Someone who is poor knows exactly what he is missing. He can specifically name all his needs. What about us? Do we recognize what we are lacking? Often, the awareness of our shortcomings is limited only to material things. If we ask ourselves what material goods we still need, then most of us can probably immediately come up with a long list. What is it like when it comes to spiritual things? What about our prayer? If we take a moment to think about it, we will realize that our focus is often on our own needs. How aware are we about our lack of Christ? Do we sense how much we lack the reality of Christ’s life in our daily lives? Do we see the need to live Christ more? In the book of Revelation, there is a church that is exhorted by Christ:
In the Sermon on the Mount and in the following chapters (Matthew 5-7) Jesus shows us what kind of people we have to be in order to have a portion in the kingdom of God. With our own nature, we cannot be partakers of God’s kingdom. We need Christ’s nature as it is described in the constitution of the kingdom in Matthew 5-7. To become a child of God, there are no prerequisites. A believer simply has to believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who died for our sins and rose again on the third day. Baptism then follows. More cannot and must not be done to be saved. But for us to become heirs of God’s kingdom, God’s nature must become our nature. God will not give us His kingdom as an inheritance unless we are conformed to His nature (Galatians 4:1).
When it comes to the second coming of the Jesus, many quote Matthew 24:36: “But of that day and hour no one knows.” Most of the time, the subject is then closed. But, why then did Jesus continue to speak about the signs of His second coming, the end times and the coming kingdom in Matthew 24 and 25? The Lord has given us signs of the times to prove to us that He is coming quickly. Today, we have the unique chance to experience the second coming of the Lord and to be raptured!
More than 2600 years ago, God revealed what will happen before the second coming of Jesus Christ to Daniel the prophet. In the same way the first coming of Jesus around 2000 years ago was announced by many different events, He will not appear without signs and announcements before He comes the second time.