The warning signs of the Lord’s return is imminent. Dear friends, keep watch for His return. Sarah Foulkes Moore who is one of the founders of Herald of His Coming, wrote the following article below I would love to share with you. Dear friends, be vigilant and sober, and keep your eyes on Christ.
Stop playing the church.
Ask yourself, are you really serving Jesus, or serving yourself? Here is an excerpt of the fuller article.
Very soon the Lord is coming. He is coming as a Bridegroom. He is coming for a Bride. He leaves Ivory Palaces to come for her because He greatly desires her beauty.
The beauty of the Bride of Christ is portrayed in the Bridal Psalm (45) as “all glorious within.” The glory of the Lord is mentioned many times in Scripture. One translation of the word “glory” is beauty, meaning the beauty of the Lord. Hence we worship the Lord in the beauty of His holiness (1Chr.16:29). So likewise His Bride, whom He comes from Heaven to receive, is portrayed in prophetic type and antitype as adorned in the beauty of holiness.
Her clothing is of wrought gold (Psa.45). Christ espouses to Himself a Bride who is glorious within and without. By revelation, Paul sees Christ presenting to Himself this Bride, “glorious…not having spot or wrinkle” (Eph.5:27).
John, the seer, envisions the Bride in Heaven. The one thing he emphasizes is the fact she had made herself ready! (Rev.19:7).
HIS WORD IS THE PLUMBLINE ON OUR LIFE
Now, is the hour of His appearing, the matter of making ourselves ready is most important thing that concerns us! Many are taking for granted they are ready. We need to go to the Word of God and see for ourselves what conditions He imposes for readiness for His return.
“Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged…”The original Greek renders “yourselves” and “your” with peculiar emphasis. “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape“(Luke 21:34,36). “Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments”(Rev.16:15).
In the Lord’s emphatic admonitions to His disciples to be wary and watchful, He does not encourage them to rest in any past blessing nor does He tell them that because of previous spiritual experience they can drift along. The Lord’s emphasis is laid on watching, heeding, praying! The escape, according to Christ’s Own words, is a reward of the effort to be ready!
“I SAY…UNTO ALL, WATCH” (Mark 13:37)
What Christ, the Head of the church (Eph.5:23-24), says should mean everything to us! His oft repeated command is to “watch.” To watch means, in the original, “to be alert”;”to be aroused”;”to be awake.” In this hour of His Coming He has shown us in pointed warnings that the only way to escape the trouble coming upon the whole earth-is to “watch and pray always”(Matt.24:42;25:13;Mark13:35;Luke21:34-36;1Thes.5:6;1Pet.4:7;Rev.3:2;16:15).
“Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments“(Rev.16:15).By Sarah Foulkes Moore