Beloved…keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: if the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him. [Jesus…Matt 24:42-44]
The Lord is my strength and my shield! My heart trusts in You, for You are my help in every time of need! You are my Light and my Salvation…whom shall I fear? You are my Refuge, the Stronghold of my life…of whom shall I be afraid? Precious Lord…my heart leaps for joy as I give thanks to You in songs of thanksgiving and praise! [Ps 28:7; 27:1]
FOR THE COMING OF HIS SON
How ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; and to wait for His Son from Heaven. That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: which in His times He shall show, Who is the Blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords. [1 Thess 1:9-10; 1 Tim 6:14-15]
My beloved child…waiting upon your God Who is in Heaven, and waiting for the coming of My Son from Heaven…these two God has joined together, and no man may put them asunder. Waiting upon God for My Presence and Power in your daily life will be the only true preparation for waiting in humility and true holiness for My Divine Son Jesus’ promised return to this Earth…the Great Consummation of all things through the Blessed Apocalypse of the Blessed Christ My Son. I, your God and Father, Who in My Own time will reveal My Son from Heaven, is the God Who, as you wait upon Me, prepares you for the revelation of My Son. Your present life and the coming Glory are inseparably connected in God and in you. Waiting upon God must ever lead to waiting for Christ My Son as the glorious consummation of My work; and waiting for Christ My Son must ever remind you of the duty of waiting upon God as the only proof that your waiting for Christ My Son is in Spirit and in Truth.
** **, there is such a danger of your being so occupied with the things that are coming more than with a true love for My Son Who is to come: His purpose for unveiling Himself is to show His servants beforehand what must soon take place during the forthcoming administration of His role and reign on Earth, so that they may make proper and diligent preparations for His imminent return, and for their invitation to the marriage supper of the Lamb. All My children who say you wait for Christ’s coming, be sure that you wait on God now. All you who seek to wait on God now to reveal My Son in you, see to it that you do so as sons and daughters waiting for the revelation of My Son from Heaven.
Child of God! The same Omnipotent Love that is to reveal My Glory is working in you even now to fit you for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. [Titus 2:13] The revelation of My Divine Son Jesus in you, as it is given to them who wait upon God, is the true preparation for the full revelation of Christ My Son in Glory. You are to earnestly wait, long for, and love the appearing of your Lord and Heavenly Bridegroom. Tender love to Him and tender love to each other is the true and only bridal spirit: The Spirit and the Bride, with an intense longing and yearning emanating from the deepest, inmost recesses of their Being for the Great Consummation of all things through the coming of Christ My Son, continually say, “Come!” And let him who hears, in union and in fellowship with the Spirit and the Bride, also continually say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty for these Waters of Life, let him also come and join in fellowship with the Spirit and the Bride; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the Water of Life, to be appropriated solely and only by faith in Christ My Son, by seizing hold upon His promises to His church, and by joining the cry of the Spirit, the yearning of the Bride, and the soul of all right hope, in looking for and hastening the coming of the Day of God, even the blessed Apocalypse of the Blessed Christ! [Rev 22:17]
** **, it is when in humility and love you are clinging close to your Divine Bridegroom and your brothers and sisters in My Royal Family, that you are in the bride’s place of watching and waiting, looking and yearning for His imminent return. My Divine Son Jesus refuses to accept your love except as it is love to His disciples as well. Waiting for His coming means waiting for the glorious coming manifestation of the unity of the body, while you seek here to maintain that unity in humility and love. Those of My children who love most are the most ready for His coming. Love to one another of your brothers and sisters in Christ My Son is the life and beauty of His bride, both individually and His Church. Remember…it is God alone Who can give you the deep spiritual life of one who is really waiting for My Son. Wait upon God, and look to Me, for grace to wait for My Son from Heaven in the Spirit which is from Heaven. And you who would wait for My Son, wait upon God daily, hourly, continually, to reveal Christ in you even now.
At that time, precious child, the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and did not take extra oil with them. The wise, however, took extra oil in jars along with their lamps, and so were ready for his coming. Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour. My beloved children..be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit. Be alertly waiting for your master’s return from the wedding feast, so you may immediately open the door to him when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those whom the master finds ready when he comes. You also, be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not expect!
I solemnly urge you, ** **…keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: if the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him. The Day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire. Since everything on the Earth will be destroyed in this way, you ought to live a holy and godly life as you look forward to the coming Day of the Lord! Everyone who has this hope purifies himself, just as He is pure.
Therefore, beloved child of God…continually wash your robes in the Blood of Jesus; wash your garments that have been soiled with sin, making them clean again, dazzling and white. Wash your feet with pure water; wash the dust of sin off your feet. Continually and diligently do these things, that you may always abide with Me in the Holy of Holies, in My unclouded Presence. The washing of your robes and the keeping of your garments relates to this very attitude and habit of looking for the return of Christ My Son as an imminent event. Beloved child, as you hope to walk those golden streets, and eat of those immortal fruits, see to it that you have your garments clean and your loins girded about like unto sons and daughters waiting for their Lord!
** **, I solemnly assure you, those who are My faithful bride, who are continually making proper and diligent preparations for My imminent return and for their invitation to the marriage supper of the Lamb, will receive the blessings I have reserved for everyone who overcomes by means of their faith…
- I will give you the right to eat the fruit from the tree of life that grows in the Garden paradise of God.
- You will in no way be harmed by the second death. Therefore, remain faithful, even to the point of death, and I will reward you with the crown of life.
- I will give you to eat some of the hidden manna of Heaven. I will also give you a white stone with a new name engraved on it, known only to the one who receives it.
- and remains obedient to My will to the very end, I will give authority and power over the nations. Your authority and power over them shall be like that which I Myself have received from My Father.
