In This Issue…
A CRY AT MIDNIGHT!
- 952: A Cry at Midnight to the Church
- 953: A Cry at Midnight to the Soul
- 954: A Cry at Midnight to the World
No. 952: A Midnight Cry To The Church
Behold, the bridegroom cometh!
“…And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.” (Matthew 25:6 KJV).
Christ is the Bridegroom, and the ten virgins represent his followers.
Of course, as we all know, this parable of the Ten Virgins prophesies the 2nd Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. It predicts that there will be some who are READY, eagerly anticipating His return, and others who are not ready.
The parable is given by Jesus as one of His responses to a question the disciples had asked: “And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” (Matthew 24:3 KJV).
This is a last-day prophecy. The location of the Mount of Olives is significant as that is the very spot where Jesus Christ will return. “And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.” (Zechariah 14:4 KJV).
The ten virgins here represent the churches that claim to be His. But apathy has taken hold of them.
Many churches* are at their lowest since Martin Luther nailed his ninety-five theses to the door of the church. They may look genuine to the untrained eye: professional – sophisticated – loving.
*(I say “churches” rather than “Church” because there is still the Church, the true Church of God. A remnant of individuals “who will not bend the knee to baal!”).
The counterfeit looks so authentic, that the churches themselves are deceived. But scrape away the veneer, and you will see they are fake. The church in Laodicea was just like that.
They thought they were rich and blessed. But they were naked and poor. God sent them this message:
“These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” (Revelation 3:14-19 KJV).
Perhaps you belong to one of these churches, and you ask this question: Should I leave my church?
You are not alone. Lots of Christians today ask that question. Should they get out of a local church! It is the question on many godly hearts.
Decades ago, A. W. Pink said that it is better to stay at home and read the Bible than go to some churches!
“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.” This applies first to our religious connections. How many Christians are members of so-called “churches,” where much is going on which they know is at direct variance with the Word of God—either the teaching from the pulpit, the worldly attractions used to draw the ungodly, and the worldly methods employed to finance it or the constant receiving into its membership of those who give no evidence of having been born again. Believers in Christ who remain in such “churches” (?) are dishonoring their Lord. Should they answer: “Practically all the churches are the same, and were we to resign, what could we do? We must go somewhere on Sundays,” such language would show they are putting their own interests before the glory of Christ. Better stay at home and read God’s Word—than fellowship with that which His Word condemns! – A W Pink
What should you do?
- If you stay, it’s doubtful you will make any difference!
By staying, many have hoped that their faithful witness would make a difference.
But the decisions have been made already! Decisions that have been made at a high level of leadership.
If the pastor and his board will do anything to make the church “successful” there is nothing you can do to stop it.
The only option you will have as a godly person is to testify against them by leaving.
But why worry? You are not important, you are expendable. When they wave you goodbye, they will just think of the hundreds they think will replace you. You are like a pawn in chess, the weakest piece. When the church was small you were special. They needed you, and they needed your tithe.
But now there are richer pickings on the horizon.
There are powerful trends in today’s churches. These trends have encircled the world.
These “spiritual” concepts were not born in Dallas or Sydney, or Tulsa. They had their origin in the minds of “principalities – the dark rulers” of this Age.
It’s the same age-old message of the evil one, that brought down Adam and Eve. And they have sown their diabolical concepts in the hearts of corrupt church leaders, who have peddled them worldwide to pliable, weak, and naive pastors, taken in by the promise of: Growth – Glory – and Greed.
Growth: Church growth today is far more important to the churches than a deeper life. Do you think you are an important individual to that church you sit in? Or is it truer to say that your true value is just a number to boost the crowd.
Glory: Your membership is nothing more than their boast! The boastful glory these sad churches receive from their contemporaries means more to them than the glory they could have received from God as a holy church.
“By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.” (Hebrews 11:24-26 KJV).
Greed: To these churches, the riches of the here and now are preferable to ‘pie in the sky’.
The early church was poor, but they had POWER! Look at Peter and John:
“And he (the disabled man) gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” (Acts 3:5-6).
I heard one tele-evangelist claim that Peter just didn’t have any money “on him” that day. He’d left his cheque book at home.
Can you imagine, the subtle message of Satan in the Garden of Eden – the very message that the Church has been commissioned to attack – is the concept that has brought down last-day churches!
- The Bible tells us to shun and also come out from amongst them.
We don’t like the idea of shunning folk. But it IS a Christian concept. Love can even show itself in shunning that which is wrong.
