Behold, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed!
It is highly significant that Jesus slips this third beatitude in the midst of John’s account of the developments leading to the Battle of Armageddon. The collaboration of worldly rulers and the Beast against Christ is one of the surest signs of the Parousia.
Beloved, we must keep the fact of Jesus’ Return at the forefront of our minds. Likewise, we must appreciate the manner of His coming–that He comes unexpectedly, like a thief.
That means God will not take our events and programmes into account before sending His Son to take us home! As in the days of Noah, so shall the Second Coming be (Mat 24:37-38). Unlike Noah’s folks who disbelieved, mocked and dismissed the prophetic word, we believe and look forward to our Groom’s Return. Maranatha!
Finally, we must keep our robes of righteousness on as we await Jesus’ coming. This is a powerful metaphor brethren. It means, spiritually speaking, whenever we don’t walk in the light, we are as good as naked before God. That is why informed believers have zero tolerance for sin in all its forms. Blessed are the alert and adorned!