I’ve had countless visions and dreams throughout my life. I’ve shared them when He’s instructed. But what the Lord has profusely told me over the years is that He is coming soon. There are times when I forget this… times when many would have me neglect this message because we’ve been hearing it for so long. Yet the Holy Spirit always reminds me of the Lord’s return, like He did the other morning, probing me to jealousy guard the truth against all deceivers. The fact is, Jesus is coming soon. We don’t know when, but He is always coming soon.
He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Revelations 22:20 NKJV
When the Holy Spirit stirred my heart that morning, He showed me that this word demanded a response from us: We need to be watching for Him at all times.
Now let me just say, I know you’ve heard this before. While it’s seldomly being spoken of today, we’ve both been told countless times that Jesus will come like “a thief in the night”and to watch so we are found “faithful” (see Revelations 16:15; Matt. 24:45-51). This is biblical. But the way we’ve received and viewed His coming was often in fear, rather than with joyful expectancy. We shy away at the dark aura of the end times and cringe to think that life as we now know it will one day come to an end. Now while peril will come, and difficult circumstances will surround us, the end-times is not a disastrous destiny for Christ’s body.
And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. Daniel 11:32 KJV
On the contrary, I believe it’s time of grand excitement for the church of Jesus Christ. Why? For one, the One we love is coming! We’re going to see Him face to face! That shouldn’t be doom to us, but make our hearts bubble over with joy! To think that Jesus, the One I’m living and breathing for today, is coming soon to take me to Himself… that’s a wonderful hope!
“But the wicked will be out of control in those days!” you say. “Isn’t inescapable destruction coming? Won’t Christians be facing heavy persecution in that time?” According to Jesus’ words and Paul’s letters, yes. But nowhere in there does it say that the children of God need to fear – we’re not of darkness but light, and that’s the very light of Christ! The day of the Lord is the day of the Lord, friends. Our Lord’s day. The end-times are simply His times, as all seasons are; those days He will just be accomplishing what He said He’d do. He’s in control. Doesn’t that give you peace and hope? It does me, because the God who said He’d do these things is the same God who’s promised to keep me! There’s no need to fear here. But there is a demand to watch for the Lord’s return. Why?
Children of the Light
Jesus warned to keep watch for Him because we don’t know the day or the hour that He’d come (Matt. 24:42-44). But look what Paul wrote to the Thessalonians about the day of the Lord:
But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. 1 Thessalonians 5:4-5 NKJV
The Lord’s day will not overtake us because we are children of the light! It won’t suddenly come over us because belong to Jesus Christ! But Paul continues. “Therefore,” he wrote. Therefore, as in “for that reason”: For that blessed reason that we belong to Jesus Christ, we should, “not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation” (verses 6-8).
Others (those in darkness) are not watching for the coming of the Lord – they are sleeping, carousing, and not concerned with the life of Christ in anyway. These are condemned already, because they “[love] darkness rather than light” (Jhn. 3:19). But you haven’t been appointed to wrath – you have Christ.
For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.1 Thessalonians 5:9-10 NKJV
That’s why you need to watch – because you are His. That’s why you can joyfully watch for Him – because you are His! Jesus said that those who love Him will keep His commands (John 14:15), which should no doubt put a readiness in us for His return. We love Him, don’t we? Being watchful for Him is simply our response of love towards Him. Which of you has a loved one in the Army, who doesn’t wait day after day for the time when he or she will return to you? Don’t you joyfully anticipate their contact with you, and wait expectantly for any signs of their coming home? You do this because they are your loved one. If Jesus is the Lover of your soul, then truly you’ll be unable to contain yourself at the thought of seeing Him!
Beloved, watch for your King! He’s coming soon!