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“Twinkling of an Eye”

June 5, 2009
The moment that we all profess to be waiting for; that being the return of Jesus Christ. We may ponder it frequently, and yet we find ourselves unable to fully grasp the incredibleness of the event. There is a designated moment approaching, in which the trumpet will sound and the dead in Christ shall rise from the grave; followed quickly by those upon the earth who are still maintaining the testimony of Jesus Christ. We shall put on incorruption and immortality as we enter into the presence of Jesus; never again to wander through this wilderness of sin. All of the cares of this temporal world will dissolve in an instant as we suddenly we see him, no longer through a glass darkly, but as he is; glorified and everlasting. If a single admonition seems needful in this present hour, it’s simply to keep looking for the appearing of Jesus Christ. Regardless of where our preferred prophetic timeline places the event, we should always looking forward to the moment when we find ourselves absent from this arena of atoms and present with the Lord.
II Corinthians 5:8 “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord
Jesus concluded his discussion of the times prior to his return with the statement “And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.” (Mark 13:37) We know that the last days will be a time when iniquity abounds and the love of many waxes cold. As the events coming to pass upon the earth reach a cresendo, there will be a great falling away; an exodus of the faith by those who become weary of watching and turn aside to strong delusions. Whereas at one time they consistantly uttered the heartfelt prayer of “even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20) they became increasingly intrigued (and subsequently overcharged) by the goings on in this world until they strayed from their first love.  This is a constant danger; even to one who appears to be a stern watcher. It’s possible to become so consumed with the observation of prophetic fulfilment that the act of monitoring becomes our primary motive. This is similar to what happened in Ephesus, where the saints became so focused on “doing” that the functions became their priority. (Revelation 1-5) Watching is imperative as the following passage demonstrates:
I John 3:2-3 “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”
If we truly love Jesus, who first loved us and shed his blood for us, we’ll be watching for his return. If we’re truly watching for his return, our affections will bwe on things above. If our affections are on things above, lives will reflect it. It will become manifest in our temperament, our conversation, and the activities that we make time for. Our works of charity will be done because of our love for Jesus and those around us. We’ll have inexplainable joy, even in the midst of turmoil; knowing that our momentary light affliction works a far more exceeding weight of glory. Increasingly, we’ll gravitate toward those things which have eternal ramifications while distancing ourselves from vanity and the campaigns which focus on temporal matters. We’ll find a sweet fellowship with the Lord Jesus and a sweet fellowship with those who, from their heart,  have abandoned all attachment to the worlds allurements that they may be faithful ambassadors for Christ.
The following link is to a writing that I found about four years ago, but it coincides with this post:
ARE YOU LONGING FOR HIS APPEARING?
This present layoff period has highlighted something that we contend with daily; that being the illusion of continuance. It’s easy to unwittingly “take for granted” that tomorrow will look just like today. That we will still be here, occupying our position in this world and that what we don’t accomplish today can simply be done “first thing in the morning.”  Most of the time we’ll never ever admit to this; even to ourselves. In the realm of the audible, we’ll adamently rehearse all of the scriptures that tell how tomorrow is promised to no one and that the return of Jesus will be as thief in the night. But when we allow the cares of this world to become a primary focus, or our sense of urgency begins to wane, it becomes apparent that a “my Lord delayeth his coming” mentality has begun to set in. This extended layoff time has afforded much time that I normally wouldn’t have available. I’ve finished a lot of tasks at home, (Mrs timbob is appreciative) but I haven’t gotten into the streets as much as planned. Whenever trips into the streets become derailed, it normally tends to drive me nutty. Lately, however, it’s become more of a casual, “I’ll get out there tomorrow.” Then tomorrow, something else comes up.
This is an erea where I  must be careful to not delve into complaining. (uh oh; getting off message a little) If it were possible, I would practically live in the streets presenting the gospel. But my life at home is incredibly complex and opportunities to get into the streets can be rare; even in the midst of a layoff.  I must remember that the souls in my household and those with whom I interract daily are equally important and that, in the grand scheme of things, taking the gospel into the streets in merely one aspect. We’re to be a city that’s set on a hill 24/7; regardless of where we are. The menial tasks which have no eternal significance may seem to get in the way of what’s really important, but one must be ever aware of the souls in the ambience; especially those who are not ready for eternity. We must always be very cautious as to not bring about unnecessary scattering amongst those who don’t yet understand our sense of urgency. At the same time, we must ensure that we are being obediant to the Lord; even when doing so displeases those around us.
WE MUST STRIVE TO WALK IN THE SPIRIT ALWAYS. WE CANNOT NAVIGATE SUCH TREACHEROUS WATERS IN OUR OWN UNDERSTANDING.
The twinkling of an eye. That would be 186,000 miles per second. When Jesus returns; sending his angels into the four corners of the earth to gather the elect, the change from the corruptible to incorruption will be so fast that it will be practically instantaneous. Imagine how this would appear from the ground to one whose walking past a tranquil cemetery. Suddenly it’s as though several land mines are triggered; all at the same time and the ground is dotted with holes. That’s all that would be observed. The saints who are alive will seem to just “vanish into thin air.”  For those who are in Christ and watching; the moment will be even more spectacular. Imagine being at the gas station one morning; filling up the truck and contemplating the days tasks. Suddenly….we’re immortal, surrounded by anuncountable number of saints and seeing Jesus; the King of kings and Lord of lords. No more seasons, no more taxes, no more lonely nights, no more afflictions……..but also, no more opportunities to share Jesus.
I know that the above example sounds pre-tribulationish, (Revelation 16:15) but it’s a striving to underscore the suddenness of the Lords appearing and how quickly this present season can be over. Our time here is so very short, but in it our eternal situation is forged. I’ll close for now. I pray that the Lord will grant all of us an increased understanding of the things mentioned here. Blessings always in Jesus name.
II Peter 3:11-13 “Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
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 a fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for a new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”
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10 comments

