When the New Testament commands us to “watch,” it is usually the translation of one of two Greek words ( gregoreuo and agrupneo ), which have similar meanings—to “stay awake” and to “be sleepless.” They are usually meant in the metaphorical and spiritual sense—to be vigilant and on guard, fully awake, aware, alert and intently focused—with several applications and implications.

“Awake to righteousness, and do not sin” (1 Corinthians:15:34). Being awake is equated with righteousness and not sinning. Paul was writing to the church at Corinth, which shows that even true Christians can be spiritually asleep to varying degrees.

Paul also wrote: “And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed” (Romans:13:11, emphasis added throughout).

In other words, the closer we draw to the second coming of Christ, the more urgent it is that we awake out of spiritual sleep! Indeed, we have entered the fearful end-time years that are the grand climax of human civilization. If ever there was a time to pay attention and get prepared, it is now!

To know where to focus our attention, we particularly need to know the Bible prophecies of the end time, especially the prophecies surrounding the caught up of the Bride of Christ.

We are to “eagerly wait for” Christ’s return, not just passively wait around (Hebrews:9:28). Yahushua was emphatic that His followers should hope for His return, expect His return and pray for His return! In addition, our enthusiastic anticipation and excitement will intensify as we see more and more world events fulfilling Bible prophecies—especially those that point to the increasing nearness of Christ’s return.

Note the watching, waiting, anticipation and preparedness in the following passage: “Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning; and you yourselves be like men who wait for their Master, when HE will return from the wedding, that when HE comes and knocks they may open to Him immediately. Blessed are those servants whom the master, when HE comes, will find watching ” (Luke:12:35-36).

In Mark’s and Luke’s accounts of Yahushua Mashiach / Christ’s prophecy, we see that Yahushua connected watching with praying. There is much to pray about regarding the present and the future. Watching helps our praying, and praying helps our watching.

Mark records Yahushua saying: “Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time [of Christ’s coming] is. It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch”
(Mark:13:33-34 ; see also verses 35-37).

Christ was quite emphatic here in commanding us to do four things:

1. Take heed to what He had just said.

2. Watch for the signs He had outlined.

3. Pray regularly and earnestly so that we stay close to God.

4. Keep doing God’s work!

In Luke’s account, Yahushua tells us that “when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near” (Luke:21:31). Then He warns about not letting “that Day come on you unexpectedly” (verse 34).

Yahushua concludes by saying, “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke:21:36).

Watch therefore; for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
MATT 24: 42

Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
MARK 13: 33-37

Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that HE shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.
And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.
And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.
Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not;
LUKE 12: 37-40

Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
REV 16: 15

Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
REV 3: 3

Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
LUKE 21: 36

And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
LUKE 21: 28

The word gospel means good news, and the true gospel includes the wonderful news that Yahushua Mashiach / Christ will soon return to give us True Peace on Earth! And before that, CHRIST will give forgiveness and protection to His Bride, to those who repent of their sins and eagerly wait for HIM and make the commitment to obey and serve Him.




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