“I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.” (Romans 16:17-18 ESV).
“In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” (1 Corinthians 5:4-5 KJV).
I get quite tired of people calling David an adulterer. He did commit adultery – but he was forgiven.
One of today’s popular writer says:
“I have come to know a God who has a soft spot for rebels, who recruits people like the adulterer David, the whiner Jeremiah, the traitor Peter, and the human-rights abuser Saul of Tarsus. I have come to know a God whose Son made prodigals the heroes of his stories and the trophies of his ministry.”
This writer probably means well, but that makes me uncomfortable. These are people who are forgiven. They should not be titled by their past acts.
(Please refer to the Pulpit Notes October 21 Issue article: Ten Reasons Why Not To Bring Up Someone’s Past).
Because they failed, they are not failures!
The writer of Hebrews honours the champions of the holy Faith as heroes of whom this world is not worthy.
When godly Bible characters are described as sinners, I just wonder if that is to give us modern-day saints an excuse to live sinful lives! It’s okay when we fall, because others did. Well, thank God when we fall we have an advocate with God. And who is a pardoning God like our God? But shouldn’t we still “strive” not to fall?
You see Satan is the Accuser of the brethren. That is what he does.
So don’t accept ‘as Gospel’ the words of everyone. Try the spirits. And shun the doubtful.
- This world is not our home!
I heard today that the writers of one comic are going to change the sexual orientation of their superhero to make it more compatible with the modern age!
Don’t be too sad. If those kinds of things grieve your heart, that is a good sign. It proves your heart is tender. And not ‘intolerant’ as the world will call you.
Abraham’s nephew, Lot should never have been in Sodom. He did not belong there. He was grieved every day by the filthy conversation (2 Peter 2:7).
And we do not belong here.
Our citizenship, Paul said, is in Heaven! And at this midnight hour, the darkest of times for Christians, there is real hope! “The Bridegroom cometh!”
But while we are here, before “the night comes,” when no man can work, as Jesus predicted, there is work to do.
One day the authorities will clamp down on Christian activity, and are already doing so.
We Bible Christians may be IN the world – but we are NOT of it!
“If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” (John 15:19 ESV).
Today’s sinfulness has given the REAL CHURCH a tactical possibility.
In my youth the line between spiritually was very blurred. Some unimportant things were considered worldly: cosmetics, newspapers, womens’ fashions and hairstyles etc., were all suspect.
But things now have changed. With things in focus like the sexuality of superheroes, the lines between godliness and worldliness are now blazing red lines.
Now the differences between being godly and being worldly are obvious.
Therefore, we actually make a choice on which side to join. And here’s the thing: many many churches are crossing the red line!
So, as individuals, the trick is to recognize when the churches have crossed the line, and make our decision whether we are going to go along with it, and cross the boundaries, or to “come out and be separate!”
The churches fool themselves when they say that they can reach the lost better if they cross the line. They may get better church growth, but the church will not be better!
As Jesus asked: “What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36 KJV).
- If you do not leave, you may lose your own walk with the Lord!
What fellowship can light have with darkness?”
The priority is to find a godly Bible church. If you can’t find a godly church to attend, then go it alone!
Paul the Apostle spent three years in the Arabian desert. All alone! But he was taught of God. And the great body of Christian doctrine didn’t come to us from Rome, or Canterbury, or Constantinople, it came from the pen of this man of God, Paul.
There is a new idea today called “Red letter Christianity.” It’s a fallacy that doesn’t bother too much with Paul’s words, but focuses on the words of Christ that are printed in red in some Bibles.
Believe me, the Gospel is incomplete without the words of Paul!
No! Don’t believe me, believe the Bible: “But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers. But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.” (Galatians 1:11-17 KJV).
And this man, Paul – the great Apostle – didn’t lose anything by being alone. On the contrary he learned everything he taught via revelation! By direct communication with God.
So don’t let anyone tell us that we shall lose everything if we are alone. If we are alone, and with God, we can only gain!
We don’t need to attend a church that hopes in its modern ideas, and boasts that it has thrown out “yesterday’s men” referring to the godly old giants of the faith. Churches that accept worldly values, and copy worldly entertainment. We don’t need to assemble in dark rooms, and assail our eyes and ears with flashing lights and crashing drums, (as some “churches” do today).
If we can’t find a godly church, we can find Christ outside the camp!
And what is more, as the onslaught of liberal woke ideas engulf the churches, it could be argued that the true Church will have greater survival and revival when it is forced to hide in homes.
