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Prayer to Christ Jesus about His Appearing on the Last Day


This prayer was written in the 1600s, but it sounds like someone wrote it yesterday.  From the Gebets-Schatz.

last judgmentPrayer to Christ Jesus about His Appearing on the Last Day

Lord Jesus Christ, though no one knows the hour of your appearing, not even the angels in heaven, but only the Father, who has reserved it for His power—still there will be an end to this world and its form will pass away.  You will come with flames of fire to take vengeance on those who do not know You, God, and are not obedient to Your gospel.  And so that we do not doubt this, You have allowed faithful hearts to know the signs of Your appearing and identified them.  The world is now pregnant with these signs, giving certain proof that the end of all things is near.  Great signs happen in the sun, moon, and the stars, which fall from heaven and lose their light.  One hears of wars and rumors of wars.  One nation is incensed with another and kingdom rises against kingdom.  There are earthquakes in various places.  It is a time of rising prices and famine.  Unrighteousness more and more gets the upper hand.  The brotherly love of many has grown cold.  The times are so terribly wicked that the people are fearful and anxious.  They faint and almost perish because of the tribulation and distress that is in the world.

In the church many people have risen up who speak perverted doctrine and falsify Your Word, and Your Word must still endure being called heresy by many.  In the secular government power often passes for righteousness.  Right is turned into gall and the fruit of righteousness into wormwood; evil is called good and good evil, black must be called white.  In the household estate is great unfaithfulness, disobedience, disunity, discord, quarreling, and strife.  Even though everyone in common leads a godless life, no one regards it as sinful.  These are all signs of the approach of the last day.

Since these are all now hanging before our eyes, graciously help us, Lord, that we take it to heart, and not be secure, or be rash and have our lamps fail like the foolish virgins.  Grant instead that we always be brave and pray, do good and not grow weary, that we might thereby escape Your strict judgment and sentence, and might be worthy to stand before Your holy face, when You will come in the clouds with great power and glory, and send Your angels to gather Your elect from the four winds, and from the end of the earth to the end of the heavens.  Lord, we wait daily for Your salvation.  Come now, O Lord Jesus.  Make an end of all our misery and take us poor wretches, together with all believers, to paradise.  Come, Lord Jesus, come.  Amen.  Georg Schimmer, 1652-1695

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  1. Peggy Pedersen
    July 3, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    The Lord our God is long-suffering and patient, not willing that any should perish but turn to Him in repentance that they may be saved. He is waking for the quick-filling cup of iniquity to be full and the saints gathered in safely under His wings. Come, Lord Jesus, Come!

    • Peggy Pedersen
      July 3, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      *waiting

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