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Six thousand years ago, God spoke in prophecy about a coming Messiah, telling the woman Eve and the serpent that their descendants would change the destiny of mankind. He said And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her Offspring; He will bruise and tread your head underfoot, and you will lie in wait and bruise His heel. Genesis 3:16.
Approximately four thousand years afterwards, this promised seed of the woman came, lived with us for close to thirty years and revealed the Father to us. He went to a cruel roman cross and brought salvation and deliverance. He also promised to return. The question on many people's lips has been, When? Unfortunately, since then, false prophets have come and gone, and some foolish things have been said and done... all supposedly in the name of Christ. Nevertheless, Jesus did say that he would come back and so he will. I believe that we are the generation that will be alive when he does return, and I make that bold statement on the basis of God's word. Things are happening now in accordance with that word in ways that are unprecedented. For example, Jesus said in Matthew 24:14 that the Gospel would be preached in all the nations before the end would come. This is happening in our day. Television, the internet and other forms of electronic media reach into some of the most remote parts of the world the early church never knew existed. We are now able to criss-cross the globe carrying the message of Christ almost anywhere and our own ministry will by faith soon possess a jet aircraft capable of flying non stop from Australia to the United States.
The Gospel is now reaching into all nations just as Jesus said would happen.
We're close... perhaps a lot closer than you think.

Parables

The Bible is full of types and antitypes, shadows and substance. God often uses illustrations that we readily understand to convey spiritual truth.


Jesus often spoke in parables, using ordinary everyday objects and events to achieve his objectives.


When someone asked him questions about the Kingdom of God or other matters, he used things like seeds, or water as the vehicle to convey the truth. There are close to fifty such references in the Gospels alone and He often started with words like The Kingdom of Heaven is like... then continued with examples.

Most of the parables were hidden from folk who were not in intimate relationship with Him, but He explained them in detail to His disciples. See Matthew 13:13-18 where He made it very clear that unless one has such a relationship, the whole thing is a mystery to the hearer and what He said does not make sense.

If you look carefully, you will see that the key to understanding His parables is the parable of the seed.
I urge you to read Mark 4:1-34 carefully.

He was referring to the scriptures!

To avoid error we need to understand one thing by asking a simple question, To whom or about whom is God talking? God relates to three distinctly different groups of people, Jews, Gentiles and the Church. See 1 Corinthians 10:32. Never mix them up. It will ensure that you get your end time doctrines correct.
We can make mistakes by forming opinions on a matter, thinking that God is talking to one group of people, but He is in reality referring to another.

Some of the end time doctrines are intertwined in this manner and we can get it wrong by mixing them up.
One error is that the Church has Replaced Israel.
That replacement thinking is dangerous. God has a covenant with Israel that is still valid. It has never been revoked and it is completely different to His covenant with the Church.
The third group of people are those who have no covenant as such whatsoever!

One such parable is that of the Ten Virgins. It is found in Matthew 25:1-6 right in the midst of His discourse about End Time events, saying-
When the end comes, the kingdom of heaven will be like ten bridesmaids. They took their oil lamps and went to meet the groom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. The foolish bridesmaids took their lamps, but they didn't take any extra oil. The wise bridesmaids, however, took along extra oil for their lamps. Since the groom was late, all the bridesmaids became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight someone shouted, 'The groom is here! Come to meet him!'.

Jesus plainly described what things would be like when the end comes. It is no mystery and despite certain statements, we will know the approximate season of His return! More of this elsewhere.

Additional References

Matthew 16:27; Matthew 24:27; Matthew 25:31-32;
Matthew 26:64

Luke 12:40; Luke 21:27

Acts 1:11

1 Corinthians 4:5

1Thessalonians 5:12

2 Timothy 4:1

Titus 2:13

Hebrews 9:28; Hebrews 10:37

James 5:8

1 John 2:28

Jude 1:14-15

Revelation 3:11; Revelation 16:15; Revelation 22:20

Daniel 10:1-9

Ten Virgins

Please use your imagination for a moment and picture a man and a woman who meet and fall in love.
In our society, the young man buys a beautiful engagement ring and proposes to her, saying, Will you marry me?
The young woman accepts and they are engaged. They start planning for their wedding, discussing things like bridesmaids, the best man, where they will get married and their honeymoon. There is the wedding cake, the wedding reception, flowers, her wedding dress, the photographer and many other things to consider. Then there is the question of their home, children, careers and more to think about.
On the wedding day, the beautiful bride arrives with her dad and they walk down the aisle together. At the end of the aisle is the groom, nervously fidgeting and waiting for her and then they are married.
They know the date, the time and the venue.
The invited guests know the date, the time and the venue. We send invitations with a please RSVP by a certain date to facilitate catering.