Beside the obvious hand of God, Judaism has survived the centuries because God made them teach it and practise it – in their homes!
“Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” (Deuteronomy 11:18-19 KJV).
That was God’s plan.
The early Church also survived in “house” gatherings.
That Bible chained to the church pulpit, may soon be the only Bible you can find in your town. And it will be re-written to be more socially acceptable – sanitized – edited! No longer the complete Word of God! No longer containing all “the faith once delivered unto the saints!”
The words of that E-Bible you love, can easily be tampered with – without you even knowing.
Corrie Ten Boom tells of the Bible she smuggled into the concentration camp. Phoebe hid Paul’s letter to the Romans, and smuggled it a thousand miles or so from Cenchrea to Rome. My family and I smuggled Bibles into communist countries. But we never thought there would come a day when we would need to hide Bibles here in the “free” west.
So get some printed Bibles, and hide them in your home – and more importantly: hide them in your heart! Your memory.
Some churches today don’t have a faith worth defending; or a hope worth dying for.
Last month a pope met a president. They both claim to stand for the Catholic faith – which believes in the sanctity of the unborn. But the next day just as many babies were ripped from their mothers’ wombs.
But I have hope for us. The Bible calls it “the blessed hope!”…
“The Bridegroom cometh!”
We are not unaware of the devil’s devices. He attacks the family in order to destroy God’s people. That is how he attacked God’s servant, Job. He destroyed his children.
Many godly pastors today are seeing attacks on the spirituality of their children. Jesus prophesied that in the last days the enemies of a man would be those of his own household. And godly pastors today are seeing their children not only turning against God and the Gospel, but turning against their parents for teaching them the Gospel!
But dearly Beloved, if your family is under attack, and your children despise you, look up! Your redemption draws near!
The Bridegroom cometh. “And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” (Luke 1:17 KJV).
One key to understanding prophecy is that there is a primary and a secondary fulfillment.
The spirit of Elijah came at the time of John, and will come again at the 2nd Coming of Christ.
The Bridegroom cometh. He stands at the door.
In Revelation Jesus stands OUTSIDE the last-day church. Knocking at the church door. Asking to come in!
When you go to that boastful, arrogant church, Christ is not even there!
How do I know that?
Because God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble!
No. 953: A Midnight Cry To The Soul
Behold, the bridegroom cometh!
“…And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.” (Matthew 25:6 KJV).
Last time we looked at the Cry at Midnight to the churches. Today we consider the individual soul.
We talked about leaving the local church if the need should arise. Of course, we should always strive to stay in the church. But sometimes that becomes impossible, and we must consider joining another assembly, or even being alone for a while. There is no suggestion here that we should get out of the local church just because we don’t get on, or because someone offended us, or that we had a personal disagreement over any unimportant matters.
I say this because the local church should be a body. And we are part of that body. And so, we do all we can never to “forsake the assembling of ourselves together.” (Heb 10:25).
But when it comes to issues like worldliness and doctrine, sometimes we must make that difficult choice: To go, or to stay.
We all have a responsibility when it comes to corporate error. Here is a good example of what I mean. When Achan (the individual) sinned, ALL Israel were held responsible:
“Israel has sinned; they have transgressed my covenant that I commanded them; they have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen and lied and put them among their own belongings.” (Joshua 7:11 ESV).
However it is also true to say that though we are part of “the body” – it is also true to say that we are individuals. We have a “personal” relationship with the Lord.
So today we focus on the Midnight Cry to the soul. To your soul. To you. To me.
Many people fear midnight.
Midnight stands for the lowest times of human experience.
Judas left the glowing fellowship of the Last Supper, and, perhaps significantly, the Gospel adds these awful words: “…and it was night!”
In the 16th Century, the Spanish poet, St. John of the Cross, wrote about the “dark night of the soul.” And since then, in popular culture, people – from poets to pop singers – have referred to “the dark night of the soul”
But here is the good news for us as followers of Christ Jesus:
“Behold the Bridegroom cometh!”
He comes at midnight.
Salvation can come even at midnight. When everything seems hopeless. When it is midnight in the soul.
When I was a child, at our church’s “nights of prayer” midnight seemed to be the lowest time. A time “when it was hardest to get through,” the old-timers used to say. They believed that in prayer we had to ‘get through’ – or to be victorious. They used to say that at times the heavens seemed “as brass!”
And if the Bible is our frame of reference, no doubt we will agree with them.
