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Chapter 2
God Prepares His People

    Before Christ comes to earth the second time, God has promised to prepare both a place for His people, and His people for that place. Many will refuse this preparation and to them His Next coming will be other than a blessing. During this time of Godís preparation the Lord will finish the work of saving souls. (Romans 9:28)
    “For He will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the Earth.”
    His people will be prepared for every good work. 2Timothy 2:19-21; 3:16 & 17.
    “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. 20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. 21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good workÖthe holy scriptures...are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”
    When God's people finally realize that all things come from Him, and that they are wholly sustained by His power, they will give Him all glory, He will prepare their hearts. They will then render service to Him willingly. 1Chronicles 29:11 & 18.
    “Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all...O LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers, keep this for ever in the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of thy people, and prepare their heart unto thee:”
    It would do well to read this passage in its entirety. Some would say that because these texts were sited from the Old Testament, they are for the Jews. But, we must ask ourselves, "Does God demand less from His people today, than He did then; Has He changed His requirements?"

    Those who profess to be His, will also be truly humble and they will give heed to His requirements and do them. Micah 6:8
    “He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”

    Those who know Him will walk in the Spirit and will manifest the fruits of the Spirit as revealed in Galatians 5:16,17 & 22, 25.
    “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would... 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”
    His people will be labourers together with Him; they are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works. 1Corinthians 3:9; Ephesians 2:10

    “For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building...we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

    God, the Father allows time to continue, solely because of His love for His creation and those for whom He died. He is not willing that He should lose even one soul. His whole effort is extended in the salvation of man, and preparation for the second coming of His Son is that which He impresses upon every mind. Though because of His seeming delay we may sometimes irreverently and disrespectfully consider Him uncaring because of our self-centered viewpoint, we must beware, for we are assured in 2Peter 3:9 that,
    “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
    And God both warns and encourages us in 2Peter 3:10-13 when He says,
    “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless, we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness.”
    1Thessalonians 5:23 also encourages us with these words:
    “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of Lord Jesus Christ.”
    And Jude 24 and 25 tell us:
    “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the present of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and power, both now and ever. Amen.”
    The whole of Scripture is written as a guide for the preparation of God's people, preparation for the day of the Lord; the Second Coming. (See again, 2Timothy 3:16-17.) Many of the prophecies of the Bible have already been fulfilled, and little time remains before Jesus returns in all His glory. Part of the preparation is awakening His people to the events that will transpire just prior to His return.

    God's people, who He is now calling to gather together will without a doubt be prepared for His return in glory because He is the one doing the preparing. If we do not resist His preparation, we will be made ready. We all have a part in the fulfilling of prophecy. The part we play will be determined by the way in which we respond to His call. We will either be holy and be granted eternal life or unholy and receive eternal death.

    The Lord says in Deuteronomy 30:19 & 20,
    “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore, choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey His voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto Him: for He is life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”
    And in 2 Corinthians 6:2 He the Lord admonishes us,
    “For He saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold now is the accepted time; now is the day of salvation.”
    Titus 2:11-14 says;
“...the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”
    And Ephesians 2:8-10 tell us;
    “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
    We are told many things in Scripture concerning what God expects of His people. By His power and grace we are enabled to do all that is required. We are told, very simply, in Micah 6:8;
“He has shown you, oh man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?”
    All of Scripture is given for the purpose of enabling us to meet these requirements, by Godís standard, as we are told in 2 Timothy 3:16 & 17;
    “All scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
Summary:

    Jesus will come in the clouds of heaven, every eye will see Him; of these things there is no doubt, for He, Himself, has declared them to be so. This same Jesus who was taken up from the earth in a cloud will return in like manner. Angels of God testified to this. Much in the Old Testament speaks of the coming of Jesus. As a matter of fact there are 10 times as many texts that speak of His Second Coming, as King, as there are that speak of His first coming as Man. The Father has done all He can to prepare a people for this event; just as He did to prepare the world for His Son's first coming. The people in Jesusí day misunderstood the manner of Christís coming. Could we, today, misinterpret the events that accompany the Second Coming of Christ? When He comes again, He will accomplish two main things:
  1. He will destroy the wicked with the brightness of His Glory (2Thessalonians 1:7, 8; 2:8; Jeremiah 25:31-33). These are the wicked who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord. The death they die at this time is the first death, just as all others have had to suffer throughout the ages. The second death take place after the millennium.
  2. He will deliver His people. These are the followers of Christ from ages past and includes those who are alive and remain unto the Second Coming of Christ
    For a little more discussion on these two events, please see, “The Millienium.” There will come a time when God will say, "Let them that are filthy, be filthy still... and Let him who is holy, be holy still..." (Revelation 22:11) From that point our destinies will be sealed. Let us look to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, that we might, indeed, be prepared when that day arrives. And because Jesus' next coming will eliminate any other possibility to prepare, and precludes a second chance, the Lord admonishes us in Ephesians 6:10-13;
    “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

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