Inspired by Eddy Mann’s song “Christ Will Come Again”
What do William Miller, Chuck Smith, Thomas Brightman, Edward Irving, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Harold Camping, and The Myans just to name a few, all have in common? If you said they unsuccessfully predicted the coming of Christ, then you would be correct. Though they were confident and very convincing in their arguments, ultimately they came to the wrong conclusions. Why? Because the Bible clearly states that no one knows the day or the hour of Christ’s return. (Mark 13:32)
Whether you believe in God or not, there is one thing that is certain and true: Christ is coming back to rescue His people and to bring them home to their dwelling place in heaven. There are over 300 references in the Bible to this truth. Christians refer to this concept of being caught up as the rapture. The Bible says that before God allows the great tribulation, He is going to take His church out. Before God declares war on this world, He’s going to call his nationals home. All believers are going to be caught up together to meet the Lord in the air.
But what does this have to do with me you might ask? Well, the knowledge of the Lord’s return is extremely important. The knowledge of His first coming teaches us how to be saved. The knowledge of His second coming teaches us that we must be saved. For many of us, nothing would please us more than for the Lord to return today. Yet who would we leave behind? Who would be left to go through the Tribulation Period and to be lost forever? Could it be you?
Someone has said that the average person blinks somewhere between 10,000 to 20,000 times a day. In one of those times, Jesus could return! In the twinkling of an eye, Jesus is going to step from His throne in glory at the right hand of the Father in heaven and make His way back to this earth. First Thessalonians 4:16-17 says, “For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
The teaching of Christ’s return is a real litmus test of where you are spiritually. For the person who is right with God, it motivates and purifies them. For the person who is not right with God, it frightens and alarms them. For the believer who is watching and waiting, Christ’s return is welcomed. For the person who is not where they need be spiritually, He will come as a thief. So, in light of this hope of Christ’s return, how are we to live? What are we to do as we await His return? Three things come to mind: We need to wake up, sober up, and suit up. Paul tell us, “Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation” (1 Thessalonians 5:6–8).
Sometimes when we think of being ready for Jesus’ return, we think about what we shouldn’t be doing. But being prepared is really about purifying ourselves and becoming more and more like Him so we are pleasing to Him when He comes back for us (1 John 3:2-3). Jesus taught that being ready for His return requires living according to our Master’s will now (Luke 12:47). Will we be prepared when it’s time for the real thing?
Keep me praying, keep me trusting every step along life’s way! Keep me waiting, keep me watching, For He may return today! Look for Christ’s return and you’ll live for Christ’s glory.
If you are reading this and are unsure of what would happen to you if Jesus were to come back; If you believe that the Bible offers truth about the way to salvation, but you have not made the decision yet to become a Christian, it’s as simple as praying this prayer. You can pray by yourself, using your own words. There is no special formula. Just pray from your heart to God, and He will save you. If you feel lost and just don’t know what to pray, here’s a prayer of salvation that you can pray:
I admit that I am a sinner. I have done many things that don’t please you. I have lived my life for myself. I am sorry and I repent. I ask you to forgive me. I believe that you died on the cross for me, to save me. You did what I could not do for myself. I come to you now and ask you to take control of my life, I give it to you. Help me to live every day in a way that pleases you. I love you, Lord, and I thank you that I will spend all eternity with you. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.”
If you’ve prayed this prayer of salvation with true conviction and heart, you are now a follower of Jesus. This is a fact, whether or not you feel any different. Religious systems may have led you to believe that you should feel something – a warm glow, a tingle, or some other mystical experience. The fact is, you may, or you may not. If you have prayed the prayer of salvation and meant it, you are now a follower of Jesus. The Bible tells us that your eternal salvation is secure! “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9) Welcome to the family of God! We encourage you now to find a local church where you can begin to grow in the knowledge of God through His Word, the Bible.
Eddy Mann is the worship leader at Gloria Dei Church in Huntingdon Valley, PA. “Christ Will Come Again” can be found on his new CD titled “Who We Are,” which can be found on iTunes, cdbaby, Amazon and always at live events. For more information about Eddy Mann visit his website at www.eddymann.com
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