Life is uncertain.  What we want is not always what we need.  We only live one day at a time.  We live today.  We are not promised tomorrow.  One day each of us will give an accounting for the days were were given.  Will it be today?”
               –Dan Arnold  (Alta Vista)

     “For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
               –1 Thessalonians 5:9 (NKJV)
Have you ever had a song keep coming to your mind?  Think of all the neat, little jingles of commercials.  They are meant to get stuck in your mind so they continue over and over.  I’ve been praying and asking the Holy Spirit for the last year or so that if I wake up in the middle of the night my mind would be on a song of praise and the same when I awaken in the morning.  For the past week a verse of the following old song, published in 1922 by J.B. Vaughn, has been going through my mind.

          “There’s a blessed time that’s coming, coming soon,
           It may be evening, morning or at noon,
           The wedding of the bride, united with the groom,
           We shall see the King when he comes.”

People go round today saying that they are blessed.  And it’s true, though in the current situation those once blessed people are now grumbling.  Grumbling doesn’t take away blessings already bestowed, but they can hinder ones that the Lord want to give us.  But, there is a time coming when there will be blessings more than we can understand.  The Lord is coming!  Did you hear?  The Lord is coming, I don’t know when; I don’t know the time, but I do know this–He is coming.
     His is coming for His bride who is without spot or wrinkle.  A bride He will rescue from the clutches of this evil world.  He will not allow her to be sullied, to be spotted, or to be abused.  He will rescue her and take her to be with Him forever.

          “Are you ready should the Savior call today?
           Would Jesus say, ‘Well done,’ or ‘Go away’?
           My home is for the pure, the vile can never stay,
           We shall see the King when He comes.”

The above verse is the one that has constantly been flowing through my mind.  “Are you ready?”  Friends, now is the time to make sure you’re ready.  Heaven will not see anything vile, evil, or putrid within its gates.  Only the pure shall see God.  How does one stay or become pure?  By repenting, by obeying the commands of the Lord, by reading and following His Word.  Don’t for a moment think that universalism is true.  Don’t for a moment be duped by those who say that those who live in sin, those who practice iniquity, those that mock God will make it through those pearly gates.  It takes repentance and belief that Jesus is the Son of the Almighty God. 

          “Oh, my brother, are you ready for the call?
           To crown your Savior King and Lord of all?
           The kingdoms of this world shall soon before Him fall,
           We shall see the King when He comes.

                          We shall see the King, We shall see the King,
                          We shall see the King when He comes;
                          He is coming in pow’r, we’ll hail the blessed hour,
                          We shall see the King when He comes.”

Jesus will return for His bride in the clouds.  Not all will see Him, for He is coming only to take His bride away, the saints of the Church.  They will be clothed with robes of righteousness and eternity with the Lord awaits them.  Then the time of “Jacob’s Trouble” on earth.  Unspeakable terror and evil will abound.  Kingdoms will crumble, those that survive will shake their fists at God.  Then, He will come again, the world will shake, and there will be agony when the Lord comes to the earth when all shall see Him and bring judgment.
     Now is the day of salvation.  Turn from your wicked ways, then on that glorious day–“we shall see the King; He is coming in pow’r, we’ll hail the blessed hour, We shall see the King when He comes”!