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August 11, 2015

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 – One in thirty New Testament passages refer either directly or indirectly to the Second Coming of “the King of kings and Lord of lords.” (Rev 19:11-16note) Twenty-three of the twenty-seven NT books mention that He is coming again. Finally, for every biblical reference to Jesus’ First Coming there are eight that point to His return! Clearly Jesus’ Second Coming is a truth which the Spirit desires for Christ’s Bride to frequently ponder so that we might be daily “looking (with a sense of longing and eager expectancy) for the BLESSED HOPE and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus.” (Titus 2:13-note) In a word, the Spirit knows that what we are LOOKING FOR will (or should) determine what (better WHO) we are LIVING FOR! Using a great song by Casting Crowns as the background, below are a “chain” of Scriptures that describe THAT DAY….that GREAT and GLORIOUS DAY! Take a few moments today to prayerfully ponder these passages that describe THAT DAY “when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire,” (2Th 1:7), that GLORIOUS DAY when “the Son of Man will appear in the sky…coming on the clouds of the sky with power and GREAT GLORY.” (Mt 24:30note) Remember…IT COULD BE TODAY! Maranatha (Our Lord, Come!). Or as Jesus says in the Book of the Revelation (in the very last words of Scripture) “Yes, I am coming quickly.” (To which we cry) “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.” (Revelation 22:20-21note) Christ’s imminent return should prompt “expectant obedience!” Are you living in light of our Lord’s imminent return?

 “One DAY He’s coming. O GLORIOUS DAY!” (Casting Crowns) –  ‘The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the great and GLORIOUS DAY of the Lord shall come, for you yourselves know full well that THE DAY of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which DAY your Lord is coming. THAT DAY will come on you suddenly, for just as the lightning, when it flashes out of one part of the sky, shines to the other part of the sky, so will the Son of Man be in HIS DAY. And we know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is. Therefore, since the night is almost gone, and THE DAY is at hand, let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light, awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will confirm us to the end, blameless in THE DAY. Indeed, we know Whom we have believed and are convinced that He is able to guard what we have entrusted to Him until THAT DAY, and to keep us sealed for THE DAY of redemption, for He who began a good work in us will perfect it until THE DAY of Christ Jesus.

Be glad in THAT DAY, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven. In the future there is laid up for us the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to us on THAT DAY and not only to us, but also to all who have loved His appearing in the glory of His power, when He comes to be glorified in His saints on THAT DAY, and to be marveled at among all who have believed. Therefore be encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see THE DAY drawing near and pray that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until THE DAY of Christ, when THE DAY dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts. To Him be the glory, both now and to THE DAY of eternity. Amen. (Acts 2:20, 1Th 5:2, Mt 24:42, Lk 21:34, Lk 17:24, 1Jn 3:2, Ro 13:12, 1Cor 1:7-8, 2Ti 1:12, Eph 4:30, Phil 1:6,Lk 6:23, 2Ti 4:8, 2Th 1:9-10, 1 Jn 3:2, Heb 10:25, Phil 1:9-10, 2Pe 1:19, 2Pe 3:18)

Play  O GLORIOUS DAY by Casting Crowns

One day the trumpet will sound for His coming
One day the skies with His glories will shine
Wonderful day, my Beloved One, bringing
My Savior, Jesus, is mine

Living, He loved me
Dying, He saved me
Buried, He carried my sins far away
Rising, He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming
Oh glorious day, oh glorious day
Oh, glorious day

Oh, glorious day

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