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For some years the Spirit of God has been alerting humble, hungry Christians over the world to be ready for the soon coming of the Lord Jesus Christ to catch away those who are ready for His appearing. In FinneyÂ’s day, though God sent mighty revivals and souls by the thousands were saved, yet not at that time did the Holy Spirit emphasize the soon return of Jesus.
But now GodÂ’s hungry, humble people are being awakened by the Holy Spirit, and alerted and aroused to Â“look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nighÂ” (Luke 21:28).
It is one thing to know that Jesus is coming, but quite another thing to be ready for His return--as is illustrated by the five wise and five foolish virgins in the 25th chapter of Matthew, and by Â“the one shall be taken, and the other left,Â” of Matthew 24:37-42.
The Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the Head of the Church (Eph. 5:23-24). We should all pay strict attention to what He says! Â“We shall all stand before the judgment seat of ChristÂ” (Romans 14:10). We do not have to stand before the judgment seat of anyone else at that day.
Jesus says, Â“If a man love Me, he will keep My wordsÂ” (John 14:23). We also read, Â“He that rejecteth Me, and receiveth not My words hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last dayÂ” (John 12:48).
What a terrible thing to ignore or set aside the repeated warnings and commands of the Lord Jesus Christ to be ready and to watch and pray always (Matt. 24:44; Luke 21:34-36; Mark l3:34-37).
Â“The marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself readyÂ” (Rev. 19:7).
Â“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as He is pure (1 John 3:2-3).
We are saved by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8). We are rewarded according to our works. Â“Behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall beÂ” (Rev. 22:12).
Â“When the Bridegroom cometh, will your robes be white--
Pure and white in the Blood of the Lamb?
Will your soul be ready for the manÂsions bright
And be washed in the Blood of the Lamb?
Are you washed in the blood?Â”