Summary: Jesus is coming soon. Are we really watching or will we be left behind? In such an hour as ye think not, that’s when Jesus will come!

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by Pastor Jim May

Matthew 24:44, "Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh."

D-Day, June 6, 1944 was one of the greatest days in all of history. Beginning just after midnight, the allied forces began what was to be called "the longest day" as Operation Overlord got under way.

After four years of war, the allies were going to invade German-occupied Fortress Europe. D-day marked the beginning of the end for the Third Reich. Germany had been preparing for years for this invasion, building a fortress along the Atlantic sea wall 1,800 miles from Holland to the Brittany Peninsula.

They sent their best strategist, General Erwin Rommel (the Desert Fox), to prepare for the invasion that would come. For eight months he strengthened the coastal barricades. He pushed himself and others to the breaking point, working day and night for a June 20th completion deadline. But, on the morning of June 6th, the fifty-one year-old General was 500 miles away, in Germany sleeping.

Thinking that nothing would happen, he had taken a three-day holiday to be with his wife on her birthday. The invasion took place at a time and a place that he, and the German high command, didn’t think it would come. They thought they were prepared. They thought that they might be invincible. But they didn’t remain vigilant and ready, and they paid the price in defeat.

The United States of America had to learn this same lesson on a quiet Sunday morning as the year 1941 was coming to an end. At 7 AM on December 7th, 1941, the Japanese destroyed the Navy’s Pacific fleet in a matter of a few hours. Our recovery took four long years of fighting as the Marines and the army hopped from island to island in the South Pacific, rooting out the Japanese and destroying their ability to fight. Millions of lives were lost and trillions of dollars spent on the war. So many less lives could have been lost, and World War II could have been brought to a much quicker end if we would have just been ready, watching and waiting. But there was a heavy price to pay because the enemy struck at an hour when we least expected it.

Surely we are living in the last days. Signs of the times are everywhere and there’s a feeling in the air that all of the things around us are going to soon change.

We, in the church, know that Jesus is coming soon. I hope and pray that we are watching and waiting for His coming. But I know that most of the church world, and none of the worldly crowd, are ready.

What a price must be paid for those who are found sleeping when Jesus comes to catch His bride away!

If you are a part of the church that is watching and waiting, almost breathlessly, anxious for the coming of the Lord, that will be a welcomed day. Oh what a glorious day it will be when my Jesus I shall see. When I look upon his face; the One who saved me by His grace. That will be a glad reunion day!

But for the rest of the church, who doesn’t go in the rapture, and for the whole of sinful man, that will not be a welcomed day. It will be a day that great tribulation shall be unleashed upon the world and upon those who were not watching and waiting.

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