We live today in a most crucial and difficult time. This “Church Age” is drawing to a close and the coming of the Lord is drawing near. The scripture says that the city “Jerusalem will be trampled by [be under the dominion of] Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled” (Lk 21:24). In 1967 the second half of this city fell into Jewish hands, again giving them control of their ancient capitol for the first time in almost 2,000 years.
Since the Roman general Titus conquered and destroyed Jerusalem in 70 A.D. until 1948 the Hebrew peo- ple had been without a country to call their own. But God has not forgotten His people whom He foreknew. Romans 11:25 explains that a blindness has happened in part to Israel until the “fulness of the Gentiles has come in.” After this time we are told that God would again remember His Old Covenant people and fulfill His promises to the fathers.
This is exactly what we see happening before our very eyes. Never before in history has it been known that a peo- ple would be dispersed over the face of the earth for 2,000 years, retain their national identity, and be regathered again into their own land to become a nation. This is the Lord’s doing.
I am not claiming that these Jews are today righteous or that God is somehow pleased with them in their present state. It is when Messiah Jesus comes again that He will “turn away ungodliness from Jacob” (Rm 11:26).
The point here is that God is doing what He promised and that His second coming is imminent. The stage is being set. These things are just signs which show those who are watching and waiting the importance of the hour. No other time in history has been so pregnant with turmoil and anticipation. The Judge is at the door.
Jesus says: “behold, I am coming quickly... to give to every one according to his work” (Rev 22:12). The Greek word for “quickly” here does not necessarily mean fast, but can mean “suddenly”. Those who are actively seeking Him and waiting eagerly for Him will not be taken by sur- prise when He appears. But to those whose love has grown cold and whose ears have become dull, He will come as a thief when they are least expecting Him (Lk 12:46).
What will you be doing when Jesus comes? Will He be pleased to find you in your present state? If not, then I want to exhort you as forcefully as I can to repent. Change your way of living before it’s too late! Repent for the sake of the Kingdom!
Brethren, the time is short. We are being called upon to work the works of God while it is daylight, for night is coming when no man can work (Jn 9:4).
The Bible tells us that shortly before the Lord comes two important signs will be seen. The first is that there will be a great falling away (II Thess 2:3). This sign is now com- ing into full view. Today’s church is full to overflowing with worldliness, error, and sin of every kind.
The second sign, for which we are now waiting, is the revelation of the “man of sin.” Watching the world situa- tion today, it is clear that this could happen at any moment. Yet many, if not most, believers today are unaware of the times. They appear to be sleeping. They are not being prepared by being transformed and made holy.
The message of this book is: “Awake, awake; the bride- groom is coming!” It is high time that we awake out of the sleep of serving ourselves and make ready for His coming. Brothers and sisters in Christ, prepare the way of the Lord; make His paths straight!
This message is going forth for that very purpose, to prepare God’s children for Jesus’ soon appearing. Men and women everywhere need to be getting ready so that they will be allowed to enter into the coming Kingdom. The gospel of the Kingdom – the reality of the total rulership of JesusChrist– must be preached to all nations and then the end will come (Mt 24:14).
Surely in these days, at the close of this age, this is the message which is on the Lord’s heart. Friend, let me ask you one all-important question. When Jesus comes, will you be waiting and ready? I pray that we all will be.
As you read the Old Testament, you will encounter phrases or words (especially in the Prophets) such as: “in that day” or “in that mountain.” The reader should under- stand that these expressions usually refer to the coming Kingdom about which we have been speaking.
The “day” being referred to here is the Day of the Lord. The word “mountain” speaks of His coming King- dom.
"Truly, truly I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself, alone. But if it dies, it produces much fruit!
He who loves his soul life, will have it destroyed. But he who has a deep aversion to his soul life in this world, will have it preserved [through transformation] into the eternal life of God. John 12:24-25