Criers of Peace
ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink;
and tomorrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant. Isa. 56:12.
The evil servant says in his heart, "My lord delayeth his coming."
He does not say that Christ will not come. He does not scoff at the idea of
His second coming. But in his heart and by his actions and words he declares
that the Lord's coming is delayed. He banishes from the minds of others the
conviction that the Lord is coming quickly. His influence leads men to presumptuous,
careless delay. They are confirmed in their worldliness and stupor. Earthly
passions, corrupt thoughts, take possession of the mind. The evil servant
eats and drinks with the drunken, unites with the world in pleasure seeking.
He smites his fellow servants, accusing and condemning those who are faithful
to their Master. . . .
of Christ will surprise the false teachers. They are saying, "Peace and
safety." Like the priests and teachers before the fall of Jerusalem,
they look for the church to enjoy earthly prosperity and glory. The signs
of the times they interpret as foreshadowing this. But what saith the Word
of Inspiration? "Sudden destruction cometh upon them." . . .
putting afar off the coming of the Lord. They laugh at warnings. The proud
boast is made, "All things continue as they were from the beginning."
"Tomorrow shall be as this day and much more abundant." 2 Peter
3:4; Isa. 56:12. We will go deeper into pleasure loving. But Christ says,
"Behold, I come as a thief." Rev. 16:15. At the very time when the
world is asking in scorn, "Where is the promise of his coming?"
the signs are fulfilling. While they cry, "Peace and safety," sudden
destruction is coming. When the scorner, the rejecter of truth, has become
presumptuous; when the routine of work in the various money-making lines is
carried on without regard to principle; when the student is eagerly seeking
knowledge of everything but his Bible, Christ comes as a thief.