By Lou Coleman
Jesus! —- You pause in astonishment; with your tail between your legs. You want to run but you can’t move. You don’t know what to do. Then you hear a voice that says, “Tonight, your soul will be required!” I want you to know that this is not a childhood game. Eternity is at stake and Jesus is saying, “Ready or Not, Here I come!” There are warnings that should be heard and heeded by every person reading this message. This is a wake-up call! It challenges the saints to be ready, and it calls for the lost to get ready. The Bible says, “Christ will come like a thief in the night, when you least expect him. It will happen in the twinkling of an eye, with the sound of a trumpet.” But the devil has whispered a different lie into the ears of many believers. That lie is, “Christ has delayed His coming.” Jesus addresses this in Matthew 24 in his parable about being ready for his return: “Be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” Paul constantly cried, “Wake up! It is past midnight, and the Lord’s coming has drawn near. Stir yourself and don’t be slothful. Jesus is coming for those who are expecting him.” He wrote to the church in Rome: “Knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light” Romans 13:11-12. In Revelation 22:17, “The Spirit and the bride say, come.” This verse shows us the very last cry, or prayer, of the Holy Spirit, when he knows his work on earth is about to be completed: “Come, Lord Jesus!” In Verse 7 of this chapter, Jesus announces, “Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that kept the sayings of prophesy of this book.” May all such blindness be removed!
The truth is that God is shaking all that can be shaken. And what is still to come is too dreadful to think about. In the midst of all this, I hear Jesus saying, “Surely I come quickly” Revelation 22:20. I also hear the bride of Christ answering, as John did, “Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” I want you to know that before the flood, people couldn’t imagine water falling for forty days and forty nights. They couldn’t imagine the great deep bursting forth and the floodgates of heaven opening up. It was inconceivable to them that water would destroy them and their world. If anyone did believe it and actually prepared for it, they called them a fool Genesis 7:14. But then one day, the flood came and wiped the earth away. I don’t know where a message such as this finds you today. If you have never trusted Jesus as you Savior and you would like to be saved, I invite you to give your life to Him today. If you are saved, but the Lord has shown you that you are not ready for Him to return, confess your sin(s) before the Lord and repent. If He has spoken to you on any level, heed His voice. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour God is coming. The Bible says that when Noah and his family entered the ark God shut them in Genesis 7:16. There always comes a time when it is too late. Why not make preparation? “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” 2 Cor. 6:2.