He Is Coming


In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth, and he saw that it was good. For six days he fashioned it and formed it until he crafted on the sixth day his crowning achievement: a man and a woman named Adam and Eve. He put them in the garden to work saying only, “Don’t break my command or else you die.” But they broke the command and ate from the tree. And in the cool of the day God came to the remorse filled pair, calling them out of hiding and he said to the serpent,
“I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.” (Genesis 3:15) He is coming.
Generations came and generations went and God called Abraham from Ur of the Chaldees and he promised him a certain land. And he said to him, (Genesis 12:2-3) “[through] you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” He is coming.
Generations came and generations went, the children of Abraham journeyed into Egypt and became enslaved. They cried out for deliverance and God brought them Moses, a man with whom he, like no other, spoke with face to face. Moses lead them out of Egypt, delivered the law, constructed the tabernacle and guided them for forty years through the desert. Finally on the threshold of the promised land, Moses prepared to die and he turned to his people and proclaimed,
“The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your countrymen, you shall listen to him.” (Deuteronomy 18:15) He is coming.
Generations came and generations went. Joshua took them into the promised land and gave way to judges who ruled them. Othniel, Ehud, Shamgar, Deborah and Barak, Gideon, Abimelech, Jepthah and Sampson. Always the faithful cried out to God for a deliverer and God would promise them: He is coming.
Generations came and generations went. Samuel was given to God at the tenderest age to serve him in the tabernacle. God called that little boy to be a prophet and he grew to be a prophet and a judge. Finally the people of Israel rejected God as king over them and demanded a king to lead them so they could be like everyone else and Saul was chosen. He proved unfaithful and the kingdom was torn from him and given to David the son of Jesse. David came to power and settled his kingdom. His heart began to yearn to build a temple, a glorious temple for God. The LORD commanded his son to build it instead but promised David that he would forever have a descendant upon the throne. He is coming.
Generations came and generations went as David’s kingdom passed to Solomon and then to Rehoboam who’s foolish choices split the kingdom, Judah in the south and ten tribes of Israel in the North. The southern kings paraded past, Rehoboam, Abijam, Asa, Jehoshaphat and Jehoram. During Jehoram’s reign a prophet arose named Obadiah. He prophesied judgement on Edom the descendants of Esau brother of Jacob. But in the end Obadiah saw a time when Israel would posses her gates and the kingdom would belong to the Lord. He is coming.
Generations came and generations went, Jehoram’s kingdom went to Ahaziah, then Athaliah, Then Joash. During the reign of Joash another prophet, Joel came and warned of coming judgement on the kingdom of Judah. The locusts came and devoured the land, it was a warning that He is coming! Judgement is coming on the great and dreadful day of the Lord, He is coming! But then God will be zealous1 for his people Israel and he will pour out his Spirit upon them till the old men dream dreams and the young men see visions. There will be wonders in the heavens and only those on Mount Zion will escape. The nations will be judged and Judah will be blessed for the Lord is coming to judge the nations and deliver Zion. He is coming!
The kingdom of Israel had her kings. Jeroboam caused Israel to sin with idols and his kingdom gave way to Nadab, Baasha, Elah, Tibni, Zimri, Omri, Ahab, Ahaziah, Jehoram, Jehu, Jeoahaz, Jeoash, and another Jeroboam. Each king more wicked than the last. In his days Jonah came with a message of redemption for Israel’s hated enemy Assyria. God showed Jonah how much he cared for even the wicked by sending them a reluctant prophet. Amos also came as a prophet to Israel. He was a simple farmer, whom God called as a prophet to warn the people of Israel that judgement was coming if they did not repent. For Three transgressions and for four the surrounding nations were guilty of sinning against God’s people. Judah herself, cried Amos was also guilty or rejecting the Law of God.Amos 2:4 Israel also was guilty. Since they had not repented, Amos cried out the fateful words, “Prepare to meet your God Amos 4:12. Then with Grace and hope he proclaimed, “Seek me that you may live…”(Amos 5:4) And then came the promise: “In that day I will raise up the fallen house of David…” Amos 9:11
He is coming!
