Lord’s long-promised Return appears to be at hand, so far
as we can ascertain from the prophecy of the New
Testament. We are not warranted in giving a date, as some
unwisely have done, yet we are told that when we see
certain events beginning to come to pass, we are then to
lift up our heads, for He is near. From a careful reading
of such portions of the New Testament which describe the
state of the world in “the last days,” we find the
startling truth that everything predicted is now
a state this poor world is in! Tribulation, lawlessness,
wickedness, misery, sorrow, distress and perplexity abound
on every hand. And the Christian is by no means exempt
from the present trying circumstances of our surroundings.
To-day, particularly, there is shining in the darkness
this bright Hope of the Lord’s Coming— the Christian’s
complete deliverance from “this present evil world.” For
the comfort and cheer of the Lord’s dear people we have
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The Lord is Coming!
“Thou art coming! Thou art coming!
We shall meet Thee on Thy way!
Thou art coming! We shall see Thee,
And be like Thee on that day!
Thou art coming! Thou art coming!
Jesus our beloved Lord!
Oh, the joy to see Thee reigning,
Worshipped, glorified, adored!”
this very same Jesus who died for our sins; who was raised
from the dead for our justification; who ascended to
Heaven as our Great High Priest and our Advocate with the
Father; this blessed One is surely coming again. The New
Testament abounds with references to this glorious event.
Everything points to the fact that it is now at hand.
“Faith can almost hear His footfall
On the threshold of the door.”
purpose in writing is not to give a detailed statement of
all coming events, but rather to present the Scriptures
concerning the Hope of the Church, which is the Coming of
her Lord to receive her unto Himself for ever. Though we
look for great events foretold by prophecy, yet first in
order is our Lord’s return which closes the present “day
of salvation”— a period unmarked by dates, a break in the
prophetic stream of time. After His Coming for the Church,
prophecy is resumed in its relation to the Jews and the
nations on earth. But this one bright Hope is held up
before the people of God, with naught else between—
Christ’s Return any day, any moment! It may be “at even,
or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning”
“That Jesus will come in the fulness of glory,
To receive from the world His own!”
us now consider a number of passages unfolding our
The Lords Promise.
go to prepare a place for you… I will come again, and
receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be
also” (John 14:2-3). “A little while, and ye shall not see
Me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see Me,
because I go to the Father” (chap. 16:16). “And ye now
therefore have sorrow; but I will see you again, and your
heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you”
events are here stated: (1) “I go;” (2) “I will come
again.” More than nineteen hundred years have passed away
since He went back to the Father, and still He has not
come. Truly the Church has waited long; but He has
promised to return, and will surely keep His word. It may
seem long to us, but the time is short to Him in the joy
of gathering in the lost ones to make up the number of His
redeemed, and in the joy of preparing the place for them,
so wonderfully perfect and glorious as it must be.
“Saviour, we are waiting, waiting,
Waiting, blessed Lord for Thee,
Waiting for the calling upward,
With our Lord to be;
Long and lone hath been the pathway,
Oft our hearts have failed with fear;
But the guiding star of morning
Heralds Thee as near.”
little child was sauntering along the street of a city in
England, repeating to itself, “At ten o’clock, at ten
o’clock!” A kind gentleman accosted the little one and
sought to gently draw forth what was the meaning of the
oft-repeated monotone, “At ten o’clock!” Ah, it was this:
Mother had gone away early that morning and had promised
to be back at ten o’clock. To the child she was
everything, and in its little mind her return was the
Shall we not let a child teach us? Are we daily humming to
ourselves, “A little while, and ye shall see Me!” (John
16:19), as we look for our beloved Lord, longing, oh so
much, for Him to come? What a picture of delight would be
that child’s face when mother was seen coming in
fulfilment of her promise! What joy would be in the
mother’s heart to clasp in her arms her little waiting
the blessed joy of meeting—
All the desert past!
Oh, the wondrous words of greeting
He shall speak at last!
He and I in that bright glory
One deep joy shall share;
Mine, to be forever with Him;
His that I am there!”
Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men
count slackness; but is long-suffering to usward, not
willing that any should perish, but that all should come
to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9). “Let us hold fast the
confession of our Hope, that it waver not; for He is
faithful that promised” (Heb. 10:23, R.V.). “For yet a
little while, and He that shall come will come, and will
not tarry” (verse 37). “He which testifieth these things
saith, Surely I come quickly” (Rev. 22:20).
Lord Jesus is called “The Faithful Witness” (Rev. 1:5),
and He declares Himself “The Truth” (John 14:6). How could
it be possible that He should not keep His word? If He did
not keep His word, He would lose His character! How it
strengthens the heart’s confidence as we are told it is
“impossible for God to lie” (Heb. 6:18).
Firstly, let us notice the explanation the Spirit of God
gives— the Lord’s “long-suffering to usward, not willing
that any should perish” (2 Pet. 3:9). Secondly, let us
remember how time in the light of eternity, even nineteen
hundred years, seems a mere moment. So instead of thinking
the time is long, very long, let us stir up ourselves and
confess the Hope of His Coming, and waver not. We read,
“Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of
the earth, and hath long patience for it … Be ye also
patient, stablish your hearts, for the Coming of the Lord
draweth nigh” (Jas. 5:7-8).
“Keep us, blessed Saviour, waiting,
Clinging to Thy precious word;
Every footstep of the journey,
Waiting for our Lord;
Waiting till within the mansions
We behold Thy glorious face,
Singing all the wondrous story
Of Thy matchless grace!”
The Hope of the Church.
“Unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second
time without sin (apart from sin, R.V.) unto salvation”
(Heb. 9:28). “For our conversation (citizenship, R.V.) is
in Heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the
Lord Jesus Christ” (Phil. 3:20). “Waiting for the
adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body” (Rom. 8:23).
“Waiting for the Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor.
1:7). “Looking for that blessed Hope, and the glorious
appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ”
(Titus 2:13). “To wait for His Son from Heaven” (1 Thess.
Theses scriptures show what is the real Hope of the
Church, that is, what we are looking for. We look for a
PERSON to come from Heaven. All that concerns our future
is linked up with this Coming One. The Hope is not that
when we die we shall go to Heaven. If we die, we shall
certainly go there. Neither is the Hope the glorious
Millennium. This will come in its due time, and we shall
then reign with Christ. What then, precisely, is our hope?
Just this: the personal Return of the very same Jesus who
came into the world in lowly form to suffer and to die for
our sins, “the Just for the unjust, that He might bring us
to God” (1 Pet. 3:18). It is indeed the Lord Himself who
is coming; not Michael the Archangel on His behalf. The
Heavenly Bridegroom comes for His Bride and to conduct her
home to be evermore with Him. The Thessalonians believers
had “turned to God from idols, to serve the living and
true God, and to wait for His Son from Heaven”— that
heartening, delightsome, and sanctifying prospect with
nothing between! We look and wait for Him. After we are
gone, the ungodly world will await the appearing of the
Man of Sin, the Antichrist; and such fearsome things as
the Great Tribulation will follow on. What a striking
contrast between the Christian’s Hope and that of the un
believers left behind!
