And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. [Luke 21:25-36]
Last Sunday called on us to embrace the grace. This Sunday adds: "Having done so, face the judgment!"
Face the End!
The Coming of the Son of Man with Great Glory.
- Face the tremendous fact, v. 25 and 27! Our Lord Jesus Christ shall indeed return from heaven in great power and glory to judge the world. The great White Throne, Rev. 20, 11.
Many fail to face the final judgment; they dare not face it.
- Hold to the eternal words, v. 33!
To enlighten you.
To drive out foolish errors.
To direct you, so that you can face the end.
- Mark well the special sign, v. 32!
The persistence of the obdurate Jews in all the lands of the world.
The dream of the millennialists that all the Jews shall be converted etc.
But they are a standing miracle and sign of the Lord's judgment, warning the world.
- Expel all fear, v. 26!
Men's hearts failing them for fear, but not our hearts.
We know what is impending, and we are ready for all of it, - why should we fear?
Scorn all dissipation, v. 34-35!
The world's way of facing serious days, only increas-ing guilt and multiplying folly.
The end shall not find me in a night club, dance hall, etc., but on my knees, over my Bible, in my church.
Lift up joyful heads, v. 28-30!
Our final redemption draws nigh.
Like the spring and summer.
Pray to stand before the Son of Man, v. 36!
Pray now ever to remain in his blessed grace,
So that you may be acquitted on judgment day.