Revelation 22:20, “He that testifies of these things says, ‘Surely my coming is soon.’ Amen. Even so, come Lord Jesus.”
With the current problems brewing in the Middle East one may wonder, how long will it be before the Lord returns? Jesus told us that no man knows the day or the hour when the Father will send His Son (Matthew 24:36). We are given clues to the nearness of that event, but that’s all, only the Father knows when that day will come.
Examining some of the signs that the Word of God gave us, I believe that day to be near. The Apostle Paul told the people of Thessalonica, “...for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first…” (2 Thessalonians 2:3m). Perhaps you belong to one of those mega churches and you have a hard time believing that there will be a “falling away.” Let’s investigate Paul’s words. Did the apostle say that there would be few in attendance? No! Paul was not talking about attendance; he was talking about people falling away from the truth.
Truth is a lost treasure today. Most, but not all, go to church today without any knowledge of the truth. From formalistic worship to “anything permitted” worship, people have lost the truth. Paul said that church people would “…receive not the love of the truth…” (2 Thessalonians 2:10m).
The common worship service today puts more attention on making the congregation happy than revealing the value of concealing God Word in their hearts. Many have lost their way while attending today’s so called church.
Jesus said, “If you continue in my word, then you are truly my disciples, and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31b, 32). I am amazed when I hear of churches that parade music in place of the Word of God. While I believe music to be an important part of our worship experience, it cannot take the place of the Word of God! Only, I’ll say it again, only the Word of God can liberate the captive from the prison of sin.
Consider the words of Ephesians 4:11-15, “And he [Christ 7b] gave apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers for the perfecting of the saints, for the word of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. Till we all come into the unity of the faith, and knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. That we hereafter are not tossed about and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.” Paul made it clear that, apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers are called to instruct the Church in the way they should go. There is no mention of singers, musicians, worship leaders, or heart felt testimonies leading the Church into the unity of the faith. All the above-mentioned support the work of God but they cannot take the place of those who are called to unite the Church through faith. By the way, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17).
We must return to the old paths. Jeremiah 6:16, “Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.”
We have drifted far from the path God intended for His Church to follow. We have become sign seekers, and people pleasers. Many in the Church don’t even know the elementary doctrines of the Bible. I even hear so called leaders in the church instructing their congregations to stay away from doctrines. Their people, none the wiser, treat doctrines as if it’s filled with a deadly virus. Our lack of doctrine, i.e., teaching is the very reason we are where we are today.
Luke 18:8, “…Nevertheless when the Son of man comes, shall he find faith on earth?” Faith come be hearing the Word of God. Faith is also the assurance of things hoped for, the proving of things not seen, (Hebrews 11:1, RV). Faith is fading. More and more people are depending on their emotions to guide them to the truth of Christ; it’s not going to happen.
Returning to Revelation 22:20 we find that the Word of God assures us that He will soon return. As I view the decline of faith in the Church I lend my voice to the voices of the ages and say, “even so, come Lord Jesus.”
This website is dedicated to the promotion of truth and freedom. Without truth we will never truly be free. I urge the reader to study the Word of God. Find your freedom in Christ! And after you have experienced the liberating truth, share Christ with your neighbor. Remember, Only Christ Jesus, i.e., “the Word,” can set you free!