  1. Thanks timbob for painting a beautiful picture. I’m hoping this is the last comment I ever post. I think I hear a distant trumpet! Jesus is coming again!


  2. http://cindyhan111.wordpress.com/2009/02/06/gods-currency/ Timbob, I was pressed for time to create a link to God’s currency, here it is…
    I apologize for not doing so, that was rude.

    as for this post, reminds me of the night the woman came in and anointed Jesus, lovingly with her hair… how beautiful of a life it is to take care of each other. Christ is in charge of salvation, I sometimes wonder if we get caught up in the great commission to remember that. By taking care of each other, love flows from one person to the next…. I sincerely believe this works.


  3. I say, along with you, maranatha!
    But how can I hasten the day? How can I make it come sooner? I believe that Peter was thinking the same things and wrote, by the Holy Spirit, 2 Peter 3:10-12 which includes, “looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God.”
    I love the poetic way that you wrote about that ‘Day of the Lord.’ I hope that at least 6.7 billion people read what you’ve written and would take it to heart.


  4. The twinkling of an eye- that’s pretty quick. I want to keep walking with Jesus and be ready for that great and glorious day. Thanks for this admonition.


  5. It is interesting how much Jesus tells us to watch. I think it is because it may not be what we expect.

    Rachel


  6. Hi Archie. Indeed it would be awesome. Each of us will have a final comment, and a final post. Each one is a potential candidate for that title.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.


  7. Hi Cindy. This is an important thing to remember; that a person is known by their fruit and the love that they have for others. An authentic love that goes beyond profession and into ministering to the needs of others. A person who is truly watching will be diligent about such matters as they understand the limits of time.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.


  8. Hi Jerald. CR and I were discussing this earlier today in Kalamazoo. There will be a final soul who comes into the kingdom. Let’s be diligently searching for that final one.

    As awesome as this is, however, there’s also the element of time running out on multitudes. It’s a sobering thought. Thanks for dropping by.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.


  9. Hi Carol. This is the true indicator of one who is watching; they’re about our Fathers business. As we set our eyes on heaven, we’ll naturally be more diligent about reaching those who are not ready.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.


  10. Hi Rachel. This is so true; especially when we consider that we see in part “through a glass darkly.” I’ve often wondered how much different our perception of things to come would be if we knew what the seven thunders uttered. Knowing that our picture is not an exhaustive schematic of things to come, we must be ever so diligent in watching and taking heed to the distinct guidelines that we are given.

    I truly think that we are all going to be astonished at the way the dust finally settles, but if we abide close to Jesus and hide his word in our hearts, he’ll keep us from straying.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.



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