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CHRIST’S RETURN: ARE YOU READY?
By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
Jesus promised in the Book of Revelation that He would return for His Church: “Behold, He cometh with clouds: and every eye shall see Him, and they also which pierced Him:
And all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning, and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” (Rev. 1:7.8)
He emphasized: “And behold I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as His work shall be.” (Rev. 22: 12) The word ‘quickly’ refers to a lively coming. Many Bibles use the word ‘soon’. Two translations render the word, “without delay” and “at once”.
Why has not our Lord Jesus Christ returned yet? There are two reasons: First, God does not reckon time like we do. And secondly, He is gracious and compassionate, waiting for more precious souls to repent and come to Him!
The Bible says: “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3: 8, 9).
According to the reckoning of the Lord, He has been gone for less than two days, and that is not very long! That He will return is ‘a given’. It is definite and sure. His promise cannot fail! Jesus said: “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away.” (Matt.24: 35).
JESUS WILL RETURN FOR HIS CHURCH
He said: “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, ye may be also.” (John 14: 3). We have the eyewitness report of 500 people who saw Jesus ascend into Heaven from the Mount of Olives. And the message brought by two angelic beings who appeared to them:
“And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go up.” (Acts 1: 10, 11)
St. Paul declared: “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep (have died), that ye sorrow not, even as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep (die) in Jesus will God bring with Him.
“For this we say unto you by the Word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep, for the Lord shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
“Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thes. 4: 13-18)
HIS WORD IS INFALLIBLE!
You may ask: “How reliable are the Words of Jesus?” His Word is infallible, inerrant, perfect, absolute, and concrete. It cannot fail, because He is the Word of God (John 1: 1-14) and He watches over His Word to perform it!
The Eternal God declares: “So shall My Word be that goeth out of My mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (Is. 55: 11)
Here is a classic example of the inerrancy of God’s Holy Word. In Luke’s Gospel Jesus reveals His omniscience (total knowledge), while speaking of His Return (parousia, gr.).
Where did you think the word ‘science’ comes from? From the Omniscient One who is all-wise and all-knowing! It’s important that all scientists, philosophers, and theologians understand that!
“In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop…I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, the other left. Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.” (Luke 17: 31, 34-36)
Here, Jesus shared a little of His total knowledge with a ‘little-knowing people’. He ties it in with another truth so that as we humans discover more and more about His great creation, our little minds could at last grasp it!
What is He revealing that is so great? He is telling ‘earthlings’ exactly what the Holy Spirit had revealed through the prophet Isaiah more than 700 years earlier (1491–1451 B.C.) that God had created an earth that is spherical. That the earth is round!
Isaiah declared: “Have ye not known? Have ye not heard? … It is He (God) that sitteth upon the circleof the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain…” (Isaiah 40: 21-22)
The word translated ‘circle’ is the Hebrew word ‘khug’ a more exact connotation of which is “sphericity” or “roundness”. It is also used in Proverbs 8: 27 where is says: “He set a compass upon the face of the deep”; literally – “He drew a circle upon the deep.” The same word here is translated ‘compass’ referring to the surface of the ocean taking on a spherical shape – so-called “sea-level” when God created it!
Jesus confirmed what the Prophet had declared about the earth He had created. (Heb.1: 2). Long before the ‘flat earth scientists’ discovered that the earth was spherical (round) the Creator was teaching that the earth is round!
Yet, some ignorant University professors - continually misinform their students that the Bible teaches that the earth is flat! Unfortunately, those professors have learned that from other professors who never read the Bible!
Jesus said: “In that day (His return) he which shall be upon the housetop … I tell you, in that night, there shall be two men in one bed…Two women shall be grinding together (during the day)… Two men shall be in the field (during the day …” (Luke 17: 31-36). When the rapture occurs, the Holy Spirit will gather His people from a round earth. Some will be working while on the other side of the earth others will be sleeping!
When it is midnight in Edmonton, Alberta it is 8:00 A.M. in Oslo, Norway. Can we trust God’s Word? A thousand times, “YES!” Our Lord warned: “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of Man cometh.” (Matt.24: 44). His Word states: "Him that cometh unto Me, I will in no wise cast out.” I promise you that He has NEVER turned anyone away and He will take you in!
THEREFORE, BE YE ALSO READY
He invites all SINNERS - including uninformed professors, ignorant, Hollywood actors, hate-filled terrorists, pervert priests, compromising preachers, slimy pornographers, covetous gamblers, drug addicts, alcoholics, demon-possessed pedophiles, backsliders, wife beaters and lying cheaters, to bend their knees before His Majesty the Lord Jesus Christ in Repentance and Faith!
I guarantee that if you are sincere, Jesus Christ will come into your life and drive out the devil. You will become a new creation. Then, as you seek His face, read His Holy Word, and pray diligently, He will baptize you with the Blessed Holy Spirit and you will be empowered to win precious souls for His Kingdom and pray for others to be freed from Satan and all his works and ways!
Dear Friend, receive Him into your heart and life and you will be Saved! Write me today and we will join with you in prayer for all the needs in your life and in your family.
He is nearer than you think. He alone is the Saviour of the world! Religious quacks, pagan gods and Eastern gurus cannot save you! Call upon the Living Lord Jesus Christ today. Even so let it be Lord! Amen.
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