Who Will Be Awake When the Lord Returns for His Bride?
“Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, 36- and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks. 37- Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes.” -Luke 12:35-37 (ESV)
As one of the holiday season’s approach we see many signs pointing to how many days before Christmas or Thanksgiving or this or that. And in some places all the sales that will take place. And as these dates or times get closer the more signs we see alerting us that they are near and to get ready.
Now this also will happen before the Lord returns for (1) His Bride, in the rapture and (2) His actual Second coming upon the face of the earth.
Whether you believe in the Rapture makes no difference since according to Scripture it WILL happen and those not ready for it may be surprised. Why? Read Heb 9:28. Just cause you attend church regularly does NOT grant to a get in free pass to our Lord’s Kingdom. He does impost restrictions on this but that is not to be elaborated in this post – for another time – Rom 10:9-10; Heb 12:14; Matt 10:37, etc.
So as we draw closer to His return (1) the signs that He told us about in His word will become more visible and pronounced. – They will increase like birth pains – Matt 24:8. Today, from the extreme and severe of locusts in Africa, to the invasion of bats in Australia, to the extreme wildfires in the US and Australia, to the crop devastation’s in Midwest America, to the swine fever in pigs in China and now to the new Coronavirsus in China and spreading fast to at least 25 other nations, something is going on and terribly wrong. That something in this author’s studied opinion is the Lord’s return for His Bride is at the door.
Yes, IMHO, all these increasingly distressing signs are indicators that HE is coming very soon. How soon? You will get no dates from me, however, we are to know the season – 1 Th 5:2.
“Then He continued by saying to them, “Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, 11 and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.” – Luke 21:10-11 (NASB)
Too many Christians today are sleeping and not watching for His return. Some may think this but not profess it, that He’s not going to come back because perhaps they feel He’s taking too long at it. Most, I would casually say, are not watching because they are asleep at the wheel of end days Bible prophecy. Lazy and lethargic to put it in proper context. We have clear signposts of His return in Matt 24; Mark 13; Luke 17 and 21 and many other verses in Scripture. If you read and meditate on these you will find some interesting facts on the season of His return. But … you have to study, and dedicate some of your time to Him – in prayer and in reading His word.
The world is heading for … something getting worse and worse and the signs of calamity, disaster and distress seem to be increasing by the day. And now with the outbreak of this novel Coronavirus (and NO it’s not like the seasonal flu), pestilences spoken of many times in the Bible are breaking out now. The Avian flu is striking again, the bird flu again, pig herds are being wiped out all over the world, the weather is off the charts, the economic conditions of nations is bleak, and the sun is amazingly quiet. All this, IMO, equates to the end days of the last days before the Lord returns in the clouds to pick up His Bride – 1 Cor 15:51-52.
The bit question for you is are you engaged in the world and distracted by worldly things taking your eyes off the Lord? Are you too caught up with the stuff of regular life that you make no time to study God’s word so you will know the truth of what’s being taught at church and what’s happening on and in the earth?
Don’t be found asleep when the Lord comes. He has commanded us to watch and so we, as professing, walking, talking, living Christians must continue daily to watch for His return and the signs marking the season.
“…come suddenly and find you asleep. 37- What I say to you I say to all, ‘Be on the alert!” – Mark 13:36-37 (ESV)
Things are being shaken up pretty good these days … so are you awake or asleep?
“Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:” -Heb 12:25-26 (KJV)
-BPWatcher, Internet Preacher and Bible Prophecy Watchman
GLORY TO GOD!