Scripture Of The Week

Therefore encourage one another with these words. I Thess. 4:18

R.A. Torrey was an American evangelist, minister, educator, and author in the early 20th century.  There is an account of his preaching to a crowd of nearly 3,000, on a day when there hadn’t been a cloud in the sky… yet!  As he concluded his sermon, he said, “It may be before we arise in the morning or before we sleep tonight.  It may be before we have finished our luncheon today.  Indeed, it may be that before I finish this sermon that we shall hear the sound of the trump and the voice of the archangel announcing ‘He is here!’”

At that moment, there was a crash of thunder and a blinding flash of lightning filled the auditorium with light.  In a panic, the crowd rushed to the exits.  All except one woman who sat in the front.  She just threw her head back and laughed.  Afterward, she said, “I thought the Lord had come.”  And that was what everybody else also thought, but their response had been one of terror rather than joy.

Jesus is coming again!  “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief” (2 Peter 3:10). Jesus referred to Himself in a parable when he said, “The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know” (Luke 12:46). John reiterates that truth in Revelation 16:15, “Behold, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on.”

Are you heeding Jesus’ warning?  The truth that He is coming again is a reassurance to the one who believes. He wants you to be ready, to be like the woman in the front row listening to Torrey’s sermon.

Today in America, there are far too many who are not ready, for whom Christ’s return will not be a pleasant experience.  You find them everywhere, in our neighborhoods, in our stores, in our social gatherings, in our institutions, including in the halls of the nation’s government, courts, and military.  Intercede for their salvation while there is still time and share the Gospel message while there is time and also wait eagerly for Him with joy.  Read II  Peter 3:8-18 for more on this.




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