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ADVENT
[ Also see Christianity Holidays ]

If I were but sure that I should live to see the coming of the Lord, it would be the joyfulest tidings in the world. O that I might see His kingdom come! It is the characteristic of His saints to love His appearing, and to look for that blessed hope. "The Spirit and the bride say, 'Come.' "Even so, come, Lord Jesus."
      - Richard Baxter

Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour ye think not.
      - Bible, Luke (ch. XII, v. 40)

The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
      - Bible, Romans (ch. XIII, v. 12)

There is an account come of the arrival of King George II, and a great rejoicing for it in Edinburgh. I see the fires and illuminations of that city reflected on the skies. O, how will the heavens reflect and shine with illuminations, when the King of kings, and Lord of lords, shall erect His tribunal in the clouds, and come in His own glory, and His Father's glory, and in the glory of the holy angels! O, what a heartsome day will that be! When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall we appear with Him in glory. We shall then lift up our heads with joy, because it shall be a time of refreshing from, the presence of the Lord.
      - Ebenezer Erskine

It is a very remarkable fact, that God's prophecies respecting the Advent of His Son seem to have spread athwart the whole habitable globe, and in the shape of traditional echoes to have been dispersed over all the world. The great promise of a Messiah, which was the grand truth that the Jew clung to in his most desperate fortunes, found itself translated into heathen tongues, and accepted even by heathen men.
      - French Quotations

What, then is meant by the coming of the Lord Jesus? In answering it, the heart and mind must be exercised. First of all, the King of Zion is sometimes spoken of as coming in His grace, in His spirit, not in a visible way. He had promised "to come" to all believers in spirit to comfort them.
      - John Hall

Great God, what do I see and hear!
  The end of things created!
    The judge of mankind doth appear
      On clouds of glory seated!
        The trumpet sounds; the graves restore,
          The dead which they contained before;
            Prepare, my soul, to meet Him!
      - Martin Luther

I die in the faith of the speedy accomplishment of those glorious things which are spoken concerning the city of God and of the kingdom of Chris. "Amen. Even so, Lord Jesus! Come quickly."
      - Increase Mather

There is a time appointed in the history of our world, when that very Jesus who appeared on earth, "a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief," shall reappear with all the circumstances of majesty and power, "King of kings and Lord of lords." We are led to expect a day when Christ shall find a home in the remotest hearts and families, and the earth in all its circumference be covered with the knowledge and the power of the Lord.
      - Henry Melvill

The last words of the pious Henry Holmes, of Boston, were, "Lord Jesus, come quickly." In their primary sense, as referring to Christ's personal and glorious advent, these words have often dropped from the lips and pens of earnest believers. In a somewhat desponding mood, Martin Luther broke out, "May the Lord Jesus come at once! Let Him cut the whole matter short with the Day of Judgment; for there is no amendment to be expected." The martyr Ridley wrote: "The world, without doubt--this I do believe, and therefore say it--draws toward an end. Let us with John, the servant of God, cry in our hearts unto our Savior, Christ, 'Come, Lord Jesus come.'"
      - Dr. A.R. Thompson

But though that great day is far away, the heart asserts, and truly, that when there is deepest night over nations and the world and men, a day of the Lord is at hand; that a dawn is coming--not the last day nor the final dawn, but the uprising oś Christ in light, deliverance, knowledge and love. The belief is born not only out of our natural hatred of evil and suffering and the desire to be free, but out of actual experience.
      - Unknown


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