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Are You Ready For Company?

Procrastination Second Coming Spiritual Health

Contributed By: Bren Glass | Date Posted: 2018-07-13

Scripture: Matthew 24:44 ; 1 Thessalonians 5:4

Author: Bren Glass
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What do you do to get ready for someone to visit your home? Do you clean the house from top to bottom? Maybe even buy new towels and linens or pay someone to shampoo the carpet? What about that unfinished remodeling project? Would that finally get done? We haven’t even talked about what food you’re going to serve or what needs to be done in the yard!

APPLICATION

Most of us would feel like we needed to do something to get ready for an important person to visit our home. What if that person was Jesus Christ? What would you need to do to get ready if He were to return today?

If we have an urgency about getting our house ready for company, shouldn't we have an even greater sense of urgency about being prepared for Christ’s return? 

"So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him" (Matthew 24:44). 

"But you, brothers, are not in the darkness so that this day should overtake you like a thief" (1 Thessalonians 5:4). 

The Feast of Trumpets

Prophecy Second Coming End Times

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-09-19

Scripture: 2 Timothy 4:8 ; 1 Corinthians 15:52

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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God gave Israel three vital revelations. The Law, to reveal our rebellious hearts, the Temple to picture the sacrifice that would be paid for our transgressions, and a set of Feast days to point to the fulfillment of God’s redemptive promises.

When Jesus came to die for the sins of the world, He was crucified on the very day the first of the seven feasts, Passover, appeared on the Hebrew calendar. As the Jews celebrated how God’s judgment passed over the Israelites due to the blood of the Passover lamb, Jesus was shedding his blood for us! On that very day! Remember, the Last Supper was a meal in preparation for the Passover.

The pattern continued. His body lay in a tomb as a sinless offering as the Jews observed the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Leaven represents sin and the Israelites were to remove all leaven from their homes during this Feast.

Jesus then rose from the dead on the third day, the very day the Jews were celebrating the Feast of First Fruits. The New Testament tells us that, "Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have died" (1 Corinthians 15:20).

Jesus then appeared to His disciples for 40 days before His ascension. But just before His departure He instructed them to go to Jerusalem and to wait there for the promise of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church. Jesus didn’t tell them how long they would have to wait, He just told them to remain there until this event occurred (Acts 1:7-8).

Imagine yourself one of those disciples. Perhaps you would have noticed that Jesus had just fulfilled Passover, Unleavened Bread and First Fruits on the very day these Feasts appeared on the Hebrew calendar. You might have thought about the fact that the next Feast would be in 10 days, the Feast of Pentecost, which celebrates the beginnings of a new harvest season. You might have even turned to the other disciples and said, “I can’t be sure about this but based on this pattern, I think the Lord will send His Spirit and begin this new thing called the Church in 10 days, on the day of Pentecost." And, of course, you would have been right.

But there are three more Feasts that also speak of God's redemptive plan that have yet to be fulfilled. These Feasts pick up at the end of the growing season in Israel, in the Fall. The first one, and the next in line for fulfillment is the Feast of Trumpets. It is the celebration of the bringing-in of the harvest. The Apostle Paul wrote that it will be “at the last trump” that the Church would be gathered at the end of this age, a reference to the last of a series of trumpet blasts that take place during the Feast of Trumpets in Israel. So we see that the next Feast in the line of succession just happens to correlate perfectly with the next event promised to the Church in the New Testament.

APPLICATION

Let me conclude by emphasizing that the New Testament does not reveal when the Lord will return. Like Jesus' disciples who didn’t know when the Holy Spirit would descend, we don't know when Christ will return. But just as they should have had a heightened expectation as Pentecost approached, we should have a heightened sense of anticipation every year as the Feast of Trumpets approaches!

Look up, for our redemption will one day come!

"It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed" (1 Corinthians 15:52, NLT). 

No Grave Can Stop Him!

