Living for the King’s Return

Dear study friends, you have persevered to the end and I am most grateful for the opportunity to gather around the study table with you.  We’re going to finish the study with a challenge, and I have some very special things to share with you today.  So let’s dive in!

This week we have focused on the timing and the imminency of Christ’s return.  We know that no one other than the Father Himself knows the day and hour, but that we are admonished to understand the times and seasons in which we live.  We are experiencing the birth pains that proceed the very last days.  We also remember that Israel must be back in her land in order for Jesus to return.  Thus, we have some timing mechanisms that tell us that we’re living in the times leading up to His return.

However, perhaps nothing reveals God’s calendar of end times than the Jewish feasts.  (If you missed that teaching, catch it here.)  Likewise, God’s Plan of the End lays it out in diagram form.

Beyond that, we took a look at prophecies of Jesus, Paul, Isaiah and Ezekiel who all verify that the time in which we live lines up with Bible prophecy.  The return of the King is imminent!

How should we then live?

More than any other time in history, it is time for the Bride to prepare for the arrival of the Bridegroom.  Immediately following Jesus’ discourse in Matthew 24 regarding signs of the last days, He speaks to His disciples in a parable (Matthew 25).  He describes 10 virgins, 5 of whom were wise in preparing for their Bridegroom, though they knew not when He would arrive.  The other 5 were foolish.  They were unprepared when the Bridegroom appeared to take them away to the marriage feast, while the wise virgins went into the marriage feast and the door was closed.  Here is how the parable ends:

Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.
~Matthew 25:11-13

It is a most-sobering warning, so we must be ready!

The apostle Paul stated it differently in Romans 13:11-12 when he said:

Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.

The hour has come and we must wake from sleep!  Our salvation (not just “saving” salvation, but salvation of our bodies from this world) is near!  The day is at hand…we must wear the armor of light!

But the key verse to the ministry the Lord has called me to (and namesake of this blog) is found in Titus 2:11-14:

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people,training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

Notice:

  • God’s grace brought salvation through the Jews (the vehicle of world redemption), and it was for ALL (Jews and Gentiles).
  • Again, we are exhorted to live in light of His coming, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, living soberly, righteously, and Godly in this present age.
  • We are to look for the blessed hope…the rapture of the church (the finish line for spiritual Israel) AND the glorious appearing (the finish line for natural Israel)!
  • He WILL redeem us through the vehicle of world redemption (the Jews).
  • As a result, we are a part of the “special people” He purifies for Himself!

It all makes sense!

But, I want to show you one more passage that I discovered as I finished writing this study:

The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price….He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
~Revelation 22:17, 20

This is so cool!  We (the Bride of Christ) join the Holy Spirit in saying, “Come!”  Who is to come?  Anyone outside of redemption…not the least of which is natural Israel!  They are “thirsty,” they need the “water of life!”  Soon, they will say “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord (Matthew 23:39),” and the King will answer the “Come” of the Holy Spirit and the Bride…as well as that of natural Israel!  We join natural Israel in inviting the King home!

Surely He is coming soon!

Bless you for sharing time at the study table!  I pray you have been blessed.  While the study ends today, I will continue to share Scriptural truth and commentary on today’s events through the lens of Scripture.  So, continue to stop by…and please pray for faithfulness as we await the return of our King!

Finally, I have a special announcement tomorrow, so be sure to tune in!

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