Friday, January 25, 2019

Soon

“Soon and very soon we are goin’ to see the Lord.” Alleluia!  These are the first words of a Negro Gospel hymn composed by Andre Crouch. It was written in the 60’s but seems to reflect the spiritual words of those in slavery. Yet at the same time these timeless words speak to us today in a world full of strife and destruction of people, places and things. For we are in the “End-times.” This is a hopeful tune for the “Believer” and a frightening one for the non-believer. Why? Because the truth that soon we are going to see the Lord is a biblical one.

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, the final book of the Bible, starts with, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show His servants what must take place soon” (Revelation 1:1). It is the testimony of God through Jesus given to an angel to tell John the Apostle to tell us today. “Blessed is the one who hears these words.” Yes, Jesus says at the end of the Book, “Behold, I am coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of prophecy in this book”  (Revelation 22:7). He later says that His reward is with Him and that He will give to each according to what they have done. That is a lot scary too.

So what is this “soon?” The dictionary says, quickly or close. Now this book was written 1900 years ago, so what is near or soon?  Well, “’No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” (Matthew 24:36). Jesus states this in a sermon on the “End-times” He is preaching to His disciples.

All prophecy has come true concerning the return of Jesus Christ to redeem and world and take His children (believers) with Him. “For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air”  (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). This is Gabriel or Michael bringing the incredible news that will happen in an instant. The whole world is waiting in anticipation for this moment. So what should you do?

·      Be Ready! The time of His coming is unknown so we must be prepared.
·      Invite the Lord Jesus Christ into your hearts, confessing your sins and need for a Savior to cleanse and redeem you.
·      Stay alert! For the devil walks the earth looking for someone to devour.
·      Be filled with hope for your redemption draws near. Take heart!
·      Rejoice and be glad and share the “Good News” which is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

“Soon and very soon we are going to see the Lord!” I am so glad that I know Him, do you?

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