As a young Christian many years ago, I visited a Christian brother in his apartment where I met him fast asleep. After waking him up he made an interesting statement that has remained in my heart till today. He said, “How are you brother Sesan, before you woke me up I was hearing some loud noise in my sleep and I felt maybe the end has come and that rapture is about to happen”. He continued, “Brother Sesan, how I wish it was so. How great it would be to be caught up into the sky to meet our Lord Jesus Christ”.
The last part of his statement was the part that had stood with me till this day. This was a young Christian brother who was so sure in his heart that if the end comes that very hour, he would be raptured. Considering the circumstances at that period when I visited him, the statement was from a genuine heart. He just woke up from his sleep and sincerely poured out his earnest expectation!
Why Must You Start Preparing?
The following are the reasons why you must begin to prepare earnestly for the second coming of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Commanded It
Jesus advised, “Be prepared – all dressed and ready – for your Lord’s return from the wedding feast. Then you will be ready to open the door and let Him in the moment he arrives and knocks. There will be great joy for those who are ready and waiting for His return… He may come at nine O ‘ clock at night – or even at midnight. But whenever he comes there will be joy for His servants who are ready!” (Luke 12: 35-38) (TLB).
You must start preparation because Jesus’ statement above advised that we should. The New King James Version uses the keywords; watching and waiting. That is, “Blessed are those servants whom the Master, when He comes, will find watching” (Luke 12: 37). Also, “Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning, and you yourself be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding…” (verse 35 -36)
The keywords watching and waiting signify preparation. The person who is watching and waiting is constantly getting himself or herself prepared for the arrival of Our Lord Jesus Christ. I hope you will embrace this advice from Jesus Christ.
You Must Prepare to be Raptured
Another reason why you must begin to prepare and expect the second coming of Jesus is because it is a key factor for you to be a rapture candidate. Just like preparation is necessary to any successful execution of a project, it is also relevant to your quest to reign with Christ when He comes back. He who fails to prepare, prepares to fail! If you don’t want the rapture event to catch you unaware, you must start preparing immediately.
Preparation Helps You to Escape the Great Tribulation
Preparation also ensures you escape the events of the great tribulation as described in the book of Revelation. You will also escape eternal damnation as described in Revelation 20:15. Jesus, in Luke 12: 47, illustrated all these in His story this way, “And that servant who knew his master’s will and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes!”
You Don’t Know The Exact Time of Rapture
Another interesting reason why you must start preparing is because no one else has the faintest idea of when rapture will happen or when Jesus will come back. Jesus illustrated this mystery in Luke 12: 45-46, “But If that servant says in his heart, my master is delaying in his coming and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him, and at an hour when he is not aware…”.
I believe the issue concerning the date of Jesus’ second coming is the most closely guided secret of the whole Bible. Jesus shared this when He told His disciples in Acts 1:7 that, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the father has put in His own authority”. The writer of the book of Revelation also did not understand and never gave a hint in his writings on the exact time of Jesus’ second coming (Revelation 22:10-11). The mystery around the stories of Jesus’ second coming should, in my own opinion, help me and you to strongly embrace the need to prepare for His second coming.
We Are Already in the End Time
Furthermore, happenings around the world today shows we are at the end times as prophetically described by Jesus Christ in Matthew 24:4-51 when His disciples asked Him, “When will this happen?… what events will signal your return, and the end of the world?” (TLB). Happenings today show that we’re nearing the end of the world when Jesus will come back. There is therefore the need for Christians to become alert and start preparing for His second coming.
There Are Now Lots of Fake Preachers
Another interesting reason why you must start preparing for the second coming of Jesus Christ is going to be taken from what Jesus said in Matthew 24: 11-12 (MSG), “In the confusion, lying preachers will come forward and deceive a lot of people. For many others, the overwhelming spread of evil will do them in – nothing left of their love but a mound of ashes…”.
This prophecy is already happening as the devil and his cohorts have increased their activities on this earth to lure people into sin in other to make as many people as possible miss rapture. Their activities can be seen everywhere today in our neighborhoods, offices, church fellowships, and so on. The love of many is already growing cold according to this prophecy and they are fallen easily to the tricks of the devil and his agents.
As Christian groups evangelize to win souls to God’s kingdom, they (the devil’s camp) are also evangelizing to win souls to the devil’s kingdom! They have become highly sophisticated in the way they carry out their activities to lure unsuspecting Christians into their camp. We must become more watchful and start preparing for Jesus’ return!
How are you preparing for the second coming of Jesus Christ? Can you please share your experience with me and others in your comment.
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