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04 The Rapture and The Revealing

by Ray Naugle

(Transcribed from the message presented Wednesday Night, Oct. 29, 2014)
First of all, I want to thank those who prepared the program. I believe it was in September that Brother Garret presented his desire for a prophecy conference at the church leaders meeting and here we are. I want  to thank them for the opportunity and the challenge. I have never approached the subject of either of the comings of Christ in this manner. It was quite a challenge. I am looking forward to the stress being gone.

Again, thank you all for coming. I also want to thank the Sellersburg congregation. We always appreciate  their hospitality and they do a good job. I believe you received a copy of my printed outline. I have an excellent publisher and printer. The writer is kind of rusty because there is a mistake. I will point that out a little bit  later on. When I was doing church bulletins I always said I had something in the bulletin for everyone. Some folks were always looking for mistakes. They were usually never disappointed on Sunday.

I chose the songs. I am not saying that to take away from brother Emery. He is very well qualified to choose the hymns. I wanted number 384 because of the last verse: Blind unbelief is sure to err and scan his work in vain. God is his own interpreter and he will make it plain. And I like that word plain. On the front page of your handout I believe it says God’s Word is plain. I am looking at a different sheet than you have and I had better get a copy of that out so we can stay as close together on the same page as possible. It says: God’s Word is plain. And on the second page you will find the reference to Romans chapter one verses 18 through 20. That passage in Romans is there because the 19th verse says the word plain twice. God made himself plain. He  made himself plain in creation. He makes himself plain in his Word.

I heard a story of a man maybe 100 years or so ago that had about 30 acres and took care of his family on it and he had an old horse to work the property. He got up one morning and he went out to harness the horse and work in the garden and the horse was laying on the stable floor dead. Despondent, he went back to the house. Soon the mail came and the weekly paper was there and he decided to look in the paper for a horse for sale.  Lo and behold, the neighbor down the road just a little ways had a horse for sale. So he went down the road to see about the horse and told the neighbor he wanted to see the horse. The neighbor said, well, he don’t look too good. The man said, well, I would like to see him. My horse died and I really need a horse. Once again the neighbor said, Well, I’ll show you, but he don’t look too good. They went out to the barn and here was this horse. He couldn’t see any ribs. The horse wasn’t swayback. He had obviously been taken good care of. He looked at his teeth and they were fine and he said to the neighbor, I will buy him. So he bought him and rode him home and harnessed him up, hitched him to the plow and started cultivating in the garden. But the horse couldn’t walk straight and was stepping on the com. He had trouble turning around. So he took him back to the end of the row and unhitched him, took the harness off of him and took him back to the fellow he bought him from and saidto the neighbor, you sold me a bad horse. He is defective. The neighbor replied, no, I didn’t. I told you he doesn’t look too good.

Now, then, do you know what was the matter with the horse? He was blind. God doesn’t do that to us. When I said the fellow selling the horse said he don’t look too good, what was the first thing you thought? The appearance of the horse. Is he black, is he brown? Is he an old paint or is he a thoroughbred or just a common old every day work horse? That is what you thought. He used a word that we use every day but he meant something that we don’t think of when we hear that word. I am not going to mention politicians and lawyers in this context in any way, but that is what Satan does. Satan treats us like that. He deceives us with words.

But God’s Word is plain. He made it plain on purpose. You may have known folks that couldn’t write their name. But they can hear the Word of God and they can respond and they can obey it and become Christians and live successful Christian lives. But they couldn’t pronounce Jehoshaphat. They didn’t have a clue about systematic theology.

But now I want to look at the other side of the coin. I have a book right here. I can sit down and read it in my language and, incidentally, this is the New International Version and that is what I will be using and reading from tonight. God makes his Word plain. You can read it. You can believe it. If it doesn’t mean what it says, if the words don’t mean what they mean, he will tell you. The last phrase in number 384 of the last verse of the hymn, God Moves in a Mysterious Way says ‘God is his own interpreter, and he will make it plain’.

