July 17 2022
Today, Sunday July 17
Jesus Changes Everything
“Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”
The First Advent of Jesus Christ coming to earth changed everything!!!! He came as a baby in a manger and lived in obscurity for the first thirty years of His life. For the next three and a half years He ministered to the multitudes as He miraculously fed the hungry, gave sight to the blind, caused to lame to walk, cure the sick, healed the lepers, cast out demons, loved the children and proclaimed the message of His kingdom. He was crucified, buried and then on the third day rose again to life! For the next forty days He met with His disciples and gave them instructions to take His Gospel to the nations. Today every time anyone writes down the date, they acknowledge that Jesus was born because we date our calendar based on fact of His historical birth and life.
The Second Event of Jesus coming to the earth will also dramatically change everything! In Christ first coming only relatively few people in a small corner of the earth saw Him physically with their own eyes. But my friend, at His second coming, “every eye shall see Him” (Revelation 1:7). Everyone left on earth at the end of the Tribulation will see Jesus when He comes again!
Yesterday we shared some scripture references from both the Old and New Testaments. Today we want to share a few more. Jesus described His second coming in Luke 21:25-28: "And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of heaven will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near." Remember John saw these same things in previous verses here in Revelation.
Both 1st and 2nd Thessalonians speak extensively of Jesus second coming. Every chapter in 1 Thessalonians ends with a reference to His coming again. 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10 clearly states the truth of His coming: “Since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you, and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed.”
Again, it so amazing that Paul describes Christ’s coming the same way John did!
Then in Jude 1:14-15 we read about the prophecy of Enoch: “Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, "Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him."
We first meet Enoch in Genesis 5:21-24 “Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah. After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters. So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.” Enoch is wonderful picture of the saints of the church age being raptured before the judgment of God takes place in the Tribulation. Hebrews 11:5-6 tells us that Enoch pleased God with his faith!
Today, it is my prayer that we will be found faithful when Jesus comes for us!