In The Light Of Christ’s Imminent Return
There are signs all around us that we may be living in the terminal generation, and that the coming of Christ is breathtakingly near. We who know the Bible have the blessed hope of His return. It appears that the gateway to glory is about to open, and we shall "see the King in His beauty"! (Isa. 33:17). Surely the time is nearer than when we first believed.
The tabernacle of David has fallen down, but today God is visiting "the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for His name…After this [He] will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and will build again the ruins thereof, and will set it up" (Acts 15:13-16).
It is amazing how so many predictions in the Bible have been or are being fulfilled today. Sodomy is one of the signs of the times. "As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; but the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed" (Luke 17:26-30).
"The earth also was corrupt before God; and the earth was filled with violence" (Gen. 6:11). "And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually" (Gen. 6:5).
Who would have thought a generation ago that lesbianism and homosexuality would be openly accepted as an alternate lifestyle? This development is unparalleled in the history of our nation.
Apostasy Is Another Sign of the Times
"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils" (1 Tim. 4:1). "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and they shall be turned unto fables" (2 Tim. 4:3-4). "And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many" (Matt. 24:11).
Increased iniquity is another sign. "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents; unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers; false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away" (2 Tim. 3:1-5). "And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold" (Matt. 24:12).
Truly the Stage Is Being Set
The Bible teaches us to "…love His appearing" (2 Tim. 4:8); "…look for Him" (Heb. 9:28); "…lay hold upon the hope set before us; which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast" (Heb. 6:18-19). "We should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ" (Titus 2:12-13); "…exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching" (Heb. 10:25); "…abide in Him; that, when He shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before Him at His coming" (1 John 2:28).
The return of the Lord Jesus should be the strongest incentive to soul-winning, sacrificial giving and missionary outreach.
"Christ for every creature" is still our clear commission. Materialism must give way to evangelism. Formalism must give way to fire. We owe the world the Gospel! In the light of Christ’s imminent return we must rearrange our priorities. Will He be satisfied with our present level of living and giving? Prayer must be restored to its rightful place.
We need a new agony for souls. Our church services are often shallow and superficial. We must discover and recover the message of the book of Acts. We need the new wind and fire of Pentecost. We need a new vision of our majestic Christ in all His matchless beauty, glory, and power. God wants to do a new work today. He wants to do a thorough work and do it suddenly (2 Chron. 29:36). Revival cannot be created; it must be prayed down.
Let us lament our loathsome lukewarm-ness. May God forgive the cheap consecration that is satisfied to spend millions at home and send paltry pennies abroad. When will we pay serious attention to the "Great Commission"? Will God have to send bombs to our back yards before we will wake up to the urgency of the hour?
Let us follow the narrow road of repentance back to Calvary. Let us go back to the glorious heights where God meets the soul. In the light of Jesus’ return, let us determine to be our best for Him. May God quicken our hearts, enlighten our minds and set our souls aflame with a new dedication to the unfinished task of world evangelization. Christ paid the price to purchase our salvation. Let us pay the price to publish it.
Jesus is coming soon! These desperate days demand holy living and an all-out effort to evangelize the lost at home and abroad. Let us do our best to stir the Church and win the lost!