Hosea was the next prophet in the north and desperate times call for desperate measures. God was heartbroken because Israel had turned from him to follow Idols. So God called Hosea, the last herald to warn them to turn from their idols. But they would not. King Jeroboam the second gave way to Zechariah, Shallum, Menahem, Pekahiah, Pekah, and finally Hoshea. Hosea married an unfaithful wife who served as testimony of how Israel had turned away from the Lord in order to be unfaithful to him with her idols. At the end of her degradation, Hosea purchased his unfaithful wife from slavery’s auction block. Even so Hosea promised that a day was coming:
“I will heal their apostasy; I will love them freely, for my anger has turned from them. 5 I will be like the dew to Israel; he shall blossom like the lily; he shall take root like the trees of Lebanon; 6 his shoots shall spread out; his beauty shall be like the olive, and his fragrance like Lebanon.” ESV Hosea 14:4-6
But they didn’t listen and the Northern kingdom of Israel was captured and devastated by the nation of Assyria, but oh, Hang on Hosea – He is coming!
In the south King Uzziah watched the Assyrians destroy his neighbors and then turn to threaten him. He ran crying to the Lord for deliverance and found it. In the year that king Uzziah died – Isaiah saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. The Seraphim cried out to one another Holy, Holy Holy, is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of his glory. And Isaiah gave us the clearest picture ever. A savior was coming, a suffering servant, a glorious king, a virgin born messiah. By his stripes we are healed and all of the nations will come to Him. Thank God Isaiah, He is coming!
Micah also prophesied to kings Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah. He warned the leadership to turn to God, he called the common man to turn to God. Judgement was coming, Judah would be destroyed, but a day was coming. Finally Micah cried out, “But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation.” (Micah 7:7) O Take Courage Micah! For He is Coming!
King Manasseh was the most wicked king and during his reign Nahum preached a message of God’s awesome power. Picking up where Jonah left off he proclaimed certain judgement to Assyria. There wound was incurable and God would defend his children. He is coming.
King Amon came and then Josiah. In Josiah’s reign Zephaniah came trying desperately to bring Judah back to God. It was too late for the nation, judgement was certainly coming now, but if anyone person would turn away from sin they would find mercy in Him. He is coming!
Next came Jeremiah who prophesied during the rights of Joshaih, Jeoahaz and Eliakim, Jehoiachin, and Zedekiah. Habakkuk also came and he wondered how God could use the ungodly to judge his own people though sinful. Jeremiah the weeping prophet called as a child watched the country he love reject the Lord God and he saw the horror of Babylon’s coming, the walls of Jerusalem broken down and the decimation of God’s people. But there was a glimmer, a shining thread of hope. For a day was coming when they would be restored. A deliverer would come for them, an anointed ruler a messiah. He is coming.
Daniel, Ezekiel, Haggai and Zechariah came and prophesied first in Babylon and then to the straggling remnant of Israel’s descendants as they strove to rebuild the temple and their country after seventy years of captivity. God’s final word came through Malachi who’s final stroke of the pen promised that soon, oh so very soon, God would send Elijah. He would turn the hearts of fathers to their children and children to their fathers, so that when he comes he would not strike the land with a curse.
He is coming.
Generations came and generations went and Simeon was a righteous and devout man, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and Mary and Joseph of Nazareth entered carrying an eight day old baby boy. And Simeon took the infant Messiah into his arms and blessed God saying, “Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace, according to your word; For my eyes have seen Your salvation, Which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples…” (Luke 2:15-32)
He has come. Go therefore that all may hear that he has come. Go therefore that hearing they may repent and believe in Jesus Christ, the son of God! He has promised, and he has come.
Amen.