1 Peter 4:7-11
But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Romans 13:11-14 – And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.
That phrase from Peter, ”The end of all things is at hand…” and the other phrase from Romans “knowing the time,” simply refers to Christ’s return. His return is nearer at hand than what we realize. Oh, I know we have all heard that many times. But it’s true.
Satan has lulled the church world into a stupor, into an almost unconscious state where many are going through the motions, what the scripture calls “a falling away” and are only in a state of religiosity. One of the ways Satan has deluded our minds about Christ’s return is keeping us occupied with other things.
Christ Jesus is returning and He is coming with His archangel, Michael, blaring a trumpet loud and clear. Those who are in the grave, the dead in Christ, your loved ones and mine, all will hear that trumpet blast. They shall rise from their grave, their mortal bodies that were racked with pain and sickness and lay undisturbed for months or years will suddenly come to life in a jolt more powerful than any electrical current. They will burst through that concrete vault and that casket that is closed and secured tightly plus six feet of earth more powerful than any bullet train or atom bomb. They then will burst through the atmosphere to meet Him in the air and continue on through the pearly gates into that abode promised for those who are His.
At the same time those who are alive and in Christ will be caught up to meet them in the air. I do not know how much of a time lapse between these two events but according to scripture I believe it is immediate. In other words when the graves are bursting open for our loved ones, who have died, and may be even yet in the funeral home or hospital will be gone and those in Christ will be gone as well. And we all know where they will have gone.
In other words, those still living will not have time to ponder their fate if they are in a state of sin and will not have time to make ready. His coming will be instantaneous and the ones who are not ready will not have a clue at that particular moment. Some of man’s imagination pictures toppled tombstones, disturbed grave sites, cars and planes careening off the road driverless, doctors missing suddenly while in the middle of surgery, people talking in conversation and all at once one of the parties are gone. Just as those who witnessed the flood in Noah’s day, there will be an almost immediate recognition around the world that something has happened, but many will be without a clue.
Right now, about one billion people around the world call themselves Christian. How many of them will, in fact, be ready for lift off, is anyone’s guess. But, Christ knows their name, because their names are in the book. Is your name in the book, that is, The Lamb’s book of Life or is your name in the other book…the one who has the recorded names and deeds of all those who are not ready and who according to the Word must give an account?
That second phrase in Romans, chapter eleven, simply tells us to WAKE UP. Are you spiritually awake? Are you aware of any area in your life that might give you a hesitation of whether or not you will be ready or not? The Bible tells us we have approximately 70 years of life on this earth. Some of you have already passed that number. But think of it, on a time line, 70 years is but a blip compared to the approximate 6000 years this earth has been inhabited since Adam and Eve were created.
What is your eternal destiny? Where you will spend eternity? He that has an ear, let him or her hear? What is the Spirit saying to you? Is there an area of your life that does not measure up to what God requires? It is not about the church or your friends or family. It is about you.