Expecting His Coming at Any Time

Posted: May 25, 2013 in Inspiration
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hourglassI think you’ll be impacted by this  guest post from Ann Hilsden

“Then the Lord will appear…” (Zech 9:14a)

When we arrived in Israel in 1983, a very pretty two story apartment with a small garden awaited us.  It was owned by an orthodox Rabbi from Canada who saw us “gentiles” as a prophetic sign – that the nations would be coming up to Jerusalem to worship the God of Israel.

So convinced was he that he actually had his lawyer include an interesting clause in our rental contract.  It says, “When the Messiah comes, the Hilsdens must vacate the apartment by the end of the month.”  He wasn’t joking.

When he and his wife dropped by to see us, though, we did kid around a little.  We said, “No problem, we may be gone by then, and you’ll get all our stuff.”  He countered, “And when he comes, we’ll be sure to ask him if he’s been here before.”

Jerusalem, it has been said, is a prophetic “epicenter”, and even though my husband (who is a theologian) and I have not really parked on a fixed or detailed eschatological view, still we agree with the Rabbi – we are living in the last days, and we, with him are living in expectation.

There is a blessing on those who read the book of Revelation (22:7.)  The writer John didn’t give us a commentary.  Its meaning is still shrouded, even though men have attempted over and over to apply it to contemporary places, events, and people. There is a stern warning not to add or subtract from the book (22:18, 19.) Yet every time something significant happens, we pore over the prophecies to see if we can connect the newspapers to the Bible.

Sometimes, we do find eerie correlations.  Today’s Jerusalem does seem like the “heavy stone” described in Zechariah 12.  The “mark of the beast” does not seem as far-fetched as it did a hundred years ago.  The frequent earthquakes and natural disasters do bring to mind Yeshua’s words about “birth pains” in Matthew 24.  Don’t forget that those who were living in expectation recognized from prophecy the first coming of Yeshua, two thousand years ago.

The main thing is that we must live like servants who are expecting their master to walk in the door any second.  We must be “pulling people out of the fire” as if we expected the ceiling to fall any second.  We weren’t told to live in a panic, but be “on the job” and about the business that Yeshua assigned us to do.  He’s told us that we can’t know when.  But He gave us signs to watch for and warned us to be at our post, and be faithful, wise, and watchful.

READ:  Matthew 24 (and if you have time, chapter 25 as well.)

I want to be ready, Yeshua, for the day that You appear.  Help me to be at your business.  Keep me from distractions, laziness and self-seeking.  Pull me back in when I stray, because I want You to say to me, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”  Maranatha!  Amen, come LORD Yeshua!

Ann would love to hear your thoughts as well. Reply below….

Comments
  1. Thanks so much for sharing these thoughts, Ann. I am in total agreement with all that you have said and my cry and passion is to be found faithfully doing what He calls me to do when He appears! Maranatha!

  2. Lida Van Rijn says:

    Amen…….i have visited jeruzalem and your church a month ago….I know from The Bible that the Lord is coming soon……look at the trees and fruit and you know it. ..I ll pray and work till that day…….. love for your church and Jeruzalem from Holland……and I sing….come Jesus come

  3. Judy Paulsen says:

    Thanks for this post Wayne. The first sentence brought back memories, of our supper with you and Ann in Toronto just before you left for Israel … many, many years have passed. Isn’t it amazing to see what the Lord has done in that time in all our lives? Pat and I have just moved into Toronto to start a whole new phase. God is good!

  4. Georgina Wray says:

    Thank you for sharing, confirming, reminding and bringing us to the Bible for a timely word in season. Maranatha!

  5. Yes, we can see the signs everywhere, and the evil in the world is much more clear everyday, it is so painful!!! We wanna Yeshua now!!!
    At the same time, I feel it is a privilege to be a talmid of Yeshua in such time as this, and be able to be a testimony on a chaotic world, to spread His love and His gospel today, looking for to see His kingdom come! Maranatha!

  6. Loved the Rabbi’s history!
    It is really amazing, a real present from HaShem!
    May the Lord keep blessing you and your family.
    I look for the day to come back to Israel and be able to join with you on King of Kings again, me and my family, that is our prayer!

  7. Cheryl Green says:

    Well thought out and well written. What poked at me the most was in the prayer: “Keep me from distractions, laziness and self-seeking.” Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about giving up good and acceptable things for something better.

    I really appreciate your comment, “though my husband (who is a theologian) and I have not really parked on a fixed or detailed eschatological view, still we agree with the Rabbi – we are living in the last days, and we, with him are living in expectation.” I was “parked” for a very long time, but not now.

    I only recently became acquainted with King of Kings via Facebook, your web site, and this blog. I really hope I get the opportunity to visit on my next trip to Jerusalem.

  8. Luke Walters says:

    Great illustration and word from the heart of a wise one whose wick is trimmed… honored to know you guys and look forward to my next visit.

  9. Adriana says:

    I had the honor of visiting your church and I felt the presence of the Lord there. You are preaching the true gospel of Jesus Christ. The Lord bless you. Yes, Messiah is coming very soon.
    Behold the bridegroom Cometh!
    Maranatha!

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