Today, as I was getting ready for morning worship in my home church assembly here in Luton, my thoughts went to the second coming of Christ. 

For over a month I have been teaching on Sunday nights on “signs of the times”. The aim of the teaching is twofold. Firstly, as an evangelistic tool for the world is ignorant of such things.  Increasingly people are told there is no God and the Second Coming of Christ is ignored even by churches and many Christians.  The great irony is from the imagination of men and women’s minds are stories after stories about the end of the world.

Secondly, to get the church to a state of readiness for the Lord’s return.  My thoughts then went on Noah and Lot who both were told to make ready their families and associates for a life changing event was about to take place.

Based on scripture they tried to persuade their families’ et al yet in the end many were left behind.

Noah persuaded his immediate family and they entered the ark with him but what about his in laws, extended family, friends, neighbours and associates, they were all left behind.

Lot also had an extended family, friends, neighbours and associates who were left behind. Moreover, members of his immediate family were also left behind.

Both Noah and Lot were in excellent positions to save their households, extended family members, friends, associates and neighbours but in the end the majority were left behind.

This then made me think, here I was teaching on the second coming inviting more and more people to church than I have done in recent times and thankfully more and more are coming each week yet from those who know me as father, son, sibling, uncle, nephew, friend and associate and not forgetting, as preacher, most will be left behind because I have not persuaded them.

What must I do? Tell them! Warn them! Plead with them and of course pray for them. For how long? Until the end comes or until I die.

Noah was given advance notice of the great flood that was coming, he worked to build the ark for the saving of his household and tried to save as many as he could by preaching what God had told him.

Abraham was also given advance notice concerning the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah he used the time to intercede for them.

Lot vexed with the lifestyle of many in society tried to get them to listen to him and leave the two condemned cities. He was only able to persuade two daughters and his wife, who came out but did not make it to safety through disobedience.

The majority in each of the three examples were left behind.

In a number of kingdom parables (Matthew 13), our Lord spoke about those who will be left behind. Below is an extract of one of the parables.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: [48] Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. [49] So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, [50] and shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. [51] Jesus saith unto them, have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord. [52] Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old”. (Matthew 13:47-52).

I believe the wailing and gnashing of teeth will be because many were given opportunities to be saved yet did not take it. They were in the best place to be saved but did not take it so they were left behind.

Our platform is the world and congregation the people.

The Lord’s servant

Lloyd Denny