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The Second Coming
Jul 8th, 2007
Weekly Bible Study
Hugh Davidson
Categories: Commentary;Topical Study;The Church

Ever since I’ve been saved there’s always been a fascination about the subject of Jesus’ second coming and people have speculated about the date even though the scripture tells us not to. I remember back around 1980 there was a man who wrote a book saying that the Lord was going to come back that very year and he gave away hundreds of thousands of copies of his book.

Around that time there were always those who played tricks on their friends pretending that that the Lord had come and they were left behind. When I was in Word of Life Bible Institute there was a dorm of six guys and one of them was always difficult to get out of bed in the morning so the other five not only snuck away and went to class without him but they also arranged some clothes beside their beds to look as though they had slipped right out of them. Let me tell you, when he did finally get out of bed he ran around like a crazy person looking for some other believers because he thought that the rapture had happened and he was left behind.

Listen, this is important point to think about. When is Jesus coming? As far as we know, all the prophecies have been fulfilled and He could come at any time. I like how Hebrews 10:37 tells us when, it says, “A little while” and I don’t think you can get any clearer than that.

So, knowing this, we don’t have to get all worked up about the when of His coming but we just have to serve Him while we wait. Through the years people have gotten all worried or over excited about the when of His coming but the best advice I’ve ever heard was, that we should live as though He might come any moment but plan as though His coming might not be for another seven years. In any case, there is a sense of expectancy and also a sense of urgency because those who don’t believe and won’t trust Him will be left behind.

And for those of us who are ready, we have a sense of excitement because when Jesus comes we will be perfected and because we will be perfect, we will experience perfect pleasure. Psalm 16:11 says, “Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence [is] fullness of joy; at thy right hand [there are] pleasures for evermore.” This tells us that not only will there be pleasures but we’ll have the capacity to enjoy them because our nature will be purified. And I know that we can’t even imagine what this will be like but think of a man who was born blind and then not only got his sight back but was able to have his eyes opened at the very moment he could see the most beautiful sunset the world has ever known. I know this is a weak illustration but I don’t think we could possibly do justice to the concept of perfect pleasure.

But, just think about this, they tell us the average person uses only about four or five per cent of their brain’s capacity and that Albert Einstein who was supposed to be the smartest human being who ever lived, used around eleven per cent of his brain. Well, what if we all had the use of one hundred per cent of our brain’s ability? There would be no end to what we could know and understand. And what if the same were true for our sense of smell, sight, touch and every other function of our bodies or mind? We would experience life to the full.

And then we are also told that we’ll have perfect knowledge. In 1 Corinthians 13:11 and 12 Paul says, “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass darkly: but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” And what Paul is saying is that, all immaturity, all selfishness, all imperfection, and all limitations of knowledge and understanding will be gone, because we’ll all be perfect in our knowledge.

And then we’ll have perfect comfort, as a matter of fact, we’ll never experience an uncomfortable moment. In Luke 16:25 Abraham says to the rich man in hell, “Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things, but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony.” And don’t forget that Jesus was the one who told this story and here He is saying that just as one man knows nothing but agony and torture all the other man knows is comfort.

And then we’ll have perfect love. I Corinthians 13:3 says, “Now abideth faith, hope, love, these three, but the greatest is love.” We will love everybody perfectly. We’ll never look down on each other or question one another’s motives but we’ll be perfected in love and that means we’ll love each other the way we should love each other and we’ll also receive the same as well.

And of course we’ll have perfect joy. As the master said to the faithful slave in Matthew 25, “Enter thou into the joy of the Lord.” And I believe that the dominant characteristic of heaven is joy and any joy we experience in this world is merely a foretaste of what we’re going to experience in heaven. Just think about the nature of heaven this way, all the longings of our souls will be completely satisfied forever.

And to enjoy all this we’ll have a perfect body. I tell people, “You think I look good now, you just wait until I’m perfect.” No wonder John 14 is often referred to as the comfort chapter because in this chapter Jesus comforts His disciples by telling them that although He was going away that one of the purposes of His going was to prepare a place where there was plenty of room for all His disciples. Is there a place for you?