“Have I a hope, however dear,
Which would defer Thy coming, Lord,
Which would detain my spirit here,
Where naught can lasting joy afford?
From it, my Saviour, set me free,
To look, and long, and wait for Thee.
Be Thou the Object, bright and fair,
To fill and satisfy my heart;
My hope to meet Thee in the air,
And nevermore from Thee to part;
That I may undistracted be
To follow, serve, and wait for Thee!”
Coming into the Air.
the Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout,
with the voice of the Archangel, and with the trump of
God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first; then we
which are alive and remain shall be caught up together
with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and
so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one
another with these words” (1 Thess. 4:16-18). “We shall
not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment,
in the twinkling of an eve, at the last trump” (1 Cor.
meeting-place of Christ and His Church will be “in the
air.” We shall be “caught up” to meet Him there. According
to the present law of gravitation this would be
impossible, the tendency of a body is towards the earth;
jump up and you must come down. But in that coming day the
centre of gravity will be changed, in the case of
believers, from earth to Heaven; we shall go up. If you
scatter on a table a quantity of needles among a larger
number of brass pins and suspend over them a powerful
magnet, “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye,” up goes
every needle to the magnet, counteracting the law of
gravitation. The steel of the needle answers immediately
to the strong drawing-power of the magnet: so with Christ
and His saints at His Coming.
not one pin rises, for there is no affinity between the
magnet and a pin. The believer is “born again” (John 3:3)
and is a “partaker of the Divine nature” (2 Pet. 1:4); but
the unsaved, who are none of His, are left behind for the
coming judgments described in the Book of the Revelation.
The suddenness of the Lord’s Coming is likened to the
lightning (Luke 17:24), affording no time to get ready
then. Now is the time, if the reader is not prepared. At
once accept Christ as your Saviour, believing with your
heart that He died for our sins, according to the
Scriptures, and raised again for our justification, and
you shall be saved (1 Cor. 15:1-4). Then you will not have
the fear of being left for judgment; but with joy will
look for Him whose precious blood cleanses from all sin (1
Lord Himself shall come,
And shout a quickening word;
Thousands shall answer from the tomb—
‘For ever with the Lord!’
as we upward fly,
That resurrection word
Shall be our shout of victory—
‘For ever with the Lord!’
shall I meet those eyes?
Mine on Himself I cast,
And own myself the Saviour’s prize—
Mercy from first to last!”
Dead in Christ Raised.
“Them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him …
the dead in Christ shall rise first” (1 Thess. 4:14-16).
“Every man in his own order: Christ the first-fruits,
afterward they that are Christ’s at His Coming” (1 Cor.
15:23). “The dead (those in Christ) shall be raised
incorruptible” (verse 52). “It (the dead body) is sown in
corruption, it is raised in incorruption; it is sown in
dishonour, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness,
it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is
raised a spiritual body” (verses 42-44).
person sleeps not at death, as some falsely suppose. “Then
shall the dust return to the earth as it was, and the
spirit shall return to God who gave it” (Eccl. 12:7).
“Willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be
present with the Lord” (2 Cor. 5:8). Only the body
“sleeps.” What will God bring with Him? He will bring the
spirits of His departed people from their present
waiting-place with Christ, that they may be “clothed upon”
with their resurrection bodies. “The dead in Christ”
conveys the thought of the bodies laid to rest, and does
not mean the persons are dead. No, their spirits are in
the conscious blessedness of their Lord’s presence, and He
is not in the grave. Death, for the believer, has lost its
sting, and no longer is it “the king of terrors” (Job
18:14), but is the servant who opens the door to admit
into Heaven the departing one. The body “sleeps,” such is
the beautiful expression God uses in robbing death of its
Christ Himself is the first-fruits of the resurrection,
and next in order to Him are they who are His at His
Coming. The body which was laid in the grave will arise,
but it will be “changed.” No more subject to death,
corruption, dishonour, weakness— no longer a “natural”
body; but alive for ever, incorruptible, glorified, in
power— it will be a “spiritual” body; in short, “fashioned
like unto His glorious body” (Phil. 3:21). The new
resurrection body is “spiritual,” and this we understand
as not meaning something immaterial, but something having
real substance, holy and divine.
After our Lord was risen from the dead, He said to His
disciples who thought they beheld a spirit, “Handle Me,
and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see
Me have” (Luke 24:39). Just what His glorified
resurrection body is, so shall the “raised” and “changed”
bodies of the redeemed be. “As we have borne the image of
the earthy (that is, Adam), we shall also bear the image
of the Heavenly” (this is Christ), 1 Cor. 15:49. What a
glorious sight in Heaven to behold myriads of ransomed
ones in the image of Christ, clothed upon with heavenly
glory and faces shining as the sun! Meantime we wait —
“Until the shadows from this earth are cast;
Until He gathers in His sheaves at last;
Until the twilight gloom is overpast —
Until the coming glory lights the skies;
Till those who sleep in Jesus shall arise,
And He shall come, but not in lowly guise —
Until, made beautiful by love divine,
Thou in the likeness of thy Lord shalt shine,
And He shall bring that golden crown of thine.”
Living Believers Changed.
this we say unto you by the Word of the Lord, that we
which are alive and remain unto the Coming of the Lord
shall not prevent (i.e., go before) them which are asleep”
(1 Thess. 4:15). “We shall not all sleep, but we shall all
be changed, 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” (1
Cor. 15:51-52). “Who shall fashion anew the body of our
humiliation that it may be conformed to the body of His
glory” (Phil. 3:21, R.V.).
the certainty of these things, we have the Word of the
Lord. At the time of His Coming there will be innumerable
bodies of His saints lying buried in the earth, and a
lesser number of saints alive and at their ordinary
avocation of life. The first thing to happen is the Lord’s
sudden descent to the air with a shout; the second is the
raising of the dead bodies of His redeemed ones and
uniting them to their spirits; the third is the changing
of the bodies of those alive; the fourth is the “raised”
and the “living,” having been “changed,” are together
“caught up to meet the Lord.” And all this to take place
“in a moment.”
redeemed one is left out; not even a wayward or sleepy
one. He comes for everyone belonging to Him, irrespective
of their spiritual state. Am I His, or am I not? settles
the question. Later on, at His Judgment Seat, will the
matters of conduct and condition be examined, to our
profit or loss— the time and the place for that. When God
by His power brought the Children of Israel out of Egypt,
all went out, not so much as a hoof was left behind (Exod.
10:26). Were all perfect in character? Alas, many were
not! Yet all were His people, redeemed by blood; and He
brought them out from thence, to bring them into the
Promised Land. Sovereign grace it was! And let it be noted
that the Lord separated between His people in Goshen and
the rest of the land of Egypt, when the plagues fell upon
the Egyptians (Exod. 8:22-23).
Somebody may exclaim, “Incredible; my intelligence
cannot accept such statements concerning the
resurrection.” It has not pleased the Creator to give to
finite man an intelligence capable of understanding the
infinite power of God. There are things impossible to man,
with his limited knowledge, to comprehend; these must be
accepted by faith till God makes all mysteries plain.
