Are You Watching?
By Sarah Foulkes Moore
"Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him" (Matt. 25:6).
We stand breathlessly on the eve of Christ’s return. Every moment draws us nearer. The darkness of earth’s midnight hour is overspreading. The coming of the Bridegroom is at hand. The bride is putting on her robes. The fig tree is budding. The spirit of the anti-Christ is abroad. Tribulation is casting ominous shadows before its arrival.
Christians, look up! Be ready! The Lord is at the door!
An almost imperceptible spiritual movement is at work in the hearts of all true believers, separating the gold from the dross, the real from the unreal, the precious from the vile – sifting, separating, calling out those who will go all the way with Him. It is felt like a solemn, sacred hush upon the soul, the overshadowing of the Presence drawing nigh. It may well be the first distant sounding of the "voice of the archangel and the trump of God" that will at the final moment cause the living and the dead to rise….
Christ is coming! Be ready when He comes. Separate yourself now from the world’s indulgence. Disentangle yourself from unnecessary immersion in the affairs of this life. Watch and pray always that you may be counted worthy. We can only watch as we keep wide-awake. The word "Watch" as used in the context means to be aroused, to be alert, to be wide-awake spiritually. "The deeper the midnight hour, the more urgent the vigil…the fruit of the vigil is such as to make the loss of a thousand worlds as dust in the balance. Build upon this fact, for to build on anything else is faithlessness to Him and folly to yourself."
He is coming when we think not. There will be no warning. Does lightning give warning? "As the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be" (Matt. 24:27). One quick, blinding, sudden flash and the watchful will be with the Lord. The unwatchful, according to the Lord’s own warning, will be left to the earth’s last judgments.