CQ Plus September 21-27 2013

The Coming of the Lord Is at Hand

Preface:Is it possible for the gospel to be preached to the entire world in this generation? Will there be some unusual breakthrough that will dramatically speed up the proclamation of the three angels’ messages? There is always one thing to keep in mind when we discuss this topic: the mission is God’s, and He will accomplish it. At the same time, however, we must remember that we have been called to a crucial role in that final work.

Exploration
Joel 2:28–32; James 5:7, 8

Conclude
I was sitting in a Bible study and we were talking about peace. It was a serene discussion as we all agreed Christ wanted us to experience His peace. Until one woman blurted out, “I’m tired of peace! I want chaos! I want the final events! Let’s shake things up! I want Jesus to come and end all this misery!” We were jarred from our sweet conversation. We had been focused on peace in our spirits, but she was thinking about what needed to happen to usher in Christ’s eternal reign of peace. I admired her passion. I wondered if Jesus felt the same way and was waiting for us to share in His sense of urgency. I wondered if Jesus was waiting for us to “establish [our] hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand” (James 5:8, NKJV).

Consider

  • Reading through the book of Joel and highlighting everything you think applies specifically to your journey toward revival.
  • Compiling a list from John 14 and 16 of everything the Holy Spirit was sent to do. Pray through the list for the Holy Spirit’s work in your life.
  • Writing a song or poem about “The Day of the Lord.” Look up the phrase in a Bible concordance or online at www.biblegateway.com to get some ideas.
  • Creating a chart from First and Second Kings of the reign-spans of all the kings of Israel and Judah until captivity. Compare the lengths of the reigns of godly and ungodly kings. What conclusions can you draw about the freedom God’s Spirit has to work on a massive scale when His people respond to revival?
  • Singing some of your favorite songs about the Second Coming. “Lift Up the Trumpet” (the Seventh-day Adventist hymnal), “I Will Rise” (Chris Tomlin), “We Shall Behold Him” (Sandi Patty), “No More Pain” (Point of Grace), etc.

Connect
Malachi 3:1–5; Malachi 4; 2 Peter 3:3–13; Revelation 14:1–5; Revelation 21.
Ellen G. White, “The Controversy Ended,” The Great Controversy, chapter 42 White, Promises for the Last Days.
Mark Finley, 10 Days in the Upper Room.

Sonia Huenergardt, Chehalis, Washington, U.S.A.