Look Up For Your Redemption Draweth Nigh

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Recently I’ve been reminded of a song that really spoke to me as a new believer in 1974. “Wars and strife on every hand and violence fills our land. Some still doubt He’ll ever come again. But the Word of God is true, He’ll redeem His chosen few. Don’t lose hope, soon Christ Jesus will descend. Signs of the times are everywhere. There’s a brand new feeling in the air. Keep your eyes upon the eastern sky, lift up your head, redemption draweth nigh.”

I remember thinking then that end time prophecies that Jesus gave in the Gospels certainly match up with the turmoil in our nation and around the world. Fast forward to 2015 and we see those prophecies of wickedness, violence, and corruption fulfilled to a much greater degree.

In Luke 21:26, Jesus spoke of men’s hearts failing them because of fear and apprehension of things yet to come. The Jesus offered great encouragement, “When these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” Luke 21:28

Most of us have probably entertained at least some element of fear, as violent, hideous evils are increasing, not only in other countries but in our nation and in our own communities. This fear should not only cause us to LOOK UP but to LOOK WITHIN, searching our own hearts. The prevailing darkness of our nation reflects not only on the liberal mindset of government, but also on the luke-warmness, complacency, and loss of our first love within the body of Christ.

God is grieved with Biblical moral values being compromised and the self promotion “me-ism” frenzy fueled by the ego of social media. Civil and maternal disobedience, pride, unnatural affection/same-sex marriage, and materialism seem to be acceptable as the “new norm.” God forbid that we get used to the darkness but rather let us reprove the works of darkness and lift up God’s standard of holiness and righteousness.

The Apostle Paul admonishes us to “Cast off the works of darkness… put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.” Romans 13:12b & 14. Fleshly provisions diminish the spiritual appetite and starve our spiritual vision and passion for Christ.

Jesus’ final words in Luke 21 help us to grasp His admonition to LOOK UP, “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” Luke 21:36

Let us therefore remain in a spirit of watchfulness and prayer, praying not only for ourselves, our families and churches, but for government leaders around the world. With God all things are possible! Yes, revival is still possible if we humble ourselves, pray, repent, and walk in the fear of God.

 

~ Nelson Coblentz 

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