August 5th, 1998
"For when they shall say,
peace and safety; then SUDDEN destruction cometh
upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape."
(I Thes. 5:2-3). Most of the world has already been taken through "peace
conferences" so called. The Bible teaches that very sudden destruction will
come when they are saying peace. That great City Babylon will fall in
one hour. In Revelation chapter eighteen we see three places that the
judgment will come on that city suddenly. . ."for in one hour is thy
judgment come." For in one hour so great riches is come to naught." For in
one hour she is made desolate." This leading city will become the
habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of
every unclean and hateful bird." The plagues will come in one day. (v.8).
Two hundred million demons will roam the earth in that day of darkness.
(Rev. 9) It may be tomorrow that the Great tribulation will begin.
There is sudden deliverance. Jesus said to a woman, "Thy sins are
forgiven." Luke 7:48. I believe her sins were forgiven, even before she
said a word; before she was baptized; before she joined the church; before
she asked anyone to forgive her; before she made restitution's; before she
made a New Year's resolution; before she tried to reform. The little
woman, who was evidently guilty of some of the worst sins came along. The
very presence of Jesus caused her to be convicted. She begin to cry and
shed tears of repentance. She washed Jesus' feet with her tears and dried
them with her hair. Jesus saw the attitude of her heart and knew that she
had repented. He forgave her sins suddenly and instantly.
One minute she was in the depth of sin and despair; the next minute she was
clean, pure and holy. One minute she was a sinner on her road to hell; the
next minute she was a saint on her road to heaven. Some sinners are
saved suddenly. Philip joined himself to a chariot. He sat down beside the
African eunuch. He explained to him Isaiah fifty-three, concerning Jesus.
The eunuch believed it. He believed with all his heart that Jesus was the
Christ. He accepted Christ right there and was baptized. He was forgiven,
suddenly, on the spot! In this Scripture Philip taught him that
salvation was already given; that he did not need to beg and plead and tell
the Lord to "please give it to me." It is up to us to accept what He has
already given. The eunuch had not been waiting on God. God had been waiting
on the eunuch. How long did it take the thief on the cross to receive
forgiveness for his sins? One minute he was a thief on his road to hell;
the next minute he was cleansed from sin and on his road to heaven. Did
Jesus tell him he would have to take back what he had stolen before he
could get his sins forgiven? Did Jesus tell him that he would first have to
go ask the man to forgive him for stealing? Did Jesus tell him that he must
first be baptized, learn the church creed, and join the church????? How
long did the thief pray? He looked up and said, "Remember me when you come
into thy Kingdom." That was a short prayer! Sudden Salvation. The
Philippian Jailer asked Paul and Silas, "Sirs, What must I do to be saved?"
(Acts 16:30) What did Paul tell him to do? "Believe on the Lord Jesus
Christ, and thou shalt be saved." The man accepted Christ. He was saved
suddenly, on the spot. He was baptized the same hour, showing that he had
accepted Christ as his saviour. Some people are set free from evil
spirits suddenly. Jesus said to a legion of devils, "Go" and they went!!!
The man was delivered from thousands of demons! One minute he was full of
devils; the next minute he was free! Matt: 832. Some people are healed
suddenly. David cried for healing; God heard his prayer. The answer came at
once! Blind Bartimaeus eyes were opened suddenly. The woman with an
issue of blood was healed suddenly. Paul spoke to a man; he suddenly walked
for the first time in his life. The Bible mentions the word "suddenly"
often. A twinkling of an eye (I Cor. 15:52), is suddenly. Sudden
destruction will come; but the coming of the Lord will come more SUDDENLY!!
Dr. J. Gardner