Do you feel that things are changing in our world? Have you noticed that a powerful and heavy energy is increasing more and more and affects both nature (major increases in natural disasters) and people (increasing conflicts, diseases, depression problems, wars aggression violence etc.)?Do we know that this heavy and powerful energy is none other than the warning of the next struggle between "good" and "evil", ANGELS AND DEMONS! In Jesus Christ we all have our guardian who will protect, whether you believe it or not, there is a being of light that accompanies you and that is somehow, doing his best to guide you to a better life. We know that there is a strong link between us and the being of light which is with us even if you do not feel it, do believe that the link between you and him is unfailing!
We live in a world where many people keep complaining that everything is more difficult, life is expensive and we know it, it is a reality we must all face. Just as He came in Bethlehem's manger on that starry night, even so He is coming again, only this time in His glory, in His power, in His authority, in His might, in His magnificent majesty. However, it will be just as sudden as it was 1900 years ago. Oh my soul, how afraid I am that too many of us Christians, as well as too dreadfully many of the unsaved, will not be ready for the appearing of the blessed Son of GOD. I have found this to be true. I am passing it on to you for what it is worth. The Lord has given me the privilege of going across this continent. I suppose I have been in as many different churches as anyone of you reading this book, perhaps more than anyone of you. And hear me, beloved! You show me a church that majors on the pre millennial coming of the Lord JESUS CHRIST, next to the Cross, next to the shed Blood, next to the resurrection, and I will show you a church constrained to consecration, compelled to soul-winning.
Surely the person who believes in the imminent coming of the Son of GOD is not going to go to places, is not going to spend money or time on things that he or she would not want to be doing, where he or she would not want to be found when JESUS CHRIST comes to claim His own. CHRIST's Coming Will Be Spectacular, the heavens will be dissolved. The earth will go up in smoke and flame. The atomic and hydrogen bombs will look like fizzy firecrackers alongside the matchless glory that will accompany the return of the Son of GOD. The Bible teaches it. Most of us, if not all of us, will see it. Then you will not have to take my word for it.
I am jealous for JESUS CHRIST. I am jealous for His good Name. I am jealous for His mighty fame. It hurts me no end to find a brass band orchestra leader paid more money than a dozen preachers of the Gospel. A moving picture actress of any prominence makes more money than a multitude of preachers put together. It is because the world hates GOD and CHRIST. It is because the world is not interested in the things of GOD, in the things of CHRIST. JESUS CHRIST is getting the small end of it right now. I am jealous because of that. But I need not be. Every time I get to thinking about it carefully, seriously, I am reminded of the classic illustration I am sure you have all heard.
Neither do I have to worry about the Lord JESUS CHRIST. He can take care of Himself. I heard a preacher say the other day, "You don't have to set a poodle dog to watch a lion, to take care of a lion. All you have to do is just open the cage and let the lion loose. He will take care of himself." It is identically the same with the Lord JESUS CHRIST. I love to think about His coming. He is coming to display His omnipotent power. There are many of GOD's choicest evangelists in this day who sob their hearts out, weep their souls out, pay with their heart's Blood, with their sweat, their tears, with sleepless nights, with agony-filled days for the souls that they win to JESUS CHRIST. Yet the world goes on in its heedless way. But, thank GOD, praise GOD, it is going to be changed. One of these days the biggest name in the world will be the name of the Lord JESUS CHRIST. One of these days the biggest job in the world will be serving the blessed Son of GOD.
The second coming of JESUS CHRIST will not only be sudden, not only spectacular, but also severe. It will be severe in its searching. It will be severe in its judgments. It will be severe in its cursing. It will be severe in its castigation.
I want with all my heart and soul for JESUS CHRIST to come, yet I cannot fully say it and mean every bit of it. I cannot say with all my heart that I want JESUS to come right now. There are so many unsaved people who need Him, who may be lost at His coming. Yet, in spite of it all, if I could only see Him, if I could only kneel at His feet, if I could only tell Him face to face how much I love Him! But His coming again may be the end of the dispensation of grace to these multiplied, multitudinous millions who are on the road to a devil's hell. That is the thought that I have like a burning coal in my heart, on my mind all the time. When He comes again there may be no second chance. When He comes again there may be no Gospel preached. When He comes again the HOLY SPIRIT may be withdrawn. Some say He will be withdrawn; some say He will not - I do not know.
Peter beseeches us to do three things in II Peter chapter 3. First, we must continue in holiness. GOD help us, GOD help me, GOD help all Bible believing Christians in America, to repent of our sins, to confess them humbly, pleadingly, without hiding a single one of them, to GOD. GOD helps us to come again and again under the Blood. GOD helps us to live victoriously over sin, to eschew even the appearance of evil. You remember the records of the early Christians. How the Romans hated them! How the Jews despised them! How the Greeks laughed at them! How they were crucified, imprisoned, scourged, their property confiscated, their women and children ravaged! Oh, the fearful terror that was the lot of our brothers and sisters in CHRIST in the long ago! But when they were sawn asunder, when they were thrown to the lions, when they were burned at stakes, when they were crucified, when the Roman world ran with their Blood like a mighty river, people had to say about them, "See how these Christians live, and see how they die."
I saw a certain great preacher in London some years back. I was in a revival with him there. During that revival he had a stroke. Three of us went out to see him. He was in bed, raging around, wanting to be up, to be doing something. We sat there and talked to him. He told us about his illness. He said he was in the parlour walking toward the door when suddenly the attack struck him. He fell to the floor. He could not talk. He could not cry for help. He did not know what to do. For all he knew, this was his last hour. The doctor came. He was taken upstairs. The doctor examined him, and then called us out into the hall. Raising himself on his elbow, the preacher called out after the doctor: Come back here, doctor! Come back here. The doctor came back a bit frightened. They did not know what he was going to say. Looking at the doctor, who happened to be a Jew, the preacher said, "Doctor, you do not have to leave the room. You don't have to tell anything to my friends that you cannot tell to me. If I am going to be a paralyzed cripple all my life, dragging one foot after me, talking from the side of my mouth as I am doing now, tell me. I will hate it, but I can take it. If, however, you are going to tell my wife that I am going to die, Doctor, just stick around and see how a Christian can die."
What is it I am talking about? The biggest argument against fundamentalism is the lack of love, the lack of real faith, the lack of real loyalty among us. The biggest argument against fundamentalism is that we fundamental people are living as though we did not know the first thing about faith, about love, about the precepts of our adorable Redeemer. There is just one hope for us. We must outlive, out love, out give, outshine, out sacrifice all. There is a bare, black, bleak world against us. It is getting worse. It will keep on getting worse. But there is still a GOD in the heavens. His promises are still in the Bible. We are still His children. If we sow in accordance with His promise, in due season we shall reap if we faint not. However, the promise still is, "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom" (Luke 12:32).
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