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Why Is Jesus Waiting?
Rapturealert.com ^ | Not Dated | Nathan E. Jones

Posted on 03/19/2009 4:32:03 PM PDT by GiovannaNicoletta

As a Christian watching and waiting for the Lord Jesus to fulfill His promise of returning to Earth to set up His kingdom of peace, love and righteousness, I keep an eye on world events to discern the biblical signs that foretell of that blessed Second Coming. And so, day after day after day I peruse an endless list of news stories in search of those signs. They are very easy to find, but in the search I also discover that the world is filled with horror. That horror can stamp out any glimmer of hope.

Like standing stalwart against the crashing surf, all these constant updates on how bad the world is can eventually erode a person down. Each morning's wakeup has become tinged with a subtle dread of knowing that I'll have to hear about some injustice, atrocity or murder. My corporate prayer times are filled with reports of moral collapse and further acts that persecute believers in Christ and take the life of the innocent. My personal prayer times seem to more and more address the consequences of man's inhumanity to man. And worse, I gaze at my children and feel a deep sadness that they will not experience the earthly opportunities and freedoms that the American dream had once provided.

On top of all the terrible news of today, as a student of Bible prophecy I'm also laden with the knowledge of the future horrors of tomorrow. The human institutions of justice created to uphold moral law that so many have bled to establish have been corrupted and will disintegrate into a totalitarian regime ruled by a megalomaniac world leader. Within a few short years, three quarters of the world's population are going to be annihilated by nuclear war, raging famine, deadly pestilence and mass death. Freedom of religion will be stamped out. Those who call Christ "Savior" will be hunted like deer and exterminated. The world will visibly be in the grip of the cruel and merciless Prince of this Age — Satan.

And how do I cope with all this badness in the world and the knowledge to come? Initially, my lunch breaks have shifted from Channel 8 news to pre-recordings of American Idol, and from late night surfing of the news sites to Netflix. The wars I can control are played out in Command & Conquer games. But, these escapisms are only fleeting respites.

Why Jesus is Waiting

Honest coping — coping that heals the soul — finally arrives when one truly understands why Jesus is waiting to return, allowing the evil in the world to rage on in the meantime. The key to that understanding lies in 2 Peter 3:9 which reads, "The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."

The verse teaches that Jesus waits because not everyone who will accept Him as Savior during the present Church Age has yet done so.

Responding

I could get mad, and probably in moments of weakness have, that I'm saved and am all set to go. Bring it on!

But, what if Jesus had come back the day before I had accepted Him as Savior? What if Jesus was to return before your spouse, your child, your parents or best friend have accepted Him, leaving them to experience the wrath He has promised to let loose in judgment upon the whole world? Those questions put my anxiousness for His return into true perspective.

That Jesus hasn't returned yet is amazingly a mercy. The world is in a sorry state of affairs because mankind's free will and Satan's moment of ruling have made it so. But, to have the opportunity to be rescued from our sin and be granted eternal life by the true King of the Universe, the King who one day WILL fulfill His promises of destroying all evil and establishing His perfect kingdom... well, that life-saving chance is far too important when compared to our present limited time of suffering.

Jesus loves us, and I love Him for being so merciful. He is patient in returning because He wants everyone to have the opportunity to come to repentance and choose Jesus as Savior. Fortified with that knowledge, I think my day just got a whole lot brighter!


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KEYWORDS: bho44; christians; rapture; secondcoming
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To: Jo Nuvark

Probably more than ever before in my life . . .

in recent weeks, months . . . have had recurring & more intense longings to

“GO HOME.”

This world is not my home, as the old hymn says.

LORD, BY YOUR BLOOD AND SPIRIT, INSURE THAT I’M READY TO GO WITH YOU WHEREVER, WHENEVER!


41 posted on 05/25/2009 10:44:19 AM PDT by Quix (POL Ldrs quotes fm1900 2 presnt: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: Quix; Star Traveler

MAYBE TODAY (Joel 2:31)
Music & Lyrics by Jo Nuvark
Copyright © 1992 Psalm 9:11 Music Publishing. Orange, California.

1Cr 15:52 In a moment, ..... the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

MAYBE TODAY COULD BE TODAY...
ARE YOU PRAYIN’ FOR THAT GLORIOUS DAY OF THE LORD?
MAYBE TODAY COULD BE THE DAY...
WHEN JESUS CLAIMS HIS REWARD

Verse One
Jesus will come are you ready for Him like a bride waits for her groom?
Declaring His love to all who will hear, enter in He’s prepared you a room.

Verse Two
Jesus will come. Hear the heavenly shout. At last our wedding day feast.
He’ll come on the clouds to take us with Him, home to rest, to rest in His peace.


42 posted on 05/25/2009 11:37:27 AM PDT by Jo Nuvark (Those who bless Israel will be blessed, those who curse Israel will be cursed. Gen 12:3)
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To: Jo Nuvark

AMEN! AMEN! AMEN!


