Second Coming Sermon Illustrations

Second Coming Sermon Illustrations

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Watchman, Tell Us of the Night
Watchman, tell us of the night,
What its signs of promise are;
Trav'ler, o'er yon mountains height
See that glory-beaming star!
Watchman, does its beauteous ray
Aught of hope or joy foretell?
Trav'ler, yes; it brings the day,
Promised day of Israel.

Watchman, tell us of the night;
Higher yet the star ascends;
Trav'ler, blessedness and light,
Peace and truth its course portends:
Watchman, will its beams alone
Gild the spot that gave them birth?
Trav'ler, ages are its own,
See, it bursts o'er all the earth.

Watchman, tell us of the night,
For the morning seems to dawn;
Trav'ler, darkness takes its flight,
Doubt and terror are withdrawn:
Watchman, let thy wandering cease
Hie, thee to thy quiet home!
Trav'ler, lo, the Prince of Peace,
Lo, the Son of God is come!—John Bowring.

The Only Solution a Dictator

The Rev. D. M. Panton tells of a story of the late Dr. John Kelman that, when he was ministering in New York City, he asked one of his church members the question, "What is your solution of the present world unrest?" "His answer," Dr. Kelman said, "amazed me. It was, 'A Dictator.' " "But," argued the great preacher, "your Dictator would have to be a superman one with perfect understanding of civic and economic problems, and with genius to meet the opposition and resolve the fears of those who doubted and opposed him." "I know it," was the quiet answer; "but we are looking for such a Man, and we have Him in view. His name is Jesus." Commented Dr. Kelman, "The thrill of that answer will never leave me."—Alliance Weekly.

Perhaps Today

O Blessed Hope! Perhaps today—
A moment more, and then—away!
Caught up in clouds to be with Him,
Beyond the reach of conflicts grim,
Of disappointments, pain and tears.
O Blessed Hope! The rapture nears!
Today, Perhaps! We hail the dawn,
Of Heaven's glad, eternal morn;
Above earth's turmoil, strife and fear,
Christ's, "Lo I come!" His children hear.
All things declare the time's at hand!—
God's schedule will mature as planned.—Annie Lind-Woodworth.

The Rim of the Sunrise

We are told that there is a town in the extreme north of Norway where, about January 18, in each year, the people climb a hill in order that they may see the sun rise after months of night. Nothing more than a little rim is seen at first; but the people are satisfied, because they know that tomorrow, and throughout the days to come, the sun will shine in all his strength. We are seeing, as it were, that small rim. The Sun of Righteousness will soon bring in the dawn of a new and brighter day. We cannot fix a date, but we can say in full assurance, "The coming of the Lord draweth nigh." (Jas. 5:8).—Jewish Hope.

Not Even an Angel Will Do

A noted preacher was invited to preach away from home one weekend. Arriving at the station he stood with his suitcase waiting for someone to claim him. A motor drew up, and the driver asked, "Are you Mr. Brown?" "Yes," he answered, whereupon his luggage was placed in the car which was immediately driven away. He was wondering what to do next, when another and more handsome car drew up to his side. "Mr. Brown, I think?" observed the gentleman who was driving. "Yes. But someone else has just asked me that and gone off with my luggage!" "Oh, that was a servant of mine. I sent him for your luggage, but I've come for you myself." The Lord Himself will come for His people. Even an angel would not do. Let us yield ourselves to His Holy Spirit that we may be ready at the Lord's appearing.—Christian Herald (London).

Not Ready for the Prince

While the last Prince of Wales was on a visit to the Midlands, he went into a certain workingman's home. Next day, the workingman told his mates sadly: "I never expected him, nor did my wife. The house was untidy, and I hadn't washed. We shall never forgive ourselves. If we had known he was coming, we should have been ready for him." The Prince of Peace is coming again, in power, to this earth of ours, and we know not the day or the hour. The one question for all is, "Are we ready to meet Him?"—Intermediate Young People

A Vision

The sun was sinking in the West,
A glory cloud swept o'er its crest,
Then as it passed beyond my view
It sent a message from the blue:
'Tis but a little while, and then,
I will be coming back again;
I'll come to drive the night away,
E'en at the breaking of the day.

So Christ has said, I'll come to earth
To bring it life and light and mirth;
Thus while the night rules on, in fear,
I know God's day is drawing near;
I know its gloom will pass away
And there will dawn God's blessed day;
When wars and famines will be o'er,
We'll reign with Him whom we adore.—R. E. Neighbour, D.D.

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