“With God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37). The
supernatural remains, meantime, a mystery; man cannot give
the science of it. There can be no difficulty concerning
the resurrection when GOD is brought into it. There are
things about the origin of life that no scientist has yet
explained, nor can he; but all believe in life. There are
secrets known alone to God. We have faith in His almighty
power, and believing and rejoicing we leave curiosity to
the day when we shall bear the image of the Heavenly One.
“With the light of resurrection,
When our changed bodies glow,
And we gain the full perfection
Of the bliss begun below;
When the life which flesh obscureth
In each radiant form shall shine,
And the joy that aye endureth
Flasheth forth in beams divine —
‘twill be a glorious morrow
To a dark and stormy day,
When we smile upon our sorrow,
And the storms have passed away!”
Both Caught Up into the
was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight”
(Act 1:9). “Caught up together with them in the clouds, to
meet the Lord in the air” (1 Thess. 4:17). “Now we beseech
you, brethren, by the Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and
by our gathering together unto Him” (2 Thess. 2:1).
“Behold, He cometh with the clouds” (Rev. 1:7, R.V.).
cloud received our Lord when He ascended from His watching
disciples, and the two shining ones said, “This same Jesus
… shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into
Heaven.” In both the Old and New Testaments the
atmospheric clouds are often associated with God. When He
came down upon Mt. Sinai with the sound of a trumpet
exceeding loud, clouds were round about Him, that curious
eyes might not gaze upon God. Moses was privileged to go
up and enter through those clouds and speak with Him.
the Lord comes the curious eyes of sinners shall not look
upon that secret, holy and joyous meeting of the
Bridegroom and the Bride. As the cloud shut out any
further view of Jesus from the disciples, so shall we pass
through the clouds beyond the sight of the world, to meet
Him. They shall not see Him until He comes later to earth,
with His glorified saints in power and great glory to
reign as King of kings and Lord of lords; then “every eye
shall see Him” (Rev. 1:7).
a gathering of the ransomed to the Lord in the air! They
will come from the four quarters of the earth, from every
nation and of every tongue, of every generation— all
purchased at the great cost of “the precious blood of
Christ,” poured out amid the awful sufferings of the
Cross. As the merchant man seeking goodly pearls, having
found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he
had and bought it (Matt. 13:45-46); so Christ gave
Himself— all He had— to obtain what should be a glorious
Church, on which to bestow His love, in all its breadth,
and length, and depth and height (Eph. 3:17-19). Oh, His
love is boundless; who can set it forth?
we live and walk by faith, Through the love of Christ; We
can triumph over death, One in life with Christ; Rooted,
settled, knowing more, Depths and heights of love explore,
Till we gain the heavenly shore, Through the love of
Christ; Love of Christ— love of Christ! When He comes we
then shall know All the love of Christ!”
To be Ever with the Lord.
shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thess. 4:17). “Father,
I will that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me
where I am; that they may behold My glory” (John 17:24).
“Because I live, ye shall live also” (chap. 14:19). “Who
died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live
together with Him” (1 Thess. 5:10). “They which are called
might receive the promise of eternal inheritance” (Heb.
9:15). “Him that over-cometh will I make a pillar in the
temple of My God, and he shall go no more out” (Rev.
thousand years have come and gone, we shall only have
commenced the enjoyment of the Lord’s presence and glory.
Ages upon ages will roll on in endless succession.
Eternity has no bound, neither is time reckoned by years.
There is no night there. Death is destroyed; and sorrow,
pain and tears will be no more at all. Because the Lord
lives, we shall live also; for we are, in the spiritual
sense, parts of Himself, “members of His body, of His
flesh, and of His bones” (Eph. 5:30). You cannot separate
between Christ and His members.
the human mind grasp the full felicity of living together
with Him? Very sweet can be the married life of two true
souls on earth; and from this we may catch glimpses,
though ever so faint, of the happy and eternal union of
Christ and His Church. Oh, wondrous grace that set His
love upon us! Why, we cannot tell, except as we may say it
is “according to the good pleasure of His will” (Eph. 1:5)
that He chose us in love. When we shall behold His glory,
and the magnificence of the place prepared for us, we
shall exclaim as the Queen of Sheba when she saw all the
glory of King Solomon, “Behold, the half was not told me;
thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I
heard” (1 Kings 10:7).
“Saviour, Thy Home is mine,
And I, Thy Father’s child,
With hopes and joys divine;
The world’s a weary wild—
I’m going Home!
Home, oh how soft and sweet,
It thrills upon the heart!
Home, where the children meet,
And never, never part—
I’m going Home!
Home, where the Bridegroom takes
The purchase of His love;
Home, where the Father waits
To welcome her above—
I’m going Home!”
Shall we know One Another?
this question there can only be a decided YES. The whole
tenor of Scripture confirms it. There is no such thing as
losing one’s personality and identity. I who have been
known on earth in my individuality and accountability will
certainly appear the same person in Heaven. This very
person, I, whom loved’ ones and others associated with in
our life here below, will be met again in recognition.
This is the joy we all look forward to. When death parted
us, we felt fully assured it would not be for long, and
that a blissful reunion was awaiting us.
By-and-by we shall see our Lord Jesus, and know Him too.
In the Kingdom we shall sit down with Abraham, Isaac and
Jacob, and know which is which. On the Mount of
Transfiguration Moses and Elijah appeared in glory, the
very same two who lived on earth, easily distinguished and
recognised by the disciples. Certainly we shall meet in
the glory the Old and New Testament worthies of whom we
have read, and whose words have so often helped us. How
interesting to meet them and know one from the other, and
to hear further particulars of their day and testimony. To
hear from Enoch of his long, close walk with God; and how
Noah bore his testimony to the people before the flood,
while the Ark was preparing; to hear Abraham tell of his
call from the land of the Chaldees, and of all the things
the Lord revealed to him as a friend; to hear from Moses
how he chose to suffer affliction with the people of God,
esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the
treasures of Egypt; also to meet David the sweet psalmist
of Israel, whose psalms have been our comfort and delight;
Isaiah who wrote that wonderful 53rd chapter; Daniel who
was in the lion’s den; Peter, Paul and John and others of
the New Testament early days; and of the noble army of
martyrs, of whom the world was not worthy.
Every child in our Heavenly Father’s family has a separate
and distinct identity, individually loved of Him. This can
never be lost. To lose it would destroy the family aspect,
and rob our Heavenly Home of much of its charm. It is by
the features, chiefly, that we recognise one another, and
to look into the countenance of a loved one, or friend, is
a great delight. The features of our glorified bodies will
be recognisable from what we remembered on earth, with
this change however, the face will be perfect in beauty.
What was true of our Lord, after His resurrection, gives
the certain clue as to what we are to be. The One who was
received up into Heaven, was “this very same Jesus,” known
and loved by His disciples; His body and features quite
recognisable. When He comes again, it will still be “this
same Jesus,” though changed, in this respect, the body
glorified and the face shining as the sun. A shining face
is not an unrecognisable face; you see it is the very same
dear face, only in perfect health and radiant. Even the
rich man in hell recognised Abraham afar off, and Lazarus
in his bosom (Lk. 16:19-31). “Then shall I know, even as
also I am known” (1 Cor. 13:12), is so very definite that
no word of comment is required. “For what is our hope, or
joy, or crown of rejoicing? art not even ye in the
presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His Coming?” (1
Thess. 2:19). It was the thought of meeting these
Thessalonian believers that filled Paul with hope and joy,
for surely to have this hope fulfilled they must know Paul
and Paul must know them.
shall come with joy and gladness,
We shall gather round the throne;
Face to face with those that love us,
We shall know as we are known;
And the song of our redemption
Shall resound through endless day,
When the shadows have departed
And the mists have rolled away.”