- you will walk in fellowship with Me, arrayed in garments dazzling and white. I will never blot out your name from the Book of Life, but will acknowledge you as Mine, and openly confess your name in the Presence of My Father and His angels.
- I will make you a pillar in the Sanctuary of My God. Never again will you leave it. I will write on you the name of My God and you will be a citizen in the city of My God…the new Jerusalem…which will come down out of Heaven from My God; I will also write on you My Own new Name.
- I will give the privilege to sit beside Me on My Throne, just as I Myself overcame and am now seated beside My Father on His Throne.
Blessed Jesus! I stand in awe of You. I stand in awe of the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the One Who always was, Who is now and ever shall be, and Who is to come back again. I stand in awe of the Lamb of God, the Lion of Judah, the Root of David. I stand in awe of our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father. I stand in awe of the Prince of Peace, Great I AM, King of kings and Lord of lords. I stand in awe of the Faithful Witness, the First born from among the dead, the Ruler of the kings of the Earth. I stand in awe of the One Whose eyes are like blazing fire, Whose feet are as burnished bronze, the One out of Whose mouth comes a sharp, double-edged sword, quick and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword…piercing, even to the dividing asunder of the soul and spirit, even to the dividing asunder of the joints and marrow. I stand in awe of the One Whose voice is Majestic and Powerful, like the thunderous roar of many rushing waters churning wildly through a narrow chasm, cascading over a great waterfall, and thundering to the depths below.
I stand in awe of the One Who will be coming back into this world once again, no longer as the Lamb of God but this time as the Lion of Judah, arrayed in all of Your Majesty, Glory, and Power, to assume Your role and to begin Your reign on Earth as the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. In that glorious coming Day, every eye will see You, even those who pierced You, and all the peoples of the Earth will mourn because of You. And all those upon the Earth who never knew You…the rich as well as the poor; the kings and princes and rulers of this world, as well as their subjects and slaves; the famous and the well-known, as well as the unknown and the obscure…all of these alike will run to the hills and to the mountains in abject terror, to hide in caves and to cry out for the rocks to fall upon them…just to hide them from the face of the Lamb and from Your terrible Majesty! In that Day, Blessed Jesus, You will stand steadfast and immovable, with You right foot on the sea and Your left foot on the land, and You will declare with invincible Power, “There shall be no more delay!” In that Great and Terrible Day of the Lord, Father, Your Divine Son Jesus will manifest the fierceness of the wrath of Almighty God against all those upon the Earth who stand in rebellion to His Throne, and He will destroy all those upon the Earth who are enemies and usurpers of His rule and authority, until He has placed every one of His enemies under His feet. Then in that Day, Your will, Father, will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.
I stand in awe of the Rider on the white horse, Whose robe is dipped in blood, and on Whose thigh is written, “King of kings and Lord of lords.” I stand in awe of the One Who with one fell swoop of Your terrible swift sword against the multitudes who rise up against You, and their blood will flow…like a river…for 180 miles, to the height of a horse’s bridle! I stand in awe of Your terrible Majesty, Lord Jesus! I stand in awe of Your awesome Power! I stand in awe of You! Hallelujah!
My brothers and sisters in Christ, I want to give you this wonderful word picture of a faithful and true believer, painted by a man of God in the latter 1800s:
Fiction has painted the picture of a maiden whose lover left her for a voyage to the Holy Land, promising on his return to make her his beloved bride. Many told her that she would never see him again. But she believed his word, and evening by evening she went down to the lonely shore, and kindled there a beacon-light in sight of the roaring waves, to hail and welcome the returning ship which was to bring again her betrothed. And by that watchfire she took her stand each night, praying to the winds to hasten on the sluggish sails, that he who was everything to her might come.
Even so that blessed Lord, Who has loved me unto death, has gone away to the mysterious Holy Land of Heaven, promising on His return to make me His happy and eternal Bride. Some say that He has gone forever, and that here we shall never see Him more. But His last Word was, “Yea, I come quickly.” And on the dark and misty beach sloping out into the eternal sea, each true believer stands by the love-lit fire, looking, and waiting, and praying and hoping for the fulfillment of His Word, in nothing gladder than in His pledge and promise, and calling ever from the soul of sacred love, “COME, LORD JESUS; COME QUICKLY.” And one of these nights, while the world is busy with its gay frivolities, and laughing at the maiden on the shore, a form shall rise over the surging waves, as once on Galilee, to vindicate forever all this watching and devotion, and bring to the faithful and constant heart a joy, and glory, and triumph which never more shall end!
Watch! Tis your Lord’s command; and while we speak, He’s near. Mark the first signal of His Hand, and ready all appear. O happy servant he, In such a pasture found! He shall his Lord with rapture see, and be with honor crowned! [Joseph Seiss]
Abba Father, You have lovingly encouraged me, as well as all Your children: The Spirit and the Bride, with an intense longing and yearning emanating from the deepest, inmost recesses of their Being for the Great Consummation of all things through the coming of Christ My Son, continually say, “Come!” And let him who hears, in union and in fellowship with the Spirit and the Bride, also continually say, “Come!” Father, this is surely the blessed life of deep and intimate personal relationship with You: my waiting upon God… watching and waiting, looking off unto You and listening for Your voice…with an unwavering child-like trust and an unreserved child-like dependence, with a joyful expectation and an excited anticipation, for You to reveal Yourself to me ever more deeply and intimately, and Your plans, Your purposes, Your will for me…SO I MAY THEN RESPOND, with an unquestioning child-like obedience, to every leading and prompting of Your Holy Spirit, cooperating with the Power of His enabling grace Who works in me both to will and to do. Hallelujah!
My soul, wait thou only upon God!