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The Messiah Will Come Again

By Benjamin H. Liles

          But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, ~ 2 Peter 3:10-11, NKJV

           Events such as what happen in Revelation and with Jesus coming back for His elect are a hard subject to talk about. Still Peter, Paul, and John knew of which they spoke about. They had seen the risen Lord, Jesus the Messiah, His nail pierced hands and feet, and also watched as He ascended into Heaven. An angel had this pronouncement, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven “ (Acts 1:11, Berean Study).

           We need to understand that as Christians we are to live our lives pleasing to Jesus Christ. It means that when we are saved by and through His merciful and loving graciousness which He gave us at the cross we desire to live a life that pleases Him. It means putting off sin, its effects, and walking in newness of life as He gave it in abundance to us.

           Where with the Lord’s return people will mourn upon seeing Him, the elect (His Church), however rejoice as they know He is taking them up to be with Him forever in Heaven. Many people who are unsaved believe Heaven is a boring place. I can understand how these people can believe that.

          Those who are lost and do not know Jesus as their personal savior, who remain in His word, who live it out in their lives don't comprehend there is much more in Heaven to do than sitting on a cloud and playing a harp. We're told that " the twenty-four elders fall down before the One seated on the throne, and they worship Him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying: 'You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things; by Your will they exist, and came to be'" (Revelation 4:10-11, Berean Study).

          Ladies and gents, I can't begin to stress the fact that Jesus is coming again soon. I don't know when, nor do the angels, but He will return. Jesus said, "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only" (Matthew 24:36, New King James). There is a reason a lot of us as Christians proclaim the message of the gospel of Jesus with such fervency and prayer. It is so that no one will perish or be left behind, if there is such a case. Peter himself said, "The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up" (2 Peter 3:9-10, New American Standard).

           I tell you these things so that no one is left uncertain or even left in the dark on these things. These matters deserve a worth looking into. Even if you don't believe, simply looking into the matter could revolutionize and challenge your way of thinking, even maybe the way you live. It might possibly help you to come to God, asking Him to renew, revitalize, and to restore you to Him. It is why it is written, "So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now even more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling" (Philippians 2:12, Holman Christian Standard).

          Father, I know I still sin even though I don't mean to. Anoint me ever anew with Your Spirit of grace and mercy. Show me great and wondrous things within Your love for others of how You feel towards these people. I actually did get tired of my former life of being without You. I could only remain lost for so long. For Your hand was deep within my heart, showing me things; terrifying things, humbling things. It all brought me low. Then You showed me Your Son, whom the Centurion, a gentile nonetheless, proclaimed, "Surely this man was the Son of God" (Mark 15:39). I praise You Jesus for dying in my place, forgiving me my sins which were many. Restoring me to the Father as well as giving me the life You lived. I pray this in Jesus' heavenly name. Amen.

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