The Time of His Coming.
of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the
angels which are in Heaven, neither the Son, but the
Father” (Mark 13:32). “It is not for you to know the times
or the seasons which the Father hath put in His own power”
(Acts 1:7). “The Coming of the Lord draweth nigh” (Jas.
5:8). “In the last days perilous times shall come” (2 Tim.
3:1). “Watch ye, therefore; for ye know not when the
Master of the House cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at
the cock-crowing, or in the morning: lest coming suddenly
He find you sleeping” (Mark 13:35). “Take ye heed, watch
and pray” (verse 33).
often has a time been set for the Lord’s Coming, and every
time it has proved wrong! Let us beware of fixing dates
for this and that future event, prying into what the
Father has put in His own power. In the Word we are told
much concerning “the last days.” By a careful
consideration of what we read, and comparing it with the
present time, the conclusion becomes certain that His
Coming “draweth nigh.” We believe this to be the full
length we are warranted in going, and anything beyond is
mere speculation. Every prediction the Scriptures contain,
having reference to the nature and condition of the world
at the time of the end, leaves nothing now to come to
pass; the only thing to be said is that the present
ungodly state of mankind may not be full-blown. The
conclusion that we are near, very near to the moment when
the Church shall hear the “shout,” is irresistible;
therefore we are to watch and be ready for the translation
at any time now.
us not, however, get the idea we need attempt no fresh
enterprise for Christ as He may so soon come; on the
contrary, rather put forth fresh energies and plan more
service, with increasing devotion and a closer and holier
walk with Him. “Blessed is that servant whom his Lord,
when He cometh, shall find so doing” (Matt. 24:46). God
has fixed the happy day, and has told us sufficient to
indicate that now it is “at hand.” Before the sun sets
to-night, or rises to-morrow morning, we may be gone. What
will become of our goods and property? The Public Trust
Department will doubtless take all. It is just as well not
to have too much to leave, but to send it on ahead by
using all we can for God. This is laying up treasures in
know not if He’ll come at eve,
Or night, or morn, or noon;
I know the breeze of twilight grey
That fans the cheek of dying day,
Doth ever whisper—soon!
know not why our souls should doubt
His promise to appear;
When every flower’s opening eye
Looks up into the changing sky
And seems to murmur—near!
know not round His blessed feet
What peerless glories throng;
I only know from rending tomb
The saved shall burst in beauty’s bloom,
And faith assures—not long!”
The Characteristics of
Those who Love His Appearing.
GODLINESS. “Denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we
should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this
present world; looking for that blessed Hope” (Titus
WATCHFULNESS. “Let us not sleep, as do others, but let
us watch and be sober” (1 Thess. 5:6).
READINESS. “Wherefore, girding up the loins of your
mind, be sober and set your heart perfectly on the grace
that is to be brought unto you at the Revelation of
Jesus Christ” (1 Pet. 1:13, R.V.).
HOLINESS. “Every man that hath this Hope in Him
purifieth himself, even as He is pure” (1 John 3:3).
JOYFULNESS. “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom,
though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice
with joy unspeakable, and full of glory” (1 Pet. 1:8).
MORTIFICATION. “When Christ, who is our life, shall
appear, then shall we also appear with Him in glory.
Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth”
PATIENCE. “Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for
the Coming of the Lord draweth nigh” ( Jas. 5:8).
all that look for, ‘hasten’
The coming joyful day,
By earnest consecration,
To walk the narrow way;
By gathering in the lost ones,
For whom our Lord did die,
For the crowning day that’s coming,
There will come Scoffers.
“Knowing this first that there shall come in the last days
scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where
is the promise of His Coming? for since the fathers fell
asleep, all things continue as they were from the
creation” (2 Pet. 3:3-4). “Now the Spirit speaketh
expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from
the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines
of devils” (1 Tim. 4:1).
Within, especially, the last hundred years, the truth of
the Lord’s Coming, which had been much lost sight of, has
been revived. Among Christians of every denomination this
glorious Hope has been joyously received by many, and in
their lives its blessed effect has been seen in zeal and
devotion to Christ, with separation from this evil world
and its wicked ways. To the preaching of the Gospel it has
given added conviction, many converts testifying it was
particularly this truth which awakened them to a sense of
their danger and need of salvation— the writer among the
Would it not be a surprise if Satan should leave
unchallenged such a Hope? Ridicule and indifference are
mightier weapons than persecution; these he is using to
the fullest extent. And when men give up belief in
Christ’s Coming, they indulge in worldly lusts “which
drown men in destruction and perdition” (1 Tim. 6:9). We
must be prepared for these scoffers against the truth; who
not only will reject this Hope, but will likewise depart
from the faith as a whole (1 Tim. 4:1). This is no
supposition; it is the express declaration of the Spirit
of God. Let us also beware of those who say, “My Lord
delayeth His Coming” (Matt. 24:48); it has no sanction in
the Scriptures, and tends to the loss of spiritual joy, to
slackness in service and carelessness in walk.
silence of God will be broken,
Whatever the scoffers may say;
When the Lord Himself descends for His own
From the earth to call them away,
His own faithful promise will then be fulfilled:
Let the scoffers say what they may!”
Will the Church go through
the Great Tribulation?
“There is, therefore, now no condemnation (that is,
judgment) to them which are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1).
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My word
and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life,
and shall not come into condemnation,” or judgment, R.V.
(John 5:24). “Because thou hast kept the word of My
patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of
temptation (that is, the Tribulation) which shall come
upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth”
(Rev. 3:10). “Alas! for that day is great, so that none is
like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer.
30:7). “Taking vengeance on them that know not God, and
that obey not the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2
Great Tribulation comes within the period when God will be
pouring His sore judgments upon this ungodly world. Before
He can take vengeance upon the wicked He must take out the
Church, the object of His great love, from among them to
the haven of refuge above, for they cannot be partakers of
the world’s condemnation. “Who gave Himself for our sins,
that He might deliver us from this present evil world”
(Gal. 1:4), now, in a spiritual sense; then, bodily at His
judgment was determined upon the old world, it could not
come until the Ark was finished and God had safely shut
Noah and his family within it. In the destruction of Sodom
and Gomorrah, nothing could be done before Lot and his two
daughters were well away and safe in Zoar. As it was in
the days of Noah and of Lot, so it will be, the Lord tells
us, when He comes—His own taken out first; afterwards, the
righteous judgments from Heaven upon the wicked.
Ambassadors are recalled before countries begin
hostilities; we are “ambassadors for Christ” (2 Cor. 5:20)
among the nations, and the ending of this present day of
grace and salvation will be signalised by our recall, when
the Lord Jesus descends to the air.
Matthew 24, and similar passages, are particularly
Jewish in application, as may be clearly seen by the
peculiar references to the Jews themselves, to their city
Jerusalem, to their country and to their captivity. The
sorrows of their long dispersion and fiery trials, will
culminate in the woes of the Tribulation. It is “the time
of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it” (Jer.
30:7), as a refining fire. Not only must the Jews taste
this Tribulation; but all the wicked nations shall swallow
the dregs of its bitter cup (Ps. 75:8). Jews and Gentiles
alike will suffer for their rejection of Christ. The
Tribulation is, therefore, not for the Church the Bride,
seen “coming up from the wilderness, leaning upon her
Beloved” (S. of S. 8:5). True, He said, “In the world ye
have tribulation” (John 16:33 R.V.); but this is present
suffering for His sake at the hands of a hostile
generation, quite a different thing to the other.
Revelation, chapter 7, the apostle John saw a great
multitude of all nations standing before the throne in
Heaven, clothed with white robes. These, he is told, have
“come out of the Great Tribulation” (ver. 14, R.V.). John
did not know them, till informed. The Church he had
already seen and spoken of, in chap. 5. This company
represent the saved after the translation of the Church,
believers of the Gospel of the Kingdom of the Son of Man,
preached by the faithful remnant from among the Jews, who
refuse to receive the mark of the Beast and will not
worship his image. These are to serve God in His temple on
earth—a remnant of the Gentile nations; whereas the Church
will reign with Christ.
the gloom of the Tribulation let us turn to the sweet
words of a pilgrim of long ago, as he viewed the end of
the toilsome journey—
with Christ—within the golden City
Welcomed long ago;
When for me He passed within the glory,
From the depths below.
Still the gladness of that blessed welcome,
Mystery of that kiss;
Meeting of the Son and of the Father,
Floods my soul with bliss.
sweet welcome mine—mine for ever
That eternal Home;
Whereunto when all these wanderings over,
I shall surely come.
my Father, waiteth there to greet me,
Child of His delight;
In the well-beloved Son presented
Faultless in His sight!”
The Judgment Seat of
After the exceedingly joyous meeting in the air of Christ
and His redeemed people—the Bridegroom and the Bride—there
will take place the manifestation at the Judgment Seat of
Christ. This is not the Great White Throne referred to in
Revelation 20; those who appear at that judgment are none
but the wicked dead; from the first one who died in his
sins; unto the last unrepentant sinner. Moreover this does
not take place till after the Millennium—the glorious
reign of our Lord Jesus Christ, with His saints, for one
shall all stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ…every
one of us shall give account of himself to God” (Rom.
14:10-12). The question of our eternal salvation will not
be raised there, for that was long since settled at the
Cross for every believer. All our sins were laid upon
Jesus, and He put them away by the sacrifice of Himself
(Heb. 9:26). “For by one offering He hath perfected for
ever them that are sanctified;” moreover, God has said,
“their sins and iniquities will I remember no more” (Heb.
10:14-17). What peace and rest and joy such words give!
But one may say, “I believe this, but what about my
sins since I became a Christian? will they come up at the
Judgment Seat of Christ, even if I confess them now and am
our sins were in the future when Jesus died for them—our
past, present and future sins. The shedding of His
precious blood was sufficient for all sins, in God’s
estimation; so that forgiveness, full and perfect, is
granted without reserve, to every sinner who believes; and
likewise to every sinning saint who truly confesses the
sin now committed. “If we (Christians) confess our sins,
He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to
cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). There
can be no more exposure of what is forgiven and cleansed.
our sins have been against others, this involves a
confession to man as well as to God. If settled between
one another here, we shall have the Lord’s blessing and
there is no occasion to bring it up again. If not put
right now, we shall be chastened for it and suffer the
loss of much present good and fellowship with God.
Everything must be put right, sooner or later, and what is
not righted now must be righted at the Judgment Seat. It
is, however, in this life only that our Heavenly Father
punishes His children for wrong-doing, and He has many
ways of laying on His hand; “that we should not be
condemned with the world” (1 Cor. 11:32).
at the close of the Church’s earthly discipline, at the
Coming of the Lord, the grand fact of being caught up to
meet Him, in new and glorified bodies, completely disposes
of all doubt as to the salvation of our souls in God’s
sight; for in this respect we stand complete in Christ. It
is not what I am and what I can do; it is what He is and
what He has done, that saves from wrath to come— a vast
difference indeed. Oh, how exceedingly wonderful is the
salvation of God, and how amazing is His grace to usward!
What then is the true purpose of the Judgment Seat of
are “stewards of the manifold grace of God” (1 Pet. 4:10);
for to us has been committed precious deposits of grace to
be utilised for God’s glory, for the good of others, and
for the furtherance of His work on earth. This valuable
life of ours with its opportunities; its talents and
abilities; its possessions and money and all else we may
have; the whole is given us of God as a stewardship, for
which we shall give an account in the coming day.
“Take my life, and let it be Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my intellect, and use Every power as Thou shalt
choose. Take my silver and my gold; Not a mite would I
withhold. Take my love; my Lord, I pour At Thy feet its
treasure-store. Take myself, and I will be Ever, only, all
this present life only do we have the opportunity for
laying up treasures in Heaven, for gaining everlasting
rewards, and, for securing positions of honour and trust
in the coming glory. To lose any of this by indifference,
carelessness of conduct, and a living unto ourselves
instead of unto Him, will be our immeasureable loss that
cannot be made up. On the other hand think of what it will
mean to whom the Lord shall say, “Well done, thou good and
faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few
things, I will make thee ruler over many things; enter
thou into the joy of thy Lord” (Matt. 25:21).
the redeemed family will share equally the Father’s
perfect love, and the many sweet and glorious privileges
of the beautiful Home on high, the eternal abode of His
myriad hosts of sons and daughters; but the rewards and
the places of honour are given to such as have merited
them, in proportion to the degrees of faithfulness.
1 Corinthians 3:10-15, the believer’s work is
considered as a building, securely resting on the one
foundation God has laid, which is Jesus Christ. The
building materials are given as gold, silver, precious
stones, wood, hay, stubble. The definite instruction given
to all, is, “Let every man take heed how he build-eth
thereupon.” The warning is added, “Every man’s work shall
be made manifest; for the day shall declare it, because it
shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every
man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide
which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss;
but he himself shall be saved, yet so as by fire.” Please
note, particularly, the wording— every man’s “work” of
what sort “it” is. It does not say every “man.” The
building and not the person is what shall be tested; yet
it is the person who receives a reward or suffers the loss
Scripture portion under consideration may be applied
two ways; firstly, to those who teach God’s people and
thus are builders in the Church; secondly, every
believer’s life may be regarded as a structure he is
As to teachers: the main consideration is soundness of
doctrine and to keep strictly to the Word, which is the
builder’s plan and specification. No faithful architect
will pass any deviation there from, though the work may
otherwise seem good and desirable. It must be according to
plan if it is to be passed and payment made; no allowance
can be made for a builder to use his own discretion. So it
will be at the Judgment Seat: every teacher’s work will be
proved by reference to the Book; not only to see whether
it is the right thing, but if the quality of the materials
used is up to the standard. How needful is the admonition
of the apostle Paul, “Study to show thyself approved unto
God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed” (2 Tim.
