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Around the globe not a single evangelist missed the opportunity to exhort the listeners on the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. I agree that this needs to be the message of the hour. All prophetical messages of Word of Jesus pointing to His Second coming are fulfilled and hence we are sure He is at the doorstep. He promised in John 14:3, \u201cAnd if

I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that
where I am, there ye may be also\u201d. It is also the angelic revelation, \u201cWhich also said, Ye
men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up
from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into
heaven\u201d.(Acts 1:11 ). But many concentrate to decipher the prophecies to get to know

WHEN He shall come and HOW He shall come. Both these aspects are arbitrary. It is
indeed true that our message must be in line with John the Baptist who said, \u201cRepent ye:
for the kingdom of heaven is at hand\u201d. (Matthew 3:2). We need to interpret the scriptures
to emphasize the fact that His coming is at hand. But exact time is immaterial. He himself
said that ,\u201cFor as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so
shall also the coming of the Son of man be\u201d. (Matthew 24:27).Nobody can say the exact
time when the lightning shall strike. So shall be His coming. He also warned that ,\u201cBut
of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only\u201d.
(Matthew 24:36). So let us not waste our time and energy trying to find out the time of
His coming. We must be ready and make others ready for His comingANY time.

Again it is not necessary to investigateHOW He is planning to come \u2013 whether secretly
or with shouting. Both these aspects have supporting scriptural verses and it only
confuses the listeners. A CEO of a company sent a message of His arrival for inspection
of one of his offices situated in a multistoried building. Hectic preparations were on but
no one could get the clue how is he going to come. All expected him to flow in by air and
arrive at the office in his car. But alas he came by his personal chopper, which landed on
the terrace of the multistoried building. The staff never expected this route and hence
dumped all unmanageable paper and junk files on the open terrace. The wind generated
by the helicopter rained papers all over making the staff to bow downs their heads. What
does it matter whether He comes secretly or with shouts of acclamation \u2013 the fact remains
that HE IS GOING TO COME and ARE WE READY? He himself said, \u201cFor yourselves

know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night\u201d. (1
Thessalonians 5:2). Hence we aught to, \u201cWATCH THEREFORE: for ye know not what
hour your Lord doth come\u201d. (Matthew 24:42).

Are we ready? Our Chairman and his team of Directors announced their visit to our
office. We cleaned all places, exhibited our achievements, and demonstrated our
capabilities with few experiments on the table of our laboratory. When the team finally
arrived our Managing Director deviated from the troupe and went behind our building
and below the staircase leading to the first floor and traced all the junk we stored behind
the visitors\u2019 eyes. What a shame on us? So let us forget all aspects ofWHEN andHOW

He is going to come. Let us get READY TO RECEIVE HIM. What are the preparations
for His coming?
1. WAIT- 1 Corinthians 1:7 \u201cSo that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming
of our Lord Jesus Christ:\u201d

There is a waiting room in every railway station. Who waits there? - Those passengers
whose train is scheduled to come but not in near future. Those who wait know the
approximate time of their train, the platform to which it lands, and their ears are tuned to
the pagers, which announce the schedule of the arrival of their train. Similarly we are to
wait for the coming of our Lord. Jesus Christ himself told how we should wait in25th

chapter of Matthew when he explained on the parable of ten virgins. All ten were waiting.

All were sleeping, just as we do in the waiting room. All had their ears tuned to the sound
of the Bridegroom coming. But only five were prepared with the needed oil for their
lamps but the other five exhausted theirs. That is why we find above St. Paul warning
Corinthians to wait for the coming of our Lord at the same time acquire the gifts needed
for self edification and for His service.

2. LOOK FOR \u2013 Titus 2 : 13, \u201c Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious
appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ\u201d.

Those who wait for the trains in the waiting rooms rush to the platforms when the time of
their train is announced. They \u2018look for\u2019 the train anxiously and hopefully. They keep
their luggage ready to board the train just when it arrives. Same way when we hear the
prophecies of His coming is fulfilled one by one and we are to \u2018look for\u2019 His coming with
great hope. We need to keep our accounts ready to be presented to Him as He comes.

3. BE READY \u2013 How should you be ready?
1.Watch - Matthew 25:42 For I was an hungered, and ye gave me no meat:

I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 43 : I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Good deeds done in His name can be carried with us. So as

we watch we need to be ready with good works.
2.Duty bound: Matthew 24:45 to 47 \u2013 we read of our Lord\u2019s description of

two types of servants. Both were duty bound to feed the Lord\u2019s house which means their duty is to feed with new souls into the Lord\u2019s garners. Servant who realizes his duty performs it well so that \u201cBlessed is that

servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. (Matthew
24:46). He will get his due reward, \u201cVerily I say unto you, That he shall
make him ruler over all his goods.\u201d (Matthew 24:47). But as per 48th

verse the evil servant says\u201cMy lord delayeth his coming\u201d and he continues in his evil ways and gets due punishment when his Lord appears in an unexpected time. This is where revelation of the maturity of time for His coming is needed.

4. LOVE HIS COMING - 2 Timothy 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of
righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to
me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Dr.D.G.S.Dhinakaran tells an imaginary funny story. It was sermon time when a lay preacher was ferociously preaching on His Second coming and exhorting the congregation to be ready for His coming. Suddenly a young kid rushed into the church and proclaimed \u201cDaddy Jesus is coming\u201d. At this, every member of the congregation ran to hide themselves and the preacher was found covering himself inside the pulpit. What happened was, in South India youngsters are habituated to address pastors as \u201cDaddy Jesus\u201d and this kid saw the local pastor arriving the church and he proclaimed it. Yes, we preach and testify on His second coming. But do we love the day. A doctor treating a terminal patient was surprised at the courage the patient was showing and asked his how he is so daring to die. The patient asked the doctor to open the door of the sick room. Immediately the pet dog of the patient jumped in and started licking the feet of his master. The patient said that out of his great love for his master the dog patiently waited for the door to be opened. Similarly the patient who loves His Master so much that he anxiously aawaits the door of death to be opened to him for the happy reunion. Every day I finish my family prayer thus : \u201cLord if you are coming this night

please receive us into your home. If your call comes to us this night please keep
us awaiting in your Paradise for your final coming\u201d.
5. BE BUSY\u2013 Matthew 25:14-30 \u2013 Parable of talents

Every servant got his share of talents \u201caccording to his several ability\u201d. The Lord has given each and every one of us our due share according to our capabilities. Two of his servants were busy with what they received and profitable for their master. One servant was skeptical and argumentative and hid the talent. The other two were appreciated since they kept themselves busy and the last one who was lazy was condemned.

If the Secret coming of our Lord is true then we need to explore the lives of those who had the precedence of secretly taken by our Lord. They are Enoch, Moses and Elijah. If we meditate on their life style we will get clue how we should we be ready like them for His secret coming.

1.ENOCH: Genesis 5:24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took

him. What way Enoch was busy before he was taken up secretly?. \u201cAnd Enoch walked
with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and
daughters:\u201d(Genesis 5:22). He had contact with God (born again) after Methuselah was

born. Since then, as he walked with God, what was his performance? He begat sons and
daughters. He was a family man and sincerely obeyed Lord\u2019s commandment in
upbringing his family. Those who are not chosen for specific tasks can just do this. They
can walk with God. \u201cIn the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the

Word was God. (John 1:1). Walking with God means walking with His Word since Word
is God. \u201cBut his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day

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