maranatha! come, lord jesus!
"He comes to rule the earth; He will rule the world with justice and the peoples with equity." —Psalm 98:9
As we near the end of the year we come a year nearer to the end of the world. "The world as we know it is passing away" (1 Cor 7:31). Jesus said: "Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, plagues, and famines in various places — and in the sky fearful omens and great signs" (Lk 21:10-11).
"But before any of this, they will manhandle and persecute you" (Lk 21:12). "All will hate you because of Me, yet not a hair of your head will be harmed. By patient endurance you will save your lives" (Lk 21:17-19). "Lo, the day is coming, blazing like an oven, when all the proud and all evildoers will be stubble" (Mal 3:19).
However, for those who fear the Lord, "there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays" (Mal 3:20). Maranatha! (1 Cor 16:22) Come, Lord Jesus!
Prayer: Father, by evangelization, repentance, and intercession may I hasten the end of the world and Jesus' second coming (2 Pt 3:12).
Promise: "I bid you resolve not to worry about your defense beforehand, for I will give you words and a wisdom which none of your adversaries can take exception to or contradict." —Lk 21:14-15
Praise: Jesus is coming; Jesus is coming soon! Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!
Reference: (For a related teaching, order our tape on The Remnant on audio AV 79-3 or video V-79.)
Rescript: †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 6, 2010
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