“Almost without exception, the biblical passages on the Lord’s return are presented, not for their own sake, but to furnish motivation for practical morality and Christian living.  As John explains, ‘We shall see him as he is.  And every one that hath this hope purifieth himself, even as he is pure’ (1 John 3:2-3, AV).  We must be ready to meet the King!  ‘Let your loins be girded about, and your lamps burning; and be ye yourselves like unto men looking for their lord’ (Luke 12:35-36, AV).  ‘Take heed to yourselves, lest haply your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting [self-indulgence], and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that day come on you suddenly as a snare: for so shall it come upon all them that dwell on the face of all the earth’ (Luke 21:34-35, AV).  The readiness of which these scriptures speak is therefore not merely in reference to a secret, pre-tribulational rapture for the church, but to the final coming of the Lord to assume the rule of the whole world.  ‘And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch'” (Mark 13:37, AV)!

(J. Barton Payne, “Practical Conclusion,” The Imminent Appearing of Christ, Chpt. 5, p 163, 1962)


Being Ready for His Return


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