by Ken Trivette

Jesus Is Coming at Midnight and It's 11:59
Ken Trivette
Luke 21:28

1. One of the great subjects of the Bible is the return of Jesus Christ. It has been said that in the Old Testament there are 1,845 references to the return of Jesus Christ and a total of seventeen Old Testament books give it prominence. Of the 260 chapters in the entire New Testament, there are 318 references to the Second Coming, or one out of 30 verses. Twenty-three of the 27 New Testament books refer to this great event. For every prophecy on the First Coming of Christ, there are 8 on Christ's Second Coming.

2. The return of the Lord Jesus is not only a great subject; it is also a glorious subject. As the songwriter said:

What a day that will be,
When my Jesus I shall see;
And I look upon His face,
The One Who saved me by His grace.

3. Dr. R.G. Lee told of the story of when he was a little boy. He was on the front porch with his mother. She was sitting in the rocking chair knitting and he was lying on the porch with his face in his hands and his heels up in the air. He asked his mother, ''Mother, what was the happiest day you have ever known in your life?'' Dr. Lee said, ''I thought she might say that it was the day when my daddy spoke to her of his love. But she didn't mention that. Or I thought perhaps it would be that time when down by the garden gate, he asked her to be his wife on that moonlit night. But she didn't say that was the happiest day. I thought perhaps she might say it was the day when they took one another to be husband and wife and lived that way for 50 years until God called him home. But that wasn't it.''

4. ''She said, 'Son, you've asked a hard question. But in the War Between the States, times were hard and bitter. All the men went off to war. My daddy, your granddaddy, went off to war. We didn't have much on the farm. We got our salt from scraping the smokehouse floor. We got our tea from sassafras, our coffee from parched corn. As a little girl, I we ...

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