Copyright © 1997 AFLM
May/June, 1997 Volume XII Number 6 - FEATURES
Come, Lord Jesus
by Martin Wishnatsky
The consent of humankind, even if unanimous, cannot change the law of God. Human legislatures can no more change or repeal the law of God than they can change the laws of physics. Gravity is a reality despite what men may say, and God's judgment for sin likewise. The law of God will be enforced even though every man is lawless. In His time and by His justice he will call everyone to account for their sins against His Law and the mercy of His Son.
In the days of Noah "all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
"And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth." (Genesis 6:13)
Today the violence of abortion fills the earth. God has promised a judgment swift, certain, inescapable and unpredictable. In the days before the Flood, life was as it had always been: "eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark." After God removed Noah to safety, he poured out his wrath without forewarnimg. "And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away." (Matthew 24;38-39) The same was true of Sodom and Gomorrah. Once Lot was out of the city, swift destruction fell.
". . . in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; but the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all." (Luke 17:28-29)
This generation will be destroyed in a moment at the coming of the Son of Man. The Day of the Lord is a day of judgment upon the earth for its wickedness. The Second Coming is a fearful, terrifying and unpredictable event.
". . . the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say 'Peace and safety'; then sudden destruction cometh upon them... and they shall not escape." (I Thesselonians 5:3)
"Come, Lord Jesus" is a prayer of judgment from those sretched beyond endurance by the evil of the age.
". . . the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the lord, and from the glory of his power . . ." (2 Thesselonians 1:7-8)
The world will be judged at a time when it is congradulating itself for having prevailed in its sin, openly mocking everthing holy. They will be rich and filled with goods, enjoying every worldly thing. There will be no hint of what is about to occur. In the same hour that King Belshazzar used the holy temple vessels in an idolatrous feast, the hand of God appeared and wrote his doom on the wall of the palace. (Daniel 5:1-6)
"Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the son of man cometh." (Matthew 24:44) The parable of the virgins is for this generation. The path that leads to life is narrow, and few there be that find it.
"And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth." (Isaiah 24:21)
"For he bringeth down them that dwell on high; the lofty city, he layeth it low; he layeth it low, even to the ground; he bringeth it even to the dust." (Isaiah 26:5)
"Come, Lord Jesus" is the cry of the saints for God to judge the earth. "Yea, in the way of thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness." (Isaiah 26: 8-9) The fornication culture that rules the earth will be destroyed in that day.
"For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand." (Revelation 19:2)
"For her sins ahve reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities." (Revelation 18:5)
"Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judged her." (Revelation 18:8)
In the Day of the Lord, "he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God." (Revelation 19:15)
The saints that have gone before and paid the ultimate price for faithfulness to God, cry out before the Throne: "How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?" (Revelation 6:10)
The Lord is not slow to execute judgment, but waits upon the fulfillment of His mercy, "not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentence." (2 Peter 3:9) When the cup of sin is full and the extension of mercy exhausted, judgment shall be swift and without warning. When the door on the ark closed, the door of God's mercy closed also. No one knows the day or the hour.
"But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up." (2 Peter 3:10)
In that day the slaughter of the babies shall come to an end. "For, behold, the Lord cometh out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain." (Isaiah 26:21)
Therefore, being aware of what is coming, we are enjoined to faithful obedience. "Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness." (2 Peter 3:17)
"For the day of his wrath is come; and shall be able to stand?" (Revelation 6:17)
Come, Lord Jesus.