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WAKE UP AND WATCH!
Did Jesus say to WATCH or NOT TO WATCH for His return? Let's look at that verse that the enemy uses to strike fear in the heart of the believer. The one he uses to make us akin to a "Date setter" if we try to figure out just how close the Rapture of the Bride really is:
36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven but my Father only.
Is this verse a command NOT to watch or is it a MYSTERY and a challenge TO WATCH? Is this verse a WARNING NOT TO concern yourself with the day and hourof Jesus' return for His Bride or is it a SECRET and a PUZZLE to be atttempted to be solved with more pieces of the puzzle (through revelation, scripture, visions, dreams, prayer and Bible study) being put together as His appearing draws near?
We are commanded to WATCH!
42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come
We are commanded to BE READY!
44 Therefore, be you also ready: for in such an hour as you think not, the Son of man comes.
We are commanded to WATCH and PRAY!
36 WATCH you therefore and PRAY always that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass and to stand before the Son of man.
WATCHING is not looking up in the sky for His appearing. WATCH means to compare Bible prophecies in relation to current events in the world. When they take place, you will recognize fulfillment of scriptures.
We are commanded to LOOK UP and LIFT UP YOUR HEADS; for your redemption draws near. (Luke 21:28 )
This is another way to get us to pay attention to the nearness of His coming - by the signs in the heavens; the stars, the sun, the moon, the earth, the heavenlies (Acts 2:19)
We are commanded to ASSEMBLE and to EXHORT ONE ANOTHER, especially when we see that our Bridegroom is just about to return for His Bride:
25 NOT forsaking the ASSEMBLING of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but EXHORTING ONE ANOTHER: and SO MUCH THE MORE as you see the DAY (of the Catching Away) approaching.
This verse is so DEEP! Can you sensethe urgency that was anticipated at the end of this verse? We are at the time of, "so much the more"!
THE DAY OF THE CATCHING AWAY! Talking about Jesus coming to snatch away His Bride by quoting scriptures having to do with the Rapture, sharing testimonies, dreams, visions, revelations and speculating on just when it might be!
There is a BLESSING for WATCHING!
37 BLESSED are those servants, whom the Lord, when He comes, shall find WATCHING: verily I say unto you that He shall gird himself and make them to sit down to meat and will come forth and serve them.
There is a CROWN for believers that are found WATCHING!
2 Timothy 4:
8 Henceforth, there is laid up for me a CROWN of RIGHTEOUSNESS, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day; and NOT ME ONLY but unto ALL THEM also that LOVE HIS APPEARING.
7 Surely the Lord God will do nothing but He reveals His secret unto His servants the prophets.
14 The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him and He will show them His covenant.
11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven but to them it is not given.
3 Remember, therefore, how you have received and heard and hold fast and repent. If, therefore, you shall not watch, I will come on you as a thief and you shall not know what hour I will come upon you.
13 Looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ;
1 Peter 3:
3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts...
9 And He said, Go your way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
1 Timothy 5:
4 But you brethren, are not in darkness that that day should overtake you as a thief.