The Hope of Nations (podcast)
Jesus Is Coming – Ready or Not
“Even so, come, LORD Jesus” (Revelation 22:20). Psalm 2 is the real PEACE plan when the one and only “Prince of peace” arrives to destroy all the kingdoms of the antichrist and to crush in judgment the antichrist’s rebels who have refused His exclusive, blessed offer of salvation (Isaiah 9:6-7; Revelation 19:11-15). For now the KING is actually laughing at them … don’t believe me? Go read Psalm 2 and throw your hands up high in praise to our soon coming KING! Oh and notice that vs. 12 tells us to “KISS the Son”! Time to pucker up and adore the Lamb!!!!
“And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.” 1 John 3:3
WHAT does “EVERY” single true disciple of Jesus have in common?
What hope? What hope is God referring to here? What hope is it, recorded in 1 John 3:3, that causes “every” true disciple to “purifieth himself, even as he (Jesus Christ) is pure”?
To answer this important question, let’s look at the surrounding Bible text. Hint: Look for the underlined phrases for the answer to the question of “this hope.” Here is 1 John 2:28-3:3:
“2:28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. 2:29 If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him. 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3:3 And every man that hath this hope in him (the hope of Christ’s soon appearing) purifieth himself, even as he (Jesus Christ) is pure.” 1 John 2:28-3:3
The “hope” spoken of here in this text is when Jesus shall soon “appear.” Do I possess this “hope” of His appearance and “coming”? Those who have this “hope” purify their lives of anything that is not conducive to the pure love of Christ, the Savior. In fact, nothing so motivates personal holiness as does the living hope and expectation of the LORD Jesus Christ’s soon return. Though these are two of the most repeated truths in all the New Testament Scriptures (the return of Christ and personal holiness), in the American church, much like Laodicea, pastor Patty Cake will seldom ever mention such. Regardless of the purposeful omissions of people who hold positions in the modern church (Amos 8:11; 2 Tim. 4:1-5), God still holds every single believer accountable to know and live His Word and to be alert and looking for the return of the Son of God (Titus 2:13-14; Heb. 9:28).
When we love and truly abide truly in Christ, His soon return is a living reality, a living hope in our hearts and we correspondingly purify our hearts and lives of any and all that defiles us in His holy eyes. This is no different than when a woman is completely in love with a man and therefore desires to be ever-ready to marry Him, to please him. She rids all that displeases him.
Jesus really is coming – Ready or not. If I truly believe this biblical reality, if I am authentically possessed by this vital revelation, my life is conforming in obedience to my LORD (Rom. 8:28-29). If we are living for Christ, eagerly anticipating His soon return, our lives are characterized by humility and brokenness before the LORD, swift repentance for all our sins, and crying out to God for His mercy and grace to make us in the image of the LORD Jesus Christ. Oh, and also, telling others of Him (Is. 66:2; Rom. 8:29).
Christ is the One who saves us and we know from the full counsel of His Word that all who are presently in Him are set apart to Him/sanctified/holy (Ephesians 5:25-27; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Hebrews 12:14-17, etc.). Sanctification is a work done by God in those who are born again and currently abiding in Him (John 15). These alone are ready for the soon return of Jesus (Luke 21:34-36).
IF you don’t authentically love the truth, aren’t humble, aren’t willing to change, you are a foolish virgin who will be shut out of Christ’s eternal kingdom! Repent now. (Matthew 18:3-4; 25:1-13)
Christ is coming back for those He saved and who remain, who continue (abide) in Him, who are in His Word, obeying it, and being sanctified by it – a people who are “a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”
“Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” Ephesians 5:25-27
If you are living in sin and still believe you are going anywhere other than hell, you are completely deceived. Repent now and follow Jesus for real – the way HE prescribed (Luke 9:23-24). All rebels shall be forever separated from Him who is “Holy, holy, holy” (Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8).
“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8
If you don’t choose to truly repent, place all your trust in Christ, agree with, worship, adore, and obey Him, you’ve told the Son of God that you do not want to be with Him, now or forever. Meet His simple conditions, or live separated from Heaven’s KING for all eternity, in “the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone.”
“And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:11-15
THIS is What is Coming!!!
“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords.” Revelation 19:11-16
Regardless of the WHEN and even the HOW, we know from Holy Scripture that we shall ever be with our LORD, soon, and that the unrepentant wicked will be receiving His wrath for all eternity!
In light of Christ’s soon return, are you lovingly, joyfully PROVOKING the members of His body – to worshipfully obey the Savior?
“But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” Hebrews 3:13
“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25
Your Prayer: Holy heavenly Father, I come to You now, honestly confessing that I have not sought and loved You as You’ve commanded. I have not worshipped You as you wholly deserve. Right this moment, if never before, I ask You dear LORD, to forgive all my sins, to wash me afresh in Your precious blood LORD Jesus. I turn fully to You now my LORD, knowing that You died on that cross for my sins, were buried, and raised again from the dead. I know You are coming soon Jesus, please purify and make me ready at all times. I love You Jesus. Please fill me with Your Holy Spirit and use me. I am all Yours and I know You are all mine. Thank You for washing, saving, and blessing this life to please You in all my ways. In Jesus’ Name, amen LORD.