The Bible verses that brother Paul had up here on the screen last night and brother Garrett the night before,  some of them haven’t happened yet, but they are going to happen, just like they read because that is the plain way to take them, the way they read. Isaiah 46:8-13. That is the long version. I am going to read the short version, Amos 3:7. Surely the sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets. God told the prophets what was going to happen. That includes the 70 years of captivity of Jeremiah. That includes the thousand years of Revelation 20 just as well. Both of them can be taken just as they read.

Turn to 1 Peter chapter one and I am going to read verses 10 through 12. It will help us in some of the other passages there. I am going to have to hurry and run through them. Concerning this salvation, the prophets who spoke of the grace that was to come to you searched intently and with the greatest care trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. There is our subject for tonight, the glories that follow the suffering of Messiah. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things. We are going to look at the glories that follow after the
suffering of the Messiah. There are many glories that will follow this.

If you want to turn to the first psalm I am going to read three verses out of the first and then second Psalm in just a moment. But I want to say a word about the rapture. Someone told me of a website that a preacher had and on that website he had an article entitled, “Ruptured the Rapture.” Well, I don’t think we have to wonder what he believed about Premillennialism, if you please. I don’t think he has tossed the trinity yet or raveled the revealing – he may do that – but the rapture … that word is not in the Bible. Well, why do we use it? Just like we use the word trinity. It conveys a very important Bible truth to us. Rapture simply means catching up and that is the phrase that is used in 1 Thessalonians.

In the first three verses of the book of Revelation very quickly. The revelation from Jesus Christ which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John who testifies to everything he saw. That is the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is  written in it, because the time is near. I believe every speaker that has been up here previous to me and the one that has done the introducing of those speakers have all referred to the nearness of the coming of the Lord.
It could be at any moment. It could be at any time. The phrase in there, the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus. That phrase is repeated throughout the book of Revelation in other places.

I want to read the fifth verse of the first psalm. Brother Frank Mullins Sr. taught this verse. And I remember him speaking about it. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. Now we hear sermons about how we are all going to stand before God the judge and over here on the left are going to be those that are unsaved and they are going to be saying why didn’t you tell me about Jesus? That may make good motivational preaching, but this preacher does not believe it is ever going to happen. Other folks believe it, too. Sinners are not going to be in the congregation with the righteous. Hence, the rapture is for Christians and about Christians. Verses eight and nine of the second chapter of Psalm. Ask of me and I will make the nations your inheritance and the ends of the earth your possession. You will break them with a rod of iron. You will dash them to pieces like pottery. And we will see more about that a little bit later.

Very quickly on to Acts chapter one. Brother Paul touched on this last night. I am going to do it again. Verse three. Jesus presented himself to them over a period of 40 days and taught and spoke to them about the kingdom of God. And the first, as my mother would say, the first crack out of the box, the first question out of their mouths was if he was going to restore the kingdom to Israel now. They knew exactly what they were asking,  because they knew the Old Testament prophecies, some of which we have seen the last two nights. They knew them as well or better than we do. They knew what they were asking and they knew why they were asking, because they knew it was going to happen. And they wanted to know it was going to be now. And Jesus told them it is not for you to know the times or seasons that are set within the Father’s authority. The question in verse six is the Word of God. The answer in verse seven is the testimony of Jesus. That phrase out of the first three verses of the book of Revelation that John saw and wrote down. If it isn’t true why did God show it to him and why did he write it down? And incidentally, it is the Revelation of Jesus Christ. John is the secretary and the title of the book doesn’t have an ‘s’ on the end of it.

I believe that both the question and the answer validate the literal fulfillment, the meaning of the words of the unfulfilled prophecy of the Old Testament and also the words of the New Testament including and especially the book of Revelation, because there is more prophecy there out of the Old Testament than folks want to think about. But it is there. In Romans chapter eight verses 18 through 25 creation, Christians, expectation and hope. Do you know the world is tired of weeds and thorns and thistles and rattlesnakes and
copperheads and lions eating folks and other animals? Creation is tired of it. It is frustrated, according to the reading of the New International Version. The New King James version says the futility. It is expecting the freedom of the sons of God. That is what it is looking for. The creation is looking for Eden. And if you read the 65th chapter of Isaiah you will find it. And it is going to happen. Revelation 20 again. That is what creation is looking for, what we are looking for, and these are just one or two ideas out of those verses. We are looking for the redemption of our bodies. Yeah, I know we have artificial knees and hips and elbows and we have got stents in our heart and contacts in our eyes and I don’t know what all. But it is going to be resurrected.

