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You must be ready.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 1:00pm

Preface: When Vicki and I took Kimberly to Brownwood for her 2nd year of college (at Howard Payne University), I quietly put a sticker in the street side window of her 2nd story dormitory room. It was simply a picture of a lighthouse.

Lighthouses are frequently used in the Christian faith due to the many references to light in the Bible. The lighthouse is used to reflect God's guidance and words, and it represents God's power to protect and comfort. The beacon symbolizes the light of Christ that Christians use as a guide for life. The light also represents salvation and hope for those who are spiritually lost. 

My prayer was then, that Kim's room would be the place where others would seek God's guidance, and her friends would gather there for encouragement, support and accountability to one another.

I also started a daily e-mail devotional for that year that I called "From the Lighthouse". The kids passed the word around, and we had a couple of dozen or more that emailed me and asked to be added to the subscriber list.

The story below was one of those devotionals back in December, 2000. ... phh


He wasn't ready for their coming.  It could have cost him his life.

It was a howling wind all day. The temperature was pretty nice, but the wind really blew. As they approached the end of a tree row with nothing but grass and a barbed wire fence for several miles ... a big whitetail buck got up right in front of them where he had been bedded down. They had taken him totally by surprise.

His hearing was impaired by the howling wind.  Normally you probably would not have gotten within a mile of him.  Fortunately for him they were just out hiking. 

The deer took a couple of steps and tried to jump the barbed wire fence. As he started his jump he hooked a horn in the top strand of the fence and flipped completely over on his back and hit the ground with a thud. His feet got tangled in the bottom strand of fence. He struggled for several seconds before he could free himself.

They thought he had broken his neck when he hit the ground, but after freeing himself he ran about a quarter of a mile to the next fence and cleared it by plenty.  Last time they saw him he was still running.

I thought to myself -- he wasn't ready for their coming.  It could have cost him his life.   ... phh


Updated 9/5/2012 - phh:

"You too, be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not expect. (Luke 12:40)

The Scriptures are full of warnings concerning the approach we should take concerning the return of our precious Lord and SaviorWe can be sure that He is coming the question is when?  The way to not be caught by surprise, is to always be ready. 

When you went to church last and joined in the singing ... did you sing with the same fervency with which you would sing if you knew Jesus was coming this week?  When your pastor shared from the Holy Scriptures, did you listen with the same intensity with which you would if you knew He were coming today?  Did you overlook the shortcomings of your fellow workers today with the same compassion and love you would if you knew you would stand before Jesus tonight?  Did you treat your spouse and children today with the same respect you would if you knew Jesus would appear shortly?

Will you be ready for the Lord when He comes? You should be expecting Him soon because if He is coming when we least expect it, judging from church attendance and spiritual fervency, He is coming any day!

When the prophesied Rapture occurs, Every born again, believing True Christian will disappear from the face of the earth.

Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed." (1 Corinthians 15:51-52)

"For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord."  (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17)

Then those left behind will be faced with a life or death question: Whether or not to take the "mark" of Satan

"and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name."  (Revelation 13:17)

Since no one will be able to buy or sell without the "mark," you are signing a death warrant if you refuse it. But there is eternal life after our earthly death. Only those who refuse the mark during this period will go to heaven.

" ... If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or upon his hand, he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God ... and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone ... they have no rest day or night ... whoever receives the mark ..."   (Revelation 14:9-11)

"... I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of the testimony of Jesus and because of the Word of God, and those who had not received the mark upon their forehead and upon their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years"  (Revelation 20:4)

So, if you are unfortunate enough to miss the rapture, your dilemma is: Live now and die, or die now and live

"For to me. to live is Christ, and to die is gain."  (Philippians 1:21)

By Preston Hazzard


Source: Adapted from an article at www.compass.org


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Amen and God bless you.

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