It has been spoken by many well-meaning Christians throughout Christendom that the Parousia could occur in their lifetime, and they had looked forward to this Promise. The Apostles themselves even expected the Lord to return during their earthly ministry, and as a result, there are several passages in Holy Scripture which have been misinterpreted by many theologians and "scholars" who have distorted views of eschatology concerning the Second Coming (cf. Matt. 24:34; 26:64; 1 Thess. 4:15-17; Heb. 10:24-25; 37; Jas. 5:7-9; 1 Pet. 4:7). The human authors of the God-Breathed Scriptures and their anticipation of the Lord's Return revealed what was in their heart; i.e., they eagerly awaited the Second Coming of Christ because of their Love and Intense Desire to be WITH HIM where He is (cf. Ps. 73:25; 119:81; Jn. 7:37; 1 Thess. 4:16-18; Tit. 2:11-14; Rev. 21:6; 22:17).
"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. 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. And every man that hath this hope in him [purifieth himself], even as he is pure." (1 John 3:1-3)
The main theme concerning the Coming of our Lord described by the Apostles is for Believers to be "on-guard" and to continually "walk in in the light" of Christ's Return to set up His Kingdom on Earth; the imminence of the Second Coming is for Christians to BE READY at all times, and at all costs (Matt. 24:32; Lk. 12:42-46; 21:35-36; Col. 3:4; 2 Tim. 4:8; 1 Pet. 5:4; 1 Jn. 2:28; 3:2-3). Scripture uses the phrase the "last days" to refer to the entirety of the Christian era, which included the period during the Apostolic era and the ending of it. Furthermore, there are certain events which must take place before the Second Advent, even if there was a high expectation concerning the Return of our Lord (2 Thess. 2:1-3). Christians are to await the "blessed hope" in spite of the opposition they will inevitably face in persecution and suffering on behalf of their Lord, and this includes death (cf. Matt. 24:21; Lk. 9:23; Rom. 8:36; 2 Tim. 3:12; 4:6-7).
"And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are [they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb]. And he saith unto me, These are [THE TRUE SAYINGS OF GOD]." (Revelation 19:9)
We are now living in perilous times unique to any other era of Christendom; from the time Christ ascended to the Right Hand of God the Father, and up to the time we are experiencing in the present age. In one sense, we ought to blessed to be alive today in a time where discerning Christians know that their Lord will soon arrive to snatch His Bride away from the world; they are also acutely aware of the mass defection from [the] Faith in the church visible; and every Genuine Christian is given a level of spiritual discernment enough to be able to distinguish between true and false doctrines that have pervaded the church visible (Matt. 16:3; Mk. 13:22; Jn. 10:1-5; 1 Jn. 4:6). Notwithstanding, the perspicuity of Scriptures also point to a time in Christian History when there will be a departure from the Truth of the Word of God before the return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who will consume this devil and his cohorts with the Spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy him with the brightness of his coming (2 Thess. 2:8; Rev. 1:5; 11:15).
Anyone professing to be Christian who sits among a congregation of tares in a church where the Pastor teaches false doctrines and damnable heresies will come to their senses sooner or later, as the Holy Spirit (the Spirit of Truth) will give them heed to separate themselves from that local church (Jn. 14:17; 15:26; 16:13; 1 Jn. 5:6). The Bible warns of the Great Apostasy as a "forerunner" of the coming of the man of sin prophetically written in Holy Scripture (Dan. 7:25; 9:27; 12:10-11; Matt. 24:1; Mk. 13:14; 2 Thess. 2:3-4; Rev. 13:5). What was the first thing Jesus said at the Olivet Discourse concerning the end of the age and His Second Coming? Here are signs that are unique to the Christian era, and they are increasing in frequency as a woman in labor.
"And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, [TAKE HEED THAT NO MAN DECEIVE YOU]." (Mathew 24:3-4)
1. Unprecedented amount of False Prophets (v.11)
2. The Spirit and the Bride say, COME!
3. Days of Noah (vv. 37-39)
4. Days or Lot (Lk. 17:28-30)
5. Sexual Immorality (Days of Lot; Sodomy, Homosexuality, LGBT, etc., cf. Isa. 5:20-21)
6. Apostate Christianity (2 Thess. 2:1-3)
7. Demonic Activity (the presence of demons at the time of the Christ, and will repeat itself at the time before the Second Advent)
Those who TRULY belong to Christ can discern that time is short, and iniquity and deception is increasing at a rate which is unparalleled. The mystery of iniquity was already in action since the time our beloved brother Paul wrote the Book of Thessalonians regarding this matter. The spirit of the False Prophet is working "overtime" in Christendom today with counterfeit revivals, failed prophecies given by lying spirits, and false miracles done through the spirit of the Antichrist and his demonic emissaries (cf. 1 Kgs. 22:21-22; Matt. 7:22; 24:11,24; 2 Thess. 2:7-9; 1 Jn. 2:22; Rev. 13:13-14; 16:14; 19:20). It is a tragedy that the Adversary has pulled the wool over the eyes of false converts and are using them as vessels to disseminate demon doctrines, propagate false ideologies, and accusing the remnant of Genuine Believers as the ones who are the heretics and wolves in sheep's clothing (cf. Jer. 23:16; Matt. 7:15; 9:32-34; Rom. 16:17-18; 2 Cor. 10:4-6; 11:13-15; 1 Tim. 4:1; 2 Tim. 4:3-4; 2 Pet. 2:1; 1 Jn. 4:1-6).