Let’s look at some of the features of the rapture, the catching up, if you please. The rapture is the catching up. The revealing is the coming down. You can remember it that way and you don’t have to worry about those ‘R’ words. The catching up and the coming down. And who is the central figure in all of that? Jesus. Thank you. I love those answers from the audience. That helps the preacher out. Brother Paul, when he called me about doing this, asked me to distinguish the difference between the catching up and the coming down. There are similarities and there are differences. I want to read 1 Thessalonians four verses 13 through 18. Brother and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind who have no hope, for we believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him according to the Lord’s Word. We tell you that we who are still  alive who are left until the coming of the Lord will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. There is the rapture right there. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage or comfort one another with these words. And they, indeed, are comforting words.

Now then let’s look at some of the features. I think I have eight listed. They are on … what is this … page three of your … of the handout. This one here. Before I get started I want to tell you that there is a mistake right at the top of the page under number one. The reference says 2 Peter one. That is supposed to be 1 Peter. And so you can correct that on your copy, please. The timing of the coming of the Lord to catch us up into the air no one knows. I remember it was a fad back in the 70s. Everybody had a sharp pencil and a keen mind and they told us when the Lord was coming. And one fellow down in Evansville, Indiana said the Lord is coming December the third. And I said oh, boy, he is coming on my birthday. And that has been 30 or 40 years ago. He  may come on my birthday. He can. I would be glad for that present. But we don’t know the time he is coming. Believe what you read in Matthew 24:36, 42 and verses 36, 42 and 44. He said: You don’t know. Only the Father knows. You be ready. You be prepared. And you be watching and waiting and working. That
teaching is throughout the New Testament.

That is the first feature that I have listed. And I think it probably goes first. The rest of them you may look at them. You may want to put them in a different order than what I have got. You may wonder why did he put that there? And six months from now I may be wondering, Ray, why did you do it like that? But that is really the next point. The rapture is selective. It is selective. Matthew 24 verses 36 through 42. Two men will be working at the field. One is going up and one is staying. Two women will be working at the mill, grinding at the mill. One will be taken and one will be left. In 1 Corinthians chapter 15 and verse 23 it talks about the order of resurrection: Christ the first fruits, then those that are Christ’s at his coming. And, as an old country boy would say there ain’t no dead folks there. There ain’t no sinners in the crowd according to Psalm 1:5 and according to 1 Thessalonians four, 1 Corinthians 15 and Matthew 24, and you can think of probably think of verses that I don’t have. It is selective and it is specific. Those who are Christ’s at his coming.

This, Paul told the church at Corinth, revealed a mystery. Flesh and blood, he said in verse 50 of 1st Corinthians 15, flesh and blood is not going to inherit the Kingdom of God. Behold, I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep. It is appointed unto man once to die and then the judgment. Sometimes I hear that quoted and I think does it mean everybody has got to die before the end of the world comes? No. That isn’t what that verse means. And that isn’t what is going to happen. But there is going to be a resurrection and there is going to be a change. We will still be recognizable in this body, but we will still be changed. We shall see the Lord and be what? Like him. Thank you. I heard somebody almost say it out loud. We will be like him. And you remember old Thomas? Thomas said if he couldn’t see the risen Lord he wouldn’t believe. And Jesus said: Come here, Thomas. Here is my hand. What did he tell him to do? Feel the scar in the middle of my hands. Put your hand here. There is an indention in his side where the spear went in. That is after the death, burial and resurrection and right before his ascension. And that same Jesus is coming. That didn’t get an amen, hallelujah or anything. That same Jesus is coming in the clouds just like he left. Acts 1: 11. And there is a mystery, the change that is coming. We will be flesh and bone like Jesus, not flesh and blood. Paul just said it is not going to inherit the Kingdom of God, but flesh and bone will, because Jesus did, and we will be like him. And we know that not all will sleep, but they will be changed. We are looking for the redemption of our bodies. In the concluding verses of the 15th chapter of 1 Corinthians there is a V word there, remember? Victory. When we are up there in the clouds that is victory. And it is going to last forever.

