Behold He Comes
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Saviour of all humanity, is coming. Whether this sin-sick world wants to believe it or not doesn’t matter. The reality is: THE KING IS COMING!
The world is not expecting Him. Even if it was, it’s not preparing for the triumphant Second Coming of the Lord of all Lords and the King of all Kings. The Second Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45-49) came, died for our sins, and rose again; and now this time, He will return as a Conquering King. The saints of God know He’ll return and wait patiently for their redemption to be fulfilled.
Jesus Christ is returning and He will not be soft on the evil and wickedness plaguing our society. We are told He is returning with vengeance and wrath on wickedness. Humanity is going to weep. Humanity is going to mourn when the wrath of God is unleashed on unrighteousness. Who will be able to withstand the power and might of God when sinful mankind begins to feel God’s anger for disobedience to His laws and commands?
Matthew 24:44 warns us, “…the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” His return for millions of people will be “as a thief in the night” (1 Thessalonians 5:2). And why would that be? Aren’t we all aware and haven’t we all heard, that Jesus will return some day? Sadly, many have, but most don’t really believe it! But Jesus’ statement is clear: “Watch therefore for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming” (Matthew 24:42). This is a significant warning for the human race.
The reality is modern day society has very little, if any, time for God. Jesus warns us against allowing ourselves to be overly distracted by the ‘social glitz’ of this world, especially Christians who should instead be biblically aware of what is happening around them. The very signs given in Matthew 24 as an indication that His return is near should not go unnoticed! If Christ’s coming is going to be “as a thief in the night,” (meaning many are going to be caught unaware, ‘not prepared for the intruder’), unquestionably, God’s people should not be in this category! But rather, they should be preparing by watching and praying.
But, what about those who have knowledge of the true and living God; those called out ones who haven’t yet repented of their sins and are hesitating, delaying their decision to commit their lives to God? What does the return of Christ mean to them? Should it really matter? Should they be concerned?
All of us have an appointment with death. Yes, any of us could die at any moment anytime and, therefore be oblivious to His return because of this “sleep” that is appointed to man. Or on the other hand, we could very well see with our own eyes the returning King coming in the clouds on a white horse with the armies of heaven. But regardless, the point is: if God is calling you, there’s no alternative but to be prepared by repenting of your sins, be baptized, and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Clearly, whether you accept His calling or not, Jesus Christ is still coming as He promised and you don’t want to be caught unprepared upon His arrival.
Many have questioned whether He will truly come. The scoffers were around during the first century of the church and today they are in no short supply. They still cast doubt among the weak and they still concoct all kinds of ridiculous reasons why Jesus won’t return. Some argue Jesus never said He would return, some claim He’s here already, while others say He never resurrected, therefore, He cannot come back. Peter warned us about this doubt and cynicism (2 Peter 3:1-10).
However, notice what Jesus says:
Behold I come quickly and my reward is with me to give every man according to his works.” (Revelations 22:7)
God cannot lie! He’s coming for sure and there will be weeping and mourning and gnashing of teeth. All ungodliness will cease. The whole world lies in wickedness we’re told in 1 John 5:19, but Jesus is coming to impose divine rule which will end evil.
As it was in the days of Noah, when evil was everywhere, the Holy Bible tells us “so shall it be at the end” (Matthew 13:49). It’s even more urgent when we see evil all around us. The time is now: “prepare to meet thy God,” (Amos 4:12) because tomorrow may be too late, and so could next week, or next year if we keep resisting the call of The Eternal. He won’t keep calling all the time. God gives all of us who are called various opportunities in the course of our lives to answer His call and this could very well be yours now. Think about it carefully, because undoubtedly, Jesus is coming for sure and perhaps sooner than we expect.
In this issue of Prevail, we have articles showing you the prophecies pertaining to Jesus Christ, His return, why He must come again, and what it will mean for this civilization. The articles are to enlighten you about the perilous times we are living in and why it is incumbent on each and every one of us to be conscious of what is happening around us, not taking things for granted, especially when they have international implications. We truly hope you will enjoy this issue and that the thought-provoking articles will equip you with enough information to read and understand the need for you, personally to draw closer to God as the weeks, months and years tick by. May God open your understanding to the glorious plans He has for you!