Last month, the employees of BGEA were treated to a special devotional time with Bible teacher Kay Arthur, who spoke about the urgency of the times and the Second Coming of Christ.
Since founding Precept Ministries International with her husband Jack in 1970 with the vision to establish people in God’s Word, Kay has authored more than 100 books and Bible studies.
She is also the teacher and host of Precepts for Life, a radio and television program, which reaches a worldwide viewing audience of over 94 million, teaching them how to discover Truth for themselves.
Read some excerpts from her teaching at BGEA:
When I heard that it was on Franklin’s heart and the heart of others in leadership to talk about the second coming of Jesus Christ, I thought, “Good, Lord. You’re laying it on other people’s hearts also.” I really believe with all my being that we are living in epochal days.
When Jesus is speaking in Luke, He talks about being ready for His coming and not being anxious; trusting Him and knowing that if He takes care of the birds He’s going to take care of you. But, He also says in that passage, “you know how to look at the weather, and you know what’s coming. Why can you not discern the times?”
I believe it’s time for us to wake up, to come out of our self-centered living to realize that God is at work. He is doing something terribly, terribly critical and exciting, and I believe He’s doing it here in America.
My feeling and my excitement is that it’s our hour. It is our hour to take the Word of God into the middle of a crooked and perverse generation. It is our hour to compel people to be saved, and to know and understand who Jesus Christ is.
I think that you and I need to ask God to show us how to be men and women who understand the times, who know how to, as Jesus said, “Discern the times and live accordingly.”
I believe that the time has come where you not only teach your children how to live for Christ, but you teach them how to die for Christ. That’s the hour I believe we’re in.
Now, we know from Hebrews chapter 1 and from other scriptures that the last days began with the first coming of Jesus Christ, and they will end at the second coming of Jesus Christ.
The Lord is not slow about His promise, and He promises to return to Earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. And He’s not slow concerning His promise as some count slowness, but He’s patient towards you not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
Why hasn’t Jesus shown up yet? He hasn’t shown up yet because there are others that need to be saved.
We need to be involved in getting out the Gospel until that last sheep has heard the voice of the Shepherd, and the trumpet will sound, and then Jesus will come and the dead in Christ will be raised, and we who are alive will meet the Lord together in the air.
As He says in Ephesians, you and I can hasten the day of the coming of God, and we hasten it by the way that we live. The Lord is coming. It is time to grow. The Lord is coming. It is the time to be spotless. It is time to be blameless. It is time to be about our Father’s business. The day of the Lord is on its way.
It is our hour, precious ones. It is our hour to live for the Lord. It is our hour to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. It is our hour to know that as He called the Old Testament prophets to bring the message of “repent and return…repent and return,” that this is our message for people.
He says, “Be ready. Be ready. Be ready.” You don’t know the day or the hour when He is coming, but you and I are to live as if we might see Him tomorrow.