WHERE IS THE PROMISE OF HIS COMING?
Knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation." II Peter 3:3,4
We are certainly in the last days with mockers and scoffers questioning the return of the Lord Jesus Christ! So, where is the promise of His glorious return, He came the first time just as the prophets foretold, will He not come again as it has been prophesied?
Jesus came to earth, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, suffered untold misery and died on the cross to set all of mankind free from their sins. The prophets of old said it would be and it was so, He came and died as it is written. It doesn't matter if the whole world doubts His appearing, or doesn't believe any of it is true, what matters is, do you believe, and are you ready?
If He came back today are you ready? Are you washed in the Savior's blood and are you keeping your garments clean and pure awaiting the "Bridegroom" coming for His spotless bride? Millions of so-called believers are not, its business as usual as the scripture states, "All things continue as they were from the beginning."
But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is patient toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. II Peter 3:8,9
JESUS WILL RETURN JUST AS HE DEPARTED
Now when Jesus had spoken to His disciples, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward Heaven as He went up, behold two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into Heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into Heaven will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into Heaven." Acts 1:9-11
As the disciples gazed into Heaven seeing Jesus ascend to the throne of His Father, millions today are waiting and watching for His return. The time of His return has been a point of contention among biblical scholars for eons, but the way He will return, as the two angels told His disciples will be as He departed, descending from the heavens.
Pre-trib, mid-trib, post-trib or no-trib, the argument continues but the scriptures say that no one will know the hour or the day, the important thing for believers is to be dressed in readiness for He will come like a thief in the night! When a Jewish man would enter into a betrothal with his bride to be he would leave for a period of a year to prepare their home, but the exact time of his return was not known by the bride, so she had to be ready at all times.
When the bridegroom returned there would be a shout to announce his return and the wedding ceremony and feast would begin. This is the importance of waiting in readiness but at the same time maintaining the mission of the bride to fulfill her destiny in the kingdom on earth! We are not to just sit, but to be about our Father's business of making disciples and expanding His kingdom.
If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. John 14:3
DON'T BE A FOOLISH VIRGIN
"Then the kingdom of Heaven will be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. "Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish."
All ten of these ladies were virgins, but only five were wise, keeping their lamps trimmed and filled with oil! It is no different today, some believers stay ready, filled with the Spirit, but many others are drifting into complacency, unconcerned for their eternal destiny!
The world holds many distractions that draw believers away from their devotion to the Lord and dulls their anticipation of His return. Don't be foolish and spend your time and money on worthless pursuits, but be about our mission as disciples of Christ waiting patiently on His return and maintaining out position in His kingdom.
This is a time to strengthen those things in your life that are weak and repent of that which keeps you separated from His presence. Seek Him diligently while there is still time to build a solid relationship of communion and communication with the Lord, putting to death anything that would get between you and Him and diminish your time alone with Jesus. It is of the utmost importance to stay plugged into the throne of the Most High and await the glorious return of Christ! Are you ready?
For the Lord Himself will descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of an arch angel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. I Thessalonians 4:16,17
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin