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Summary: This sermon discusses the Lord’s return by stressing the importance of being ready for His Coming.

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-The day will shock people and find them unprepared. Listen to these verses and try to catch the reoccurring


-NIV Matthew 24:43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief

was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into.

-NIV 2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the

elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.

-NIV Revelation 3:3 Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.

-Read (vs2) How does a thief come? He comes unexpectedly. He comes while you are safely tucked in your beds, you are comfy, you are unaware. It is a surprise. He comes suddenly, and he doesn’t announce his coming. A thief doesn’t call ahead.

-When the Lord returns, it will be sudden. Matthew 24:39-44

-Many will not be ready when He comes. How awful that would be. Perhaps one of my greatest fears is not

being prepared for something. I’ve never liked pop-quizzes or surprise parties. My greatest fear would be

thinking up a sermon during the offering.

-Yet worse to me would be knowing that I wasn’t ready for the Lord’s return. For some that day will come and

they will find themselves unprepared. And they will be surprised, even though they were told it was coming.

-Once growing up my uncle told me that if I touched the electrical fence, it would shock me. SO I

touched it. My Uncle said, " I told you that it would shock you". "Yeah but I didn’t think you meant it."

-It will catch many by surprise. Like I said, Noah preached for 120 years that the flood was coming, yet the rain caught everybody offguard.

II. But as a Believer, It Shouldn’t Surprise You. (vs 4)

-1) It should not surprise you, because you know it will happen.

-The fact of His coming is made throughout scripture 1/8 ratio of prophesy.

-Jesus said He would. NIV John 14:1-3 "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God ; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there

to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be

with me that you also may be where I am.

-If Jesus has kept all His promises thus far, why would He break this one. He is returning.

-2)It should not surprise you, because you should be ready for it now.

-The rapture is imminent so we should be prepared today. I remember hearing a story about a man

who was visiting a certain school and made a promise to the tiny students that he would give a prize to

the one whose desk was found in the best order when he returned. He gave no indication of when that

might be. Shortly after he left, a little girl, noted for her messy habits, announced that she meant to win

that prize. He classmates jeered, "Why, Mary, your desk is always out of order! It’s never been cleaned."

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