Introduction Russia has annexed Crimea. Russian separatists in the Ukraine have shot down a Malaysian airliner killing nearly 300 on board. Hamas has fired thousands of rockets into Israel and Israel has now invaded Gaza. Islamic radicals have seized large parts of Iraq and Syria and threaten to seize more. In the U.S. thousands of illegal men, women, and now children have entered in violation of U.S. law, and those who have been charged with enforcing the laws will not! Iran continues on its seemingly inexorable march toward obtaining nuclear weapons. Libya has become increasingly anti-American and the American Embassy has been closed. In America there is an exponential increase in immorality and ungodliness, and in some cases actual promotion of ungodliness. There is also blasphemy, disobedience of law, and even disobedience of parents, despisers of good, and promotion of sexual immorality, homosexuality, and violence. Many call evil good and good evil! The love of pleasure and rise of pleasure seeking even to the complete disobedience of God among those who actually know better has increased substantially. We live in perilous times! There are those who profess to be “leaders” in the Christian church, who deny Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the life”. They deny the great doctrine of substitutionary atonement. They deny that God created the heavens and the earth in six days and on the seventh day rested. They deny that God destroyed the world because of sin and saved Noah and Shem, Ham and Japheth and their wives. Such positions undermine the sublime authority of God’s Holy Word. The overwhelming weight of irresistible evidence supports the Biblical doctrine of Creation, substitutionary atonement, and salvation by faith as a sheer gift of God in the Lord Jesus Christ—Exclusively! The fossil record is not contrary to, but actually supports the Biblical doctrine of the global flood. The discovery of the DNA code supports the Biblical account of Creation and actually destroys the myth of Darwinian evolution. So—why aren’t more people coming to Christ? Because faith comes by hearing the Word of God, specifically it is the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ that is the “power of God unto salvation”. Moreover, no person can come to Christ except the Father draw that person to Christ. The simple fact is that what keeps people from Jesus is neither a lack of truth nor a lack of reliable evidence – but a lack of willingness! Jesus said “you will not come unto me that you may have life” (John 5:24). Why will they not come? Because men (mankind) love darkness more then they love light (truth) because their deeds are evil! What are we to do? Is there anything we can do? Yes, resoundingly yes!
In Matthew Chapter 24, Jesus told the disciples beginning in verse 29, the following: “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.” Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. (Matthew 24:29-31)
The second precursor of Christ’s return is the revelation of the man of sin (2 Thess. 2:8-10). …the man of sin is a distinct personage who will appear on the scene of this world just prior to the advent of Christ. This is indicated by his appellation, and by the fact that the Lord Jesus will consume him ‘by the breath of his mouth’, and destroy him ‘by the epiphany of his parousid: ‘(That is, by the brightness of His coming.)’ These things must take place. But, believing that certain things must take place is not incompatible with watchfulness.” Murray goes on to say, “On more than one occasion the impression is conveyed of a rather extended period of time. ‘The end is not yet’ (24:6); all these things are the beginning of sorrows’ (24:8); ‘this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole earth for a witness to all the nations’, and ‘Jerusalem shall be trodden down by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles will be fulfilled’ (Luke 21:24). At the same time the disciples are exhorted in the strongest terms to watch and wait for the Lord’s coming (24:42,44,48,50; 25:13). This teaches us the compatibility of two things that might seem incompatible, and which to many are incompatible, namely, the conviction that well-defined events requiring the lapse of time for their fulfillment must take place before the Lord comes, and at the same time the watching by disciples for his advent. Too often it is maintained that to posit the necessity of preadventual events is inconsistent with the watching and expectancy the scripture enjoins. But this discourse, as well as other passages, show the opposite to be the case.”
The Westminister Confession of Faith (Chapter XXX111, iii), says, “ As Christ would have us to be certainly persuaded that there shall be a day of judgment, both to deter all men from sin; and for the greater consolation of the godly in their adversity: so will he have that day unknown to men, that they may shake off all carnal security, and be always watchful, because they know not at what hour the Lord will come; and may ever be prepared to say, Come Lord Jesus, come quickly, Amen.” And, of course, apart from His coming, you never know when you are going to meet Him! You never know when death may take you – maybe as you leave this place today or even as you sit here. What is the thrust of this passage? The need for watchfulness and preparedness. Someone has said that the Christian’s motto ought to be: “To Live as if Christ died yesterday; as if He rose this morning; as if He is coming tomorrow.” The Christian should have that attitude of heart. Another thing this passage says is that we are to examine our lives. Am I being watchful? Does my life evidence this fruit which is the indication of a real and genuine walk with the Lord? Is there any way in which I am secretly saying to myself, “My Lord delayeth His coming. Let me indulge myself a little”? Finally, it raises the questions: Have I made a genuine commitment to Jesus Christ? Have I really surrendered my will to Him in repentance? Have I really put my trust in Him? If you have not done that, why not right now commit your life to Jesus Christ?[Just bow in prayer and] think through these matters. Have you been saying the Lord delays His coming? Have you been kidding yourself about your commitment being genuine? Have you been gambling with your soul thinking that later on you will get right with God? Why not, right now, turn your life over to Christ. Receive a Master. Trust a Savior. If you want Christ as your Lord and Master and you are willing for his will to be done in your life, pray in your heart this prayer:Lord Jesus, what folly to gamble with my soul! Thank you for bringing it home to my heart. Lord, I am willing to have you for my Master. I know you are a good and loving Master. I surrender my will to you. I trust you to forgive my sins on the basis of your death and your resurrection. Come into my life. Amen.” CONCLUSION As you continue to think on these matters be diligently to take heed that you be not deceived. Purpose in your heart to be both a “hearer” and a “doer” of God’s holy word. Avoid those who try to tell you that any portion of God’s word is not true. Know and understand that Gods revelation in the “Old Testament” is foundational to God’s revelation in the “New Testament”. Purpose in your heart to obey God’s exhortation for “you to earnestly contend for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” “Now unto Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy. To God our savior, who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever Amen.” Your Friend & Brother in ChristDaniel (Bill Gray)
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