In the bible account, all ten had been proposed to and all ten had said, Yes. The wedding arrangements were made and according to the custom of the day, the bride prices paid, the dowry set and all arrangements were made.
The date and time were usually established and in some places, the groom started making preparations in his father's home for his bride. When those preparations were completed, he would come in a procession accompanied with his best friends and others who were celebrating with him, with music and merriment, arrive at the bride's house and ask her father for his bride. They would then return together to his father's house and they were the married.

Jesus said that he was going to make a place ready for us in his Father's Home.

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:1-3.

The Lord shared some profound truths in this parable.

I once though He was referring to those who heard the Gospel and rejected it and those who received it.
One day He asked me a simple question, "In which group would you like to be?" I immediately answered, "One of the wise virgins of course" and He replied, "Wouldn't you rather be the watchman?"

What he shared was amazing and caused me to reappraise my whole approach to this matter.

  • All Ten Brides knew the bridegroom was coming
  • All ten Brides had lamps and had oil for their lamps. Oil speaks about the anointing and can represent the Holy Spirit. In other words, they had received their anointing and the presence of the Holy Spirit in their lives
  • All ten Brides were running low in oil. Five had completely run out of oil and five were so low in resources that they had none to spare for anyone else
  • All Ten Brides fell asleep
  • All ten did not know that the groom had arrived Sadly, this represents the state of the church of our day. Many individuals, churches and denominations that once had oil in their lamps have run out and are merely going through the motions. Some are so dangerously low they stand on very thin ice with the Lord.
    We have entered into the season when God is separating sheep from sheep; when the Bride is being prepared for her Heavenly Bridegroom and when God is about to visit us in unprecedented manner.

    Suddenly "In the middle of the night someone yelled out, 'He's here! The bridegroom's here! Go out and greet him!' Matthew 25:6.
  • All ten brides awoke and they were unprepared. Fortunately, in the parable, five of the virgins managed to go into the wedding reception, but the other five were locked out. When they tried to get in, this was the grooms answer But he replied, 'I tell you the truth, I don't know you.' Matthew 25:12.

This is a serious story and very relevant to us today. Who was the one who sounded the alarm? Who was the person who was awake and waiting for the groom? Who was that unnamed watchman?

John the Baptist came as one of those watchers, looking for the coming bridegroom... the Messiah.
Are you awake? Do you have oil in your lamp? If another calls out today, "He is here", will you be ready?

Before we come to the core message, that is on the topic titled Prepare the way of the Lord, there are several  introductory points to present as follows below

Supernatural preparation

The word of God often reminds us that God is a supernatural God. Everything about him speaks of the supernatural, yet religion denies this. Religion puts God into a box, tells you that you must conform to a man-made series of rules and regulations, pomp, ceremony, tradition and ritual. They have their place of course, but when they become the end in itself as many religious activities, in parts of the Christian church, they deny the power of God.
Paul told us

You must understand this: In the last days there will be violent periods of time. People will be selfish and love money. They will brag, be arrogant, and use abusive language. They will curse their parents, show no gratitude, have no respect for what is holy, and lack normal affection for their families. They will refuse to make peace with anyone. They will be slanderous, lack self-control, be brutal, and have no love for what is good. They will be traitors. They will be reckless and conceited. They will love pleasure rather than God.  2 Timothy 3:1-4.

This is symptomatic of our times of course but he added,
“They will appear to have a godly life, but they will not let its power change them. Stay away from such people" 2 Tim. 3:5. 


He said that the preaching of the cross to some people would be foolishness.
He described it as a stumbling block to the Jew and foolishness to the Greek and stated that man’s wisdom and everything associated with it is foolishness to God, but it is by the foolishness of preaching that we should be saved (not the preaching of foolishness).

In his discourse, he spoke often about the power of God.
Please read the first two chapters of the first book of Corinthians and associated passages of scripture.


