The Coming ONE – The Day of The Lord
The Coming ONE Series
“And I saw Heaven having been opened, and behold a white horse, and He who is sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness, He judges and makes war…”
This open heaven presents to us the true nature and character of the Risen Christ. Those who live and walk in the Spirit begin to see and comprehend the Risen Christ and HE who sits on the Throne!
“After this, I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with One seated on the throne.”
In this passage, we touch on the correlation between our walk here on earth and the unfolding of heavenly things. John was invited to come to the very Throne of God. The holy atmosphere of that unspeakable Presence was John’s privilege because of His relationship and faithfulness to the Call of God in Christ.
It is from this vantage point John describes the manner of Christ’s return:
“…and in righteousness, He judges and makes war…”
Few in our day comprehend the severity and the immensity of His coming. The whole concourse of human history, the wickedness, the depravation, and all the defiling works of men will be judged, purged, and ultimately consumed in the fires of God.
“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with rushing sound, and having burned the elements will be dissolved, and earth and the works in it will be burned up.”
2 Peter 3:10
To which the Word of God presents to us His Will concerning our daily conduct:
“Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved,
what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,”
2 Peter 3:11
This pivotal question demands our attention. We can believe His Word in a faithless and unaffected way and console ourselves by our “belief”, or we can demonstrate our faith by allowing His Truth to impact our conduct and our relationship to this present world.
There is something sinister in a deceptive “faith” that allows us to be comfortable with a “lukewarm” spirit in our attitude towards God while yet being at home and very comfortable in this present world.
“But become doers of the Word,
and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves“
The faith of Christ must produce the works of Christ in all who by the workings of the Holy Spirit have become “doers of the Word”. The living faith of Christ cannot be empty of His works for any “faith without works is dead”. It is this dead faith that has deceived the multitudes in our day. It is this “faith”, which is in word only, that is impotent and void from impacting our hearts or the world around us.
“Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh,
shall He find faith on the earth?”
It is a question that Jesus declared would characterize His Day. It is a question that every sincere child of God should hold solemnly in their own heart. The slumber of this dead faith is one of the most deadly and pervasive perils of our day. It is to this end we are admonished to “…consider one another to provoke to love and to good works…and so much the more as you see the Day approaching”!
We need to look no further than the life of Samson to see the consequences of being seduced by the wiles of Delilah (a representation of the world). His relationship with her resulted in his eyes being put out (spiritual blindness), slavery to the whims of the flesh, and the subject of mockery and contempt of the world.
Can we not see and feel this same derision upon us? The divorce rate in the “church” today is the same as it is in the world… the scandals, the division that exists in His Body, the contentment with something less than His life, light, and glory shining forth from the vibrancy of His faith and love between us must bring us to a new estimation of our peril.
“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples,
if ye have love one to another.”
His return is drawing near. This world IS passing away and all that is in it will soon be no more. To the extent that we live in the true spirit of Faith, we begin to comprehend the brevity of this life and the consequences of a life lacking the faith motivated by love (Galatians 5:6). To measure our relationship to Him by any other metric than His love moving within our hearts is the delusion of religion (1 John 4:8). It is this love that produces a life that is ever beseeching and pleading with the people of God to aspire to the holy heights of HIS call to each member of His Body.
The Holy Spirit is Calling
There is within His Spirit a calling, an exhortation, and the invasive questioning of our true condition because of these eternal truths. It is the callous, the unfeeling, and the slumbering who avoid such piercings of truth to their own sorrow.
Much of our gatherings together today are concerned with comforting ourselves with an emphasis that we are in good standing with God because of our “belief” rather than the righteousness of our walk and the Love of Him beating within our hearts. Let us not be deceived:
“Little children, let no one lead you astray;
he who is doing righteousness is righteous…”
1 John 3:7
The temper of those whose gatherings are in the auspices of the Holy Spirit are filled with exhortations and the intensity of His Spirit to so interact with one another until “Christ be formed” (Galatians 4:19) in each. May we each become a vital part of our place in the holy wonder of THIS Body that is arising in this hour!
“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
For our consideration
Do we meet with others because we are comfortable and content in the status quo or do we seek out the “fellowship” of those who are relentless in their pursuit of godly living, purity of heart, and a growing need to live unto Him in a fuller way?
His return is characterized by judgment; “in righteousness, He judges and makes war” and that judgment will also fall upon His house. Even a marginal knowledge of the Parables of Jesus concerning His return will bring to us an arresting truth; His return will expose the true condition of every believer, some unto judgment and some unto the rewards and the invitation to “enter thou into the joy of thy Lord” (Matthew 25:23).
Please consider a few of the Parables of Christ concerning His people upon His return:
Parable of the Talents: Matthew 25:15-30
The reply of Jesus to His servant who hid his talent in the ground: “You wicked and lazy servant…” Matthew 25:26
Parable of the Pounds (Minas): Luke 19:12-26
May we carefully consider the eternal ramifications of the faithful and the faithless.
Parable of the Ten Virgins: Matthew 25:1-10
May our lamps remain burning far into the night!
Please Read the Related Article: A Call to Prepare
May we give heed to the Day in which we live!
The Coming One Series:
The Coming One – Seeing Him – Part One