James 5:8 “Be patient, establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.”
The first century Christians were persecuted mercilessly in ways that are beyond words. They were doused with oil and burned at the stake. They were sent into the Roman coliseum to be torn apart by wild dogs and lions. It was terrible the amount of crucifixions and beatings they suffered.
But, these early Christians sang songs praising God as they were attacked by wild beasts. They prayed as they were crucified. They stood triumphant as they were beaten to death.
Why? They believed a great promise. Jesus is coming again!
Many today are standing defiant in their countries because they believe that promise. Many are dying horrible deaths because of their faith in Jesus.
These are the precious words of our Lord. “I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto Myself.” John 14:3