“Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning; and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately. Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching” – (Luke 12:35-36) NKJV
Are you ready? The Time of the Gentiles is coming to an end (see Luke 21-24). The next great thing is the removal of the RESTRAINER. According to God’s timetable, the Day of the Lord and the accompanying judgment will not start until a global rebellion occurs AND the Antichrist is revealed. Paul then mentions what is currently keeping the evil in check: And you know what is now restraining him, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work, but the one who now restrains it will continue until he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will slay with the breath of His mouth and annihilate by the majesty of His arrival. (2 Thessalonians 2:6-8)
Leader, So Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. (Hebrews 9:28) Here is your SPIRITUAL TEMPERATURE: Are you waiting for him, are you WATCHING for HIS return, do you pray; “Come Jesus, come…NOW”? How important is it that we “watch”? Consider this: The biblical command to watch is several times coupled with the command to pray. Is prayer important? Extremely so! And so is the command to watch! When the New Testament commands us to “watch,” it is usually the translation of one of two Greek words which have similar meanings—to “stay awake” and to “be sleepless.” They are usually meant in the metaphorical and spiritual sense—to be vigilant and on guard, fully awake, aware, alert and intently focused—with several applications and implications. ARE YOU SLEEPING?
Conduit, In Matthew 26:37-40, the meaning of “watch” is physical. Jesus was chiding the disciples for not remaining awake during the hour preceding His arrest. But what Jesus next said to Peter had a deeper, spiritual meaning: “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak’” (Matthew 26:41). In other words: Your will power can’t accomplish this! It is spiritual watching; it is a DEEP DESIRE to BE and to SEE the LORD! Do you hunger and thirst for HIS RETURN? “AWAKE to righteousness, and do not sin” (1 Corinthians 15:34). Being awake is equated with righteousness and not sinning. Paul was writing to the church at Corinth- Good Christians, TRUE CHRISTIANS! Even true Christians can be spiritually asleep to varying degrees- WAKE UP! “And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed” (Romans 13:11) Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of Him. Even so. Amen. (Revelation 1:7) It is ALL about HIM!