“Heaven and earth will disappear,” Jesus told His disciples, “but My Words will never disappear.” And although His promise to return is completely sure, the day and hour of His coming is known only to His Father.

The time of His returning, Jesus said, will be like the time of Noah; life went on– banquets, and weddings, and parties– until the day that Noah entered the Ark, and the torrents of the flood swept them all away.

When His angels, at the sounding of God’s trumpet, gather together the chosen ones of Jesus from the farthest corners of earth and heaven, Jesus said there will be two men working together in the field. One will be taken, and one left behind. Two women will be grinding flour at the mill together; one will be taken, the other left.

So Jesus exhorted His disciples to watch for Him. We cannot know what day our Lord will return; in fact, it will be when He is least expected. Using an example from everyday life, Jesus said that if only a homeowner could know when the burglar was going to strike, he would be prepared and would foil the burglary. The homeowner, therefore, must keep watch all the time to remain secure. Thus we, too, must be ready for His appearing at any moment.

One of the disciples with Jesus that day was John. Still awaiting the return of Jesus many years later, he described this watching as a bride’s eagerly anticipating the return of her Bridegroom, saying “Come!”  And Jesus replied, “Yes, I am coming soon!”

“Amen. Even so come, Lord Jesus!”

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