Number four on your handout. The teaching about the rapture, about the catching up has great benefits. I am sure you have heard folks start talking and you are listening to them and you begin to think that person doesn’t have a clue what they are talking about. They are ignorant as a stone. That is the first thing the teaching about the rapture does for us. It dispels ignorance. Now the New International Version says uninformed, but the King James and other versions say we would not have you to be ignorant, brethren. I want to tell you a fact. I want to tell you a truth and that is what the teaching of the rapture does for us. It gives us the facts of God’s plans and purposes and his plans for you personally and all of us together. It provides us that information and gives us that fact and it is based upon the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the work that he has done for us. And it mixes hope in with our grief.

We have all stood at the casket of a loved one, friends, neighbors that were dear to us, father and mother, brother, sister, even a child. And apparently the folks at Thessalonica didn’t know what to think. What about those … what about all of our dead people? When Jesus comes what is going to happen to them? Paul said: I am going to tell you. Here are the facts. And it gives us comfort and encouragement, enabling us to stand firm, 1  Corinthians 15:58. It is the Christian’s blessed hope in Titus 2:13. In 2 Timothy four and verse eight Paul said there is the crown of righteousness that was for him. Do you remember the rest of the verse? For all who love his appearing.

Ok. There are similarities. The timing is similar. We don’t know the day or the hour that the Lord is coming. But he is coming. He is coming and he is going to take us up in the air. Now we are through with that point and we are going to look now at the revealing and we are going to think about the time. Jesus said in Revelation 16 verse 15, the very first sentence says behold, I come like a thief. I can pick on old Charlie Weber back there. I have known him for a few years. If I call a press conference down on the courthouse steps and say at two o’clock in the morning I am going to go in and rob Charlie Weber’s house. I might get in, but I won’t do much  robbing. I know him. But if I don’t tell him, I might get in and I might even be able to steal something and get out and he might be so sound asleep he doesn’t know it. He says he is going to come like a thief, but it is not going to be all quietness and stealth. It is just the fact that you are not looking for the thief to come. And then they won’t be looking for Jesus to come.

I am going to read from 1 Thessalonians chapter five following the verses that I have just read about the rapture. Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you for you know very well that the day of the Lord … wait a minute, Paul. The day of the Lord? Where did that come from? That came out of the Old Testament. Read the book of Joel and many, many other passages about the day of the Lord and see what it is like. You don’t want to be here. You don’t want to be here for the day of the Lord. While people are saying peace and safety, destruction will come on them suddenly as labor pains on a pregnant woman and they will not escape. Brother David, I don’t know if you have got it figured out for us for tomorrow night, but the

antichrist is going to bring about peace and safety in that time and great tribulation. That is what Paul said to us here. But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then let us not be like others who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober, looking and waiting and prepared for the coming of the Lord. For those who sleep, sleep at night and those who get drunk, get drunk at night, But since we belong to the day, let us be sober putting on faith and love and the breastplate and the hope of salvation as a helmet. You remember those three words are used in the last verse of the chapter? Faith, hope and love, 1 Corinthians 15. Isn’t it? For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath, but to receive salvation through our Lord
Jesus Christ. He died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live together with him. Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up just as, in fact, you are doing.

Some of the other features of the coming down. I will read from Revelation 19 verses 11 through 16. I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse whose rider is called faithful and true. I have heard preachers mock and make fun of that verse. I doubt if God appreciated it. With justice he judges and wages war. His eyes are like blazing fire and on his heads are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows, but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven are following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Coming out of his mouth is the sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron scepter. He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: King of kings and Lord of lords.

