Hi Doves,I found this wonderful mesage from David Wilkerson called:The Coming Of The LordIt is SO encouraging as we wait for the Bridegroom to come!He says those who CRY OUT DAILY"COME LORD JESUS!"and WATCH for His comingactually HASTEN His coming!!!!You can read the whole message at the link, but I want to post the main point he wanted to make in his teaching:"This brings me to the heart of my message: the heart-cry of the man or woman who is in Christ.
In Revelation, Jesus announces, “Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book” (Revelation 22:7). Five verses later Christ says, “Behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be” ( 22:12 ).
Here is the cry of all who look expectantly for Jesus’ return: “The Spirit and the bride say, Come” (22:17). This refers to the bride of Christ, made up of a worldwide body of believers under his Lordship. All these servants are born-again, blood-cleansed believers.
You may ask, “I understand this is the believer’s heart-cry. But why would the Spirit also cry to Jesus, ‘Come’?” It is because this is the Holy Ghost’s last prayer, knowing his work on earth is almost completed. Like Paul or Peter, who were told by God their time was short, the Spirit likewise cries, “Come, Lord Jesus.”
So, where do we hear this cry of the Spirit today? It comes through those who are seated with Christ in heavenly places, who live and walk in the Spirit, their bodies the temple of the Holy Ghost. The Spirit cries in and through them, “Hasten, Lord, come.”
Let me ask you: when was the last time you prayed, “Lord Jesus, come quickly, come soon”? Personally, I can’t remember praying this prayer. The fact is, I never knew I could hasten Christ’s coming by allowing the Spirit to pray this prayer through me. Yet Peter gives us proof of this incredible truth: “Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat” (2 Peter 3:12). In Greek, the phrase “hasting…the coming of (that) day” means “to speed up, to urge on.” Peter says our expectant prayers are hastening, speeding up, urging the Father to send back his Son quickly!
Only one issue is holding up that glorious event. It is a single unresolved matter: “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (3:9).
The Lord’s merciful patience dictates the timing of his return. So, does this mean we shouldn’t pray for his coming? Not at all. Christ himself tells us in Mark’s gospel, “In those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be. And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect’s sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days” (Mark 13:19-20). Imagine what might happen if, all over the world, Christ’s bride were to wake up and pray in the Spirit, “Jesus, come.”
Yet, if I believe the world is racing toward unrestrained chaos, and that Christ is coming soon, then my cry must be aimed at my unprepared family and friends. It would be hypocritical for me to pray for Jesus to come, and yet not intercede for my loved ones to be ready for that day. My prayer must be, “Come, Lord. But first, give my lost family and friends ears to hear. Save them, save the lost.”
Paul wrote to his spiritual son, Timothy, “Without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day” (2 Timothy 1:3). Can you say with a pure conscience that you’ve prayed for your unsaved loved ones with such intensity?Here is the heart of the matter.
For a moment, set aside all doctrines about Christ’s coming. Consider this heart-cry of the man or woman who loves his appearing: “Then we shall see him face to face. We shall behold him” (see 1 Corinthians 13:12). Jesus’ coming shouldn’t disturb you. It ought to thrill you. If you truly love someone, you want to be near that person. Can you imagine what it will be like for Jesus to call your name?
Imagine a couple who’s newly married, and the husband is called away for an extended period, perhaps on business or in the military. He tells his bride, “I’ll be back, but I don’t know when. Here’s the address where you can reach me.”
For the first few years, that bride writes to her husband often, with beautiful love letters. Yet she never says, “Please, come back soon!” Ten years pass, then twenty, and she writes him less and less. Still, she never says, “Come quickly, I beseech you. I need your embrace, I need to see your face. I’m praying for your soon return.”
This is a picture of the church today. How can we tell Christ we love him and miss him, yet never pray that he comes back for us? How can we never express to him that he must return soon and take us with him, so we can be in his constant company? How can we not say, “I can’t handle this anymore without your being here. I don’t want to be away from you”?
In the midst of these times, I hear Jesus saying, “Surely I come quickly” (Revelation 22:20). And I hear the bride of Christ answering, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (22:20)."
God bless you all!
J. D. Siegel