08 August 2013

Newman on the Appropriateness of Reading the Signs of the Times

THE Thessalonian Christians had supposed that the coming of CHRIST was near at hand. St. Paul writes to warn them against such an expectation. Not that he discountenances their looking out for CHRIST'S coming,-the contrary; but he tells them that a certain event must come before it, and till that was arrived, the end would not be. "That Day shall not come," he says, "except there come a falling away first."


As long as the world lasts, this passage of Scripture will be full of reverent interest to Christians. It is their duty ever to be watching for the advent of their LORD, to search for the signs of it in all that happens around them; and above all to keep in mind this great and awful sign which the text speaks of. 

--from Sermon I on the Antichrist: The Times of Antichrist, Blessed John Henry Newman

1 comment:

Lynne said...

"That Day shall not come," he says, "except there come a falling away first." Oh swell!