3 May 2020
Dear family in Christ
During such challenging and difficult times of Covid-19 pandemic, some Christians have asked, “Is Jesus Christ returning very soon?” Well, the short answer(s) to this very important question is this: “Yes and No”.
Why “YES”? When we look at the trends and signs of the times, they seem to fulfil the prophecies of Jesus in Matthew 24. For example, we see earthquakes, famines, wars, violence, persecution, false teaching, lawlessness, drifting away from God, etc. In 2 Timothy 3:1-5, the apostle Paul taught that in the last days, “men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, …. lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God”.
Why then “NO”? Because the preaching of the gospel in the whole world is yet to be completed. In Matthew 24:14, Jesus declared, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to ALL “NATIONS” (ethnic people groups), and then the end will come.”
According to statistics by Joshua Project (https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/statistics), there are 10,435 unique ethnic people groups across all the countries in the world. Out of these, 4,605 are unreached people groups, located at places where there are zero or very few people who identify as Christian, with little or no history of Christianity.
Many churches, para-churches, mission agencies, Bible translators and missionaries are working hard to reach out to these remaining unreached people groups with the gospel. Let us be in fervent prayer and practical support for this important work. Meanwhile, let us continue in faithful evangelism and outreach at where God has placed us in our family, school, workplace, neighbourhood and nation. In times like this, people need the Lord, because in Jesus Christ, there is gracious merciful salvation and the hope of eternal life.