Father of Lights, Majesty on High. Glory and Honour and adoration be unto Your Name. Help us in our walk of faith, to recognise Your love, to launch out into the oceans of it, live by it, drink of it. Help our hearts to be enraptured by Your live and help us to understand this love. Help us to live always in the total consciousness of the overwhelming greatness of Your love and to keep ourselves from compromise, looking forward to the coming of our Lord, the Bridegroom King. Amen.
My friend Emeka is a testimony. No one believed he would ever become a Christian, truly and wholly. I didn’t even believe it myself, but then I also was the last person I would have thought would give his life to Christ.
Its always a great time when Emeka comes around to do some work for us. The personal revival of Wordy chatting and the great reawakening in prayer is something I always look forward to. God has not disappointed us in this out little time of retreating from the world to meet His Majesty.
We were recently discussing on the rapture and the Second Coming. We discussed back forth on the many things about the timing of the Lord’s return and the Tribulation. We talked about our different opinions on the pre-tribulation and post-tribulation schools of thought and teaching. All that really seemed to matter until after a few days when God directed our hearts to the crux of His Son’s coming:
Did we want it?
It really is a salient question and as God would have it our discussion moved to general attitude towards the Second Coming of Jesus.
Is it not one of fear and apprehension? Are we in the Titus 2 state of mind and spirit when the Lord’s coming is the issue of discussion? Do we not fear being sort of left out? No, do we not fear the coming itself, as though it were a serious catastrophe and a calamity of the highest degree? Are we truly looking forward to that great day?
The truth is that we have been schooled to believe that great day is not really something to look forward to. The Second Coming of our Lord has not been taught in the manner God would have it taught and explained. Hence many see it as a time when their exploration of the earth comes to an end. And because we talk more of the ephemeral than the eternal, we have come to seemingly see the coming of Christ as an interruption or an abrupt end to our earthly sojourn. The responses to this view are numerous.
The working of fear brings in some to a state where they rush around and try to put things together before Christ comes and takes the enjoyment away. Others that are in the church pray away the coming in reality of their thoughts, trying to effortfully make their sins go away so they are not caught by Christ when He returns. They become preoccupied by cleaning and cleaning, but they forget the purpose of the cleaning because they clean on the outside. Still yet others are threatening people with the coming…that’s when you die bitch if you don’t repent! You’re gonna die!
The fear caused by how we view the coming of Christ a second time only keeps people enslaved to their thoughts and doctrines.
But fear is not of God. Love is of God. Love is God. And to see the coming in love perfects everything about the coming.
The final and highest revelation of the Kingdom is the coming of Christ as the Bridegroom. The loving, husband-figure nature of Jesus Christ is His highest revelation. Available to all, it is only seen by few presently, and that is why we must keep praying to enter the Bridegroom expression and understanding of Christ.
The Bridegroom is coming at the end of age to meet His Bride, the Church.
Except its a forced or arranged marriage, the bride cannot be unhappy that her groom is returning. In fact, the bride ought to be on the neck of the groom, perpetually calling him to return.
You know why this is hardly ever the case?
Because much of our Christianity is cultivated in fear of God, and not in love of God. It is either the fear of hell has brought people to Christ and those people have met reinforcements by preachers of doom and all of demons nothing of Christ and His love. Or the people came to meet a terrible god who lies in wait for people to mess up so he can swat them like flies and laugh pleasurably.
That is not my God at all.
(To be continued…)