2:15). As the end of the age draws nearer and nearer, so
does the departure from “the faith which was once
delivered unto the saints” (Jude 3) becomes more and more
evident. Having the end in view our Lord said, “When the
Son of Man cometh, shall He find the faith on the earth?”
(Luke 18:8, R.V.). The reward will be great indeed for
those whose work can be described as gold, silver,
precious stones; all else, however imposing it may look,
is but wood, hay, stubble and will be burned, to the
eternal loss of the workman.
As for the individual: be careful of what you are
making of life, what you are putting into it. Ever seek
“the Kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matt 6:33) and
those things which are worthwhile in the light of Heaven;
and whatsoever you do let it be done heartily as to the
Lord” (Col. 3:23). Remember we are daily influencing
others, for good or for evil, and
wide effect of many a word and deed,
Will rise before us in eternity.”
your best into all your work, little or much, it is
quality not quantity that counts with Christ, in that day
to come. One of the saddest things imaginable is “saved,
yet so as by fire,” that is, the fiery test has burned all
but yourself; you are escaped, but the rest is lost
The idea that the Judgment Seat will be the joyous
occasion of the distribution of rewards, the conferring of
honours, and the giving of praise and glory to all who
deserve it, is far from being the full truth about it.
Certainly it will be all this, but more. There will be
“hidden things of darkness” come to light, “counsels of
the hearts” made manifest (1 Cor. 4:5). The Lord will be
judging His people as to their testimony, their works and
service down here; approving and disapproving, rewarding
and withholding rewards; adjusting all things by His
perfect standard and knowledge, and that once for all. Our
mistakes will there be rectified; wrong judgments
reversed; misunderstandings corrected; ungenerous attempts
to impute falsehood or evil where such does not exist,
exposed. Ways, words and motives shall then appear in
their true light and character.
With everything finally settled and all the Lord’s
people having received their due, and tears wiped from
weeping eyes, then will the eternal glory be ushered in.
No cloud will henceforth cross our sky, and no unsettled
question ever arise to dim the joy; sorrow and pain will
be felt no more at all. Happy day that will never have a
Though solemn and searching as this subject is in some
respects, yet we thank God for the Judgment Seat of
Christ. How gloriously will come under review all that His
people have suffered for His sake; their deeds of faith
and love; blessed works accomplished for Him—nothing
overlooked, even to the cup of water (Mark 9:41). How it
will all shine in that day; and how unmeasured will be the
praise and commendation of the Lord, in the full joy of
His heart! It will mean much to every saint to have had
His mind about all things we did in the body; His correct
estimate of their value or otherwise; with the deep
feeling of full acquiescence in all His judgment, and
without a tinge of jealousy at others receiving more
honours than ourselves. Perfectly happy together shall all
the saints be, for ever and for ever!
“When Jesus comes to reward His servants,
Whether it be noon or night,
Faithful to Him will He find us watching,
With our lamps all trimmed and bright?
we been true to the trust He left us?
Do we seek to do our best?
If in our hearts there is naught condemns us
We shall have a glorious rest.”
The Marriage Supper.
us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to Him; for the
Marriage of the Lamb is come, and His Wife hath made
herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be
arrayed in fine linen, clean and white; for the fine linen
is the righteousness of saints. And he said unto me,
Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the Marriage
Supper of the Lamb. And he said unto me, These are the
true sayings of God” (Rev. 19:7-9).
After the Judgment Seat of Christ is over, and all is
finalised to His glory, there will come a unique event in
Heaven, called “The Marriage Supper of the Lamb.” Nothing
like it has ever been before, nor can there be the like
again. In magnificence, glory and significance, it will be
without a parallel in all time and in eternity. It is
God’s supreme effort to celebrate the marriage of His
beloved Son with the Bride He loved and gave Himself for.
“What shall be done unto the man whom the king delighteth
to honour” (Esther 6:6), shall yet be asked by a greater
King than Ahasuerus who reigned from India to Ethiopia,
over 127 provinces. The King Eternal is to do honour to
the One who came into this world as the Man Christ Jesus,
for the suffering of death, even of the Cross, to obtain
eternal redemption for ruined mankind. The celebration
will be according to the estate of this Great King, even
God the Father.
Though little is found written concerning the Marriage
Supper, there is much from which we may draw an idea of it
without the overdrawn flight of imagination.
Lord will be seen in His divine beauty, altogether lovely,
fairer than the children of men, with grace poured into
His lips; all His garments white and glistening, smelling
of myrrh and aloes and cassia; His face shining as the sun
in its strength, and His voice as the sound of many
waters. Such are Scriptural expressions recorded
concerning Him, to convey to us some idea of the
loveliness of the Bridegroom, whom our souls love! (see
Rev. 1; Matt. 17; Psa. 45).
Bride (i.e., the Church), with the beauty of her Lord upon
her, stands at His right hand (Psa. 45:9), all glorious
within, her clothing of wrought gold, in raiment of
needlework— “a glorious Church, not having spot, or
wrinkle, or any such thing … holy and without blemish”
(Eph. 5:27). Meet companion for Christ! Of her, He
testifies, “Thou art all fair, My love; there is no spot
in thee!” (S. of S. 4:7). “Perfect through My comeliness,
which I had put upon thee!” (Ezek. 16:14). To the Bride it
is granted that she shall be arrayed in “the righteousness
of saints” which the Revised Version renders “the
righteous acts of saints.” In some way or other there will
be displayed upon each saint something to indicate what
was declared at the Judgment Seat as “righteous acts,” a
special adornment that will be worn and will shine
resplendent with glory for ever, differing in nature and
lustre according to the value the Lord will set upon it.
There are those who are “called” unto the Marriage— the
wedding guests. Who are they? There will be in Heaven
a great multitude of the Old Testament saints, sharers in
the first resurrection at the Lord’s Coming, though
forming no part of the Church. They are friends of the
Bridegroom; as John the Baptist spoke of himself (John
3:29), and as God spoke of Abraham (2 Chron. 20:7). We may
safely assume that this redeemed multitude will be the
called and honoured guests at the Supper.
There are the angels, an innumerable company— myriads of
them; beautiful and perfect beings, who never knew sin.
These serve, carrying out every behest of their Creator.
the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which
is by the sea shore innumerable” (Heb. 11:12), such will
be the vast company of the redeemed assembled at the
Marriage Supper, plus the myriads of the attendant angels.
The magnitude of the number is staggering, the brain reels
with the thought.
God speaks to us in language and terms suited to our
intelligence, to convey heavenly things; yet the
things themselves far exceed human symbols. We can form a
picture of a Marriage Supper provided by a great earthly
Potentate, on an unsurpassed scale in size, grandeur and
expense. Apply this to what is coming in Heaven,
remembering that the difference is as great as Heaven
compared with earth, and as God compared with man. Again
we shall say with the Queen of Sheba, “the half was not
told me.” The ordering of the Supper, and what we shall
partake of when all sit down together, cannot be told; we
wait to see. Sure it is that all present will marvel at
the display, and praise our God for the wonders of His
shall our adorable Saviour and Lord behold His Bride and
the assembled guests, in all the value and completeness of
His atonement upon the Cross; and thus viewing the travail
of His soul, “shall be satisfied;” and the Bride, in His
likeness, shall also be “satisfied” (Isa. 53:11; Psa.
