The Hour is Late!

I woke up early this morning, in the second watch of the night, hearing the following words:

“If the good man of the house had known what hour the thief was coming he would have been prepared for him.  In an hour you think not the Son of Man comes.”

I found the first statement in Matthew 24:43  “But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.”  The second statement is found in Matthew 24:44  “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

Since Jesus returned to the Father the disciples of Jesus have been looking for His return, for He promised:  “I go to prepare place for you and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself that where I am, there you may be also.”  John 14: 2-3

It is written in Acts 1:11 “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven”  This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”

When Jesus came to Earth the first time He came as the suffering servant, when He finished His assignment He went back to Heaven and He is going to come again, but when He returns this time, He will come as King.

The last days began when Jesus left planet Earth to return to Heaven.  Ever since that time His family has been expecting all of the things recorded in the written word of God to come to pass.  We await the wedding of the Messiah and His Bride.  In Luke 12:36 I saw these words:  “wait for the master when He shall return from the wedding.”  Interesting and thought provoking!

We will be blessed if we watch for His return according to Luke 12:37.  There is a blessing in watching and being ready.

He could come in the night, Luke 12:38 says the second watch, 10 P.M. to 2 A.M., or the third watch, 2 A. M. to Sunrise.  Matthew 25:6 says:  “And at midnight a cry was heard:  ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming go out to meet Him!’  We should note that all of the virgins spoken of in Matthew 25 were asleep when He came.  The difference was preparation.  Five were prepared and five were not prepared. (note:  time in these passages is in Israel)

Matthew 24:48 and 25:5  both talk about the Master delaying His coming.  God is merciful and would that all men be saved, but that does not mean that all men will be saved.  I do believe that it is possible that His coming could be delayed because of His mercy upon the lost souls in the world, and I further believe that He hears the prayers of His people and this may affect His timing as well.

Matthew 25:13  “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”

When company is coming to your house, you want it to be clean and in order, if they will be staying for a meal you will prepare food, if they stay the night, then a room is made ready for them.  This is preparation.

How do we prepare?

It says in Matthew 24:37-39 that when Jesus comes it will be like it was during Noah’s time, people were drinking, getting married etc., in other words, life was going on normally, then the flood came and swept them all away, all  except for Noah and his family who were in the ark.

Noah was told a flood was coming when it had never rained.  He was told to prepare a vessel for himself and a pair (at least) of every animal.  He had to deal with ridicule and derision from the people on a daily basis, but he kept getting ready.  When the hour arrived and the ark was ready, they went in and God shut the door.  The sky opened up, the earth split apart and the waters rose, carrying the ark above it all.  Eventually, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.  Leaving the ark, the Noah family went out and began to live on the purged Earth.

God prepared a man, Noah prepared an ark, God prepared a renewed Earth and man spread abroad over the whole earth from there.

We have been told to be ready for many years.  Our leaders have told us over and over, “Be Ready! Jesus is coming soon.”  “Be ready, be prepared.”  How?  First of all, have your heart ready.  Make sure that you are born of the Spirit of God, born into the family of God, baptized into the Body of Christ.  If you know how lost you were without Jesus, you will love Him intensely.  “He who is forgiven much, loves much.”  Luke 7:47

Secondly, love will be the hallmark of your faith, your relationship, not only to God, but also to people.  The first commandment is to love God above all and the second is to love people.   Love is the fulfilling of all law. Galatians 5:14  Romans 13:8  Jesus command was to Love one another.  He said that the world would know His disciples by the love they had for each other.  John 13: 34- 35.

Going to church on Sunday and then living the rest of the week for the devil, the world, or your flesh, is not being prepared.  Religious tradition will not make you ready for His coming.  Unforgiveness, bitterness or resentment will keep you from being ready.  Are you offended at someone?  You are not ready.

If you want to be prepared for His coming, study Paul’s letters in the New Testament, read the Proverbs in the Old Testament…there are enough do’s and don’ts to open a person’s eyes to how God sees things and that should bring repentance and turning to Him with all of your heart….then you would be ready.

Many people call Jesus Lord.  But, Jesus must be Lord of all your life or He is not Lord at all.  Matthew 7:21  “Not every one that says to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of heave, but he who does the will of my Father which is in Heaven.”

Are you ready?  Have you prepared your heart and your life?  Have you given all you are and have to Him?  If not, why don’t you do so today.  He will receive you.

Blessings,

Joy

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