The Christ is coming! The Christ is coming!
Everyone who has picked up a high school history book has had the occasion to read about “the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere”. Paul Revere was an American patriot during the time of what eventually built up to become the American Revolution and, in concert with two other men, played an instrumental role on April 18, 1775 in helping to avoid the capture of American political leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock. After having been warned of planned British troop movements by sea via two lanterns hung in the steeple of Boston’s Old North Church, Paul Revere slipped out of North Boston on horseback, crossing the Charles River into Charleston, riding on to Lexington through present-day Somerville, Medford and Arlington… but not shouting the famous phrase attributed to him (“The British are coming! The British are coming!”). In reality, Paul Revere’s mission depended on secrecy (to keep American political leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock safe from British capture and to prevent the capture of American military stores at Concord), the countryside was filled with roaming British patrols, and most Massachusetts colonists (who were of English extraction) still considered themselves to be British subjects. In Paul Revere’s own recollections, and according to others, his warning was “The Regulars are coming out”, an allusion to members of the regular British army. In not only this incident, but in many others throughout history, the recordings of “the facts of the matter” are very often romanticized, in that process very often being significantly changed.
Historical accuracy aside, Paul Revere was a watchman on the walls. He raised an alarm, when an alarm was needed, that averted a catastrophe… the capture of key political leaders absolutely required to keep anti-British sentiment, and an increasing call for American economic and political freedom and eventually independence, alive, and the capture of military stores needed to wage resistance against the British.
Fast forwarding to the present time, it is my intention to be, like Paul Revere, a watchman on the walls. Only in this case, it is a far more critical alarm that I raise, and I declare it to the world thus:
“The Christ is coming! The Christ is coming!”
Be assured that Jesus Christ is returning.
In the book of Genesis, Adam and Eve fell from grace when the evil one, in the form of a serpent, called into question the perfection of God’s provision for them by casting God as a liar:
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ” “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. (Genesis 3:1-7)
The evil one believed that he had, with a single master stroke, destroyed God’s creation by corrupting His crowning achievement of Adam and Eve, condemning them to a fallen state from which they would never be able to be redeemed. However, the Ancient of Days revealed His plan for a future time of final reckoning:
The man said, “The woman you put here with me – she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” So the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” (Genesis 3:12-15)
In the book of Revelation, read the account of the plan of God coming to pass:
A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads. His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child the moment it was born. She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter. And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days. And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down – that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.” When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the desert, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach. Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river, to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent. But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring – those who obey God’s commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus. (Revelation 12:1-17)
The woman (Israel) has produced the child of promise, the Messiah, the Son of God, the Lion of the tribe of Judah (Jesus Christ). The evil one knows that, with the coming of the Messiah in the flesh, to accomplish a sinless life and once-for-all sacrificial death to pay the penalty of sin and death for a fallen humanity, his time is running out. The evil one knows that, with Jesus Christ raised as the first-born from among the dead, He will destroy all other power, dominion and authority before presenting His bride, the church, to His Father, so that God will be all in all.
This is the perfect plan of God… nothing can thwart it, and nothing can stop it. The evil one is filled with uncontrollable rage against those who believe in the provision that God has made for the free pardon of sin through belief in the One that He has sent, and he will stop at nothing to destroy them, using the time that he has left.
If you take a serious look at the world around you, it is not difficult to understand that it is filled with every manner of filth, corruption, dishonesty, hatred, prejudice, anger, cruelty, sloth, emotional, physical and verbal abuse, selfishness, greed, slander, sexual immorality and idolatry imaginable. Yes, I know well what people will say: ‘But the world has always had those things.’ I concede that. What I tell you is that the pace of the world’s degradation into these horrific behavior attributions is what is so alarming. Perhaps more alarming still is that people are getting more and more desensitized to others around them: and I defy anyone to tell me that this is not so.
I do not need to carry on at a greater length, because the point has been made as to what the current state of the world is… and it will only grow worse as people become more and more determined to “show God the door”. If you don’t believe this, take a look back on the corporate and individual decisions we have made demanding that God, and respect for His Word, be removed from our daily lives. We have removed prayer from our schools. We have allowed the unholy tragedy of abortion to be legalized. We use the holy names of God and of Jesus Christ as swear words and/or expressions of amazement. We have set aside the Ten Commandments, treating them with contempt and derision as more like the “Ten Suggestions”. We have turned our churches into entertainment venues and places for people with “itching ears” to hear only what they want to hear about feeling good about themselves rather than hearing about their sure and certain condemnation before a just, holy and righteous God. We have lost respect for life as certainly as we have lost respect for its Author, considering it worthless.
Jesus spoke plainly regarding the passing away of the world’s riches (the uselessness of them), and of what will come to pass:
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done. (Matthew 16:24-27)
Romans continues this argument and emphasizes God’s judgment:
But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. God “will give to each person according to what he has done.” To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. (Romans 2:5-8)
The book of Galatians is clear:
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. (Galatians 6:7-8)
The finality of God’s justice is fearsome for those who die in unbelief of the One that God sent to pay, with his own life, the penalty of eternal death for their sins:
Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:11-15)
The end of days is near. When Almighty God knows that the last person to accept His gracious offer of eternal salvation by the blood of His Son Jesus Christ has done so, Jesus Christ will return with the heavenly host on the clouds of heaven, and everyone’s choice of Jesus Christ or the evil one will have been cast in stone for all eternity. There will be NO pleading one’s case before God that will change one’s eternal destination… there will be NO mercy shown to those who have consciously rejected the blood of Jesus Christ as the payment for their sins… there will be NO reversal of a sentence of a second (and eternal) death in the lake of fire for those who have rejected with contempt the sacrifice of the Holy One of God on their behalf.
As a watchman on the walls, I plead with you to PLEASE accept the LORD Jesus Christ as the payment for your sins!
If you have been convicted in your heart that you are guilty before a holy and righteous God, know that the Holy Ghost of God has done that. Weep grateful tears for the mercy God is showing you, for in your acceptance of His Son our Lord Jesus Christ, you have been chosen from before the beginning of the world to be one of His own. What should you do to ensure your eternal salvation? The book of Romans is clear:
That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile – the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:9-13)
Do this TODAY. As in RIGHT NOW. As in IMMEDIATELY.
You do not know how much time you have left: every breath you take is a gift from God, and He is waiting for you to turn to Him with trust in His Son our Lord Jesus Christ. By the grace that came by Jesus Christ, through faith in Him who shed His blood for you, you will be not only saved, but changed from the inside out, and sanctified to repent of your sins and be increasingly conformed to the likeness of His Son: all to the glory of God.
“The Christ is coming! The Christ is coming!”