Hastening the Coming of the Lord

See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.

— Hebrews 12:25-29 (NKJV)

In the midst of the storms in the last days, God desires that His people be firmly established on the Rock and be a shining witness to the world. The need to prepare is urgent.


Hastening the Coming of the Lord

We will go back to 2 Peter again, just once more, chapter 3, verse 12, it says:

"...looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God."

The old authorized versions used to say hastening unto. But that’s not a very accurate translation. The right translation is the one that’s used in the modern text, hastening the coming of the day of God. It’s not enough just to be expecting it, we have to be hastening it. How can we hasten it? The Bible tells us very clearly. We’ll look at Matthew 24, the beginning of this chapter, the disciples asked Jesus: "What will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?" And in His answer Jesus lists a number of signs: earthquakes, pestilences, lawlessness and so on. But He hasn’t answered the question till verse 14, where He gives a specific answer:

"This gospel of the kingdom shall be proclaimed in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end shall come."

When will the end come? When the gospel of the kingdom has been proclaimed in all the world as a witness to all the nations. Who is responsible to proclaim the gospel of the kingdom? We are. So, how can we hasten the coming? By proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom.

On the other hand, if we don’t do it, we are not hastening the coming, we’re delaying the coming. And if you consider all the agony and suffering in the world today, to be responsible for prolonging that longer than necessary is a terrible responsibility. But it rests on us Christians if we do not do what we can to hasten the coming of that day.

And then one further answer in Revelation 19:7-8. This is praise that’s going on in heaven.

"Let us be glad and rejoice and give God glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready."

So the marriage cannot take place until His wife, the bride, has made herself ready. The state of the church affects the coming of the Lord. The Lord cannot come for His bride until she has made herself ready. I’ve lived in a lot of different cultures and nations. I’ve never lived in any culture or nation where a bride did not take some trouble to make herself ready for her wedding day. The same is true of the church. The church has to make herself ready.

And then in the next verse it talks about our wedding garment. Verse 8:

"To her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints."

It says we have to wear linen, pure, white, shining linen. And the shining linen is the righteous acts of the saints. When you and I believe sincerely in Jesus, and commit our lives to Him, His righteousness is imputed to us. And the Scripture says we are justified, we are reckoned righteous. But that’s not what the Scripture is talking about here. It’s talking about the righteous acts of the saints. We have to translate imputed righteousness into outworked righteousness. And that’s the material from which our wedding garment will be made. It’s the righteous acts of the saints.


PRAYER

Father, what a wonderful privilege that I may be part of the Bride for Your Son, Jesus Christ. Please show me my place in Your Body, the gifts and responsibilities You have given me, and the works You have prepared in advance for me, so that I may live a life that hastens the coming of Your Son and my Lord, Jesus Christ. In His Name, Amen.


These messages are taken from Derek Prince's teaching on the theme, I Will Shake All Things, available in our webshop here.