Notes on the Seven Churches (9)

“Searching the Seven Churches”

The way, the truth and the life!

The Signs of His Coming – (Revelation Chapter 1 Verse 1)

Some of the issues we have already seen, that there is only and ever just one church, on covenant which includes both Jew and Gentile, “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise” (Galatians 3:28-29). We have observed from Scripture that the majority of mankind are not saved, the true church is ever both small and despised “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32); “For many are called, but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14). We have also seen that the Antichrist didn’t come in AD.75, but is yet to come, “Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things” (2Thessalonians 2:13)? But there are other factors which we must bring to bear on this matter. The world is not being brought under a Christian influence. I have heard recently a couple of Post-Mil guys from the USA saying that they are making great progress there in bringing their country under the influence of God’s word. I don’t know what the USA they are looking at, but it’s not the same one that I’m looking at. Wars are not disappearing, they are in fact increasing. Wickedness abounds and wars increase, just as Jesus said they would (Matthew 24:6f). Whilst lawlessness continues we are not and do not expect to be removed from the scene, but are told to endure to the end. This is our expectation, “and if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short” (Matthew 24:22).

The other signs we are told to expect, apostasy, a falling away of a staggering degree (Matthew 24:10f; 1Timothy 4:1f). We are to expect one, only one resurrection at the return of Christ in judgment (John 5:28f). No one knows the day or the hour when this will be, but we are told it is near (1Peter 4:7; 1John 2:18). These are some of the precursors to the sudden appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, our calling is to an attitude of sobriety (1Peter 4:7). Not to stagger through life ignoring reality. Not scoffing as some will and do (2Peter 3:4f). We are called to rejoice, not be sad that this world order is coming to an end, but filled with hope, because our redemption draws near. We are to watch, to observe the signs of his coming (2Peter 3:11f). We are strangers and pilgrims, this is not our home, our home and our desire is for heaven, not a Christianised world, however, pleasant that may seem. We are to be sober and watchful an attitude that engenders prayer. As lawlessness increases and abounds we seek refuge in the secret place of the highest. In order to receive strength to endure the trials and temptations that will befall the saints of God in the last of the last days. We are to pray for Jesus to come, come, Lord Jesus, come, come quickly.

(© James R Hamilton, written Summer, 2011)

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