By Mouka Lazarus
1Pet 4:7 says, “But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer”
There is no doubt that the end of all things is at hand. All that we are witnessing now is the last dispensation. Nothing in this world is showing evidence of producing new thing which is an indication that the world has come into its full circle when all things shall be swallowed up in an endless eternity. This reality should make us sober in all worldly matters, and make us to be earnest in our faith. The frame and temper of your mind should observe strict temperance and sobriety in the use of all worldly enjoyments.
If you believe that rapture is at hand or you may soon die, you must be moderate in your expectations of what this world can furnish, and also in your desire for earthly good. If in the other hand you are expecting soon to see the Lord Jesus coming in the clouds of heaven, you must not fail to hate the things of this world. You should not suffer yourself to be caught with your former sins and temptations. You must watch, that you may pray and pray that you may watch. You must make a prudent and moderate use of all your possessions, observe against all occasions of sin and pray for the supporting hand of God to be upon you for good, so as to escape the destruction that is coming soon as a result of the winding up of human affairs, so that you may be saved from among them when the time comes.
Hebrew 10: 37 says, “for yet a little while and he that shall come will come and will not tarry”.
The Lord is coming as a thief to judge the world any moment. It is only God’s long-suffering and will is that the Gospel should be preached as a witness to all nations. This tolerant induces Him to lengthen out the time which is with Him so that we shall not have excuse for not repenting.
Any moment from now He that will come, will come and the trumpet shall sound and those in Christ shall rapture, those who are sanctified, those that are holy, those who are worthy, who know that there is nothing that is standing between them and God, shall rapture to be with the Lord forever and ever. I want to let you know that in less than we expected this program of rapture which is the next immediate agenda in God’s dairy will come to pass. And the suffering of the genuine believers will come to an end, for Christ will come to take them away. He will come, and will not tarry and when He comes, no difficulties shall be able to stand before Him, but such as have suffered patiently, shall be rewarded gloriously. Now the great question beckoning you for answer is whether you are ready for the rapture.
Readiness is an indispensable duty, and ought to be the indefatigable endeavour of every believer, to stand and watch in a prepared readiness for Christ’s appearance, both for His coming to us (rapture), and for our going to Him (death).
Mathew 24: 42- 44 says, “watch therefore for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come 43 but know this that if the good man of the house had known in what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and would not have suffered his house to be broken up 44 therefore be ye also ready for in such an hour as ye think not , the son of man cometh”
Here, the Scripture admonishes us to stand at alert if we are sure to make it at last in heaven. This is true with regard to each one’s death and true with regard to the Day of Judgment. The day of our death and of our being called to judgment, though known to God alone, is not revealed to us, this is so that we may always be found in the path of duty, and thus, through grace, be prepared for those great events which are certain and near.
In prophesying His second coming Jesus told His disciples to gird their loins and keep their lights burning. (Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning. (Lk 12: 35). We can explain this parable in two ways for proper understanding. If He was referring to the disciples as soldiers, then it means that He was warning them to be always ready for a battle, having their armour on, and their match lighted, ready to give fire at the alarm of temptation. But if the words were meant to servants, then our Master bids us carefully to expect His second coming, like a lord returning from a late super who expected his servants not to put out their lights, but stand ready to open the door, though he comes at midnight.
Besides the above, our Lord Jesus Christ used many other analogies to drive home to our understanding the reality of His second coming to us (rapture) and our going to meet Him (death), all pointing to the reason why we must not stand at ease but at attention.
Lk 21:34- 36 says, “And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”
Surely, there is reason to warn even strong Christians against unrighteousness of any kind. In His continuous efforts to make us not to be found sleeping on the day of His coming, which is applicable either to the day of death, or the day of judgment, He warns us about excessive eating and drinking which tend not only to produce various bodily diseases, but to blind the mind, stupefy the conscience, and corrupt the heart. He said Christians should not indulge in these sins, which make them unfit for the discharge of their spiritual duty, and thus prevent them from being prepared for the coming of Christ. These dangerous sins, namely, voluptuousness and earthly-mindedness, can above any other sins dispose any Christian who thought he is standing firm from the duty of watchfulness. Whoever that indulges in this sin cannot claim to be a Christian because a Christian is not a sinner neither a sinner a Christian.