The Lord is not slack concerning His promise as some may think but is extraordinarily patience not willing that any should die but that all should come to repentance. (2Pet3:9) God is giving as many people the opportunity to be reconciled to Himself as possible before he time is up and the door is closed.
We are told that it will be like the days of Noah. They were getting married and swinging in parties when God closed the door to the ark and the rain came pounding the earth until every one died except Noah and his household. It happened all of a sudden. And those who laughed at him were caught napping, caught off guard. Noah had the last laugh.
‘For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, (Matt24:28)
In Matthew 24, we are told that when we seethe fig tree (referring to Israel) blossoms, then summer is near. He was referring to
Each and everyone of must be prepared. No one knows the Day or the hour. Not even the angels know it. It is the prerogative of the Lord to keep it so. He is Sovereign and in total control. Any attempt at predicting the day is not only futile, but foolish.
Ours is to redeem the time, redeem the time. One thing we can be certain of is that God’s word cannot and will not return to Him empty Heaven and earth shall pass away but the word of God abides for ever. It is settled in heaven.
Just as the promised flood came to pass, and as the promised first coming came to pass, just as the promised return of Israel came to pass, so shall the promise of the Second Coming.
In a twinkling of an eye, like a flash, it shall happen. Two people will be sleeping and one will be taken. Two people will be walking along the way and one will be taken. Some teacher may be teaching in the class and is caught away with some pupils while others will stare surprise and scared of the future.
The Lord Himself will descend with a shout; with the trumpet call of God and the dead in Christ will rise first and those who are believers and remain will be caught up together with them in the air. Mortality will clothe immortality. That sown in dishonour will be raised in glory. That sown in weakness will be raised in power. That sown in a physical body will be raised in a glorified spiritual body. Then shall be fulfilled the saying where O grave is your victory, where, O death is your sting?
So let each one examine himself to see if he’/she is in the faith. The day is far spent and the night is coming fast when no man can work. The king is coming. Be ready, Be prepared. Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him. For the marriage supper of the lamb has come and the Bride has made herself ready. When the Lord has built up Zion, then shall he appear in His glory. 1Thess4:14-16,Psalm 10-2:15, 1Cor 42-44, 53-57
For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. 1Thess5:2
It is obvious you and I have a part in bringing back the King. When David was exiled by his son Absolom, it took a while before Absolom died in battle. Whilst others wanted the king to return, Judah dragged her feet and David, sent word to them in dismay, ‘why are you the last to bring back the king? Could it be that you and I are holding back the King? Let’s be prepared- make ourselves ready to welcome the king. Let’s put our house in order so that we are not ashamed when He comes to take us home.
Now all the people were in a dispute throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, “The king saved us from the hand of our enemies, he delivered us from the hand of the Philistines, and now he has fled from the land because of Absalom. 10 But Absalom, whom we anointed over us, has died in battle. Now therefore, why do you say nothing about bringing back the king?” 11 So King David sent to Zadok and Abiathar the priests, saying, “Speak to the elders of Judah, saying, ‘Why are you the last to bring the king back to his house, since the words of all Israel have come to the king, to his very house? 12 You are my brethren, you are my bone and my flesh. Why then are you the last to bring back the king?’ 13 And say to Amasa, ‘Are you not my bone and my flesh? God do so to me, and more also, if you are not commander of the army before me continually in place of Joab.’” 14 So he swayed the hearts of all the men of Judah, just as the heart of one man, so that they sent this word to the king: “Return, you and all your servants!” 15 Then the king returned 2Sam19:9-15a