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Behold He Cometh with Clouds
Written by Horatius Bonar
Behold the Lord cometh with ten thousand of His saints. — Jude 14
Behold I come as a thief! Blessed is he that watcheth and keepeth his garments, lest he walknaked and they see his shame. — Rev. 16:15
MY DEAR READER, Let me speak to you a few words respecting this solemn subject — the second coming of the Lord. In doing so, I shall confine myself, as much as possible, to the words of God Himself, both because they are the fittest and the plainest —“quick and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword”; and because I do not wish you to evade the matter, by saying that I am pressing upon you the uncertain opinions of man. “He that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” Reader! “That same Jesus who was taken up into heaven shall so come in like manner as He went up into heaven” (Acts 1:11). The heavens must receive Him until the times of restitution of all things (Acts 3:21). Then shall He come in His own glory, and in His Father’s glory, and with all His mighty angels, to call you to account for the deeds done in the body. Are you ready for His coming? Can you abide His presence? Will you be able to stand before the Judge of all? He once came in meekness; He shall then come in majesty; He once came in shame; He shall then come in glory; He once came in weakness; He shall then come in power; He once came to save; He shall then come to judge — to give to every man according as his work shall be (Rev. 22:12). MORE HERE
The Sprinkling Of Blood
by C.H. Spurgeon
“WE ARE COME TO THE blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.”-Hebrews 12:24.
Reader, have you come to the blood of sprinkling? The question is not whether you have come to a knowledge of doctrine, or an observance of ceremonies, or to a certain form of experience, but have you come to the blood of Jesus? The blood of Jesus is the life of all vital godliness. If you have truly come to Jesus, we know how you came-the Holy Spirit sweetly brought you there. You came to the blood of sprinkling with no merits of your own. Guilty, lost, and helpless, you came to take that blood, and that blood alone, as your everlasting hope. You came to the cross of Christ, with a trembling and an aching heart; and oh! what a precious sound it was to you to hear the voice of the blood of Jesus!
The dropping of His blood is as the music of heaven to the penitent sons of earth.
We are full of sin, but the Saviour bids us lift our eyes to Him, and as we gaze upon His streaming wounds, each drop of blood, as it falls, cries, “It is finished; I have made an end of sin; I have brought in everlasting righteousness.”
Oh! sweet language of the precious blood of Jesus! If you have come to that blood once, you will come to it constantly. Your life will be “Looking unto Jesus.” Your whole conduct will be epitomized in this-“To whom coming.” Not to whom I have come, but to whom I am always coming. If thou hast ever come to the blood of sprinkling, thou wilt feel thy need of coming to it every day. He who does not desire to wash in it every day, has never washed in it at all. The believer ever feels it to be his joy and privilege that there is still a fountain opened. Past experiences are doubtful food for Christians; a present coming to Christ alone can give us joy and comfort.
This day let us sprinkle our door-post fresh with blood, and then feast upon the Lamb, assured that the destroying angel must pass us by.
“Behold, I come quickly.” —Revelation 3:11
“Even so! come, Lord Jesus!”
“Why do the wheels of Your chariot tarry?” Six thousand years this world has rolled on, getting timeworn with age, and wrinkled with sins and sorrows. A waiting Church sees the long-drawn shadows of twilight announcing, “The Lord is at hand.”
Prepare, my soul, to meet Him.
Oh! happy days, when your adorable Redeemer, so long dishonored and despised, shall be publicly enthroned in the presence of an assembled universe, crowned Lord of All, glorified in His saints, satisfied in the fruits of His soul’s travail, destroying His enemies with the brightness of His coming—the lightning-glance of wrath—causing the hearts of His exulting people to “rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.” Prepare, my soul, to meet Him!
Let it be a joyous thought to you—your “blessed hope”—the meeting of your Elder Brother. Stand oftentimes on the watchtower to catch the first streak of that coming brightness, the first murmur of these chariot wheels. The world is now in preparation! It is rocking on its worn-out axle. There are voices on every side proclaiming “He comes! He comes to judge the earth!”
Reader! are you among the number of those who “love His appearing?” Remember the attitude of His expectant saints: “Blessed are those servants whom the Lord, when He comes, will find WATCHING!”
The astounding truth is, we will one day be face to face with Jesus. This is a truth we read and hear about, and should know…but one many of us don’t take seriously. I know it has only been in the last year, that this has become very real to me personally. For any one of God’s people, that face to face encounter may not be at the end of a long life–but could in fact happen today…
The Great Salvation which has been bestowed upon those of us who cried out to God in true repentance, was free. It was a gift bought and paid for, by the Son of God on Calvary 2000 years ago. But, we are told that to continue to abide in Christ, is our responsibility: We are also told to examine ourselves often, to make sure we are still abiding in the Faith.
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. 2Cor.13:5