Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a shout of command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be suddenly caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore, encourage one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4.16-18
It sounds like a scene from a science fiction movie. But, rest assured, this is not fiction. The Lord Jesus will return to claim and gather his own church.
It is an event where all will be present. But for the unprepared, it will not be pleasant. Preparation has to be made ahead of time. We cannot wait until the day and expect to be accepted by the Lord. Jesus will come like a thief in the night, 1 Thessalonians 5.2. Sudden destruction will come on the disobedient who have denied the Lord.
However, Christians are sons of the light and day. The Lord’s coming should not take us by surprise. We must stay alert and be ready for his coming. As a soldier dressed for battle, Paul tells the Thessalonians to put on the breastplate of faith and love and as a helmet, our hope for salvation, 1 Thessalonians 5.8. The Christian is destined for gaining salvation through Jesus Christ. As that day approaches, we need to encourage one another to remain faithful. There is a crown waiting. Will you be ready?
#risingjoy #1-Thessalonians #second-coming
What does it mean to receive Christ? It means to receive his messengers who bring his Good News. The real ones, as distinguished from false teachers, bring a vigorous message of conversion. It means (1) hearing; (2) turning; (3) changing; (4) serving; and (5) waiting: Continue reading
“Therefore stay alert, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.”
Jesus warned about the destruction of Jerusalem and also saw beyond it to his second coming. No one knows when Jesus will come, but when he does, all will appear before God in judgment.
What does it mean to be alert? What does the alert Christian look like? What will keep a disciple from being approved on the last day?
#second-coming #watchfulness #VOTD
“The one who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon!’ Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all.”
The very last words of the Bible include a promise from the Lord Jesus, a prayer and a blessing. Jesus promises to return. This is the desire of his people. In the meantime, they live in his grace and work for it to reach everyone.
In Christ suffering makes sense. His death means victory now. His coming means eternal bliss. What does it mean to live in the Lord’s grace now?
#second-coming #Revelation #VOTD
“so also, after Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many, to those who eagerly await him he will appear a second time, not to bear sin but to bring salvation.”
Christ is a once-for-all Savior. His sacrifice was sufficient for all, for all time. Now he will come again, but not to suffer again. The next time he will bring eternal salvation to those who are awaiting him.
Christ’s two comings are related. Those who receive his sacrifice made in his first coming will eagerly receive him in his second. Have you received him through faith and obedience?
#Christ #sacrifice #second-coming #VOTD
“Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware, like a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth.”
Luke 21.34 NLT
Jesus foretold the end of Jerusalem and moved to speak of the most cataclysmic event of all—the end of the world. The world dulls watchfulness. Pleasures and worries weigh down the mind that would watch and be prepared.
Jesus describes the people who are concerned with the affairs of this life. How would you describe the person who is aware of the end?
#day-of-the-Lord #second-coming #VOTD
Some people are constantly looking for signs of the spiritual sort. They even do so when it comes to the return of Christ and the judgment that he will bring. But is looking for such signs worth our time?
Listen to this warning given by Jesus: Continue reading
No matter how the plain the Bible is (Mark 13:32), there are some who still try to predict the day of Jesus’ return. If they would only treat the day like they do the way!
What do I mean by such? Well, have you ever heard anyone try to teach that Jesus Continue reading
To believe in the rapture (per premillennial doctrine) you have to leave the scriptures behind.
Premillennialism teaches that Jesus’ rapturous return will be “silent”, but the scriptures teach that Jesus’ return will be anything but quiet: Continue reading
By J. Randal Matheny © 2015
Grateful are we to live in the last days,
In the fullness of time, when Jesus Christ was born
Of a virgin, God in the flesh, when humble praise
Broke out among shepherds, the holy kingdom torn
From Israel, and given to those who’ll bear
The fruit of God. The days of mystery
Have ended. Now’s the reign of the true Heir,
The Seed of the Gospel. The kingdom’s key
Is offered to all. The call of the Lamb is strong,
He chimes the hour to watch. He bids take sides.
No neutral ground can be held—’tis right or wrong—
He brings a sword, the faith a house divides.
The lines are clear, shall we draw back and blur
The truth? Or speak because we love our Lord?
The priceless pearl is ours — shall we prefer
The home’s comforts, or the eternal reward?
