The Soon Return of Jesus Christ
by Danna Appleby
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Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. James 5:8
My mind goes back to a Sunday evening service when I was only in sixth grade. The sermon topic had to do with the return of Jesus Christ. After the message, the congregation gathered in the altar preparing their hearts for the Lord’s return.
Afterwards, a group of us overflowing with excitement, gathered outside to talk about what we felt within our hearts. It seemed that all we could talk about was seeing the Lord coming for us in the skies. I remember distinctly a statement made by one of my friends when she said: “You know the Lord could come back this very night!” I looked up into the dark sky expectantly, to see if Jesus could be stepping out from behind a cloud right there before me. That image is just as clear today as if it had just happened.
Just as we were gazing up into the heavens, the disciples also looked up as Jesus ascended, disappearing behind the clouds and out of sight.
(10) And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He [Jesus] went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, (11) 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 1:10-11
The return of the Lord has been thought of with great anticipation ever since He left His disciples and returned to His Father. For centuries, Believers have longed for Christ’s return until this day. But if the Father chooses that His Son will not return today, we must be looking for His return tomorrow. Actually, the Lord could come back before you finish reading this article.
We have the promise from the Word of God that Jesus will return. What a happy time we’re going to have when we see our blessed Lord coming for us in the clouds of glory. And every eye will see Him! (Rev. 1:7) It will be a time like no man has ever experienced and a time of unprecedented splendor when our Lord Jesus appears in the clouds. That is our blessed hope! (Tit. 2:13)
Unfortunately, many are not looking forward to Christ’s return. In fact, it seems that some are so busy they don’t have time to reflect upon one of the greatest events to ever happen to all of Christendom. But we must be watching because His return will be a sudden thing. We’re given an example of how suddenly His return will be from Jesus Himself:
Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. Matt. 13:40:41
The Apostle Paul explained it like this:
In a moment in the twinkling of an eye at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. I Cor. 15:52
Just as I was writing this message the word “snatch” comes to mind. That is how quickly the Lord will take those who are ready to meet Him. To be snatched up with Him, means it is going to be a quick thing! I used to hear it brought out in sermons by ministers from my youth as they talked about the snatching away of the saints. Even though I have not heard that term for years that is exactly how those who are ready to meet the Lord will be taken. Webster’s dictionary describes the word snatch as a grasping or seizing suddenly without warning.
Those who have their names written in the Book of Life will be changed into the image of Jesus Christ. We will be like Him and we will see Him face to face just as He is. The very One we have been waiting for, the very One we have longed for, will take us with Him into heaven to spend all of eternity. What a glorious time for all who long for His return.
Beloved, now are we the sons of God; and it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is. 1 Jn. 3:2
There is an urgency to this message and it is one that I cannot seem to get out of my mind. Therefore, I want to share with you the things the Lord has placed so strong upon my heart because Christ’s return is quickly approaching. You might say His return is in the forecast! It is evident because the signs of the times are pointing toward the greatest event to ever happen to mankind.
This message is one of encouragement to those who have longed for the appearing of their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and to tell you that He is not slow in keeping His promise and we must not give up or lose heart. (2 Pet. 3:9)
It is also a wake up call to the church of Jesus Christ. When I say “church” I mean the entire Body of Christ, every Believer no matter the denomination.
The Lord showed me in a dream that the church is asleep. Many are going about their business not giving it a thought that Jesus could come any moment. We must awaken ourselves! We must shake ourselves from our slumber! We must wipe away the sleep from our eyes and know that Christ’s return is near.
There is an urgency for ministers to remind their people from the pulpit that Christ’s return is at hand. Alert them to prepare their hearts for Christ’s imminent return.
The hour is at hand.
Therefore be ye also ready for in such an hour as you think not the Son of Man cometh. Matt. 24:44
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"Many are going about their business not giving it a thought that Jesus could come any moment. We must awaken ourselves! We must shake ourselves from our slumber! We must wipe away the sleep from our eyes and know that Christâ€™s return is near." Thankyou for this wonderful reminder. Earthly struggles don't mean so much when we think of heavenly things...especially that great moment!
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