The clock of history is ticking and the time of the Lord’s return is nearing. The 7th feast of the Lord has happened for this year, the feast of Tabernacles. No one knows for sure when the Father will tell the Son “Go and get your bride”. Jesus told many parables about this, for example ‘The master returning from a wedding feast’.
“Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning; and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately. Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them. And if he should come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” – Luke 12:35-40
“But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” – Luke 21:34-36
Contrary to the preaching of many mega churches, there will be few that are prepared for the coming of Jesus. You cannot live with one foot in the kingdom of God and one foot in the world. Narrow is the way that leads to life and it is strune with hardships. Jesus calls ‘Take up your cross and follow me.’ He taught the disciples –
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.“ – Matt. 7:13,14
This was the teaching of the Apostles as well –
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,” – Titus 2:11-13
We should live righteously, free of worldly desires, and be looking for the return of Jesus. His return should not be a thought in the back of our minds but one that is foremost in our thoughts and preparations. We should be striving to receive the reward of His coming, which is the crown of righteousness.
“Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” – 2 Tim. 4:8
To everyone who names the name of Christ I write this word of encouragement. Take to heart the message of Revelation to lukewarm believers, caught up in the world of Babylon –
“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” – Rev. 18:4
There is a false church pretending to be religious but in reality full of tares masquerading as Christians. This message is calling to those Christians caught up in her allurements, to come out and begin walking in true righteousness as those who love His soon appearing to redeem His bride.
May we all be among those who are looking and longing for His soon appearing.