John's Vision Begins
Jul 8th, 2007
Exploring Revelation
Art Sadlier
Categories: Commentary;Inspirational;Book Study

In this section of the chapter, John tells us where he was, what he saw, and what he was told to do about it. John says "I, John, who also am your brother and companion in tribulation." That is loaded with significance. To be a brother in Christ is the most wonderful human relationship. To endure persecution and tribulation with brothers in Christ is an experience that brings hearts closer together. There will be no envy, jealousy, or rivalry, just a sweet, sweet spirit of brotherly love. Is that your experience? Is that your church?

John had been pastoring the church at Ephesis, he was arrested and exiled to the Isle of Patmos. John is now between the ages of 90 to 100. We can envision him alone on a desolate rocky island.

There is a tremendous lesson to be learned at this point. Is this John's reward for 70 years of faithful service to Christ? Is this fair? Understand that John's finest hour of service is yet ahead of him at this point. He is about to give to the whole church of the whole church age, the wonderful revelation of God concerning the future.

DON'T MISS THIS GREAT PRINCIPLE.

God has great things for His children to do for Him, no matter what age they are! Not great things in the eyes of the world, but things that are important to God. Brothers and sisters, God has great things for you to do, things that are important to Him!

HERE IS A SECOND GREAT PRINCIPLE.

John was alone on the Isle of Patmos. John had served the Lord now for 70 years or more. If God could use anyone, it would be John! Understand, before John could give the message of Revelation to the church, he had to spend time alone with God.

This is a principle found throughout scripture. God's servants have to spend time alone with God. Remember Elijah, alone by the brook Cherith, no T.V.set, no newspaper, no Tim Hortons coffee shop, no family, no friends, just Elijah and God! Alone with God in a quiet, secluded place for a whole year.

Remember David, alone with the sheep as God spoke to him and prepared him to be Israel's king.

Remember Moses, 40 years alone with God in the wilderness. Remember Paul, alone with God in the Arabian Desert. Everyone that would be used by God must spend time alone with God.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, I remind you that God has great things for you to do for Him! Things that are important to Him! You will never do those things, you will never be what God wants you to be until, and unless, you learn to get alone with God. Find time, find a quiet place, shut the world out and get alone with God in an unhurried way every day, listen to Him speak through His Word and talk to Him in praryer.

Rome's effort to shut off the witness of Christ brought John into a place of solitude and closeness to the Savior. As a result of that, he became the voice of the Lord down over the centuries for the Revelation of Christ as the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.

John was transported by God into the future evidently just his spirit and not bodily. John was transported beyond the time in which he lived. He travelled down in time to a yet future day, "The Day of The Lord" translated here as the Lord's Day. The "Day of the Lord", is the endtime of the present age. He viewed the tribulation period and beyond. He viewed it as God sees it, and he viewed it as man sees it.

This period known as the "Day of the Lord", begins in Revelation 4, and goes through to the end of Revelation 20. It actually includes the Tribulation Period and the Millenial Kingdom.

John says in verse 10, "And heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet." Verse 11 tells us who is speaking, "I am Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last", that is none other than God Himself. How can anyone dare take the message of this book lightly?

The command comes to John, "What thou seest, write in a book and send it to the Seven Churches." The question may have risen in John's mind, I am alone on this island, there is no way I can get this to the Severn Churches. That is always an issue, how can I carry out what God commands me to do? John knew the answer. Obey God, do what He commands and God will take care of what is impossible to us. How often we stumble here, how often we fail to obey, because we lack the faith to trust God, not John.

The Seven Churches here in Revelation were seven litereral churches that existed in John's day.

The Seven Churches are also representative churches, seven is the number of perfection and completeness.

The situations in these churches represent situations that may be found in any church at any point in the Church Age.

Because the book of Revelation is a "prophecy" (vs.3), and because history verifies it, each of the seven churches represent prophetically, a period of what is now Church History. A period in which the characteristics and problems of a given Church are predominant in the Church in that point in time.

For example, we are now living in The Laodicean age, a time when the characteristics of the church of Laodicea dominate the Evangelical Church today.

Finally there is a personal message to individual believers, that may be found in any of the letters to the Seven Churches.

All of this makes the messages to the Seven Churches of tremendous importance to us. They laden with invaluable help and blessings for us.


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