Do you notice when a natural disaster comes that there is all kinds of talk about Jesus coming back? Jesus talks about this in Matthew 24, when the disciples plainly ask Him when will they know that the end of the world is coming? He tells them not to be deceived, and in talking to them He really was talking to us as well. Yes, there will be an end to this world, and yes Jesus is coming back but He’s coming back for His church, not because Maryland experienced an earthquake and a hurricane within a week. The word (Matthew 24:6) tells us “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
We don’t know the day. We don’t know the hour but like the scripture says in Numbers 23:19: “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” You better believe He will make good on His promise, but will you be ready? A better question to ask is: “Are you ready now?
Revelations 22:11 is a good barometer for you to gauge whether or not you will be ready when Jesus comes. It says, “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.” Personally, I’m tagging on to the tail end of that verse because the next verse says, “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” Every reward isn’t a good one and we are not clueless to how we are living our lives. That’s probably why some people were more nervous than others when the earthquake hit. Now let’s be realistic…many East Coasters have never felt an earthquake before, and it was rather unsettling. However, if you know that God holds the power of life and death in His hands at all times, your response is different. If you are used to running your life and being in control at all times, then when things go out of control, you are more likely to be out of control as well. That is the difference.
Jesus is coming back for a church without a spot or a wrinkle. His righteous blood covers the spots and the wrinkles of those who believe unto righteousness, allowing once sinful men to be holy. When you are submitted and committed to the Lord you will look forward to Jesus coming back and not even an earthquake or Hurricane Irene will be able to shake you from the love of Christ.