but profound:

Acts 1:4-8 – And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”  And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

First of all, Jesus commanded his disciples to wait for the “Promise of the Father” which would be the Baptism of the Holy Ghost that would come on the Day of Pentecost. Secondly, The disciples asked the Lord if he was going to restore the Kingdom to Israel which would be an event that would be future-tense, His response was pretty profound. He stated:

And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Here’s the bottom line. Is Jesus coming back? YES. Will all things come to pass as the Prophets has foretold? YES. So why are we debating issues that have already been put in motion and will happen regardless if and when we believe they will. No man knows the Day or the Hour of his return, but we can recognize the seasons in which we are in but remember the most important thing here is not pinpointing a timeline or a date, but fulfilling the “Great Commission”, Reaching souls for the Kingdom and advancing the Kingdom on Earth until he returns. Don’t get caught with your head in the clouds but remain focused on “Occupying until he comes”. Bible Prophecy is an amazing tool that can be used to point people to the fulfillment of events foretold but should never be used as a pair of binoculars that we keep to our face looking for the clouds to split at any moment. We have a purpose while we are here, and that is to fill the Wedding Hall with guests for the Groom. Therefore go into the highways, and as many, as you find, invite to the wedding.’

ACTS 1: 9-11 –  Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”