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Preparation

Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book – Revelation 22:7.

The visions of Revelation are meant to inform the servants of God, true believers who will serve and reign with the Lord eternally as to what could take place very soon.

Preparation is something we all have to do at one time or another. We prepare ourselves to get an education, we prepare to be a business owner or have a professional career. We prepare ourselves to purchase a home, live in a nice neighborhood. We prepare ourselves for marriage and have a family. We prepare for old age and retirement, but many don’t prepare for death or the coming of Jesus. As sure as one was appointed to be born, they also have a appointed time to die. And as sure as the Bible has indicated, Jesus will return for His church whether one believes or not, it will not stop His coming.

Solomon was one of the wises men that ever lived as well as one of the richest men that ever lived. Solomon was about twenty years old when he became king and he prepared his heart to seek God (Give, therefore, thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people – 1st King 3:9). Because Solomon didn’t ask for riches or the death of his enemies, his prayer pleased the Lord (And the speech pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this thing – 1st King 3:10).

Wisdom in the Old Testament begins with the fear of the Lord and its wise application to every facet of life. Solomon spoke three thousand proverbs and his songs were a thousand and five. One of his proverbs were instructions regarding wisdom (The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instructions – Proverbs 1:7). Because of Solomon’s reverence for the Lord and the dedication he had for both God and God’s people, he was abundantly blessed.

Solomon prepared his heart for his present life and life after death. We too have to be prepared for the coming of our Lord as well as death (Therefore hell hath enlarged herself and opened her mouth without measure and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it – Isaiah 5:14). Money, education, popularity can’t keep one from entering hell; to keep from going there one must believe in God, Jesus as the Son of God and Savior as well submitting to the written instructions of God. Knowing and quoting Scriptures, but not living according to them is hypocritical and that’s just as bad as being a non-believer.

It’s not the time for “make me feel good messages”, death and Jesus is coming and we all have to be prepared. Take time read and study the Bible, submit to it’s instructions, then will you be prepared for both death and the coming of Jesus.

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