The Tax man cometh! Because of Good Friday Holiday the government pushed the tax due day from April 15 to April 18, that is tomorrow! I sent in my first quarter estimated taxes Saturday. I filed my taxes back in March. Paying taxes is not a new thing. It was a point of contention even in Jesus’ day: Matthew 17:24-27 ‘And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.’
But Jesus settled that issue forever. ‘Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them’ So followers of Jesus pay their taxes! But sometimes it is sure a point of contention!
There is coming a time when the entire world will be taxed: Much like the one in Luke 2 where the Caesar of Rome, Augustus, enrolled all the world in order to tax them. The Prophecy concerning this coming taxation is found: Daniel 11:20&21 ‘Then shall stand up in his estate a raiser of taxes in the glory of the kingdom: but within few days he shall be destroyed, neither in anger, nor in battle. And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.’
This vile person is known to us as ‘the man of sin’ II Thessalonians 2:3&4 ‘Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.’ Who will fulfill the words of Daniel in his prophecy. It seems to me that we are fast approaching the appointed time!
This time of the year has long been held by the Israeli calendar to be of great prophetic significance: From the Passover to Pentecost…a fifty day period of great events to both Jew and Christian alike. Next week I will share with you specific Holy Days and their importance to us. Until then:
KLUJICS…Keep Looking Up Jesus Is Coming Soon!