On the other hand, for God’s people, midnight can be a time of joy and victory.
- We are getting out of here!
That’s the joyful message to our souls: “The Bridegroom cometh!”
And He is going to take us with Him!
This mess you find yourself in cannot be any worse than the horror the Children of Israel found themselves in.
They were saved from Egypt at the darkest time.
The Angel of Death came at midnight. And in the horror of that moment for Pharaoh, God’s people were freed from 400 years of horrific slavery.
“The Bridegroom cometh!” Oh hear the cry! It means that we shall be relieved.
We are going out – and up. To meet Christ in the air:
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 KJV).
We are not waiting for the Angel of Death. We are waiting for the angels of life.
That must have been a glorious day for Lazarus when the angels carried him to “Abraham’s Bosom!” That poor beggar who lay each day outside the rich man’s house hoping for a few slops, now sat at a table with Abraham. Instead of crumbs, now he feasts.
But Abraham said to the rich man:
“But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that you, in your lifetime, received your good things, and Lazarus, in the same way, bad things. But here he is now comforted, and you are in anguish.” (Luke 16:25).
But does that have anything to do with us poor Gentile believers?
Oh yes! Jesus said so.
“And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 8:11 KJV).
The Bible tells us that the wealth of the wicked is laid up for the righteous.
I think that the “wealth of the wicked” will also include the wealth of greedy tele-evangelists, and pontiffs, as well as corrupt governments, and the like.
- We are engaged!
That’s an amazing thought. OUR Bridegroom cometh!
Sometimes it does us good to “count our blessings! Even at the darkest time.
Someone once wrote that the darkest hour was just before dawn. We know that “mourning endures for a night, but joy comes in the morning!”
Ruth “proposed” to Boaz at midnight.
“And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of corn: and she came softly, and uncovered his feet, and laid her down. And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was afraid, and turned himself: and, behold, a woman lay at his feet. And he said, Who art thou? And she answered, I am Ruth thine handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for thou art a near kinsman. And he said, Blessed be thou of the LORD, my daughter: for thou hast shewed more kindness in the latter end than at the beginning, inasmuch as thou followedst not young men, whether poor or rich.” (Ruth 3:7-10 KJV).
Things had got really bad for Naomi. Her husband and her two sons were dead.
She was coming back home from Moab. And she described her condition like this:
“And it came to pass, when they were come to Bethlehem, that all the city was moved about them, and they said, Is this Naomi? And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me. I went out full, and the LORD hath brought me home again empty: why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the LORD hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?” (Ruth 1:19-21 KJV).
It doesn’t get much worse than that. But even then, there was hope. Her daughter-in-law Ruth was still with her!
But Ruth was a Moabitess. Moabites were pagans who worshipped the vile god Chemosh – referred to in the Bible as ‘the abomination of Moab’.
Moabites were not allowed to enter the Jewish congregation. “An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of the LORD for ever: “ (Deuteronomy 23:3 KJV).
But here is the key. Ruth was different she became a worshipper of the God of Israel:
“And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.” (Ruth 1:16-17 KJV).
So this is the great lesson from the Book of Ruth. Like Ruth, even Gentile believers have been joined to the Lord.
Boaz is a type of Christ. A kinsman redeemer. And like Ruth was betrothed to him, we are betrothed. Betrothed to Christ.
He betroths us to Himself.
When I was engaged, I couldn’t believe how many times my wife-to-be kept on looking at her engagement ring!
Today my granddaughter visited us, and history was repeated when I saw her keep looking at her engagement ring.
When things get tough, we should keep looking at our ‘engagement ring’, and remind ourselves: “our Bridegroom cometh!”
This is a last-day cry at the end of time. But it also brings hope to the human heart in times of deep distress. Even when life seems to be at its worst, when there seems to be no hope, there IS hope.
The Bridegroom cometh!
- Thank God for midnight experiences!
“…And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.” (Matthew 25:6 KJV).
Some of the greatest deliverances come just in the nick of time: at midnight!
One person in the Bible tells us that in all things we should give thanks.
Who said that?
“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 KJV).
Paul said it! So let’s look at Paul for an example of how to behave at midnight:-
i. Midnight is a time for singing!
Chains fall off at midnight.
Paul and Silas found themselves in a dark damp prison. What did they do? They sang songs of praise!
You won’t want to be singing some of today’s church songs during your midnight experiences. You may as well sing things like “shine on, harvest moon!” instead.
