Revelation 16:15 Awake And Clothed

“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

A thief does not give warning that he is about to enter a place and steal something. He does it quietly, so as to not get caught. It is to surprise anyone is not awake or alert watching.

No one can stand at their home twenty-four hours a day watching for a thief to enter. So it is very common for people to have cameras and alarms set up on their homes to warn of any possible thief trying to enter.

Jesus states that He will come like a thief. One who is awake and dressed for His return will be blessed.

Unlike a thief, Jesus has stated that He is coming. Like a thief, one does not know when Jesus will return.

The believer needs to remain dressed and alert, watching for His return. Being dressed is being clothed with the righteousness of Jesus, His holiness and purity from all sin.

It is sadly common for many believers to get undressed and walk around in sin. Some think it is acceptable to live in sinful lifestyles, while others think that God does not see it or will forgive them in the end. Both are false lies of this world. Along with being properly dressed, one must also be awake.

To be awake is to be alert to the deception of the enemy and temptations to sin. It is recognizing sin and fleeing from it. It is also being aware of the times and how soon Jesus may return. He recognizes that God sees everything and lives His life in a way that will honor God.

The true believer in Jesus will be ready for His return.

Just as you get up each day and get dressed with physical clothing, put on the righteousness of Jesus each morning. Live your life as Jesus lived His, fleeing all sin and pursuing the things of God.

Remain spiritually awake and alert as to what is going on around you and what God is doing. The world is trying to cause you to trip up and sin against God. Live the holy life God has called you to live.

Ask yourself if you are ready for Jesus to return for you and take you to heaven for eternity. Or will you be exposed?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be clothed in the righteousness of Jesus; that you will choose to be spiritually awake; that you will not be exposed before God as sinful and asleep; and that you will be ready for the return of Jesus.

Revelation 16:15 Stay Clothed

“Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remain clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.” Revelation 16:15

God has poured out the vials of wrath upon the earth. Men and demonic spirits are rising up against God to fight Him. The final battle of Armageddon is about to take place.

Every battle that has ever taken place on the earth has one thing in common: neither side lets the other side know when they are about to attack. God is going to be the same way in the end. He will come unexpectedly and strike the enemy.

A thief never attacks while you are watching. He waits until you are asleep and then sneaks in to steal quickly and quietly. In order to catch the thief you have to be awake and watching.

In this verse you are told that blessed is the person who is awake and clothed. Being awake is that you are spiritually awake and watching for the return of Jesus. You are aware of what God is doing or is going to do. You are on the battle front ready for the fight.

Along with being awake you are supposed to be clothed also. There are two things that every believer must be clothed with. First is the righteousness of Jesus. It is the blood of Jesus that has cleansed you and made you holy. All the good deeds you have done has absolutely nothing to do with your righteousness.

The second thing to be clothed with is the armor of God. Each believer is to be clothed with the full armor of God in order to be ready to fight the battle. This battle is not a physical battle, but a spiritual one right now. In the end at the battle of Armageddon it will be a physical and spiritual battle.

If you do not have both of these clothing on you will end up going out naked and be shamefully exposed. You may call yourself a believer in God, but without the righteousness of Jesus, even the demons will not fear you and you will not have the armor to fight the battle.

Today you must keep yourself clothed with the righteousness of Jesus. You must put on the armor of God. Today is a training ground for the future battle. Are you preparing yourself? Are you watching and waiting for His return? Do not allow yourself to be caught not prepared.

I pray today that God will cloth you with His righteousness; that God will help you to remain awake and watching; that you will put on the full armor of God; that you will not be caught ashamed; and that God will strengthen you to be ready for the battles to come.

2 Peter 3:10 Destruction

“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.” 2 Peter 3:10

Here, Peter talks about the return of Jesus. He describes a little of what it will be like. The first thing is that His return will be like a thief in the night. If you knew when a thief would strike, all you would have to do is be ready at the time he will show up and catch him in the act. Up to that time you would not even have to be ready.

The problem is that no one knows when the thief will come. Since you do not know the time of the strike, you must watch and be ready at all times. Many people have alarm systems on their homes to alert them of a thief or unwanted person. These alarm systems work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week never stopping.

In this same way of being alert and ready for the thief you must be ready for the return of Jesus. There will be no advertisement stating the date and time of His return in advance. There is no alarm system that will work. It will be very quick and if you are not watching, you will be caught not ready.

Along with the return of Jesus will be the destruction of the world. Everything you see and have purchased over time will be destroyed. All the physical things you have worked hard to obtain will be destroyed. With this destruction everything that has been done will be laid out open to be seen.

The pride of obtaining large homes will be seen; the failure of value in accumulating great wealth will be seen; fame and fortune will be seen as of no value; and the hearts of sin behind all actions will be exposed. The only things left will be the souls of men and women. These are left for God to judge.

Where are you setting up your treasure? Where is your wealth? Is it in the things of this world that will be destroyed or in God? What are you waiting for: better economic times or for the return of Jesus? Are you waiting for your ship to come in or are you waiting for your Saviour to return?

I pray that today God will help you to be ready for His return; that God will guide you in how to live for Him today; that you will store up your treasures in heaven; that you will daily watch for the return of Jesus; and that God will give you His peace about His return.