Summary: Some advice for those waiting for the consolation of Israel. (The coming of the Lord)
Words for Waiters
"Waiting for the Consolation of Israel"
Consolation was another name for the Messiah.
Men swore saying, "May I not see the consolation if..."
Today we want to use this text, not for those waiting for the first coming of the Messiah, but His promised second coming.
3 Things for waiters.
Advice for those waiting for the consolation of Israel
(Abram defended his sacrifice to God from the birds of prey.) Previously we have used this text to preach that you are the only one who can defend what you have placed on the altar. You are the only one who can defend your commitments to God. God will help you but it is still up to you if you have made a committment for missions giving,or any other kind of committment.
In the text in Genesis the birds came down and tried to steal his sacrifice that he had laid on his makeshift altar. Birds in scripture symbolize demons. Jesus made that plain in the parable of the sower and the seed. People who are waiting for God can expect demonic attack, and ridicule concerning the rapture.
2 Peter 3:3 (quickview) ,4 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as [they were] from the beginning of the creation.
There is an attack on the Second Coming and it is only going to increase with the failure of Y2K to amount to anything big. It was after all the paranoid Christians who made the biggest deal out of it, and to the world we sometimes seem like the boy who cried wolf too often.
The foolish virgins didn’t have sufficient stock to last through the long night of delay. We need to continually assess our walk in the Lord:
Dig Deeper. Be diligent to know the state of your flocks.(Prov. 27:23)
We purify ourselves by the blood, and by the washing ourselves daily in the word.
Close: Who would like prayer that they be ready for the Lord’s return even as 1 John spoke of?