The story of “Chicken Little” is, sadly, the story of many Christians today.
To refresh your memory—or in case you are too young to have heard of Chicken Little—here’s the story in a nutshell (pun absolutely intended): Chicken Little is walking around and an acorn falls on his head. He looks up, doesn’t see anything amiss, and he panics. “The sky is falling!” He runs down the road, and gathers others to go tell the king that the sky is falling.
Christians do the same thing.
- political parties
- evil influences
And they run down the road crying, “it’s the end times!” “It’s the mark of the beast!” “They’ll never vaccinate me!”
Are we in the end times? Possibly. I honestly even hope so. Personally, I would love to be part of the gathering that doesn’t experience death and goes zooming up to meet Jesus in the Rapture.
It is interesting that the apostles of the New Testament thought Jesus’ second coming was imminent. Let’s read 2 Peter 3:3-14. Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation (verses 3-4). Sounds like today, doesn’t it? Scoffers? Lots of them. People looking for pleasures? By the boatloads.
Let’s read further. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished (verses 5-6). This obviously reminds them of Noah’s flood.
Now for some prophecy: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men (verse 7). God will destroy this earth with fire, and there will be a new heaven and a new earth (Revelation 21:1).
But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (verses 8-9). God’s timetable isn’t ours, and He isn’t limited by time at all. I love that last verse! The Lord mercifully gives the world more time to turn to Him.
This is interesting to everyone, Christians and non-believers: But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up (verse 10). This obviously is speaking about the ending judgment.
In light of that, what should Christians be doing? Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless (verses 11-14). We’re supposed to be godly, have good reputations, and be peacemakers. Now, that’s practical!
The Rapture of the church is described in another passage. Let’s read it together. But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent (go before) them which are asleep (1 Thessalonians 4:13-15). This is good news! Those who have died in Christ will go first. We have hope of this resurrection.
What will happen? It’s dramatic: For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
I love this last verse: Wherefore comfort one another with these words (18). Christians are supposed to be calm and share this peace with each other.
Paul, Peter, Jude, and the author of Hebrews instructed believers to be watching and waiting for Jesus’ coming (1 Corinthians 1:7; Philippians 3:20; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 9:28; 1 Peter 1:13; and Jude 21).* The clear teaching of Scripture indicates that Jesus’ coming in the clouds for believers could happen at any time. The disciples believed that back in their day, and we believe it today.
So, is the sky falling? Chicken Little and his gang are running to warn the king. (Watch out for falling acorns!)
Should Christians panic? No, not at all.
But, we should definitely look up. Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13).
Jesus said, Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John 14:27).
* Thomas D. Ice, Liberty University