WATCH AND PRAY
Message from Pastor (Dr) E. O. Abina,
The General Overseer of GOFAMINT
“For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, “and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. “Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. “Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. “But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect”.
About two thousand years ago; the Lord Jesus promised that He would come back again. Since then, believers in Him have been waiting for His second coming; but, He has not come till date. By the time the Lord made the promise, it is assumed that the population of the world was 250,000 (two hundred and fifty thousand) but today the population of the world has grown to about seven billion (7 billion). There are many theories about His coming back. Some taught His coming back is spiritual. Some other believed that He came back on the Day of Pentecost, and so on and so forth. Actually the Lord is yet to come back. His coming back will be physical and no human being on earth can predict the exact year, month or day that the Lord will come. But certainly He will surely come back again.
In Matthew 24 where I pick the Scripture reading for this message, the Lord Jesus Himself said; “heaven and earth will pass away, but My words shall by no means pass away” (verse 35). The wisest thing that Christians or the Church should continue to do is to keep watching, keep praying and keep preaching the gospel for the salvation of souls and the assurance of a new order of things when our Lord returns.
We should not be tired of doing all this because this is the purpose of the church existence in the world. We are the salt of the earth, the salt seasons and preserves. We are in the world to make the world worth-living. We are the light of the earth to enlighten the world the way of salvation – Jesus Christ. In John 14:5,6; ‘Thomas said to Him (Jesus) “Lord we do not know where you are going, and how can we know the way? Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me”. There is no doubt about this statement.
In as much as we believe this statement of our Lord, we should not relent in preaching the gospel of the kingdom, knowing that only true believers in Christ will inherit the kingdom of God which is an everlasting kingdom and the punishment of unbelievers and backslidden Christians is everlasting punishment in hell fire. We should watch and pray for our Lord will come at a time when we least expect Him. We should always examine ourselves the life we live on daily basis: “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? –unless indeed you are disqualified. But I trust that you will know that we are not disqualified” (I Cor 13:5,6).
We should be praying and be watchful everyday, win souls to the kingdom through collective and personal evangelism and finally prepare ourselves holy, knowing this that the kingdom of God is a holy kingdom and the inheritors of the kingdom must be holy, so that whether His Coming is day or night we are well prepared to meet Him in the air. Get ready for the rapture everyday.