In 1 Corinthians 4:20, he said the Kingdom of God is not in word (only) but in Power.
Why is it then that many arms of the church deny this?
Why try to tear out certain pages of the bible saying that all this is a myth or a fable or no longer applies? No! Everything about God says that he is a God who is constant and that he is a God who performs miracles and he often says that he will give us signs, wonders and miracles.
Signs, wonders and miracles are an inherent part of the Gospel of the Kingdom.
They verified Jesus's ministry. According to His own words in Mark 16:14-20 and elsewhere, they must accompany us, because He goes with us and confirms His Word with the things the produce Kingdom of God results. Without them,it is trying to do God's work without the tools and the materials! 

Never be afraid of them. Do not think that by asking God for such things that the devil will get in and send you something different.
Jesus spoke about this. In Matthew 7 and Luke 11, he said that if you ask God for bread, he would not give you a stone. If you ask for a fish he would not give you a snake and then said that if you ask God for the Holy Spirit (and everything associated with him), you would get that… nothing else.

He was talking about the supernatural and if you want what is coming, you must return to the supernatural of God.

You will never find a counterfeit three-dollar note and the reason is very simple. There is no genuine three-dollar note. The devil can only try to counterfeit the real and in our day, there are many lying signs and wonders.
Those led by the Spirit of God need not fear that of course but please do not throw the baby out with the bathwater, because of excess, error or falsehood. You may say, "Oh but Robert, you are one of those faith preachers. You are one of those signs seekers." Yes, I am and I make no apologies. Religion kills, but I want the realities of God in my life and ministry and that is what God wants. He said that he would give signs. The best-known one is this,

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel Isaiah 7:14.


If you deny the miraculous of God, you have denied he very foundations of our Faith, because this promise about Jesus was fulfilled and there are many more.

John the Baptist was one who had supernatural preparation for a supernatural ministry and we shall read about him and the basis for his ministry in this story.

Supernatural birthing

John’s birth and his whole life was a miracle. His parents were Godly people. The bible says that they were righteous and blameless before God. His dad was a priest, but he was an old man. So was mum. In our vernacular, we would describe them as being past it. They were simply too old to have children and in those days that was a shame and a disgrace. Imagine the gossip. There must be sin in their lives. God is punishing them. They don’t have any faith. I am sure that does not happen in your church of course, but isn't this true to life?

Zecharias was chosen by lot to perform a very important task, which was to burn the incense in the temple. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity because they never had a second chance. Luke’s account says that an angel came to him standing at the right hand of the altar of incense (See Luke 1).
He told the man that he was to have a son and that he was to call the boy, Ioannes (the Greek word for John). His name means, God is a gracious giver and that is typical of our God. He gives us good gifts and he is lavish with them.

He had a supernatural encounter with God. Elizabeth conceived in her old age. It was a miraculous conception and a miraculous birth.
Six months after she became pregnant, the Angel visited a young virgin called Mary and she conceived. It also was a supernatural visitation.

Everything about these two men, Jesus and John and their ministries speaks of things that are definitely out of the normal. Their births were miracle births. Their ministries were miracle ministries (although John never performed any miracles himself).

With the ministry of John, there was a supernatural preparation. John never lived a normal life. By rights, he should have inherited his father’s estate. He was of the right lineage and should have become a priest, even high priest perhaps, but went into the wilderness. Somewhere in his life, he turned down his family line and went into solitude. Why? What happened in those thirty years? The bible does not clearly show us, but I can safely say that he was being prepared for his extremely important ministry. He was learning and listening, watching and waiting for something to trigger his emergence into the public arena. He came out of relative obscurity and into the public gaze with a ministry that paved the way for Jesus to come. His ministry was very short, but what a powerful ministry it was. His ministry was like the flare of a match head perhaps, but a small match can start a massive forest fire.

Suddenly, Jesus emerges out of his obscure background. Why? Why then? What prompted John to start preaching? What prompted Jesus to go and see this strange man?
I suggest that they were being trained and prepared in the School of the Spirit and that it was the Holy Spirit who inspired them, led them or even drove them.The Holy Spirit drove Jesus in the wilderness where he was tempted by the devil.

There are many Christians, who like John are out there in their respective wilderness areas, where they have an opportunity for training and equipping. They might emerge as if out of nowhere for a short, but very powerful or effective ministry, but what a ministry.
The patterns are established and the precedents set.

The present day John the Baptist Ministries will of necessity and in fulfillment of biblical precedent be miraculous.
I am not suggesting that this is the only mark of authenticity of course. The scriptures themselves will attest their authenticity and one very important characteristic to look for in the genuine article is the attention focus.

