Good morning, my brothers and sisters. God is good and His grace and mercies endure forever.
His coming will be visible: "Behold, He cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see Him, and they also which pierced Him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him. Even so, Amen. (Revelation 1:7)
His coming will be audible; 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. (1 Thessalonians 4:16) "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up." (2 Peter 3:10) What happens to the living, righteous saints when Christ appears?
"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 4:17) His coming will be unexpected: "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of Heaven but my Father only." (Matthew 24:36) War and bloodshed: "For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. Natural disasters and calamities: "And there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in diverse places. All these are the beginning of sorrows."
Religious persecution: "Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you; and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another." False prophets and teachers, immorality and divorce: "And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
(Matthew 24:6-12) A selfish and proud generation at the end: 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, truce-breakers, 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 Timothy 3:1-5)
There are two things people don't want to talk about and that's death (dying) or the end of the world. (the coming of the Lord Jesus) What most people don't understand, we're not here on this earth to stay. We are here just for a little while and while we are here God wants us to prepare ourselves for death and the coming of the Lord Jesus. Some of you may think you are going to live forever but let me tell you a little something, that's not true.
Every last one of us are going to give up the ghost, in other words you are going to die one day, or Jesus is going to come back first. It's going to be one or the other because we can't stand before God in these flesh bodies. Just think about that for a minute. That's why I encourage everyone to read your Bible for yourself and God will speak to your heart. The Lord Jesus is on His way back! Are YOU ready for Him? God loves each and every one of us. God is so loving and there is no love like His love.
He loves us more than we love ourselves. You know what? Even when we sin against Him, He still loves us. God will never stop loving us. But God hates sin. Yes, brothers and sisters, He loves us. Jesus is proof that He loves us. John 3:16 reads: "For God so loved the world that He gave us His only begotten Son that who so ever believe in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life." That proof is when He sent His Son Jesus to die for our sins. And many sins we have!
Thank You, Jesus, for dying for our sins. You not only died for our sins, but You got up out of the grave in three days with all power in Your hands. Help us, Jesus, to love one another as You love us. In Jesus' name, Amen...
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