Today, We Prepare

Hebrews 3:13   (KJV)   13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

One glorious day, we will be meeting our long-awaited beloved Lord, beholding Him with our very eyes, to spend time with Him and with our God for eternity. That will be one day, and we pray, one day soon. Today, we prepare.

exhortPart of our proper preparation is urgently exhorting and warning each other daily to be passionate about our God and His Word; to be watchful and vigilant against the insidious tactics and hideous attacks of our enemy.

God has powerfully set us free; we live in freedom. We don’t unwisely subject ourselves again to the cruel sin overlord. In freedom; we’re repeatedly commanded to be careful, to guard our hearts, to make sure our hearts don’t get hardened by sin’s deceitfulness, and cause us to turn away from God.

We aim to be faithful to our Lord, to fight the good fight, to finish the race, to keep the faith, to trust Him as firmly as when we did at first—even more. We don’t make light of the admonition for us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling, to strive with the power of God’s Spirit that’s continually working in us to will and do what pleases Him. These we restfully do—in freedom, in His grace.

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Watch and Keep Clothed

Revelation 16:15   (KJV)   15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

Revelation 16.15 - Watchful and ClothedJesus’ return is unannounced; it’s imminent; no one knows the day or the hour. This truth is so emphatic in the Scriptures. Not even the angels in heaven or the Son know when. We won’t discuss the “three Persons in one God” at this time.

The appropriate response to the imminence of our precious Lord Jesus’ return isn’t negligence or lack of attention. When He said it’s not for us to know the times and the seasons which our heavenly Father chose to keep for Himself, He wasn’t telling us not to be uninterested towards the truth of the 2nd coming. The converse is true; He wants us to be watchful, to be always ready for His return.

This is one of the reasons we don’t walk uncovered. We continue to live day by day clothed with Jesus and His righteousness. We don’t ever want to find ourselves in the shameful state of having our sins and guilt laid bare—totally exposed before the presence of our Holy God. Is it even possible for a child of God to be found “naked” and shamed? As unpopular as the answer may be, the passage seems to tell us so.

This same passage doesn’t tell us to debate about all the differing interpretations regarding His return. It clearly tells us the blessedness of those who watch and who keep their garments. That’s our part; that’s our focus; that’s what we restfully and joyfully strive for. And undeniably, as much as we know that we have loved ones and friends who may be left behind, we really get excited and thrilled about our Lord’s return.

The Return of the Son

Matthew 25:31   (KJV)   31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:

There will come a time when peace will be a reality in a worldwide scale. More than a hand sign, more than a bumper sticker, more than a wish from many nations’ ambassadors, more than a Ms. Universe contestants’ response, it will be a reality. It won’t be peace for a matthew-25-31-the-return-of-the-sontime; it will be permanent. The Lord Jesus is coming again in majestic splendor. With Him are His holy angelic armies. This time, He won’t be laid in a manger; he will sit upon His glorious throne.

His return is a clear and established biblical truth. There may be differences in interpretation as to when and how, but there’s no question about Him coming back. When He ascended to heaven, two-white robed men—probably heavenly angelic beings—declared that He will return from heaven in the same way they saw Him go. The popular (Apostles’) Creed states: “And seated at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead.”

The King of kings and the Lord of Lords is coming. Every injustice will be remedied; justice and righteousness will prevail. We will have the kind of one world government that’s perfect—led by a non-corrupt, perfect, holy, absolutely good and loving Ruler. That’s why I oppose any one world government to be supremely ruled by an imperfect individual or imperfect group—more so, by selfish, greedy, corrupt, and power-hungry tyrant/s.

As for now, we live in joyful faith and hope—in watchfulness and readiness, longingly waiting for our beloved Lord and Savior. We make sure we have enough “oil” for our lamp—always excited and ready to welcome and meet our heavenly Groom on His second advent or arrival. We’re seizing the gift of time, making the most of every opportunity He gives us, blooming where we’re planted, enjoying and making the most of the potential of our present, celebrating the memory of His first advent as we eagerly look forward to the heavenly curtains pulling back, the clouds breaking open, and our Jesus… oh…

False Christs

Luke 21:8  (KJV)   And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.

One of the undesirable signs of the end of the age that Jesus pointed out is the rise of false Christs. It’s something that needs to be vigilantly watched because of its awful potential results – the deception of many. This will not be an isolated sign from a single impostor; many will try. The implication is that there will be credibility factor, perhaps presenting itself in many different angles. That’s why there will be a significant pull to follow them. But Jesus’ command is forthcoming: don’t follow them.

False Christs are already here. As the end of the age approaches, we can expect many more. It’s appalling to see how alarming numbers of people are blindly following. The present day false Christs don’t have marvelous miracles to show; they just have few remarkable achievements. Some don’t even have any achievements to show; all they have are their claims. As the end draws near, the enemy will empower his tools. They will be believable. They may even perform astounding feats – perhaps even miraculous. Sadly, if thousands are deceived now, we can only expect the numbers of the deceived to grow exponentially. Here’s where we have to be steadfast. Our Lord Jesus showed us how He will come back: we will see Him descend from heaven. It doesn’t matter how charismatic the personalities are and how wondrous and even seemingly helpful the works are, if they claim to be the Christ, that’s a non-negotiable indicator and a huge banner waved in front of our faces: “false.”

Our one true God, please grow our wisdom and discernment, and strengthen our resolve that we won’t ever be swayed by things we hear and see. May we be  guided by Your Word that we may know which ones are genuine and which ones are false, And may we be your voices to guide others as well.  In Jesus’ Name, amen.