Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our LORD Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, that you be not so shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there be a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, who oppose and exalt himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped, so that he as God sit in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God (2 Thessalonians 2:1 – 4).
And again we have heard from our master, our LORD and Saviour Jesus Christ, from whom there is no wavering but the truth: hold fast to it my brethren, that you may stand in the light and not be troubled with darkness.
Immediately after the tribulation of those days, shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory (Matthew 24:29 – 30).
My beloved, be not hurry or anxious after those who do not adhere to the truth, who run after the ways of the world, and fabricate from their own wisdom what the LORD has not ordained before the foundation of the earth. But we are children of hope, who follow after truth, who stand on every word of God. For by his own hand he did choose us to be his people, and called us his elect. Let us not get weary, but let us stand firm on the word of God, giving thanks and praises to our God. We must stand with confidence, and tarry for the coming of our LORD and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Wait for the LORD, but wait in the Spirit of truth. Be not eager in error, nor deceived by falsehood. Wait on the LORD, in good measure of hope, remembering the word of our LORD and Saviour Jesus Christ, as it was spoken in Matthew 24, preparing us, the elect, the church for what we will endure upon this earth. In truth did it come and in truth shall it abide. But many corrupt themselves with their own fabrication, making haste the coming of the LORD. And appointing unto themselves a glory that shall not come until the word of God is fulfilled. And while you wait for God to save you from this world, it shall not come before they cast you away and threat you like the scum of the earth. The dust they shall treat like gold and the gold shall become the dust in their eyes. What God regarded as the apple of his eyes they shall despise. They shall treat them like vanity and vanity shall be their glory. They shall magnify evil. And when good is spoken they shall call it evil. The children of God shall be hated. Great hate shall cover the face of the earth; for the glory of God has subsided until he shall make known the riches and the power of his Lordship, to rule over all as the Great and Mighty God and King who established all things for his glory and honour. The hand of God did consider the end; for his glory and honour. God loves a challenge, although he know those who oppose him will fail. But who can really challenge him? He will allow evil to magnify himself, only then shall he cast it down. Behold, great terror shall come upon this land. Even those who know not God shall mourn. And they that await him shall pray that he come quickly. Vengeance shall have its day. Yea, the LORD shall magnify himself. And his glory shall be exceedingly great.
Readings: Matthew 24:21 – 22; 29 – 30