43 posted on 05/25/2009 11:42:33 AM PDT by Quix (POL Ldrs quotes fm1900 2 presnt: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: Jo Nuvark
I think that has a lot to do with it.

And I don't think we're going to have to wait much longer for the times of the Gentiles to be finished.

The entire world is in the process of turning against Israel and leaving her to the Muslim wolves and that will finish off everybody, including America under the sterling leadership of Barack Obama.

I don't think we have much longer to wait at all.

44 posted on 05/25/2009 3:25:23 PM PDT by GiovannaNicoletta
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To: Moonman62
Jimmy Carter is a perfect example of the Scripture which says that "you will know them by their works". It is impossible to call yourself a Christian and hate the Jews. If it wasn't for the Jewish people, we would not have had Jesus.

I'd really hate to be in Jimmy Carter's shoes on the day he has to stand before God. I can't think of anyone outside a Muslim country who has done so much to harm the nation of Israel and the Jews.

So much for all the "I'm a Southern Baptist" and "I'm a Christian" lies he fed people when he was running for president, huh?

45 posted on 05/25/2009 3:30:16 PM PDT by GiovannaNicoletta
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To: GiovannaNicoletta

Imagine how some Christians felt in the early 1940’s.


46 posted on 05/25/2009 3:32:35 PM PDT by RobRoy (I'm wearing a cast on one hand. My spelling and clarity may not be up to par right now.)
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To: GiovannaNicoletta

RaptureAlert.com? If Jesus is waiting, then where is the Alert?


47 posted on 05/25/2009 3:34:32 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!
The alert refers to the fact that, even though Jesus appears to us to be waiting, He will return for those of us who know Him as Savior and that return, based on world events which are happening at this time, is imminent. Even though God operates on His own timetable, and not ours, if God said something is going to happen, then it is going to happen.

Rapturealert.com exists for the purpose of letting people know of prophecies which point to the return of Christ and which are being fulfilled in our time.

The signs given in Scripture that are occurring in the present day point to the Tribulation. This means that the Rapture could happen at any moment. The alert is to let people know how close that event is.

48 posted on 05/25/2009 4:02:03 PM PDT by GiovannaNicoletta
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To: RobRoy
I know- I've often thought of that.

At least we have the fulfillment of the prophecy of the rebirth of the nation of Israel to cling to - God's endtime prophetic clock really began ticking when that happened.

God never made any guarantees that Christians in the last days would not have to go through some severe suffering before the Tribulation began so, before it's all over, we may be able to really relate to Christians in the early 1940s.

49 posted on 05/25/2009 4:06:40 PM PDT by GiovannaNicoletta (I')
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To: GiovannaNicoletta

For those of you who believe in Rapture...can I have your stuff when you’re gone?..:o)


50 posted on 05/25/2009 4:20:44 PM PDT by Niteflyr ("If you’re drawing flak, you know you're over the target".)
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To: Niteflyr

Please help yourself- enjoy it while you can!


51 posted on 05/25/2009 4:23:32 PM PDT by GiovannaNicoletta (I')
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To: GiovannaNicoletta
Please help yourself- enjoy it while you can!

Thanks! I'm trying to get as many commitments as I can!

52 posted on 05/25/2009 4:29:22 PM PDT by Niteflyr ("If you’re drawing flak, you know you're over the target".)
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To: GiovannaNicoletta
Proof that Rature is true....:o)


53 posted on 05/25/2009 4:38:33 PM PDT by Niteflyr ("If you’re drawing flak, you know you're over the target".)
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To: Niteflyr

Thanks, but the Word of God is all the proof I need.


54 posted on 05/25/2009 4:39:24 PM PDT by GiovannaNicoletta (I')
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To: GiovannaNicoletta

Humanists Offer Cash for Rapture Victims

Live Last Days in Comfort

“We’ve been hearing about the coming Rapture for years now, so we
decided to earmark thousands of dollars for the purchase of cars, boats,
houses and other valuable assets,” said Center for Inquiry-West Executive
Director James Underdown. “ We will pay 10¢ on-the-dollar for people’s
(soon-to-be) meaningless earthly possessions -- to anyone who truly
believes the rapture is at hand.”

Center for Inquiry-West

55 posted on 05/25/2009 4:57:10 PM PDT by Niteflyr ("If you’re drawing flak, you know you're over the target".)
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To: Niteflyr

No thanks. My relatives and friends who are
left behind will have need of them.

“A penny for a loaf of bread”.


56 posted on 05/25/2009 6:02:56 PM PDT by Jo Nuvark (Those who bless Israel will be blessed, those who curse Israel will be cursed. Gen 12:3)
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To: GiovannaNicoletta

>>...before it’s all over, we may be able to really relate to Christians in the early 1940s.<<

Or the apostles...


57 posted on 05/25/2009 8:09:14 PM PDT by RobRoy (I'm wearing a cast on one hand. My spelling and clarity may not be up to par right now.)
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