Jesus is coming.
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.” (Titus 2:11-13)
As the hourglass of time continues to empty at it’s faithfully steady pace the human family draws closer towards the time when time shall be no more. As the timetable of prophecy continues to be fulfilled at an ever-quickening pace, the gospel of Jesus Christ is being preached to the four flung corners of the globe. The time of the church’s departure is drawing ominously closer as each second brings us closer to eternity.
Nations that have been closed to the gospel for centuries are now opening up as the move of the Holy Spirit invades the strongholds of the kingdom of darkness. The cry of God’s people across the globe is rising with a shout of war that has been declared on the devil’s occupation of the lives of the lost. The church is being restored to the place that it was born to operate. Lives are being changed, souls are being saved, and God’s glory is being manifested in the earth today.
Meanwhile, on the American home front, we find a mixed report. We find both positive and negative results. We find some churches exploding with membership, while others are closing the doors permanently. A new generation of leadership is being trained up with the fire of the Holy Spirit burning and blazing in their hearts while at the same time false doctrine, immorality, and passivity plague other parts of the body of Christ. The definition of Christianity across our nation is a varied entity as a result of the hot, the cold, and the lukewarm that name the name of the Savior.
There has been a mass exodus of people out of dead, cold, formalism. These people have run into the arms of New Age, Wicca, Islam, Zen, and other forms of paganism. The church is in need of washing. The church is in need of a cleansing. The church is in need of revival and more importantly reformation.
With the coming of Christ, returning for His bride looming over the heads of all those who fill a pew Sunday after Sunday there should be an alarm sounded throughout every local church, proclaiming, “Get ready, Jesus is coming!”
The time of nominal Christianity is coming to a close as the adversary begins to become bolder in his attacks against us, and as the Holy Spirit begins to pour out His Spirit upon every nation. We are seeing a clearer line of demarcation forming within the peoples of the world. The hot are getting hotter, and the cold are getting colder, but the lukewarm are caught somewhere in the middle finding nowhere to hide amongst the opinions of others.
In a society that encourages pushing the boundaries of every man-made limitation the church struggles to hold on to it’s human traditions. In a time when every deviant lifestyle is being explored as if it were “Tom Sawyer’s Island” at Disney World the church comes across as bigoted, intolerant, and unloving.
The people of God have become secure in living without the moving of the Spirit. We have become comfortable with ineffectiveness, and have been enamoured with success. I say we should be pushing the boundaries of restriction that religion has placed upon the church until we have freed ourselves from the opinion of man and begin to walk in the abundant life that flows from the Spirit of the Living God.
When Jesus raptures His church I don’t want to be found holed up in a bomb shelter somewhere eating tuna out of a can singing “I’ll fly away.” I want to be found wading through battlefield of the spirit in a suit of armor that has been dented, holding a sword that is covered in blood, and waving a flag that declares the victory that has been won in the name of Jesus.
The rapture is an inevitable event that will take place upon this people planet; the question is, “will it involve you?”
“For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:15-18)
Five were wise, and five were foolish.
“Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.” ( Matthew 25:1)
- When Jesus the groom arrives, He will be taking only those who have prepared themselves for His arrival.
- There will be a mass exodus of earth by the true church, and a mass revival among the church that is left behind.
- The challenge of the present day is one of faithful endurance and not of mountain-top experiences.
- The message of being left behind should drive us towards sanctification.
“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only; but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:12-13)
- The constant reminder of the imminence of the rapture provides the believer with purity of heart as he diligently endeavors to follow the Lord, worshipping in spirit and in truth.
- If the rapture poses a sense of gloom or fear in your life there might be an evaluation of your life that needs to take place.
- Jesus is coming. He is not coming for those whom He loves (He loves everyone); He is coming for those who love Him.
The rapture: are you ready?
- I have no predictions for the date of the rapture.
- I have no hesitation in telling you it shall take place.
- I have no reservation of compelling you to prepare yourself for His arrival.