"And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him. And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, [Thou shalt persuade him], and [prevail also]: go forth, and do so." (1 Kings 22:21-22)
The Absolute Sovereignty of God Almighty demands that even the evil spirits are to be subjected to the LORD without lying, and permission must also be granted by the LORD Himself. Knowing this, we should take comfort that our Lord will not allow us to fall away from the True Faith by bewitching doctrines as occurred with the church in Galatia at the time when our brother Paul wrote his epistle to them.
If you feel as if you are low on strength and can't seem to overcome sins in your life, then please don't try YOUR BEST to overcome them. True Strength comes from the Spirit of God who enables the child of God to be led by Him, and this is where you draw your strength from (Zech. 4:6; Phil. 4:13). Do not forsake the gathering of Believers, as this is vital, because no man or woman in Christ is an Island (1 Cor. 12:1-31; Heb. 10:25). Spiritual overconfidence has led many godly men and women into the snare of their past sins, and this comes from a heart that is not completely surrendered over to the LORD. King David was a man who knew the consequences of his sins before the Lord, but he was a man after God's own heart; that is, he loved what the Lord loves, and hated what the Lord hates (1 Sam. 13:14; Ps. 139:21-22; Acts 13:22).
"Search me, O God, and [know my heart]: try me, and [know my thoughts]: And [see if there be any wicked way] in me, and [lead me] in the way everlasting." (Psalm 139:23-24)
"When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and [TO BE ADMIRED IN ALL THEM THAT BELIEVE] (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day. Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power: That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ." (2 Thessalonians 1:10-12)
"Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. And [THE SPIRIT and THE BRIDE say, COME]. And let him that [heareth] say, Come. And let him that is [athirst] come. And whosoever will, [let him take] the water of life freely." (Revelation 22:14,15,17)
Those who have washed their robes in the Blood of the Lamb are those who keep the Commandments of God and Christ; they are the ones who, by the Spirit of God, overcome the world and its system of evil. These are the undeserved and unworthy who have been given LIFE freely as a gift of God's Amazing Grace and Love, and because of that, they are those who Love the Lord in Return with an Everlasting Love. It is the reciprocal Love that drives us to overcome any sins in our lives regardless of how powerless we may feel. Pour out your heart to your Heavenly Father who desires Truth in the inward parts, and He who searches your heart knows it better than you know it. Any angst or pain you may experience is never to overwhelming for your Father who loves you more than you can possibly understand this side of Heaven.
The Spirit and The Bride are yearning for the Bridegroom (The Lord Jesus Christ) to COME; while the one who [hears] and [thirsts] for Life Eternal is offered a Gift of Unspeakable Value. The Holy Spirit is ONE in PURPOSE with the Father and the Son, because He is the Spirit of God who works in the lives of those who have been born again; to sanctify them, and to prepare them for the return of the Bridegroom in these final days. Since the Spirit AND the Bride (all genuine Christians) say COME, this is a crystal clear sign that the Parousia is VERY NEAR, because the Spirit is ONE in purpose with the other persons of the Godhead; this is inescapable.
If you feel beckoned, then COME forth and take hold of it, and to never let go of this Blessed Hope. To the undeserved man or woman desiring Eternal Life purchased ONLY by the Precious Blood of The Lamb, then this may be now or never. Please do NOT put off this offer of a lifetime, for tomorrow is not guaranteed to anyone (cf. Prov. 27:1; 2 Cor. 6:1-2; Jas. 4:13-15). Ha-satan knows that he is running out of time, and he will stop at nothing to accomplish what he needs to do. My heart is grieved knowing that there will be MANY who will reject this priceless gift which neither gold nor silver can acquire, and therefore, they will have no excuse nor pardon when they will have to give an account for all their ungodly deeds they have committed on Earth (cf. Matt. 7:21-23; 10:26; 11:20-24; 23:27; Lk. 12:48; Rom. 2:13-16; 14:11-12; Jude 1:14-15).
Hello Family of God,
"Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And [he was speechless] (i.e., "this person was without excuse", as he was given more than enough time to "respond" to the Invitation; cf. Isa. 1:18; 55:1; 2 Cor. 6:2; 2 Pet. 1:10-11; Rev. 22:17; et al). Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen." (Matthew 22:8-14)