Keeping the House Till the Lord Comes, Part 1 (Second Coming Chapel)

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TEXT: Matthew 24:36-44

Regarding our passage for today, Dr. John Walvoord writes, “Unlike the rapture, which has no preceding signs and therefore could occur any time, Christ’s return to the earth to set up His kingdom cannot occur until the preceding signs have been fulfilled. When the ark was completed and Noah and his family and the animals were in it, those observing could anticipate that the predicted flood could occur any day. But even then, they could not predict the day or the hour. Like the days of Noah, the second coming will be a period of judgment on the earth. Just as the flood came ‘and took them all away,’ referring to the judgment of unbelievers, so at the second coming, some will be taken away ‘for judgment preceding the establishment of the kingdom.’ The illustrations, beginning in verse 32, have as their primary interpretation and exhortation the situation immediately preceding the second coming of Christ. But there is an application to those living today in expectation of the rapture. Believers today also need to be faithful, to be recognizing the signs of the times, and to be living in such a way that they are ready for the Lord’s return. Even among those who differ in their basic interpretation of prophecy, there is this constant unifying note of being ready for the Lord’s return.”