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4 Must Do’s Before Jesus’ Return

Four keys to being ready at the coming of Jesus Christ. Over and over in the bible, it warns us that when Jesus returns. There’ll be many people who are not ready at His coming,

May it be that you and I will be ready when Jesus comes in return for his bride. To find out what these four keys are, we will read Hebrews 11:7. Just one verse, but so full and rich of the warning and the grace of God that we need to hear today.

“By faith, Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with Godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness, which is according to faith.”

1. You are Divinely Warned Today

The first key is you have to recognize that you are divinely warned today. When we look around the world, many people say, “Well, everything is the same. Everybody’s marrying, they’re doing business, they’re going to school, they’re having their job, everything is fine. Why are you talking about the end times?

What they don’t understand is that the bible has given us many prophecies on what’s going to happen just when Jesus is about to return. And if you actually read the bible and you see these signs, it is impossible for you to think, “wow, Jesus not to come back.” Because you’re going to find that Jesus is coming soon.

And I want to be ready because the signs are all around us. They’re in the news. They’re in the world. But people don’t recognize it because they don’t look at what God has already said, warning people what’s going to happen. And so number one, you have to be divinely warned and you have to actually read it to know what are those divine warnings in the bible.

2. Be Moved by Godly Fear

And that brings us to number two because just reading it, knowing what’s going to happen, it’s not going to help you. It says here that Noah was moved with Godly fear.

Today, when you tell people about the end times, even people in the church, they’ll be like, “Oh yes, well, Jesus can come any time.” And you look into their lives and they are doing exactly the same thing as their world.

And I don’t say this as pointing a finger just at them because I, for a large part of my life lived the same way. And God has woken me up in my sleep and says, “Emmanuel, you can’t live that way because if you really a Christian, if you’re really called by Me and if you’re really going to enter into My eternal kingdom, I have a pattern of life that I want you to live.”

A people that are zealous for good work, a people that is transformed by the power of the holy spirit, a people that’s full of power and of love so that you can attest My goodness to the world that is dying.

And when I start reading the scriptures and seeing Jesus talking through the scriptures to me. How he rebuked the five churches out of the seven in the Book of Revelation. I’m like, there’s something that I need to adjust in my life.

And the question is today, do you have Godly fear that moves you to a change of your lifestyle so that you can honor the living God? It’s not important to just say, “Oh yeah, I know Jesus coming, I see it in the scriptures.” but you do nothing!

That’s not going to help you and it’s not going to help me if we do nothing.

3. Prepare Your “Ark”

“Noah prepared an ark for the saving of his household.”

Not only did Noah believe the divine warning that God gave him. That divine warning actually moved through him with Godly fear to do what? To build an ark to save his household.

Noah, you’re going to go and build an ark to save your household because I have totally regretted creating mankind. Because everything that they thought of and everything that they’ve done is evil. And so I’m going to destroy the whole earth and start over. (Genesis 6:13-14)

And do you know what happened for over 100 years after God told Noah that? Nothing happened! The same thing happened over and over again. People are buying, they’re selling, they’re doing work, they’re getting married and all the normal activities of life happened.

And people are looking at Noah’s thing. “Have you lost your mind, Noah? Why are you using this piece of land and all your livelihood and all this wood to build an ark on dry land? Or have you gone crazy?”

And that’s exactly the same attitude the world and even many in the church today will tell you “Well, well, tone it down, brother. You know, Jesus can come anytime, but nobody knows the hour. So just do your thing and just go to church, give your money, go to the prayer meetings and you’re good. You don’t have to be so radical about things. Just have grace and calm down a little bit.”

But what you don’t understand is that the Grace of God, according to the bible in Titus 2:11-12

“The Grace of God that comes from heaven tells us to live a new way of life, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts. Looking forward to the blessed hope that is to come.”

That’s what my bible tells me. I’m going to take the word of God and to listen to the word of God many, many, many times, a million times more than what I’m going to hear from people who “tell” me, “Oh, you’re ok and the Christians and maybe they are this and that.”

I’m going to take the word of God over what people tell me, especially if they’re not burning on fire for the living God.

4. Be Righteous According to Faith

“Then Noah became heir of the righteousness, which is according to faith.”

You see what the bible says here? Righteousness, which is according to faith. How was his faith demonstrated? By the fact that he actually obeyed God. He believed what God has said and he didn’t stop there. He didn’t say, “Oh yeah, God, I believe you. I’ll build an ark when I start seeing some rain, maybe some water, I’ll start believing.” No, he didn’t do that!

Historians and scholars say that Noah had built the ark for over 100 years! All this time with the mocking and people giving him comments saying that he has lost his mind. But he kept his focus on what God had told him.

And today, this is exactly what you and I going to do. We’re going to look into Jesus, the Author, and Finisher of our faith. Not the society and culture and even the people in the church who are maybe are lukewarm or are telling us we have to follow God and maybe a prayer not to look at others and say “Oh well, they’re bad, the lukewarm.” But that “God, change me. So I can spark the people that you put around me so that I can give them the light, and the gospel, and the fire. To revive the fire of the Holy Spirit in them so that together we can be that bride. That Jesus, You’ve called us to enter into the eternal kingdom.”

Today, I’m going to tell you, you’re going to look very weird when you talk about the end times when you think about it, when you’re radical about sin, when you want to do the things of God, people are going to look at you weird.

Final Words

But you have to remember these four things. Noah received the divine warning from God. And not only that he was moved with Godly fear, which caused them to build an ark. And because of that, because of that action, he became the heir of righteousness according to faith.

Your faith should look like something today on the earth. Your faith should not be just some kind of profession of faith. In fact, the Bible over and over again, says ‘If our faith is genuine, it will be something that the world wants.” Because the world does not want what they have right now. They don’t want suicidal thoughts, they don’t want depression, they don’t want to get married over and over again, then divorce, get hurt, get divorced, get hurt, marry again. They don’t want to do that. They want a new way of life.

They don’t want to be stuck in jail. They don’t want to be stuck in overdosing on drugs. They don’t want to commit adultery against those they love. They don’t want to keep on looking at pornography when they can be set free. They want to be set free.

But who’s going to set them free? You and I can’t set them free if we’re doing the same thing. So we have to come before the living God and say “God, oh change my life today, Work it, work it in me, Holy Spirit, so that this message of the gospel, not only something that I preach in my mouth, but it’s something that I can live that is birthed within me so that I can give this life to other people and show them Your fire and of Your grace and of Your kingdom because we know You’re coming soon.”

Go ahead and share this with other people who need to hear it.

Until next time.

God bless you!

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