Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Our Redeemer's Return

I was shocked and extremely disturbed by the news coming out of Syria concerning the use of nerve gas to kill over 1000 people, including women and children. I will provide the link, but I must warn you, it is so very graphic. If you want to read about what's happened, go here. 

I was also shocked at the recent shooting of a young man by three teens, because they were bored and did it 'for fun'. They shot this young man in the back; this is what a godless society looks like. You may read about this tragedy by going here.

As I see the world decaying and everything getting worse; wickedness increasing, the love of many growing cold, etc., I find great comfort in knowing my Redeemer's return draws nigh. Here is an excellent piece on the subject of the return of Jesus Christ, written by A. W. Pink...

The Signs of the Redeemer’s Return

Chapter 6

"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and
lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." Luke 21:28

As we have shown in the last chapter, the apostles and their converts looked for Christ to return in their own lifetime. They did not affirm that He would but they believed that He might. But eighteen centuries have passed since then and yet He has not come. The question therefore arises, What evidence is there that the second advent of our Lord is now nigh at hand—that is, nigh as judged even by human measurement of time? May there not be another eighteen centuries which must yet run their weary course before the Sun of righteousness arises with healing in His wings? Have we any means for ascertaining the approximate period when our Lord may be expected to appear? Have we any good ground for believing that another long interval will not yet elapse before the Savior comes back again?
In connection with other great events which God has brought about in human affairs, fair warning has been given to announce their approach. The Flood-judgment, the length of sojourn and the deliverance of the children of Israel from Egypt, and the time of our Lord’s first advent, may be cited as illustrations. Thus, before each of the marked interpositions of God in the past, plain intimation of their approach was given. Has then the time—the approximate time—of the great consummating event of all events been left shrouded in such secrecy that it is impossible for us to know anything about it until it arrives? Nay verily. The inspired language of Holy Writ declares—"But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the Day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety, then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others, but let us watch and be sober" (1 Thess. 5:1-6). Words could scarcely be plainer.
God does not desire His people to remain in ignorance concerning the period when His Son shall return. Just as of old, He said concerning the impending destruction of Sodom "Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do?" so has God graciously taken the Church into His counsels and revealed to us a "part of His ways" at least. We do not know the day or the hour, we are unable to determine the precise year when the Redeemer shall return, but we do know that His coming is now near at hand. We know it from the testimony of God’s living oracles. He has not left us in darkness, but has placed in our hands the more sure Word of Prophecy "whereunto we do well that we take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn and the day star arise in our hearts." The prophets of Old Testament times are commended because that they "searched what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow" (1 Pet. 1:11); surely, then, a similar "searching" is commendable in us.

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ali said...

If these are not the last days, I shudder to think what those days will be like.

Such evil in the world. Difficult to understand how any can function apart from the Joy of the LORD as their strength and our ONLY hope.

Great article. thanks lynn.

lyn said...

Hey ali,

Discernment is such a gift, and God gives it to us so we can understand all that's happening and why. There are signs to pay heed to and be watchful.

We are commanded to be watchful, and to pray, in Mark's gospel

Mar 13:33-37 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
It is as when a man, sojourning in another country, having left his house, and given authority to his servants, to each one his work, commanded also the porter to watch.
Watch therefore: for ye know not when the lord of the house cometh, whether at even, or at midnight, or at cockcrowing, or in the morning;
lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch."

It is time to watch and pray sister

dora said...

God's word does tell us that that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first and the man of sin is revealed.

Well, for me, the falling way is obvious. How long before the man of sin appears on the scene?

How is it, there are so many signs around us, yet, we can't see them?

We must, as you quoted the scripture, watch and pray.

God bless.

lyn said...

It is amazing isn't it Dora? So much going on in the world, nation against nation, kingdom against kingdom, wickedness increasing, earthquakes in various places, etc. and yet, many Christians are blind to the signs. Perhaps the world has a grip on them.

Keep being watchful sister, keep praying, it won't be long

Susan said...

Hi Lyn,

I read only a portion of this article, where Pink gives his interpretation of what "running to and fro" is meaning revival...well let's just say that eschatology was not his strong suit. Some might even label him a false prophet because his interpretations are faulty. I gain much from his other studies, this one not so much...and it had me thinking about how we today think "it can't get much worse" but I think it can get much much worse.

Pink says:

"Fifth, that as the result of this revival of interest in and study of the prophetic word "knowledge shall be increased;" Sixth, as the consequence of this increase of knowledge" many would be "purified, and made white, and tried""

the scripture that would line up with "purified and made white" would be in relation to the martyrs spoken of in the book of Revelation (ch 6 I believe) where it states that there will still be many more martyrs who will join those in heaven that are crying "how long...?" and I do believe that is yet to happen (although many have been dying for their faith in other parts of the world, I believe it will happen on this continent as well).

Although I don't always agree with people's wording or delivery, I won't outright write them off, unless they truly are heretical in what is preached (Denying Jesus is Christ, denying Jesus came in the flesh, as scripture also defines it).

lyn said...


Thank you for your input. Eschatology can be very divisive among Christians. I do steer clear of those who are too confrontational in their view.