17:15). Ours will be “joy unspeakable” (1 Pet. 1:8); His
will be “exceeding joy” (Jude 24)— joy far excelling all
joy! “As the Bridegroom rejoiceth over the Bride, so shall
thy God rejoice over thee” (Isa. 62:5). “He will joy over
thee with singing” (Zeph. 3:17). Our finite mind can but
feebly realise the glory, the display, and the happiness
of the Marriage Supper. What will it be to be there? And
God the Father, who will arrange it all “according to the
good pleasure of His will,” shall thus honour His beloved
Son. Nothing will be lacking; it will be the utmost
display of the Father’s delight, the riches of His glory
and of His excellent majesty, with “royal wine” (divine
joy) in abundance. As for the Bride (the Church), she is
the gift of His love to His Son; and in that day will it
be realised how choice is the gift! Then will this
scripture have its perfect fulfilment, “I sat down under
His shadow with great delight, and His fruit was sweet to
my taste. He brought me to the banqueting house, and His
banner over me was love” (S. of S. 2:3-4).
“Child of the Eternal Father,
Bride of the Eternal Son,
Dowered with joy beyond the angels,
Nearest to His throne,
They, the ministers attending
His beloved one:
Granted all my heart’s desire,
All things made my own;
Walking with the Lord in glory
Through the courts divine,
Queen within the royal palace,
Christ for ever mine!”
Coming with Christ to
Holy Scriptures abound with prophecy concerning the coming
kingdom and reign of our Lord Jesus Christ, and His saints
reigning with Him. The glory and prosperity of this
kingdom will surpass all that has been seen on earth
before, extending for one thousand years. The reign of
King Solomon was magnificent, but it pales before Christ’s
reign as a torch pales in the glorious light of the sun at
its strength. All the earth will be subdued; and all
nations, peoples and tongues will bow before the Divine
sceptre. The great enemy of God and man, and instigator to
sin—Satan—will be bound in the “bottomless pit” during the
Millennium (Rev. 20:1). The earth will yield its fruits in
abundance, and the desert shall blossom as the rose.
Sickness and disease will be reduced to a minimum, and
great longevity will prevail as before the Deluge. Death
will not be abolished, though there will be no more an
infant of days, nor an old man that has not filled his
days; people shall build and plant and live on
indefinitely to enjoy the fruits of their labour. The
knowledge and glory of the Lord will fill the earth as the
waters cover the sea (Hab. 2:14)). His ancient people
Israel will be reinstated in God’s favour, and shall again
possess their land unto the extended borders, as
originally promised to the patriarchs. Instead of being
the tail among nations, they shall be the head; Jerusalem
shall be the world’s metropolis, a thing of beauty in the
eyes of all people, the city of the Great King; and also
shall it be called Jehovah-shammah, meaning “The Lord is
there.” Restored Israel will then be a blessing to the
whole earth, as a dew from Heaven.
After the Marriage Supper, with all its heavenly
festivity, is ended, the time arrives for the Son of God
to receive from His Father the kingdom appointed Him.
“There was given Him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom,
that all people, nations, and languages, should serve Him:
His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not
pass away, and His kingdom that which shall not be
destroyed” (Dan. 7:14). A marvellous and comprehensive
view of the King and the kingdom is given in Psalms 72,
97, 98, 99 and 100; these should be read and pondered,
which will greatly enlarge our conception of the glories
that are coming upon the earth when Christ shall reign.
But the kingdoms of this world will be in the hands of
Satan the usurper, with all his power and defiance of God.
His power must first be broken, and all hostile opposition
destroyed, and the rebels slain. This will be our Lord’s
first accomplishment when He comes from the Marriage
Supper with power and great glory, accompanied by His
saints and the armies of Heaven (Rev. 19:11-21). “Behold,
He cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see Him, and
they also which pierced Him: and all kindreds of the earth
shall wail because of Him. Even so, Amen” (Rev. 1:7). Well
might they wail!
After the battle the remnants of the nations are gathered
before the Conqueror, and He divides them as a shepherd
divides his sheep from the goats, according to His
judgment based upon their treatment of the Jews— “My
brethren.” One company is addressed as “Blessed of My
Father: inherit the kingdom;” the other is denounced in
the words “Depart from Me, ye cursed into everlasting
fire.” (Read Matt. 25:31-46). Then will He “gather out of
His kingdom all things that offend, and them that do
iniquity; and shall cast them into a furnace of fire…then
shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom
of their Father” (Matt. 13:41-43). Now when all things are
subdued, the whole earth will be at rest and be quiet, and
they will break forth into singing. There will be “neither
adversary nor evil occurrent,” in the universal realm of
the King of kings (Isa. 14:1; 1 Kings 5:4).
We cannot enlarge further upon this deeply interesting
and wonderful subject; the theme is too vast to attempt
more than this short outline, which may suffice to
indicate somewhat the nature of the coming kingdom and the
joy it will be with Christ to reign. Details must largely
be left to when we are reigning with Him. We anticipate
the time with an ecstacy of delight, and can form grand
ideas of such a reign. All our Lord’s kingly
administration and His glories will He share with His
Bride, for naught will He do without her participation,
and in no place will He be found apart from her company.
In all the glories the riches and the honours bestowed
upon Him as the One worthy to receive it, we, His redeemed
ones, are “joint-heirs” with Him (Rom. 8:17).
truth of it all becomes overpowering, and we are amazed
that such grace should be bestowed upon us, who once were
sinners and enemies of God, but now reconciled and sins
forgiven for Jesus’ sake. Well does He deserve all the
exaltation and blessedness coming to Him, for His
sufferings and death upon the Cross. Unspeakable was the
anguish of His soul in enduring the terrors of Divine
judgment, as the Bearer of our sins, waves and billows of
wrath passing over Him (Ps. 42:7). “It is finished!” at
last He cried (John 19:30); and thus by the offering up of
Himself to God, an eternal redemption is provided for all
who believe upon Him (Heb. 9:12), such believers being
accepted of God in the full value of the precious blood
shed for the cleansing of sin (Eph. 1:6).
“Head of the new Creation,
Son of the living God!
Captain of our salvation,
Who shed’st for us Thy blood;
Emmanuel, Son of David,
The woman’s blessed Seed;
Thy heel the serpent bruised,
Whilst Thou didst bruise his head.
Cross and shame are over,
And all redemption’s toil;
Thy conquests are eternal—
Unfading is the spoil:
The fame of Thy achievements
Dies not upon the ear
Of friend or foe for ever,
For both that fame must hear.
shall the heavens reveal Thee
In all Thy glorious might,
In all Thy Father’s glory,
And that of angels bright!
Then shall the Church, beside Thee—
Bride of Thy heart’s delight—
Sit on Thy throne of glory,
All beauteous in Thy sight!”