The King returns! The Sovereign seeks his own!
The morning dawns, angelic trumpets ring!
We greet his appearing, in clouds, on cherub’s wing!
What glory to rise with him and see his throne!
THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
The second coming of Christ is an often discussed Bible subject. In spite of this, there is much misunderstanding and speculation about that glorious event. Following are some clear Bible facts about Christ’s second coming.
1. Christ, indeed, will come again. To His apostles He said, Continue reading
The Bible ends with Jesus promising, “Surely I am coming quickly!” and John added, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” I must chime in with the apostle, “Lord, come, come now; the sooner, the better!” Surely, these are days like the days of Noah. No one can dispute that these are times like the times of Lot, Sodom and Gomorrah. So what did Jesus mean, “Surely, I am coming quickly!” Of course, it might mean soon. But it has been nearly two thousand years since he spoke, so that isn’t it. It can also mean, suddenly and unexpected. I believe that is what Jesus meant. When people are distracted with temptation and involved in sin, Jesus will come as a thief in the night. If Jesus wants all saved, then why come without warning? The answer is simple; to get a genuine reading of what we care about. The faithful steward is always prepared, day or night. This is Just-A-Minute.
Have you ever heard of the Premillennialist? Someone says, what is that big word– Premillennialism? Well, “pre” means before; “millin”- means 1000 years; “ism” – means doctrine. It is the teaching that Jesus Christ is coming back to the earth, this one we are on right now, and he is going to rule in Palestine on David’s literal throne, a 1000 years. There are many people who believe this doctrine. It is not a true doctrine; it is false. There is no place in the Bible where it ever says that Jesus will set his foot back on this earth. In fact, contrary to this, the Bible says in 2 Peter 3:10-14, this earth will be done away with. Our Lord is reigning NOW–He is NOT going to reign. Matthew 28:18 says, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” Jesus is reigning NOW. This is Just-a-Minute
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty” Revelation 1:8.
Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the beginning and the end. From everlasting to everlasting, He is, was, and is to come. He is the Almighty.
The beleaguered church of the 1st century needed to hear from their Savior and be reassured that He’s still in control and that His sacrifice makes us win in the end.
The church of the 21st century needs to hear that as well. Throughout the Bible, history (or His Story) unfolds showing Jesus not only as the One through whom all things were made, but the Savior and the Judge of the world He has created.
In Revelation, written at the end of the first century, Jesus is the slain Lamb of God and the Rider on the White Horse. He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is the Root, the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star. He is the Bridegroom welcoming His bride, the church. He gives access to the tree of life for those who have washed their robes while pronouncing condemnation to those outside the City. He’s coming soon. He knows whose are his.
Are you in or out?
Plattsburgh church of Christ
author of Kin of Cain
a Christian historical fantasy
I’d like to request prayers on behalf of a brother at Keltonburg. His name is Ron C. and he was in an auto accident this past weekend which left him with a fractured neck, 5 broken ribs, a punctured lung, a badly broken arm, a broken wrist, a badly broken leg and a broken foot. He is doing well for his situation but he is in a lot of pain and he has a long road of recovery to go including at least one other surgery and a lot of rehab.
Last night was a great night at Keltonburg. We had two responses to the word. One baptism and one request for prayers. Plenty of reasons to smile and twice the number of hugs to give.
While putting together some notes for my sermon I came to appreciate the meaning of a section of scripture a little bit more. 1 John 3:1-3 says, “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”
In connection to the return of Jesus, John mentions that whoever has the hope of Jesus’ return purifies himself just as Jesus is pure. With that thought I made a connection to the point that we can be ready for Jesus’ return by living for it. The idea being that when our hope is set on the return of Jesus then our drive in life will be to live a life that’s actually ready for His return. So in other words, without a desire to live a life of purification, because of the hope of the second coming of Christ, there will be no purification of our life. We cannot live like a child of God and a child of Hell at the same time. I used these thoughts in connection to 2 Peter 3:11 which says, “Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,” where Peter is driving home a point that deals with a lifestyle choice based upon the hope of Jesus’ return.
I’m already behind on my “normal” workload for this week but is a preacher ever really ahead of his work?
Try to look for the providence of God in your life today – and have a great Monday.