The Prophet Speaks
“Are You Ready for the Coming of the Lord”
Pastor Milton Coats
Did you know there are more references to the second coming of Christ than there are to His first? Isaiah 7:14 says “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel”. This is one of many Old Testament scriptures that foretold his first advent. This verse finds fulfillment in Matthew 1:18-25. Verse 24 and 25 says “Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus. We celebrate the first coming of Jesus during the Christmas season, so the truth of his first coming is widely embraced and we rejoice in that!
But the question before us today is “are you ready for His second coming”? Over two thousand years ago, Jesus came into this earth realm and carried out God’s redemption plan for man. Jesus having completed the redemption plan went back to heaven and took his seat at the right hand of the Father. Jesus must remain in heaven until the time come for God to restore everything as he promised long ago through his holy prophets. Well, child of God, that time has come!
Jesus told his disciples in John 14:2,3 “I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also”. Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people. One must prepare to go there. Amos 4:12 admonishes us to prepare to meet our God. Saint or sinner, we’ve got to meet God. Saints will stand before the judgment seat of Christ. Sinners will stand before the great white throne. Blessed is the man that stand before Him at the judgment seat of Christ.
The first step to being ready for the coming of Christ is to give your life to Him, accept him as your personal Lord and Savior. Romans 10:13 says “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”. Once you have accepted the Lord as your Savior, commit to live the rest of your life glorifying Him, eagerly awaiting His second coming.
Hebrews 9:28 says “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation”.