Do you remember the brilliant song … This World is not my home? It goes on to say, “I can’t feel at home in this world anymore” Well that is certainly how I feel. How about you?
This is why when I think of the prospect of the Lord coming to take us to be with Him imminently, it really excites me. Whilst exciting for those who are ready to meet the Lord, those of us who know Him as our Lord and Saviour are longing for those who do not yet know Him, to get to know Him and to be ready when that trumpet sounds and we are caught up to meet the Lord in the air.
We do not know the day nor the hour, but the LORD tells us what to look for as the day of His return draws near. 1)
We are living in dangerous but also very exciting times. 2)
What is happening in the Middle East and Europe is very significant.
On May 2, 2018, Pastor Jack Hibbs gave an update on current-events regarding the Middle East developments between Israel and Iran.” Much more has happened since this particular update, but I have included it below as it has valuable and important info.
As Christians who truly love the Lord, we should be encouraged to be watchmen on the wall and be about our Father’s business.” 3)
It is time to stop playing church; to stop being “Sunday Christians”.
It is time to stop believing that WE have to make the world a better place before the Lord can come back. That teaching is false folks.” 4)
We need to make people aware of the times we are living in. This is why I am sharing a lot about the end times. We need to be alert and ready for the Lord’s imminent return.”
The footnotes below will provide more detail on the various points in my original post.
And to get back to this world not being our home, we’re just a-passing through …
This world is not our home. As Christians, Christ followers, we must remember that our citizenship is in heaven – “But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Saviour” (Philippians 3:20). We are to live as pilgrims passing through; sojourners. As the New Living Translation puts it: “temporary residents and foreigners” (1 Peter 2:11). The fact that we are temporary residents does NOT detach us from the world around us and its needs. On the contrary … we are called to minister and reach out to those around us. We who represent Christ should do so as His ambassadors, showing forth His compassion in whatever way we can.
And, whilst we care for others around us, as Christ’s ambassadors, we need to care not only for the material, social and physical needs around us, but (very importantly) the spiritual needs too. “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:20 NIV). And, as the NLT puts it so beautifully … “So, we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making His appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!””
Remember Whose we are! Live for Him. Be used of Him. Be watchmen on the walls warning people that it is time to be reconciled with God because Jesus’ return is very close.
- To know more about “not knowing the day nor the hour”, read Matthew 25:13 – “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour” and also Luke 21:36)
- Exciting times? Yes, the reason the times are exciting is because we are seeing Bible prophecy being fulfilled right before our eyes, with increasing speed. This tells us that the LORD Himself will soon be coming to take His church, the Bride of Christ, to be with Him. We’ll be caught up to meet Him in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Read 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18: “For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words”
- Be involved in the Lord’s work – praying, Bible study & witnessing – living for Jesus- point out the urgency of getting right with God before it is too late
- There is teaching that says it is the duty of the church to gain dominion over the world and restore it to a righteous environment and only then to hand it over to Christ when He returns. In other words, Christ will return only after the earth is made righteous by the church. The only way we are made righteous is through the precious blood of Jesus which He shed for us on Calvary. It is a finished work.