It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign Lord. This is the day I have spoken of. Ezekiel 39:8
When something big to occur is in the works, people will talk about it coming and promote it. Months before a big movie is to be released, there are trailers being released to pump it up. Days are counted down to its release. Millions of people get excited about it happening, because they know it will happen. There is a high level of expectation.
It is common to see things being promoted that will happen in the future. Some things are a year away, while others things are within months. Either way excitement is drum up to get everyone ready to be a part of the new event.
God was preparing to bring judgement upon the nations. Although it had not yet occurred, God was telling the people it is coming, pumping them up to be ready for it.
There are yet prophecies of what God has promised in the Bible that are yet to come. Yet, they are coming.
At some day in the future Jesus will come again as He had promised. At that coming, there will be judgement upon all people for what they did or did not do. That day will be unlike any other day in all of history, because it will effect and change the entire world with everyone in it.
Knowing this, believers need to be telling and warning people of what is to come. They need to know that they can escape the harsh judgement of God against them by repenting and believing in Jesus.
For the believer, the return of Jesus will be the greatest thing that could ever possibly happen. For the unbeliever it will be the greatest horror that could happen.
It is coming! It will surely take place as God has promised.
You know that Jesus is returning as a believer. With that knowledge, first, live for God with all of your life. Second, let people know about what God is going to do. Give the world the warning of what God will do to those who do not obey and follow Him.
Do not allow doubt creep in and remove the excitement of the coming return of Jesus to leave you. Stay excited and looking forward to it. As you wait, let others know and build His kingdom. It will surely take place.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you look forward to the return of Jesus; that you will be a witness of Jesus to everyone you meet; and that you will live your whole life for God.
“Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.” Revelation 16:15
As John’s vision continues, he sees angels start to pour out seven bowls of God’s wrath upon all of the earth. The picture shown is one of extreme horror and torture. People want to die, but cannot and they are hating God. However, God is seen as righteous in His judgments upon the earth.
Jesus states that He is coming like a thief. He will come unexpectedly. Anyone who follows Him, must stay awake and clothed so that they are ready for His return.
The staying awake is not physically, but spiritually. As a believer, you must be aware of what God is doing and watching for His return. You must also be awake to see what the devil is doing.
When a soldier is standing guard at his post, he must remain awake. If he sleeps at all, it opens the door for the enemy to sneak in.
In your life, if you start sleeping spiritually, the devil and sin will slip into your life. This sleeping is stop reading the Bible, stop worshipping God, stop praying, and stop doing the work God has called you to do. When you stop these things, you are asleep and will not be ready for Jesus’ return.
Jesus also stated to be fully clothed. As a believer you are to be clothed with the righteousness of Jesus. In yourself, you are filthy and dirty and cannot clean up correctly.
As you follow Jesus and believe Him, He takes away your sins and makes you clean. He gives you His righteousness to wear. There is no accusation against you anymore.
When you are awake and clothed with His righteousness, you will be ready for His return. At the time of the return of Jesus, you will not be ashamed because you fell asleep or were not properly clothed.
Are you awake?
Are you properly and fully clothed?
Are you ready for His return?
Get ready, Jesus will return soon, and without warning. Be ready!
I pray today that you will stay awake in your walk with Jesus; that you will trust in the righteousness of Jesus alone; that you will be doing the work God has for you to do; that you will be ready for the return of Jesus; and that you will not be ashamed of Him.