Bible Ballistics: Vol. 10 No.11 No More Time???
Time is one of those subjects that is very ‘subjective’, it can be a positive thing or a negative thing, or it can be neither. We talk about having “plenty of time”; about having “no time left”; about things being “timeless”; “time” to rumble, or even “time out”! But what I want us to consider today, is the reality that we all must recognize—there is a “time” coming when “time” will be no more. But another important question that we will all have to answer is, “What have you/I done with ‘time’?” There is a time coming when we will all give an account of our use of the time that we have been given—each one will answer for their use of time. For no matter who we are—prosperous, poor, powerful, peon, plunderer or politician—we will all give an account, and we will all stand before God—as Savior or Judge!
“Blessed is he that readeth,
and they that hear the words of this prophecy,
and keep those things
which are written therein:
for the time is at hand.” Revelation 1:3
When John received the Revelation from Jesus, and recorded it for us, he is clearly reminds us that the “time is at hand”; and while that doesn’t mean that His coming is so eminent that it will happen today, it may! What he is telling us, is that when Jesus comes—it is going to take most people by surprise—whether we meet Him in the sky or He calls us through the veil of death, we need to be sure we are ready before the time comes! Am I ready? That is the question! My desire today, is to draw hearts to God; to be sure we are ready to meet Him when HE comes; be it in the sky or through death. And HE IS coming!
“And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy
of this book:
for the time is at hand.” Revelation 22:10
Jesus told John that the things that had been revealed to him were not to be sealed up but open to all because “the time is at hand”! And if things were “at hand” then, they are certainly “at hand” now! How much time do we have? Of course no one knows the answer to that question, but we do know that HE is coming, and there will be no second chances for those who reject Him! So there is a two-fold urgency that we need to understand; if you don’t know Jesus, you need to come to Him while you can; and if we do know Jesus, we need to be sharing the Good News of the Gospel with those around us! Today, don’t save it for tomorrow!
“Thus saith the LORD,
the Redeemer of Israel,
and his Holy One,
to him whom man despiseth,
to him whom the nation abhorreth,
to a servant of rulers,
Kings shall see and arise,
princes also shall worship,
because of the LORD that is faithful,
and the Holy One of Israel,
and he shall choose thee.
8 Thus saith the LORD,
In an acceptable time have I heard thee,
and in a day of salvation have I helped thee:
and I will preserve thee,
and give thee for a covenant
of the people,
to establish the earth,
to cause to inherit
the desolate heritages;
9 That thou mayest say to the prisoners,
to them that are in darkness,
They shall feed in the ways,
and their pastures shall be in all
10 They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat
nor sun smite them:
for he that hath mercy on them
shall lead them,
even by the springs of water
shall he guide them.” Isaiah 49:7-10
When we come to God through Jesus Christ for salvation, He sends us out with the good news to share with others. Our salvation is a gift that is worth sharing, and there are so many who need to hear the Gospel!
“And he said unto me,
It is done.
I am Alpha and Omega,
the beginning and the end.
I will give unto him that is athirst
of the fountain
of the water of life freely.
7 He that overcometh
shall inherit all things;
and I will be his God,
and he shall be my son.” Revelation 21:6-7
Jesus gives “of the fountain of the water of life freely” to all those who will come to Him. But we must come to HIM His way! And the time is now!
“Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith,
To day if ye will hear his voice,
8 Harden not your hearts,
as in the provocation,
in the day of temptation
in the wilderness:
9 When your fathers tempted me,
and saw my works forty years.
10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation,
They do alway err in their heart;
and they have not known my ways.
11 So I sware in my wrath,
They shall not enter into my rest.)
12 Take heed, brethren,
lest there be in any of you an evil heart
in departing from the living God.
13 But exhort one another daily,
while it is called To day;
lest any of you be hardened
through the deceitfulness of sin.” Hebrews 3:7-13
The author of Hebrews warns us to be careful of “departing from the living God” like the children of Israel, and being rejected by God because of our lack of faith, and rejection of HIS salvation.
“(For he saith,
I have heard thee in a time accepted,
and in the day of salvation
have I succoured thee:
behold, now is the accepted time;
behold, now is the day of salvation.)” 2 Corinthians 6:2
Today is the only day that we have! God is calling us to Himself, and nothing else is as important as that—both for those who are lost and need salvation, and to those who belong to Jesus and are called to:
“Go ye therefore,
and teach all nations,
in the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them
to observe all things
whatsoever I have commanded you:
and, lo, I am with you alway,
even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:19-20
Jesus commissioned us to “Go” (or it could be interpreted “as you Go”), and share what He has imparted to us. And when we have received the greatest gift of all, why would we not share it? We have been given eternal life through the precious blood of Jesus our Lord and Savior. Paul even alludes to this very thing, when he calls us to put on the armor of God!
having your loins girt about with truth,
and having on the breastplate
15 And your feet shod with the preparation
of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith,
wherewith ye shall be able to quench
all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation,
and the sword of the Spirit,
which is the word of God:
18 Praying always
with all prayer
and supplication in the Spirit,
and watching thereunto
with all perseverance
for all saints;” Ephesians 6:14-18
We are to have our “feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace”! Simply put, we are to leave ‘footprints’ of the Gospel everywhere we go, by a life well lived for Jesus! For we can only have “peace with God” through Jesus, and the time to take care of our relationship with God is “Today”! Consider what Paul told the Romans:
“Therefore being justified by faith,
we have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also we have access
into this grace
wherein we stand,
and rejoice in hope
of the glory of God.
3 And not only so,
but we glory in tribulations also:
knowing that tribulation
4 And patience,
5 And hope
maketh not ashamed;
because the love of God
is shed abroad
in our hearts
by the Holy Ghost
which is given unto us.
6 For when we were yet without strength,
in due time
for the ungodly.
7 For scarcely for a righteous man
will one die:
yet peradventure for a good man
some would even dare to die.
8 But God
commendeth his love
in that, while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us.
9 Much more then,
being now justified
by his blood,
we shall be saved
10 For if, when we were enemies,
we were reconciled to God
by the death of his Son,
we shall be saved by his life.
11 And not only so,
but we also joy in God
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
by whom we have now received
the atonement.” Romans 5:1-11
Did you get all that? We have so much in Jesus, how could we keep it secret? How can we not live for HIM before a lost and dying world—a world dying without Jesus? Jesus who grants:
peace with God—the love of God—
the Holy Ghost—the atonement!!!
All because God loves YOU and ME! What will you do with Jesus today? Look up, He could come today! Ready or Not!