Editorial – You Also Be Ready

What is involved in being ready for the second coming of Jesus? There are many inspired statements that tell us exactly what we are to do and the condition that we are to be in to be ready for the second coming of Jesus. Following are a few of the specifications for being ready:

  1. Psalm 15 lists eleven
  2. Psalm 24 lists four
  3. Isaiah 33:15 lists six
  4. Matthew 5:3–10 lists eight
  5. Titus 2:11–14 lists nine
  6. 2 Peter 1:3–7 lists nine
  7. Revelation 14:12 lists two

Here are a few more:

“Only those who receive the seal of the living God will have the passport through the gates of the Holy City. But there are many who take upon themselves responsibilities in connection with the work of God who are not wholehearted believers, and while they remain thus cannot receive the seal of the living God. They trust in their own righteousness, which the Lord accounts as foolishness.” “Ellen G. White Comments,” The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 7, 970.

“Those who would have the seal of God in their foreheads must keep the Sabbath of the fourth commandment. This is what distinguishes them from the disloyal, who have accepted a man-made institution in the place of the true Sabbath. The observance of God’s rest day is the mark of distinction between him that serveth God and him that serveth Him not.” Ibid.

“The seal of the living God will be placed upon those only who bear a likeness to Christ in character.” The Faith I Live By, 287.

“There is not one inactive in heaven, and no one will enter the mansions of bliss who has failed to show love for Christ, who has put forth no efforts for the salvation of others.” Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, 207.

“Put away all discontent, all murmuring, all disagreeable words. We do not honor Christ when we dispute and quarrel one with another. No one will enter heaven with a spirit of fault-finding, and we desire to have a foretaste of the principles of heaven manifested here below.” Manuscript Releases, vol. 7, 49.

“Christ’s rule of life by which every one of us must stand or fall in the judgment is, ‘Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them’ (Matthew 7:12).” The Ministry of Healing, 104.