He comes, with clouds descending,
Once for favoured sinners slain;
Thousand thousand saints attending
Swell the triumph of His train:
Jesus comes, and comes to reign!
Amen! let all adore Thee,
High on Thine eternal throne;
Saviour, take the power and glory,
Claim the kingdom for Thine own;
Oh, come quickly!
Hallelujah! come, Lord, come!”
following outline sets forth in brief the coming events in
their order, as stated in the Scriptures; this will be of
some assistance to the reader concerning what has already
Lord’s Coming is in two stages. First stage, to the air,
whither all who are Christ’s shall be caught up to meet
Him. Second stage, to the earth to reign. In this latter
stage His saints, previously glorified, will come with
Him. That the two stages are not at one and the same time,
but have an interval between, seems evidently to be the
teaching of the Word.
After the translation of the Church from earth to the
meeting-place in the air (1 Thess. 4:17), the Judgment
Seat of Christ is set up in Heaven, when the lives and
service of His people will be manifested, and the rewards
given for faithfulness, and losses suffered for negligence
(2 Cor. 5:10); followed by the Marriage Supper (Rev.
While this is going on in Heaven, there will be on earth
the revival of the old Roman Empire in the form of a
ten-kingdom confederation (Dan. 7:24; Rev. 17:12); the
Antichrist will appear in full Satanic power; the apostacy
from the faith will become full-blown (2 Thess. 2:3-12);
the Jews will be back to their ancient land in unbelief;
the judgments of the “seals,” the “trumpets” and the
“vials” of Revelation, chapters 6, 8 and 16, will be
running their destructive course in the Great Tribulation,
trying all flesh.
Afterwards the Lord Jesus Christ will come to earth with
power and great glory, in accord with Old Testament
prophecy, His saints with Him. Then will He destroy
Antichrist, smash the Roman Empire, subdue all the power
of the enemy, deliver the faithful Jewish Remnant from
their oppressors, judge the nations and establish His own
kingdom over all the world, which is the thousand years
will avoid confusion and clear up many difficulties if we
ever remember that the Old Testament references to
Christ’s Coming, refer to His coming to the earth and in
relation to Israel, the nations and the new kingdom. The
references in the New Testament are, for the most part,
concerning the calling up of the saints to meet their Lord
in the air, thence proceeding to Heaven. The Church forms
no part of Old Testament prophecy; for it was a mystery
kept secret till this present Christian era, and fully
revealed first to Paul the apostle to the Gentiles.
in the New Testament we must endeavour to avoid confusion
too. The Coming of the Lord FOR His people is distinct
from (1) “the Day of the Lord;” (2) “the Day of Christ;”
(3) “the Coming of the Son of Man,” and (4) “the Day of
God.” Numbers 1 and 2 relate to when He shall be
exercising His power, authority and judgment over the
world; No. 3 is His coming to the earth WITH His saints to
reign; No. 4 is the period of God’s final judgment of
Satan at the close of the Millennium, and the destruction
by fire of the heavens and the earth, followed by the New
Creation—the beginning of the Eternal State.
This, in brief outline, is in accord with the
dispensational teaching of the Scriptures, “rightly
dividing the Word of Truth” (2 Tim. 2:15), so we
understand. It is also the generally accepted teaching of
the best Bible students.
Is the Reader Ready?
may be that the reader has never been “born again”
—“Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of
God” (John 3:3, 7). This is a definite statement from the
lips of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, with all Divine
expression “born again” is how God speaks of our entrance
into His family. No Church ordinance nor ritual is the way
in; it is just by receiving Jesus as Saviour (John 1:12).
The entrance into our parents’ familv is called our birth.
Most decidedly were we NOT born Christians; but on
the contrary we are born sinners (Psa. 51:5), ruined in
the sin and fall of Adam (Rom. 5:12), without hope in the
world from the human standpoint (Eph. 2:12). All, however,
who die in infancy, not reaching an age of accountability,
are secured in the atoning death of Christ who said,
“Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto
Me, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matt. 19:14).
Furthermore, the truth about our fallen state is that the
sinner is alienated from the life of God by his ignorance
and blindness (Eph. 4:18), having a corrupt heart from
which all evil proceeds (Matt. 15:19-20). As the leopard
cannot change its spots (Jer. 13:23), nor can a clean
thing come out of an unclean (Job 14:4), so is it
impossible to change the fallen condition by man’s effort.
Death has passed upon all men, for that all have sinned
(Rom. 5:12, and after this the judgment (Heb. 9:27). No
man can by any means avoid death, and the fact of death is
the fact of sin. “The soul that sinneth, it shall die” (Eze.
18:4). There is not a man upon earth that has not sinned
in word, deed and thought (1 Kings 8:46). All sin is
against God and in His sight (Psa. 51:4). Is this
Human opinion and reasoning on these matters all counts
for nothing. We must have FACTS, not man’s ideas.
There is no possible source of true knowledge about human
condition and the future state, apart from what the Bible
teaches. God has given this Revelation; if it is
disbelieved, then the soul is in total darkness and must
be lost for ever. “These shall go away into everlasting
punishment, but the righteous into life eternal” (Matt.
arises a most important question, long since asked by an
awakened Roman gaoler in his sins— “What must I do to be
saved?” (Acts 16:30). He had come to an end of himself and
was hopeless. He received the all-sufficient answer,
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be
saved.” No reformation and works of righteousness were
proposed (Titus 3:5), but simply “Believe on the Lord
Jesus Christ.” God cannot and will not accept anything the
sinner may have to offer as satisfaction (Isa. 1:13); in
fact he is without ability to find something.
is true that “good works” have their place, but not in
salvation. Faith alone in Christ is what saves the soul
(Eph. 2:8-9); works come afterward, and by them we show
our faith (Jas. 2:18).
Gospel—God’s Good News to man—reveals the pity and love of
God for the sinner in his helpless plight (Titus 3:4; Rom.
5:8). A Saviour has been found (Job 33:24), One able to
satisfy every demand of Divine Justice, righteously; and
meet the deep need of the sinner, perfectly. The Cross
explains it all. God delivered up His Son to suffer and
die for the guilty (Rom. 8:32; Isa. 53:5-6), and there
upon the Cross He suffered, “the Just for us the uniust”
(1 Pet. 3:18). JESUS PAID IT ALL.
Receive the glad tidings that “It is finished,” the last
words spoken by the Son of God on the Cross (John 19:20);
accept Him to be your very own Saviour; trust your whole
soul to Him, and “Thou shalt be saved!” Thus your sins
will be forgiven righteously (Rom. 3:26), and according to
the riches of God’s grace (Eph. 1:7), and you will have
peace with God (Rom. 5:1), being justified from all things
once decide, and on your knees say from the heart—“Lord, I
believe!” He will accept you. Then when He comes you will
be of those caught up to meet Him, and not left for
judgment. All the precious things in this book will be
your everlasting joy.
“Blessed thought! for every one
At the Cross there’s room!
Love’s atoning work is done,
At the Cross there’s room!
Streams of boundless mercy flow,
Free to all who thither go;
Oh, that all the world might know—
At the Cross there’s room!”