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Eschatology: Things to come (Part 12: Preparing for the Lord’s Second Coming)

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Think about it. The first
time Jesus came, the Gentiles recognized Him; the Jews did not. This time, the Jews are the ones who know the Messiah is about to come. That is because they know the Old Testament Scriptures, and from them, they know that the Messiah will come when the Jews are back in the land and back in their city. The Orthodox Jews are waiting for the Messiah, expecting Him any moment. They are yearning for Him.

And the Church? The Church is setting on the side lines yawning instead of yearning. That’s right, the Jews are yearning while the Church is yawning.

The Church does not even seem to be aware of the significance of the miracle of the regathering of the Jews. Nor does it seem aware of the significance of the re-establishment of Israel or the incredible significance of the reoccupation of the city of Jerusalem.

My beloved readers, Jesus is coming soon, and the bottom line question is this: are you ready?

All the signs of the times point to it — the signs of nature, the signs of society, the signs of a spiritual nature, the technological signs, the world political signs, and the signs of Israel. God is in the heavens shouting, “My Son is coming soon, my Son is coming soon!” He does not wish that any should perish but all should be brought to repentance. Are you ready? Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour?

Let me tell you something, the Bible says “every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord.” That means everyone! The question is when. If you do it in this life, it means life eternal with God; if you do it after the resurrection, at the great white throne judgment portrayed in Revelation chapter 20, it means eternity in the lake of fire. It means Hell.

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God is serious about sin. He is going to deal with it, and — as I have said before — He deals with it in one of two ways, either grace or wrath. If you are under the blood of Jesus Christ, if you have received Him as your Lord and Saviour, then when Jesus breaks from the heavens, He will come as your Blessed Hope, and you will go forth “leaping like a calf released from a stall.” But if He comes and you are under wrath, He will come as your Holy Terror, and you will crawl into a hole in the ground and cry for rocks to fall upon you, so great will be the wrath of the Lamb of God.

I urge you to simply bow your head in prayer, confess to God that you are a sinner, and then receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour.

If you have already received Jesus as your Saviour, I have a message for you too, because the Second Coming of Jesus is like a two-edge sword. It has a message that slices one way for the unbeliever and slices the other way for the believer. The message for the unbeliever is “flee from the wrath that is to come by fleeing into the loving arms of Jesus right now.” The message for the believer is “you do not only receive Jesus as your Saviour, but you also receive Him as your Lord.”

You see, the Church today is full of people who have received Jesus as Saviour but have never made Him Lord of their lives. Are surprised to hear this? For such people Jesus is not Lord of anything — not Lord of their music, not Lord of their food, not Lord of their drink, not Lord of their recreation, not Lord of their reading material, not Lord of their T.V. or movies or anything. They are walking with one foot in the Church and one foot in the world, living a schizophrenic spiritual life.

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Are you one of those? Do you need to make Jesus Lord of your life? Do you need to commit your life to holiness? That is the call of the Holy Spirit upon believers in the end times — to commit their lives to holiness. And then to yearn, yearn, yearn for the soon return of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Listen to these glorious words from 2 Timothy 4 which Paul wrote from prison right at the end of his life: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; and in the future there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.”

A special crown, a crown of righteousness will be given to every person who lives his life loving the appearing of the Lord. Will you receive that crown?
Are you living your life yearning for the return of the Lord?

My beloved readers, Jesus is coming soon, and I shout from the depths of my heart, “Maranatha!” Come quickly, Lord Jesus!.

Do not allow the Coming of Jesus Christ to take you unawares.

Shalom and Maranatha!

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