Sunday, 13th February, 2022
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
"Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed" (1 Corinthians 15:51-52 KJV)
When you read about the last days in the Bible, you have to understand it from the perspective of, first, the context, and then the message of the writer. The “Last days” as frequently referenced in the Bible refer to those days just before the millennial period. Now, the prophets who particularly used those terms didn’t include the Church age.
So, when we say the last days, we’re not talking about the last days with respect to the Jewish Calendar as provided by the prophets. There’re so many signs that should let you know where we are and how much longer the world has before the judgements of the nations begin. Therefore, no matter where you are today, I want you to know Jesus is coming soon.
There’re those who believe it and are waiting for Him. There’re others who don’t think He’s coming and so, they’re not expecting Him. But He’s coming, and He’s coming for those “...that love his appearing” (2 Timothy 4:8), those who are expecting Him. The Bible says blessed are those who are waiting for His return (Luke 12:37), those who are saying, “...Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20).
Live your life as one who’s waiting for Him, as one who’s expecting Him. Remember, it’s almost Two Thousand years since He levitated out of this world. The words of the prophets about His coming are all being fulfilled before our eyes. Most importantly, He said by Himself, “…Surely I come quickly…” (Revelation 22:20).
He’s coming for His Church. Are you a member of His Church? On that day, it’s not going to happen in some gradual process; it’ll be in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye; we’ll be raptured out of this world to meet the Lord in the air. Don’t be caught unawares. Stay in Christ, in righteousness, and keep living for Him.
"Dear Father, thank you for the blessing and ministry of the Holy Spirit in my life, who guides and keeps me on the path of righteousness as I await your glorious return. I pray even now, for those who are yet to receive the Gospel, that they be pricked in their hearts by the message of the saving grace of Christ, and experience the peace and assurance that comes from receiving this glorious Gospel, in Jesus’ Name. Amen."
2 Peter 3:3-5 NLT; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Matthew 28 & Leviticus 4-5
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Acts 17:22-34 & Psalm 17-18