During Israel’s years in the wilderness, the people could see a physical representation of God. The cloud that rested over the tabernacle burned like fire when it was dark and so they could see that God was with them at all times. When the cloud lifted and moved, the Israelites followed. They could see clearly where God wanted them to go and when he wanted them to go.
Jesus has been saying that He will return again soon and God will live among his people once again. But he doesn’t and can’t say when. In the mean time he recommends we prepare for this time. Imagine how you would feel if, when The Lord returned, you missed out just because you weren’t expecting him yet. What can you be doing with your life now, in order to be ready for Jesus should he return tonight?
Numbers 9:15-18 NLT
On the day the Tabernacle was set up, the cloud covered it. But from evening until morning the cloud over the Tabernacle looked like a pillar of fire. This was the regular pattern—at night the cloud that covered the Tabernacle had the appearance of fire. Whenever the cloud lifted from over the sacred tent, the people of Israel would break camp and follow it. And wherever the cloud settled, the people of Israel would set up camp. In this way, they traveled and camped at the Lord’s command wherever he told them to go. Then they remained in their camp as long as the cloud stayed over the Tabernacle.
Mark 13:32-37 NLT
“However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows. And since you don’t know when that time will come, be on guard! Stay alert ! “The coming of the Son of Man can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. When he left home, he gave each of his slaves instructions about the work they were to do, and he told the gatekeeper to watch for his return. You, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know when the master of the household will return—in the evening, at midnight, before dawn, or at daybreak. Don’t let him find you sleeping when he arrives without warning. I say to you what I say to everyone: Watch for him!”
I hope for the return of Jesus and the new heaven and the new earth that he will bring with him. I hope that I will stay awake and not be surprised. I hope that there will be others who will keep watch with me and share the work that needs to be done in order to be ready. I hope I have heard and understood the instructions I have been given about the work I am to do.
Numbers 8:1-9-23, Mark 13:14-37, Psalms 50:1-23, Proverbs 10:29-30