BEHOLD, I COME QUICKLY
“And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be”
1. What do you see?
Some see demons everywhere; others see every lump as cancer. The Lord Jesus Christ said: “…Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?” [John11:40] Every man is responsible for his faith. Your faith determines what and how you see. Those who trust in themselves see through a narrow lens that start and end in their ambitions. If you live and look through mirror of religion, you will see the world through blurred sectional doctrines. Scientists live and work by observation, they see through tunnels of natural laws. They see a world at risk of climate change and self destruction. Politicians see through broad lenses coloured by public opinion. Some see global peace, others perceive imminent thermonuclear annihilation. I will tell you my faith, I believe that: “…God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” [1 Timothy 3:16] What do I see? I see: “…the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven” [Mark 14:62] What I believe and see swallows every fear and distress of living in a dying world.
2. Jesus is coming
The Bible says: “…there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation” [2 Peter 3:3-4] So much has been said and written about the coming of the Lord and many are disillusioned. The case is worsened by those who calculate and forecast the day and hour of His appearance to make gain and fame. This is the generation of scoffers and religious rabble rousers. I assure you, Jesus Christ is coming and God is not slack in His promise of His Coming; “…but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” [2 Peter 3:9] I tell you, the “longsuffering” of God is fast running out as the gospel of Jesus Christ is preached in all nations for the final round, as it is written: “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” [Matthew 24:14]
3. No man knows the day or hour.
Thus says the Lord: “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” [Luke 21:28] Let no man deceive you with ancient scripts or forecasts purporting to suggest or confirm the day or hour of His Coming. No man knows the day or hour. What we know, by faith in Holy Scriptures, are signs of the season of His Coming and I will take a few. One, a prophecy more than 2,000 years old says: “…and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled” [Luke 21:24] The “trodden down” began in AD 70 until Jerusalem was restored to Israel in 1967. Two, Jesus foretold collapse of every formula of governance and; “…distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring” [Luke 21:25] Never has the world experienced such distress and confusion spread across the globe amidst uncanny revolt of nature, which some call climate change. Three, the Lord spoke of global terror and; “Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken” [Luke 21:26] No doubt, terror rides unchecked through all nations as powers of heaven are shaken and demons of hell unleashed for the final time. The season of His Coming is here, “when these things begin to come to pass”.
4. Jesus is coming with His reward,
Thus says the Lord: “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be” [Revelation 22:12] The Lord Jesus Christ is coming with reward of faith for every man according to his work. There is no reward until Christ appears to receive His Saints. Do not allow any man to manipulate you to work for or intimidate you with supposed reward as from the Lord. Withdraw from those who teach and affirm that material blessing is proof and reward of right-standing with God, of whom the Bible says: “…men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out” [1 Timothy 6:5-7] Beloved, God has blessed every man born into this world and you are blessed, as it is written: “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it…” [Genesis 1:28] Let no man deceive you; blessing is not reward; it is God’s enablement to fulfil His purpose. Therefore, be not overcome or weakened by your abundance or poverty. Rather, hold fast to the promise of His Coming. Your reward is at hand.
5. Do not be troubled, God loves you.
The Bible says: “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” [John14:1-3] One thing is certain, this world is doomed and dying. God has a better heritage for you on the other side, where there are no natural calamities, social disorder, economic downturn, wars, terror and the like. This world and her troubles; “…shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up” [2 Peter 3:10] There is a new earth and new heaven waiting to come down, as it is written: “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea” [Revelation 21:1] Book and confirm your ticket today and be ready to fly at the appearance of Jesus Christ. Do so right away by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour.
Pastor Tego Adesulure