The question to ask is, Who gets the glory? If the ministry points to Jesus… if the glory is given to God, then I think you will have your answer.

The question of Jesus' return therefore is not If but When and the appointed time or season is upon us.

The bible speaks about the fullness of time and tells us that there are appointed times and seasons in God, but why did he come at the time he did?

When those Old Testament prophets saw all this in the spirit and wrote what they saw for our instruction and guidance today, the Messiah could have come right there and then, but he did not. He could have been born one hundred years before the day we call Christmas, or he could have come fifty years afterwards, but why did he come when he did?

Consider this

Messiah came when someone had made the appropriate preparations for his arrival. That was approximately 2000 years ago, so it is approximately seven thousand year years since it all began, which, according to Bible Chronology, equates to "Seven Days".
Now God rested on the Seventh Day. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. And God blessed (spoke good of) the seventh day, set it apart as His own, and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all His work which He had created and done. Genesis 2:2-3.

If we are entering into, if not already in the seventh day, then there must be a period of rest coming.

In Hebrews 4, we are told to Enter into that rest, but we are already in it through Jesus.
That is another matter, but it is important to understand that we are entering into a brand new era or a new dispensation.

I am firmly convinced that we are the generation that will be alive when Jesus returns, which is the central theme of this message.

Jesus promised to return 2000 years ago and I must ask the question, "Is Jesus delaying his promised return and if so... why?"
There are many possible answers of course, but I want you to consider this-
Is it possible that he is waiting for someone to prepare for his coming, or, in other words to get things ready for him?
Is it possible that he is waiting for a modern day John the Baptist to prepare the way of the Lord?

This page will address some of these issues.

Perhaps it will answer some of your own questions and it is my heart's desire that you will be enriched in your experience and come to know this wonderful saviour, not only as Lord, which he truly is, but as a friend and companion... as a dear brother and as your magnificent bridegroom.

Please stop for a moment as we ask the Holy Spirit for help:
[For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him, By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones), And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength, Which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His [own] right hand in the heavenly [places], Far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and in this world, but also in the age and the world which are to come. And He has put all things under His feet and has appointed Him the universal and supreme Head of the church [a headship exercised throughout the church], Which is His body, the fullness of Him Who fills all in all [for in that body lives the full measure of Him Who makes everything complete, and Who fills everything everywhere with Himself] Ephesians 1:17-23.

Questions

The disciples asked Jesus what it would be like when he returned. Matthew 24:3 records it this way-
While He was seated on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately and said, Tell us, when will this take place, and what will be the sign of Your coming and of the end (the completion, the consummation) of the age?

When we read the Gospel accounts, Jesus gave us many signs or indicators, either directly or by means of many of his parables. Many people are aware of some of the things Jesus told us about, such as wars and rumours of wars, earthquakes, famines and the like, but one of the best signs I feel, is the church herself.

Jesus stated quite categorically that he was going to build His Church and we know from scripture that this church is going to be beautiful, complete and wanting nothing and a church that is a very powerful entity. Scriptures like Ephesians 5:27 speak much about the Bride of Christ, describing her as a beautiful bride, without spot, wrinkle or blemish of any sort.

We have not all yet come to the unity of the faith, let alone become that beautiful radiant unashamed and powerful bride of which he spoke.

Whenever I speak of the Church, I do not refer to individuals, church groups or organizations, or even denominations, but I refer to the CHURCH that Jesus is building. What most people call the church... isn't and what that is, is very far from the design of the Master Builder.
Without getting too involved and too hard, the Church Jesus spoke of is nothing like what we have shown the world to date.

This might sound harsh, but the Church is still the best sign we can look at and there is of course the nation of Israel, which is another story.

Jesus said that the Gospel of the Kingdom would be preached in all the world for a witness. I believe that every nation will receive the Gospel message and when that happens, the stage is set for his return. The word Nation in this context is the Greek word, Ethnos, from which we derive the terms ethnic, or ethnic groups.

What he said therefore is that ethnic groups would rise up against ethnic groups and this is possibly the most amazing thing to behold in our day. September 11, changed the world forever and it was a rising up of ethnic groups against ethnic groups. With such events taking place before our very eyes, we must surely be in the midst of the most profound fulfillment of prophecy ever and it relates to his returning.

