Sunday, April 01, 2007

Watching For Christ's Return

Matt. 24:42,44 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

The year 2000 arrived without any special prophetic events taking place, though some had predicted that the Lord would return. Knowing of this, many have become skeptical about Biblical prophecy as well as the Christianity. But this will be a sad mistake!!! Regardless of just when it will happen, Christ will return, for so He promised, and He cannot either lie or fail. He has repeatedly made it plain that no one can determine the date of His coming. While Jesus lived here one earth, even He knew not the time; Mark 13:32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

Again and again, however, He urged us to watch and be ready for His return. He did not tell us to watch for the Antichrist or the revival of the Rome's empire or a great apostacy or a one-world government or anything else - just for Him!!! Listed below are some commands from the Lord to watch for His return:

Mark 13:33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
Mark 13:35-36 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
Matt. 25:13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
Mark 13:37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

The apostles also sounded similar warnings to others about the return of the Lord Jesus Christ:

Heb. 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
1 John 2:28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.
1 Cor. 1:7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:
1 Cor. 15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.
1 Thess. 3:13 To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.
1 Thess. 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
James 5:8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
2 Peter 1:16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

What about you??? Are you ready and watching for the return of the Lord Jesus Christ???

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Blogger Sis. Julie said...

Oh Bro. Jim....I am SOOOOOOOO ready for Christ to return. I am most anxious for it. I'm listening to all that my husband is reading about this world's events taking place and my heart rejoices and gets so excited. He is coming soon!! I for one can't wait!!!

8:12 AM  
Blogger Bro. Jeff Hallmark said...

In May of 1969 I preached my first message behind a pulpit. My subject was on the 2nd coming. I entered the pulpit and rapped three times and proclaimed "Order in the courtroom, 'cause 'here comes da judge'. One of my favorite themes of preaching is on the second coming of Christ. Even so come quickly Lord Jesus.

2:29 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Sis. Julie,

Let's continue to serve and work for Him, lifting our eyes upward, until the day He does return!!!

Bro. Hallmark,

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment... I would love to hear those messages of yours!!!

8:16 PM  
Blogger CindyMae said...

It is going to be an awesome and glorious day when our Lord returns. I can not wait for that day!!!! Great post!

8:50 AM  

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