If we intend to sing in prison – at midnight – we’ll need to learn some good songs! And psalms. Songs that have an accompanying life-time experience like Spafford’s “It is well with my soul!”
Or what about that stirring hymn by Wesley:
“Long my imprisoned spirit lay , fast bound in sin and nature’s night; Thine eye diffused a quick’ning ray, I woke, the dungeon flamed with light; my chains fell off, my heart was free; I rose, went forth and followed Thee.”
And that is what Paul and Silas did. At midnight we find Paul and Silas singing choruses not moaning!
“At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.” (Psalms 119:62 KJV).
ii. Midnight is a time for listening.
Paul seems to have been a late-night person. On one occasion, he preached until midnight.
“And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.” Acts 20:7 KJV.
His congregation listened to every thought and word. The Word was alive.
Have you ever been in a service like this? – The “worship team” gets 40 minutes to perform, then the “church notices” get 15 minutes, then the “offering” ritual gets 15 minutes, and finally the service is handed over to the preacher.
And after 20 minutes people start to fidget.
My friends: If we are going through a valley of the shadow of death we must listen out for the voice of the Lord. It is time to LISTEN to God’s Word.
“Oh, that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways!” (Psalms 81:13 ESV).
iii. Midnight is a time for trusting!
Shipwrecked lives are salvaged at midnight. Deliverance can come even at midnight. It is never too late for God to step in.
Paul was saved from shipwreck at midnight:
“When the fourteenth night was come, as we were driven up and down in Adria, about midnight the shipmen deemed that they drew near to some country; Acts 27:27 KJV.
And God sent an angel with a message of deliverance for Paul, after days in the storm.
And Paul BELIEVED it! He trusted!
Is your life ‘on the rocks’?
There is hope for you in God’s promises:
“They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep. For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end. Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses. He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.” (Psalms 107:23-30 KJV).
Let’s Sing, and listen, and trust! Midnight is the wrong time to be foolish!
Heed the cry: The Bridegroom cometh!
Five of the virgins were foolish. Five of the virgins were wise!
This is a time of disaster, it is not the time for being foolish – but a time to be wise!
Paul said that in these last days we should buy as though we don’t possess.
Don’t seek worldly wealth and fame. Seek the Lord while He may be found.
At times like this don’t seek fame and riches.
The world seeks after wealth. The prophets of worldly churches prophesy money and success.
But listen to what the Lord said to Baruch at a time of disaster: “Seek not great things for yourself!”
“Do you seek great things for yourself? Seek them not, for behold, I am bringing disaster upon all flesh, declares the LORD. But I will give you your life as a prize of war in all places to which you may go.” (Jeremiah 45:5 ESV).
The world says: “look after number one!”
Jesus Christ says “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness..”
Hankering after the world’s values is true worldliness.
Do you remember the parable Jesus told about the man who was so successful and had so much wealth that he didn’t know what to do next?
Then he had an idea and he had a conversation with his soul:
“I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:19-21 KJV).
Midnight is not the time for foolishness. This is no time for flippancy.
This is the message we need to discuss with our souls: “The Bridegroom cometh!”
Let’s be waiting and watching. Let’s be ready!
“Beloved, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.” (Jude 1:20-21 ESV).
No. 953: A Midnight Cry To The world
Behold, the Bridegroom cometh!
That is good news even for the world. It will mean big changes. He is the Prince of Peace – and He will rule the nations with severity.
- When the Church is accused by a self-righteous world, we say “Come, Lord Jesus!”
(That is what John the Apostle wrote at the end of the Revelation: “Even so, Come Lord Jesus!”
And Wesley in his hymn adds: “Take Thy waiting people home.”
The world laughs at you and me, and the Bible message.
No wonder: “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18 KJV).
But we do not need to let them make us feel ashamed.
As the old hymn says “God is still on the throne!”
Or – as the Bible says – Our God reigns! The emphasis there is not on OUR – but on God. He is the only God. He reigns! And He shall rule every nation, as John tells us in the Revelation:-
“The seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.” (Revelation 11:15 KJV).
Daniel said: “There is a God in Heaven!”
He lives in Heaven – and He does what He wants! (See Psalms 115:3). Otherwise, He is not God.
He is the sovereign Lord.
This God is not a god of mankind’s making.
“Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.” (Psalms 100:3 KJV).
He can do as He pleases.
Imagine apologizing for God. How shameful, to try to make excuses for our biblical beliefs.
Like the woman whose husband has said something embarrassing: “I must apologize for my husband, he’s been under a lot of stress!”
