Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The Most Intriguing Words of Jesus For Me

39 And knew not 
until the flood 
and took them all 
so shall also 
the coming 
of the Son 
of man be.
40 Then shall two be 
in the field; 
the one shall be 
and the other 
41 Two women 
shall be grinding 
at the mill; 
the one shall be 
and the other 
42 Watch therefore: 
for ye know not 
what hour 
your Lord 
doth come.
Matthew 24:39-42 (King James Version)

As I was studying the Bible, even as a baby Christian, I found the above verses the most intriguing of all of Jesus' words.

Because JESUS' words seemed urgent, and imminent.

As if everything -- what was to come after -- hinged on this FIRST occurrence (what theologians call the "Rapture"), for by then, all who will be left behind will go through the horrible seven-year Tribulation.

And thus, there is no time to waste.

We must repent, if we wish to be taken up to Jesus, and avoid that Tribulation.

17 From that time 
Jesus began to preach, 
and to say, 
for the kingdom 
of heaven 
is at hand.
Matthew 4:17 (King James Version)

The significance of JESUS' words probably hasn't sunk in yet for many people.

Imagine this:

You are cooking food for your family, then all of a sudden, one, or two of you, disappear -- just like that.

Or, you're driving a vehicle, or piloting a plane, and people -- either driver or passenger -- start disappearing.

Or, you're holding your baby, and suddenly, you or your baby disappears.

Can you imagine the scenario in hospitals, or air traffic control towers?

Or even just on the highways.

There have been books and movies made of this scenario.

It is not just a possible scenario.

It is the scenario Jesus said so Himself:

"the one shall be 
and the other 

No one knows the hour of His Coming.

No one knows who will be taken, and who will be left, except GOD.

So, what makes us think that all the wealth we accumulate now, would ever matter?

What makes us think that worldly bickerings matter at all?

It is foolish to hoard, or to be selfish.

It is foolish to be angry, or to be vengeful.

It is foolish to have the world at your feet, and have everyone adore you.

It is foolish to keep sinning.

At any given moment -- in the twinkling of an eye -- each one of us can be gone.

Somehow, I can't even look farther than that moment of Jesus' prophecy.

The fact that one of us would disappear -- at God's choosing -- is truly an eye-opener for me.

Jesus had many warnings of things to come, but many people are asleep, addicted to the things of the world.

We already know who keeps us asleep at the wheel.

We already know who wants us unprepared, for when Christ comes for us.

These dark forces have been mocking Bible prophecy since time immemorial.

People don't light the lamps of their hearts anymore, and are distracted by things of the world.

But, what if, at that exact moment, someone you love or care for, is taken up to Christ?

Surely, you can imagine the chaos, grief, and disaster that would ensue when people are busy at work or at home, and suddenly, God says, "It's time!", and the trumpet is sounded:

16 For the Lord himself 
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:
17 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.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (King James Version)

That is the prophecy.

We have this moment, this hour, this minute, to start paying attention.

Here's what we can do right now:

Study God's Words.

Let Jesus be our guide.

Become born again in Christ now.

Focus not on how the world is progressing, for in truth, it is regressing.

Salvation is a personal matter, between you and God alone.

You must care enough about your soul, wanting to be with God for eternity.

If you care about others, you'd want them to be with God, too.

Oftentimes, it's really very simple.

23 For all have sinned, 
and come short 
of the glory 
of God;
Romans 3:23 (King James Version)

How many acknowledge their sinfulness, and care to truly repent?

Is this finite life more delightful, than eternal life promised by Christ?

16 For God 
so loved 
the world, 
that he gave 
his only begotten Son, 
that whosoever 
believeth in him 
should not perish, 
but have 
everlasting life.
John 3:16 (King James Version)

Whatever little, puny power, possessions, or prestige we have, matters not in the kingdom of God.

All that matters is if we have accepted Christ in our hearts, by becoming born again.

Its the only way to understand the Gospel of Jesus, for the Holy SPIRIT of God will start instructing us.

In this season of the end times, stay CLOSEST to JESUS.

There is no other HOPE, but JESUS.

13 Looking 
for that blessed hope, 
and the glorious appearing 
of the great God 
and our Saviour 
Jesus Christ;
Titus 2:13 (King James Version)

Commit your life and work to the LORD.

Nothing matters but CHRIST now.

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(Updated 22 December 2020)