Wednesday, November 9, 2016

THIS WORLD IS NOT OUR HOME

When the Holy Spirit comes as a torrent of rain, He will awaken the Bride of Christ with a cry. What will be the Spirit’s cry? “Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him” (Matthew 25:6).
Tragically, the message of Christ’s Second Coming has nearly disappeared from pulpits today.  Even on the Internet, where countless message boards are filled with talk about the church, there is not a sound about Christ’s coming. Yet John says the cry of the church in the last days will be:
“The Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely” (Revelation 22:17).
Tell me, where are the voices crying, “Come, Lord Jesus”? Christ warned His church:
“Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come” (Matthew 24:42).
Where is the church that is watching, waiting, yearning for Jesus?
 “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as you think not the Son of man cometh” (24:44).
THE PARTY IS OVER
Jesus had strong words for those who would scoff at His soon return:
“[The] evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin . . . to eat and drink with the drunken; the lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of” (Matthew 24:48–50).
I ask you, has there ever been a time when humankind was so wrapped up in covetousness? The party is over — the economics of the entire world are shaking — yet multitudes, including many in the church, are in denial about it. Right now, the Holy Spirit is being poured out to wake a slumbering church to prepare for His coming: “This world is not your home. Now, stir yourself. Get ready to meet your Bridegroom!”