J.C. Ryle on Prophecy and the Future

14 Jun

I wanted to share a passage written by J.C. Ryle (1816-1900) in his Expository Thoughts on the Gospels.  This passage comes from the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 24:1-14. I couldn’t help but think, as I read it this morning in my time with the Lord, how pertinent these words are for us in this generation:

“Troublous times are ahead.  Heresies and persecutions may soon weaken and distract the churches.  A fierce war of principles may soon convulse the nations.  The doors now open to do good may soon be shut for ever.  Our eyes may yet see the sun of Christianity go down like the sun of Judaism, in clouds and storms.  Above all, let us long for our Lord’s return.  Oh! for a heart to pray daily, ‘Come, Lord Jesus!'”

These words sink deeply into my heart as I think about the world today, the desperate need of many to know and taste sweet truth of the Gospel, as well as my own hopes and prayer that our Lord would come soon. I hope Ryle’s words, but more so, the words of Jesus Christ in Matthew 24 stir up a sense of urgency in you to proclaim the Gospel message to others as well as a yearning for our King’s return, that we might glory in Him and His Kingdom.


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