Today’s Bible Teaching and the song is about keeping our eyes fixed on the prize
“Therefore, since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also get rid of every weight and entangling sin. Let us run with endurance the race set before us, focusing on Yeshua (Jesus), the initiator and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame; and He has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2
When it comes to Bible prophecy or end times everyone one has there opinions and many will call you a heritic if you don’t agree with there opinion or understanding of bible prophecy. As Rev. James L. Snyder said in A.W. Tozer’s book Preparing for Jesus’ Return: Daily Live the Blessed Hope “ Instead of Bible prophecy being the great divider, it should unite us all around our risen and glorified Lord who will soon appear. No matter which angle you are looking from, the center of your focus is Jesus Christ. So let us not argue over the right sleeve of Christ’s robe in contrast to the left sleeve. We need both sleeves to make a robe, and we need the whole of Bible prophecy to bring the focus onto the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
As true sincere followers of Yeshua (Jesus) we need to do what the Apostle Paul said to Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:2 (GNV) “Preach the word: be instant, in season, and out of season: improve, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” If we are truly ready in season and out of season and our focus is on Jesus then we should not care about pre-trib, mid-trib or post trib because we are prepared and ready and focused on jesus.
So run the race that God has given to you to run. “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run [their very best to win], but only one receives the prize? Run [your race] in such a way that you may seize the prize and make it yours!” 1 Corinthians 9:24 (AMP)
Maranatha – Our Lord, Come Quickly!
Words and Music by Bill Batstone (as sung by Maranatha Singers)
Maranatha Lord we seek You
Every heart here waits as one
Lord draw near us for we need You
Maranatha oh Lord Jesus come
Oh Lord come
Oh Lord come
We await Your presence
Oh Lord come
Come and meet us
We long to see You
Maranatha oh Lord Jesus come
Where Your people join together Lord
Your Spirit fills that place
You are here now Lord forever
Now in Spirit
But one day face to face
Now we watch Lord for Your appearing
When the veil is torn away
As we see our freedom nearing
May this prayer grow stronger every day
A W Tozer – Preparation for the Second Coming
“I have read that John Wesley was asked at one time how he would react if he knew that Christ was coming that very night. His instant reply was ‘I don’t think I would change any of my plans.’ “ – Whatever Happened to Worship?, 7. (Tozer Topical Reader)
The promise to us is this: what Jesus is, we will be. Not in a sense of deity, certainly, but in all the rights and privileges. In standing we will be equal to Jesus and like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.…
Why do we not actually believe that? We do not half believe it! If we did, we would begin to act like it, in preparation for the great day. I cannot understand why we do not begin to act like children of God if we believe that we have a special higher right to be children of God. We have a right to be sick inside when we see children of heaven acting like the sons of earth, acting like children of the world and the flesh, living like Adam and yet saying they believe in a new birth by God’s Spirit. – John 1:11–13; Titus 2:11–14; 1 John 3:2–3 Faith Beyond Reason, 8. (Tozer Topical Reader)
It is amazing that segments in the Christian church that deny the possibility of the imminent return of the Lord Jesus accuse those who do believe in His soon coming of sitting around, twiddling their thumbs, looking at the sky and blankly hoping for the best!
Nothing could be further from the truth. We live in the interim between His two appearances, but we do not live in a vacuum. We have much to do and little time in which to get it done!
Stretch your mind and consider some very apparent facts of our day.
Who are the Christians leaving all to staff the missionary posts around the world? Who are the Christians staying at home and sacrificing in order to support the great evangelical thrust of the Christian gospel everywhere? Those who fervently believe that Christ is coming.
What kind of churches are busy praying and teaching and giving, preparing their young people for the ministry and for missionary work? Churches that are responding to Christ’s appeal to “Occupy until I come!” (Luke 19:13, KJV). – Luke 19:13; 1 Corinthians 15:58; Titus 2:11–14 Who Put Jesus on the Cross?, 155, 156. (Tozer Topical Reader)
Enoch reminds us that the quality and boldness of our faith will be the measure of our preparation for the return of Jesus Christ to this earth.…
All of us surely have moments when we wonder if we are seriously living in preparation for the coming of our Lord and for the eternity when we will be at home with Him. In our faith and trust, we know that God in His grace owns us and calls us His believing children, His saints. Yet, we do have times of discouragement concerning our shortcomings and failures.
The faith of Enoch continues to be an encouragement to walk with the King of heaven while we live down here. Then we know we will feel comfortable and at home when we get to heaven!…
I think we may draw the certain conclusion that when Enoch arrived in God’s presence—raptured, translated, changed—he was completely at home, completely satisfied. (Genesis 5:24; Matthew 24:36–39; Hebrews 11:5 Jesus, Author of our Faith, 19, 26.) – (Tozer Topical Reader)
The devil is smart enough not to waste his attacks on minor and non-vital aspects of Christian truth and teaching.…
But the believing Christian lives in joyful anticipation of the return of Jesus Christ and that is such an important segment of truth that the devil has always been geared up to fight it and ridicule it. One of his big successes is being able to get people to argue and get mad about the second coming—rather than looking and waiting for it.
Suppose a man has been overseas two or three years, away from his family. Suddenly a cable arrives for the family with the message, “My work completed here; I will be home today.”
After some hours he arrives at the front door and finds the members of his family in turmoil. There had been a great argument as to whether he would arrive in the afternoon or evening. There had been arguments about what transportation he would be using. As a result, there were no little noses pushing against the window glass, no one looking to be able to catch the first glimpse of returning Daddy.
You may say, “That is only an illustration.” But what is the situation in the various segments of the Christian community?
They are fighting with one another and glaring at each other. They are debating whether He is coming and how He is coming and they are busy using what they consider to be proof texts about the fall of Rome and the identification of the antichrist.
That is the work of the devil—to make Christian people argue about the details of His coming so they will forget the most important thing. (Matthew 24:36–39; 1 Timothy 6:13–16; Titus 2:11–14 – Who Put Jesus on the Cross?, 162, 163) – Tozer Topical Reader