The sign of the Son of man will appear in heaven, Matthew 24 and verse 30. John said I saw heaven opened. John saw it. The Lord showed it to him. John wrote it down and here it is. It was here before we came and if the Lord tarries it will be here when we are gone. And that same truth will be put to generations to come. Heaven opened and that rider on the white horse judging with justice. He is going to come in the clouds.

Turn back again to the first chapter of Revelation and we need to read the seventh verse of the first chapter of Revelation because it has features of the coming down, the revealing that we want to think about. Look. He is coming with the clouds and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him. And all peoples on earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be. Amen. Every eye will see him. Revelation 19, you see, he is accompanied by the armies in heaven on white horses dressed in white, clean linen. And he is waging war. I don’t believe an army goes into war dressed in white. They may have in days passed, but I don’t think they do nowadays. But that is going to be here. Every eye will see him. And in the rapture it is going to happen so fast that if you blink your eyes you will miss it. Isn’t one of the translations in 1 Corinthians 15 in the twinkling of an  eye? It is going to change and be gone. But here he is coming back and they are going to see him. And they will know him, because they will feel the fury of the wrath of God almighty that he is going to administer, even those who pierced him, Matthew 27:25. I wrote that reference and that is not in the center column, but it is underneath that phrase.

Pilate took a basin of water and washed his hands. He said I am innocent of this man’s blood. Matthew 27:25 they said to Pilate: His blood be on us and our children. And you know what? That blood is still there right now. It is on the hands of those descendants there in Jerusalem that called for the crucifixion of Jesus. And do you know? There is only one thing that can clean them and make them white as snow? What is it? The blood of Christ, the blood that they have on their hands when they turn in faith and repentance and belief. He will take that blood and wash their hands as clean as mine look to you. But they that pierced him, they are going to be mourning, too, because they are going to now to realize we crucified our Messiah just like those folks in the second chapter of Acts did, just a few days later after that first chapter of Acts took place. Those that pierced him, they will be mourning. There won’t be any comfort. The teaching about the rapture is comfort and joy, encouragement. And here there is mourning and crying and regret and other adjectives that you can think of.

In the 11 th chapter of Matthew a couple of verses that I want to read. There is going to be anger on the part of the nations when he comes. Listen. The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah and he will reign forever and ever. Here reign is a good word. I think that may be back in the 20th chapter. It is close anyhow. The 24 elders who were seated on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshipped God saying We give thanks to you, Lord God almighty, the one who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign. And verse 18 of Revelation 11: The nations were angry. Who does that Jew in Jerusalem think he is?

Do you remember the map that brother Paul had up here last night? Brother Paul, if I sat clear in the back I don’t know if I could have seen that little bit of an agenda (Israel) that you had on there. But the eyes of the whole world are there today, because the whole world lies in the evil one and if he can just push those Jews out in the Mediterranean and get rid of them, the devil will have won and he will have the world. I have news for the devil. He has lost. It hasn’t happened yet, but it is going to just as sure as we are here tonight. He has taken his power and begun to reign and the nations are angry. They don’t like it. And one of the features of the corning back is that he is going to rule the nations with an iron scepter.

I grew up on a farm and my daddy had a crow bar that was about that big around. We called it a crow bar. They call them pry bars, too. It was about that big around and about five feet long. You take a three eights piece of rebar, not any bigger or not as big as my … that finger but my little finger. I don’t want anybody beating on me with one. But that is what Jesus is going to use to rule the nations. And he will bust them up like a piece of pottery dropped from six feet onto concrete. You can’t pick it up and put it back together. He will rule them with an iron scepter. And they aren’t going to like it, but there won’t be anything they can do about it. He will have his rewards with him. Revelation 22 and verse 12. He will tread the winepress of the fierceness of the wrath of God almighty.

