Scripture Reading: Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. — Matthew 24:44
Summary: According to the scripture and the pattern of God’s timing and judgment, time on this earth is running out. The second coming of Christ is near at hand. Prepare to meet thy God.
I. Illustrative Parable
Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13)
II. Pattern and Timing of God’s Judgment
A. Adam & Eve—Flood: ~1656 years
B. Flood—Mosaic Law: <900
C. Mosaic Law—Christ’s Death: <1500
D. Christ’s Death—Present Day: <2000
III. Judgment of God
A. Luke 17:26-29 As in the days of Noah.
B. Romans 14:10-12 All will stand at the judgment.
IV. Time Will End Unexpectedly
A. Revelation 16:15 Jesus will come as a thief.
B. 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3 Peace and safety; then sudden destruction.
V. An Appointed Time
A. Matthew 24:36 Only the Father knows.
B. Acts 17:30-31 He has appointed a day He will judge the world.
C. Hebrews 9:27 Death and judgment is an appointment.
D. Luke 12:16-21 “This night thy soul shall be required of thee.”
VI. The End Is at Hand
A. Romans 13:11 “For now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.”
B. 1 Peter 4:7 The end of all things is at hand.
C. Revelation 22:20 “Surely I come quickly. Amen.”
VII. Final Things
A. 2 Peter 3:3-9 Scoffers and God’s longsuffering.
B. 2 Peter 3:10-12 What manner of person should you be?
Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live. — Isaiah 38:1