Honoring and remembering God, Jesus Christ, and their servant Billy Graham by preaching an adaptation of one of his powerful messages.
TEXT: Acts 1:6-11:
6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
There are many views about the Second Coming present in the world today. Some say it is a literal future event, some say it is only a metaphor for the world getting better and better, some say it has already happened and we just missed it. Surely the time has come for the church to give to people the right view concerning the blessed hope that Christ is coming again.
The Interpreter’s Bible was edited by Dr. George Buttrick, and is used by many ministers in the preparation of their sermons. In his exegesis of Matthew 24, a passage in which Jesus tells His disciples about the end times, he writes: “Christ wishes to awaken in His heroes a vivid expectation that He will come in glory, in person.” He goes on to say that the teachings of Jesus Christ in these chapters teach that the world as now constituted will come to a catastrophic end. This age will be superseded by a permanent order of righteousness and bliss, the kingdom of God on the earth. This will come about not as a result of evolutionary processes but by God’s direct action.
In preparation for His coming, you should repent of sin. Jesus said, “Except you repent, you shall perish.” In Matthew 18:3, He said, “Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Do you know how many times repentance is mentioned in the New Testament? Seventy times. Do you know how many times the Second Coming of Christ is mentioned in the New Testament? Over three hundred times! That is the importance which the Holy Spirit gives to the truth of the Second Coming of Christ. It is mentioned in almost every book of the Bible.
John gives this great promise to all believers: “Now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” Jude says, “Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousand of his saints.” And the entire book of Revelation is given over to picturing the last things, the coming again of Christ. This book is your hope, and it has been called “the blessed hope” that Christ shall come again.
You say, “You think that Christ is coming? When is He coming?” Well, I am going to give you a date. I am going to give the date that Jesus gave. Some people came and said, “Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom of Israel?” And Jesus said, “It is not for you to know the times nor the seasons, which the Father has put in his own power.”
Jesus said in Matthew 24:36, “Of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” None of us knows the day or the hour. It may be a thousand years from now, it may be a hundred years, it could be today. There is no use speculating. There is no use trying to set a date, because Jesus said at that time He did not even know. He said, “The angels do not know; only my Father knows.” Then why should we try to speculate? But I tell you this. He told us to be ready, “For in such an hour as you think not the Son of man cometh.”
How many of you think He is coming today? Very few. You have not made your plans for Him to come this afternoon, have you? You’ve got the afternoon all planned. He said, “When you think I am not coming, that is when I am going to come.”
However, He did leave certain signs to guide us, certain indications that would lead us to believe that when these things are taking place, His Coming is drawing very near. I believe we see certain signs today which indicate that the climactic point of history is about to be reached.
I don’t pretend to know all the details and events that surround the Coming of Christ. I only know this: that He is coming! It provides hope for every one of us. We may be in a minority here. We may be suffering here. But the sufferings of the present time, Paul said, are not worthy to be compared to the glory that will be ours in the future.
That glory can be yours as well, but you must be ready to meet Christ at a moment’s notice. If you are not ready, get ready without delay. You can get ready by receiving Jesus Christ and repenting of your sins. It’s a very simple act. Present yourself to Jesus Christ and say, “Lord, from this moment on I’m Yours. I want to receive you, I want to follow you, I want to live for you.”
Trust in Him because He is coming again and you do not want to be left behind. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and the consequences of sin.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.