Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth
his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. Rev. 16:15.
The evil servant says in his heart, "My lord delayeth his coming."
He does not say that Christ will not come. He does not scoff at the
idea of His second coming. But in his heart and by his actions and
words he declares that the Lord's coming is delayed. He banishes from
the mind of others the conviction that the Lord is coming quickly.
His influence leads men to presumptuous, careless delay. . . . He
mingles with the world....It is a fearful assimilation. With the world
he is taken in the snare....
"If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a
thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee."
Rev. 3:3. The advent of Christ will surprise the false teachers. They
are saying, "Peace and safety." Like the priests and teachers
before the fall of Jerusalem, they look for the church to enjoy earthly
prosperity and glory. The signs of the times they interpret as foreshadowing
this. But what saith the word of Inspiration? "Sudden destruction
cometh upon them." 1 Thess. 5:3. Upon all who dwell on the face
of the whole earth, upon all who make this world their home, the day
of God will come as a snare. . . .
The world, full of rioting, full of godless pleasure, is asleep,
asleep in carnal security. Men are putting afar off the coming of
the Lord. They laugh at warnings. The proud boast is made, "All
things continue as they were from the beginning." "Tomorrow
shall be as this day, and much more abundant." 2 Peter 3:4; Isa.
56:12. We will go deeper into pleasure loving. But Christ says, "Behold,
I come as a thief." Rev. 16:15. At the very time when the world
is asking in scorn, "Where is the promise of his coming?"
the signs are fulfilling. While they cry, "Peace and safety,"
sudden destruction is coming. When the scorner, the rejecter of truth,
has become presumptuous; when the routine of work in the various money-making
lines is carried on without regard to principle; when the student
is eagerly seeking knowledge of everything but his Bible, Christ comes
as a thief.
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