And there are churches today like that. They get a bit embarrassed when it comes to God’s Word.
The world laughs at God’s Word.
The Church can only deserve to be called the Church if she speaks God’s Word! Believes the Bible – and preaches the Bible.
The world makes laws to prevent us saying that sins are sin. And they do that, claiming they are loving, and the church is hateful.
The world laughs when the Bible says that the world will pass away with a fervent heat.
And yet, “global warming” is today’s trendy topic. Our children have been indoctrinated with it.
Don’t be gullible, thinking that all politicians and leaders are being genuine. Many people are getting rich through it. Like the bank crisis: it made many poor people poorer, and some rich people richer!
Does Scripture mention global warming?
Well here is what the Bible says:
“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in 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. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?” (2 Peter 3:10-12 KJV).
The Church will be saved at “midnight!” And the world will be lost.
Peter shouted out this warning to the people of Jerusalem: “Save yourself from this untoward generation!”
And with many other words he testified and exhorted the crowds, pleading with them to save themselves from this untoward generation. (See Acts 2:40).
His message is valid today. The Bridegroom cometh. Save yourself from this world. Save yourself from this age.
The actual word Peter used is ‘untoward’ or warped – PERVERTED! That’s a word that is taboo these days. But Jesus Himself said it:
“Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you?” (Matthew 17:17 KJV).
The acts of some people today are perverse to the God of the Bible. They are an ‘abomination’ to Him.
- When we look around and see this world reeling because of sin and degradation – We say “Come, Lord Jesus!”
What fellowship can light have with darkness?
“Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:14-18.
We are living in a generation that in the name of “love” condones sin! It accepts perversion!
I’m sad to say that this world in which temporarily we live, is wicked, like Sodom
BUT here is hope: Now is the day of salvation. Seek the Lord while He may be found! There is a cry at midnight – at the last minute, before it is too late.
The Bridegroom cometh at midnight. “And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.” Matthew 25:6 KJV.
This is an example of Christ’s 2nd Coming:
Jesus foretold that He would return. And He told His disciples: “You, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know when the master of the household will return—in the evening, at midnight, before dawn, or at daybreak.” Mark 13:35 NLT.
- When we see a world claiming the moral high ground, while breaking God’s moral code, we say “Come Lord Jesus!”
“Virtue signalling” is publicly expressing our own opinions in order to demonstrate our own morality.
It’s not new: Isaiah called it being “holier than thou!”
The world used to call godly pious people “holy joes!”
But now it is the world that tries to claim the moral high ground.
When we see a world where babies are not safe in a mother’s womb, we know that claim to morality is ridiculous.
And when we see it – we say Come Lord Jesus!
The world calls godly people “kill-joys!” And yet joy is sadly missing in this world.
O’Brian’s famous play is about death: The Iceman Cometh.
By the “Iceman” he is referring to the custom of putting the dead “on ice!”
Beloved, for us as Christians, it’s not the Iceman that cometh – ie DEATH – it is the Bridegroom that cometh! It is LIFE – “the Blessed Hope!”
When we see the killing of people under the guise of “assisted dying” we say, Come Lord Jesus!
The choice given the Hebrews was: Choose LIFE!
The world waits for death, and we look for life.
Why is that? Because we know that “the wages of sin is death – but the gift of God is eternal life.”
“Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it (Heaven) we await a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.” (Philippians 3:20-21 ESV).
The crowds cried out to Jesus: HOSANNAH! Save us! He will do it – He will take vengeance on the ungodly.
At its lowest moment when the law of the land allows what the Bible condemns, when we are not allowed to call sin: sin – when babies in the womb are unprotected, and some elderly people have no hope – Rejoice! Jesus will come again at earth’s darkest moment.
There will be a cry at midnight: “The Bridegroom cometh!”
The Bible predicted the mess the world is in.
Jesus said: “When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8 KJV).
Paul said: “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition…” (2 Thessalonians 2:3 KJV).
Jesus said that the way that leads to life is narrow – and few there be that find it!
So my plea to you today, dear Reader is that you will seek the Lord whilst He may be found. Confess your sins. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Wherever you are in Asia, or the Americas, in Europe or Africa. In China, or Russia, or in Spain, the UK or USA!
If you need someone to pray with you, write me an email. I will pray with you, and send you some helpful literature.
My plea to you today is the same plea Peter made 2000 years ago: “Save yourself from this untoward generation.”
Here is the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a nutshell:
“For God so loved the world, (that’s you!) that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16).