What is approaching cannot be stopped, but I do not mean the approaching evil which is being allowed more and more free reign by the Almighty, I do not refer to the Rapture, if you are indeed saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ then there has been a “knowing” in your heart of that approaching quickly.
Nor do I speak of the Tribulation, for if you have been born-again, you will not be here for the days of Jacob’s Troubles, your responsibility in this regard is to give the warning, and the way to escape those days.
“Moses my servant is dead; (Joshua 1:2a)
I speak of what is approaching for you and every living soul on this planet, your death, and I ask a very personal question of you today. Are you prepared?
Moses walked to his with full assurance, in perfect faith that He who had promised was faithful. The Lord Jesus Christ did the same, one perhaps doing no more than laying down and falling asleep, one in more pain and agony than any man will ever experience.
What is approaching cannot be stopped, the question is, are you prepared. Not for the way the Lord has chosen for you to leave this earth, but for that moment afterward?
Let your flesh contemplate the way it will end, let it fear, you have the mind of Christ, what does you mind tell you will happen a few moments after you close your eyes here for the last time? Will He who sits at the right hand of the Father stand for your arrival into His eternal Kingdom as He did for Stephen? Will His face be the first one you see, or will He send a messenger, an angel, or perhaps one you love that by His grace has gone on before you?
More important my friends, what will the Lord hear from you when you start to speak? Admiration and praise, or excuses?
He is only concerned with the path He has set before you from the moment you got up from your face at the cross. Since that moment in time when you professed to give your life to Him. He knows of course, but He will want to hear from your own lips not why you believe yourself to be worthy to now finally be in His presence, for that was His gift to you. But what you did for Him. Not how you felt, not goals that you set for His glory, that you did not attend to, for there are no rewards in heaven for good intentions.
“What did you do to bring glory to my name?”
And you will answer?
Here is where you get to fill in the blank.
Can you answer Him, or were you planning on using John 15:5 as a feeble excuse? “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
“So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” (Romans 14:12)
And He is going to expect answers.
All pride must be laid aside, humility is the cloak that must cover you as you contemplate this moment. If by His grace and mercy you are blessed to be a part of the Rapture, do not let 1st Corinthians 15:52 alter your thoughts. “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” You will still give that account.
I would strongly suggest you take this short letter to heart, think back on your service to Him, can you see actions that you have taken by your own free will that were meant to do nothing less than lift up the name of the Living God? Can you say “I did this for you” with the full knowledge that He is the one that enabled you to, but you took steps to do them?
Time is growing short, prepare to meet your God my friends.