When God told Noah I have had enough, he drowned the whole world. And what did Peter tell us back in the third chapter of this second epistle? Yes, everything continues as from the beginning. Everybody says the world is getting worse and things are getting bad and all that. And they are. And Brother Benny reminded us of that Sunday night and three excellent speakers and messages have preceded this. Love is losing and faith is failing. Because of the increase of wickedness the love of many or the love of most will grow how? Cold. In Matthew 24 and verse 12. When the Son of Man comes will he find what on the earth? Faith? Faith is failing. And love is losing and wickedness is increasing. And men are continually turning their back on God. The biggest problem the world faces today is global climate change and those nitwits and knot heads don’t know God is in charge of the thermostat. He controls it. The rain and the wind and the sun and the snow and the sleet and the hail, he controls them. The psalmist says: What is man that you are mindful of him?

Then the last feature that I have recorded, and as I said in my notes you will probably think of
other features that I haven’t mentioned. His name there in Revelation 19 is King of kings and Lord of lords. What a name. What a Savior. What we have to look forward to. I hope you will leave here tonight encouraged and comforted and filled with hope. If you don’t, I remember brother David Reagan said years ago. He spoke about the coming of Christ one Sunday morning and a lady went out and shook his hand and said oh, I wish you wouldn’t talk like that. It scares me to death. She had heart trouble and they can’t fix it at the hospital. It can only be fixed at the foot of the cross. Get right with God. And if you are here tonight and you are not right with God, you can get right with him and you can walk out those doors knowing that you are his child and that you are going to heaven.

Brother Emory, get ready. We are going to sing number 118 in a minute. I am going to give God the last word, but I want us to note something. I read from the first and the second psalm. You remember the first word of the book of Psalms is blessed. Blessed are those who don’t stand with the sinners and the scoffers and the mockers. The last phrase of the second psalm: Blessed are those who put their trust in him. Who is him? His Son that he has put on his holy hill of Zion. I am going to tell you this with a lot of sadness. There was a church in the state of Texas that called themselves a Church of Christ. They bought new Bibles to put out in the pews.

They opened those Bibles and they got hold of the book of Revelation and they ripped it out and threw it away. They thought that since nobody can understand it, it must be gone. They threw away seven blessings of God. That is the truth. My father-in-law got on them about their lack of belief in the Scriptures when he had opportunity to be there. Some of our kinfolks attended that church in times past. That is sad. Seven blessings in the book of Revelation.

The first one was there in that third verse that I read, in the 14th chapter in the 16th chapter and the 19th chapter. Let’s see, that’s one, two, three, four. Have I missed one? I said there are seven. There are two in the 22nd chapter. I think I have missed one, but you can look them up. They are in the book of Revelation for your reading and study and for your enjoyment in knowing the blessings that God has in store.

I have formulated the closing of my messages giving God the last word. And I am going
to do that tonight. One reading is fairly lengthy, from the 11th chapter of Romans. If you will, hear these words. I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited. And there is a lot of expounding in that verse. Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles is come in. And in this way all Israel will be saved as it is written: The deliverer will come from Zion. He will turn godlessness away from Jacob. And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins. As far as the gospel is concerned they are enemies for your sake, but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs. For God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. Just as you who were at one time
disobedient to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience, so they, too, have now become disobedient in order that they, too, may now receive mercy as a result of God’s mercy to you. For God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all. And now listen. Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God. How unsearchable his judgments and his paths beyond tracing out. Who has known the mind of the Lord or who has been his counselor? Who has ever given to God that God should repay them? For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever. And say it with me. Amen. Revelation 16:15. I have got three more verses here. Look. I come like a thief. Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed. He who testifies to these things says: Yes, I am coming soon.

Is there anyone here tonight subject to the invitation, It will be offered and you are invited to come and be right with the Lord and ready to meet him when he comes.

He who testifies to these things says: Yes, I am coming soon. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Say it together again. Amen.

 

Ray Naugle is a past full time minister and is retired Administrator of Maple Manor Christian Home. He preaches on Sunday morning for the Ralph Avenue Church of Christ in Louisville, KY. He is a co-editor of www.wordandwork.org.

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