Death Revenge Second Coming

Source: “Montgomery Meigs makes Robert E. Lee's home untennable by making it a cemetery”

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-06-19

Scripture: Ezekiel 44:3 ; 1 Corinthians 15:55

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The staff at grunge.com writes:

[I]n May of 1864, … soldiers were … dying en masse, and a new cemetery was needed stat. Enter Montgomery C. Meigs, the Union quartermaster in charge of the new cemetery. A southerner by birth, Meigs opposed secession, sided with the Union, and hated Robert E. Lee for not doing the same.

The new cemetery, he decided, would need to be a plot high in elevation, aesthetically pleasing, and with a clear view of the District of Columbia. All of these requirements, he discovered with glee, just so happened to be met by Robert E. Lee's nearby abandoned Arlington House. In converting the property into a cemetery, Meigs made it his personal goal to fill it with so many bodies, it would be completely unlivable for Lee upon his return.

At first, he simply lined the flower garden with plots of dead officers. Once he realized the house was still inhabitable that way, Meigs ordered even more dead soldiers be sent there, with orders that they be scattered in various locations about the property. His plan was a success, as Lee never even attempted to return. Today, with over 400,000 gravestones, what's now known as Arlington National Cemetery stands as a military mecca for honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

APPLICATION

Mr. Meigs effectively used the dead in order to stop the return of the living.  But, surprisingly, this was not the first time in history that such a tactic would be employed. 

Approximately 2,600 years ago, the prophet Ezekiel was given the following vision of the coming of the Messiah:

"After this, the man brought me back around to the east gateway. Suddenly, the glory of the God of Israel appeared from the east. The sound of his coming was like the roar of rushing waters, and the whole landscape shone with His glory ... I fell face down on the ground. And the glory of the Lord came into the Temple through the east gateway" (Ezekiel 43:1-4, NLT)

In his vision, the prophet describes the glorious coming of the Messiah to Israel, entering Jerusalem through the East Gate.  Presumably, to prevent this prophecy from being fulfilled, the Muslims sealed the gate during the rule of Suleiman in 1530 A.D. Subsequently, a Muslim cemetery was established to further block the entrance in the hopes that a Jewish holy man would not be willing to pass over ground that had been defiled by the graves of Muslims.

All to no avail. As Ezekiel's vision makes clear, the Messiah will enter the East Gate. Thus, the tactic that prevented Robert E. Lee from returning to his home will not stop Jesus from returning to His people. The prophet Ezekiel tells us that although the gate will be sealed when he arrives, the Messiah will "come and go" through this gateway" (Ezekiel 44:1-3). 

If His own grave couldn’t stop Him, how did they imagine the graves of others would stop Him?

"’Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?’ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:55-57). 

In accordance with what some believe to be a fulfillment of Ezekiel's prophecy that the gate would be closed until Messiah comes, here is what the East Gate looks like today!

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Hatred Spiritual Warfare Second Coming

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-09-21

Scripture: Matthew 25:33

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The Coming Super Bloom

Second Coming Word of God Holy Spirit

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-05-17

Scripture: Psalms 23:4 ; Isaiah 35:1

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Waiting For the Next Shoe to Drop

God's Judgment Apostasy Second Coming

Contributed By: Stephen Kingsley | Date Posted: 2015-10-02

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:3 ; Isaiah 47:11

Author: Stephen Kingsley / Illustration Exchange
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Running On Half Battery

Second Coming Watching for Jesus Self-deceived

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-06-18

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:1

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Get Your Things Ready Boys, The Boss Might Return Today

Second Coming Trust (In God) God's Promises

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-06-14

Scripture: John 14:1 ; 1 Thessalonians 4:16

Author: Illustration Exchange
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When You Know You've Waited Too Long

Prophecy Watching for Jesus Second Coming

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-16

Scripture: Daniel 9:26

Author: Illustration Exchange
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There Is Light Without Sight

Spiritual Blindness Light Second Coming

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-09

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:5

Author: Illustration Exchange
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