Remember that he said that the generation that saw the beginning of these things happen would be the one that would be around when he came back.

I was born in 1942, during World War 2 and in my own lifetime, there have been more wars than in all other eras put together. Since I was born, there have been massive changes in all areas of life, also more than in any other generation. Man has walked the moon. Man has flown. Man has motor cars, electricity and television.
None of the prophets saw those things, but they saw our day.

Another great sign that points the way is the Gospel Message itself. Never before in human history has the word of God been spread so rapidly and so effectively on a global scale. Television and satellites have enabled us to go into the four corners of the world that were hitherto untouched. As more and more of these remote areas become able to receive television, more and more evangelists reach out to them and it will not be long before every nation on the face of this planet hears the message of Jesus in some way.
Most of the world population was able to witness some of mankind's biggest single recorded disasters almost live as the tsunami devastated Phuket, Anda Aceh, Sri Lanka, Male and other regions and the Tsunami that hit Japan that caused so much devastation.
We experienced a series of Blood Moon Tetrads, the first of which occurred on April 15, 2014. It will be followed with others on October 8, 2014, April 4, 2015 and September 28, 2015. Some people suggested that they are signs of something about to happen. Are they? I doubt that, as they are natural events that have occurred since the dawn of creation and are still continuing. See the page 4 Blood Moons for more information.

We certainly are living in unprecedented times however that, to many believers, are the last of the last days and Jesus' command in Mark 16:15, Jesus gave us the great commission takes on greater significance.
And He said to them, Go into all the world and preach and publish openly the good news (the Gospel) to every creature [of the whole human race].
The Greek word for World is Kosmos, meaning world of course, but with such other meanings as, an apt and harmonious arrangement or constitution, order, government and adornment, i.e. the arrangement of the stars, the heavenly hosts. It means the circle of the earth, the earth, the inhabitants of the earth, men, the human race, the whole mass of men alienated from God and therefore hostile to the cause of Christ.

I seriously doubt if we have yet fulfilled this Great Commission, to go into all the kosmos and preach the Gospel to every living being, but we are the most evangelized, most televised; most meetings oriented, most churched and best equipped (as far as bibles, bible aids, Christian music) generation ever, but are we ready?
Are we prepared?
Can it be that the only thing hindering the return of Jesus is the church, or should I say the people in the church?
If so, then we must all prepare the way of the Lord.

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Core Scripture

Comfort, oh comfort My people, Says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, And declare to her That her term of service is over, That her iniquity is expiated; For she has received at the hand of the Lord Double for all her sins. A voice rings out: “Clear in the desert A road for the Lord! Level in the wilderness A highway for our God! Let every valley be raised, Every hill and mount made low. Let the rugged ground become level And the ridges become a plain. The Presence of the Lord shall appear, And all flesh, as one, shall behold— For the Lord Himself has spoken.” Isaiah 40:1-5

Comfort The double The voice crying The wilderness The way God's seasons Prepare ye Make the crooked straight Valleys and mountains Rough places Highways

Conclusion and prayer

The information that I have shared with you has been blunt and to the point.

My desire has been to present the Gospel in such a way as to challenge the reader enough to do something positive.
The desire is to see people blessed and inspired.

I ask you a pointed question, If Jesus returned whilst you are reading this… would you be ready?

If you honestly cannot answer a resounding, Yes, then please do something about it today. Do it right now if you can.

Ask God to do what is needed in your life… to show you what to do and how to do it.
Ask him to forgive you, which is another way of saying, repent. Change those things that need to be changed in your life.

You may ask me how to do that.
Well, start off by making deliberate choice processes. Stop doing those things you are doing, get in God's face if you must and get a hold on his word... and apply it. If there are things that you are not doing and you know it... start doing them. Whatever it is that is necessary... please do what the Holy Spirit tells you to do.


Pray, Heavenly Father, I ask you now in the name of Jesus to wash me in his blood. Forgive me for not obeying you. Forgive me for not believing you. Forgive me for not living the way you want me to live. Help me Holy Spirit to live right before God in the way that pleases him. Help me to be ready. I choose to prepare the way of the Lord in my own life now and thank you that you hear this prayer and will answer it.

Dear friend, if you prayed like that and still need some more answers, or want to tell someone, but know no one... please write to us or send us an email. we will be delighted to hear from you.
Be blessed,
Robert.

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