Sunday, July 19, 2015

Thy Kingdom Come..........

Thy Kingdom Come

The thought of the rapture and His soon coming should stir the soul of every believer. It will be breath taking! The scope and grandeur, the vastness and magnificence, will exceed anything mortal eyes have ever seen or experienced.

Come, O thou King of Kings!
We've waited long for thee,
With healing in thy wings,
To set thy people free.

2500 years ago, the Bible predicted many of the prophecies that we are experiencing today. Many of these prophecies began when Israel once again became a nation (1948). In fact the Bible is pretty clear, once Israel became a nation, a generation would not pass away before we would see the Second Coming of Christ.

"Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled."

            Matthew 24:32-34


Psalm 90:10 states,

The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

So according to the bible a modern generation is between 70-80 years, we are in the final years of this last generation. Jesus defines a generation in a manner unique to Scripture. He says that the generation alive at the time of the rebirth of Israel will still be around at the Second Advent. The last generation began in 1948 when Israel became a nation as the bible tells us in Matthew 24:4-34. If we add 70 years (2018) or 80 years (2028) to our proposed starting date and subtract 7 years for the tribulation period we come up with a date between 2011 and 2021.  

Peter reminds us, "but know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter on one's own interpretation." (2 Peter 1 v.20) In other words your opinion does not matter!

The fact is, evidences pointing to this generation as the Last Generation is all around us, interconnected with such precision that no thinking person could honestly cry "Coincidence." A plan for human history, laid out in advance, with each detail recorded thousands of years in advance, can only come from God. Those details of Bible prophecy must be fulfilled within one generation, and no other - We are the 
Last Generation!

What we see happening all around us are the birth pangs all increasing in frequency and intensity, in concert with each other. This demonstrates to some degree how close the ultimate fulfillment these birth pangs are in relation to our present age. The fact is, the next firm event on the prophetic calendar is the Rapture of the Church. All the other signs will not be completely fulfilled until after that takes place. The unveiling of the Antichrist, the false prophet, the mark of the Beast, the signing of the 7 year covenant between Israel and her enemies - these cannot occur until after God removes His Church. However we are seeing the increasingly heavy shadows of what is to come.

The time of the "last days" that Jesus referred to, is not "in the future" and it's not "coming soon". It is here right now. For the past 6 decades, all the major players have been taking the stage and playing the parts that God said they would.

We live in the days just preceding the rapture of the church and Lord's Second Coming, a time long anticipated by believers through the ages, we are clearly the last generation. We live in days of wars and rumors of wars, days of natural disasters, days when the world is pulled by confusion and commotion.

Paul wrote in 2 Tim. 3 v.1-5, "that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God; holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; and avoid such men as these."

The world as we know it is moving toward catastrophe. 

So what is the answer to mankind's misguided thinking that brings about war, violence, pain and suffering? The only solution is found in "Thy kingdom come." The Kingdom of God, under the direction of Jesus Christ, must come and save man from himself. This is the only answer!

Six thousand years of human history have shown that man cannot solve his own problems. Although war has been a near constant in the human condition (estimates are that over the last 3,500 years there have been only 230 years of peace throughout the civilized world), it is the past 100 years that will undoubtedly be remembered as the military century. Of all war fatalities over the past half millennium, fully three-quarters occurred during the twentieth century—including roughly 26 million in World War I and 53 million in World War II.

We are living at the end of this present age, in the last days. Mankind's unwillingness to obey God and the unsound thinking that automatically accompanies this choice has caused many to reject God and accept false leaders and teachings.

In these last days God has allowed humans to go their own way, to make their own choices, which includes rejecting God and His instructions. When humans choose their own way over God's, they lose the ability to make sound decisions. The modern practice of nations to remove God and the Bible from public view vividly illustrates this point. As God and His ways are forgotten, humans lose the spiritual guidance they so desperately need.

Many today believe that truth is relative—that biblical teaching is merely an opinion. Jesus, however, said that God's "word is truth" (John 17:17). 

At this point the only solution, God's appointed solution, is found in "Thy kingdom come." The Kingdom of God, under the direction of Jesus Christ, must come and save mankind from himself.

Mankind cannot save or rule himself because he has rejected the divine revelation and the authority of God. Instead of following God's instructions, which would produce peace, he has, to his own detriment, decided for himself what is good and what is evil. When He said to pray "thy kingdom come," Jesus knew that man and his nature would bring him to the place that "unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved." We stand on the doorstep of that evil time!

The most important decision each of us will make is to decide who will be Lord over our lives. If we submit to God's authority and follow His instructions, we can find the way to peace and eternal life.

We rejoice in these last days and pray that we will be able to courageously face our struggles and uncertainties. The difficulties of some are more severe than those of others, but no one is immune. If everything is going perfectly for you right now, just wait. Although the Lord reassures us again and again that we "need not fear," keeping a clear perspective and seeing beyond this world is not always easy when we are in the midst of trials.

The scriptures teach that we are to "stand steadfastly in the faith of that which is to come.

What is to come?

What did Jesus Christ tell us to pray?

"Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven."

Thy kingdom come means we are to pray that God will hasten Christ's return to establish the literal Kingdom of God on this earth. The two phrases "your kingdom come" and "your will be done on earth" are synonymous. These phrases both mean, May all nations of the earth enthrone you as king! May everyone on earth know you and do your will!

The world overflows with evil and suffering, tragedies abound. God wants us to spend time reflecting on the pain and sorrow in the world around us so we can vividly see the need for Him to send Jesus Christ back to earth to set up His government, a kingdom that will yield peace, joy and abundance, see (Micah 4:1-4).

The church and believers should be committed to God's will and God's plan, to praying as Jesus instructed: "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done"  They should not be trying to revive and resuscitate the failing institutions of our temporal world. Ask God and the Holy Spirit to instruct you with regard to this.

The thought of the rapture and His coming should stir the souls of believers like nothing else.

In that day He will not come "wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger,"23 but He will appear "in the clouds of heaven, clothed with power and great glory; as the Lion of Judah.

In that day the skeptics will be silent, "for every eye shall see … , and every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess" that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, the Savior and Redeemer of the world.

The long awaited Kingdom of God is at hand. As the kingdom is at hand, we should then pray for it all the more earnestly.

As we pray daily for God's Kingdom to come, we remind ourselves of our responsibilities to our Creator and we maintain the vision of God's magnificent future for all who will respond to Him. It is a marvelous future you don't want to miss. Remember to pray and live for "Thy kingdom come!"

Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth.....Come, O King of Kings, come quickly!

For anyone paying attention it is soon and very soon.....

Soon and very soon,
We are going to see the King,
No more crying there,
We are going to see the King,
No more dying there,
We are going to see the King,
Hallelujah, Hallelujah,
We are going to see the King!


                     

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