God's Timing

Today I received my copy of LAMPLIGHTER: “Prophecy is like a lamp shining in a dark place” from Dr. David Reagan, senior Evangelist with Lamb & Lion In this issue Dr. Reagan explains “God’s timing.” 

He definitely believes that we are living in the time of the Lord’s return. He believes that there is not a single prophecy that must be fulfilled before Jesus Christ returns to gather His people to Himself. Dr. Reagan says, “Jesus is standing at the very gates of Heaven waiting for His Father’s command to step out on a cloud and return for His Church.”

Many church leaders don’t believe this, and they attack those who do. Some people point to the statement in Matthew 24:14 spoken by Jesus, to say that the Church must first win the world to Christ and then reign for a thousand years before the Lord can return.

There are two things that must said about this prophecy by Jesus Christ. recorded in Matthew 24. First, it refers to the Second Coming of Christ not the Rapture (The coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to Him).

The Rapture can occur any moment, but there are many prophecies that must be fulfilled before the Lord returns to this earth in what is known as the “Second Coming.” A mutitude of people will accept the truth of Jesus Christ during the seven years of wrath -- Revelation 19:1.

Second, Jesus’ prophecy in Matthew 24:14 will not be fulfilled until the end of the Tribulation when God will send an angel who will circumnavigate the globe, proclaiming the gospel to every living person (Revelation 14:6).

At this time, we are living on borrowed time. The Bible gives us signs to watch for, and those signs are happening everywhere we look today, crying out “Jesus is returning soon.” “For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God (for His people to come out) and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up (Raptured) together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord IN THE AIR. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words” – 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18.

Dr. Reagan says, “The future has arrived.”  Yes, the prophecies that are waiting to be fulfilled are being fulfilled. Dr. Reagan points out: The time is short and the church is asleep, being led by men more interested in church growth than in preparing their people for Jesus to appear in the heavens at any moment. Worse yet are those Church leaders who are openly scoffing at the idea of the Lord’s soon return. They argue that the Church must first win the world to Christ and then reign for a thousand years before the Lord returns. That is not true!

Jesus is standing at the door waiting for His Father to say, “Go gather your inheritance.” And then we who are waiting for His return will hear Him shout, “Come up here.” And in the twinkling of an eye we will be gone to meet the Lord in the air to be with Him forever. What a wonderful moment that will be for us who are waiting for Him, but it will be a tragic moment for those who refuse to believe the truth about the Atoning Sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

For more information concern the Rapture click here
For information concerning the prophecies fulfilled by the first coming of Jesus Christ click here
For information concerning the Atoning Sacrifice of Jesus Christ click here

An Invitation: If you haven't accepted God's free gift of eternal life yet, but you would like to, simply pray this prayer: "Jesus Christ, I believe you are the Son of God and God's sacrifice for my sins; you are the only way to God.  I admit that I'm a sinner, please forgive my sins and come into my life; I want to be born again. Please show me how real you are, also baptize me with your Holy Spirit. Thank you for accepting me."

If you're a skeptic you can pray a prayer like this one: "God, if this is true please help me understand so that I can accept the gift of eternal life Jesus Christ purchased for me." 








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