“God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” ~Numbers 23:19
The weatherman says a huge storm is coming, and everyone believes and panics. The Bible says that Jesus is coming, and no one cares. Why is it that we put so much faith in science technology and radar, but put so very little in the word of God?
First off, we need to understand and accept that the word of God in the Bible is the infallible words of Almighty God. His predictions are indisputable. Secondly, we need to accept that God can not lie!
“In hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began.” ~Titus 1:2
The Bible is chock-full of prophetic warnings! It's repeated over and over that the day of the Lord is coming—the great and terrible day of the Lord is coming soon. When you see these signs you will know that the coming of the Lord is at hand.
“And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” ~Matthew 24:6-8
We had better start to heed these warnings while there’s still time to prepare—while He may still be found. God tells us exactly what we need to do to be prepared for His coming!
“Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” ~Isaiah 55:6-7
Jesus tells us to get ready and stay ready. When He told the parable of the ten virgins, He was speaking about these times. This parable refers to ten virgins (referencing a pure church) that were chosen to go to a wedding (referencing eternally joining together with Jesus). These ten virgins took lamps (meaning the word of God) and went to meet the groom (Jesus). Jesus says that five were wise (prepared), and five were foolish (unprepared). The wise took oil for their lamps with them, but the foolish had none. (This oil is referring to the Holy Spirit.) They all fell asleep and then at midnight (at the last hour when time is up) a cry was heard (a loud sound) saying that the groom (Jesus) was coming! But the foolish (unprepared) virgins had no oil to light their lamps to see where they were going. Those that were ready (that had a relationship with God) went in with Him (Jesus) to the wedding, (to heaven with Jesus). This parable ends with the following verse . . .
“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.” ~Matthew 25:13
Are you ready . . . ?
Are you prepared? Do you know Jesus? Do you have a day to day, minute by minute relationship with Him? Have you asked His Holy Spirit to reside in you? Have you ever surrendered your life over to God?
It’s much easier than you might think to do these things. Once you get sick enough of trudging through this wilderness of sin—once you get tired enough of trying to get through this crazy life all on your own you can simply reach out and accept His offer. All you have to do is call out His name, and no matter where you are or what you’ve done, He will come to you. All you have to do is say you’re sorry for all your mess-ups, and He will graciously forgive you and give you a whole new life. That’s why it's called being born again. Jesus is the King of do-overs!
There is a storm coming, and it’s coming soon—a firestorm that will destroy the entire earth and everything on it. And the only way for anyone to survive this hellfire storm is to be fireproof by being covered with Jesus’ robe of righteousness.
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” ~2 Peter 3:9
God wants every one of us to spend eternity with Him. He doesn’t want anyone to parish in this hellfire storm. But He also loves us so much that He will never take our free will choice from us. We must choose to spend eternity with Him, He won’t force us. No one will be dragged against their will into heaven kicking and screaming. We all have the gift of freewill to choose for ourselves whether we accept what Jesus did on the cross to save us . . . or not.
“Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.” ~Revelation 3:3 & 5
Q: Are you ready to be totally honest with yourself?
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