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    Watch!

    May 13, 2019
    Call to Worship:  Exodus 15:2 “The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.”
     
    Song:God's Not Dead (Like a Lion)  - Newsboys    
    Holy Is the Lord - The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir  
    Everlasting God  - Brenton Brown       
     
    Scripture:    1 Samuel 2:1-10 Hannah’s Prayer
     
    Song:   Send the Fire - Nashville Singers    
     
    Sermon:  “Watch”
     
    Closing Song:  Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) -  Michael W. Smith   
    The hour I first believed is key. We must make sure it is Jesus we believe for God to pour out his grace.
     
    Benediction:  Isaiah 40:21-31
     
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    Sermon: “Watch”
                God said wait; so we wait. When he says go; we go. If we wait until he says go; we will go out clothed in power. At this point there are two things happening. The first is we are waiting for Jesus to return to take us home. The second due to our disobedience, we are waiting for God to turn his face to shine on us once again so that the church will once again do as Jesus did. Last week we talked about the last hour. Paul said Romans 13:11 “And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.” 1 John 2:18 “Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour.” The disciples prepared the people for Christ’s return at any moment. They were not wrong as every generation has to make the choice to believe or not. You only have your life to do so. Once you die that’s it as it is too late no matter what teaching you have adhered to. So there is always an urgency to believe. The disciples taught this urgency. Jesus delaying his return is a faith and belief issue on our part. His coming has been delayed because of disobedience and unbelief. 2 Peter 3:11 “Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. We are supposed to live our lives Philippians 2:15 “so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life.” Ephesians 1:4 “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.” 1 Thessalonians 3:13 “May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23 “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 3:14 “So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.” We were told to be ready so that when Jesus comes we wouldn’t be caught sleeping. Mark 13:32 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. 34 It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch. 35 “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36 If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37 What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’” The same goes for our waiting as we must persevere believing that if we seek we will find.
                            There is nothing worse, well there is but for this illustration running out of propane whilest cooking a steak is an atrocity. Running out of propane means finishing the steak on the stove and it is just not the same. You should fill up before it hits empty. Our trailer has two propane tanks with the idea that there will be a spare but if the trip is longer you can constantly have one refilled. Don’t let them both go empty. When we go on our camping trip to Macgregor and Awenda, I need to be prepared and make sure the tanks are full before we leave. Note to self. The BBQ is useless if there is no fuel. Sadly the church is running on empty, which is also useless in our fight against the satan. We cannot defeat him without power. 1 Samuel 3:1 “The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions. 2 One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. 3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the Lord, where the ark of God was. 4 Then the Lord called Samuel.”
                We must be ready and waiting, watchful in all we do. Matthew 25:1 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4 The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 6 “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ 7 “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ 9 “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. 11 “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ 12 “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.” Too many people think they have all they need. They have the grill and the briquettes and they are so impressed with how they have it set up. They then slap the steak on the grill and  season it and then wait. Well as you know that will be useless. There must be fire for this steak to cook yet when it comes to church most are just content with the briquettes and the grill, they think they are waiting for something but truly they will only hear I don’t know you. Yes many think they are waiting for Jesus to return. When it comes to the return of Jesus, most have been lied to in one way or another. Some have been told they will be raptured. Others have been told you went to church, did what they said and you do not have to worry. Others have been told that God is love and he would never allow someone to go to hell. These false gospels that have been taught and are being taught, are leading people away from the truth. Some are waiting for Jesus to return to set up his kingdom while others are waiting for Jesus to return to take them to Beluh land, while other don’t really care. All three are in trouble. The truth of the matter is most in todays church have no idea what they believe. I don’t mean to be crass but if you lack knowledge and discernment you will most definitely be deceived.
                Last week we talked about waiting expectantly. Like the disciples taught we must be waiting for the power of God to move on us at any moment just as we must be waiting expectantly for his return. If you do not believe you will not wait. If you are taught wrong, you will also not wait because you will not know that you needed to. This is why the false gospels are so devastating. Unfortunately the church is content to be powerless. People have resolved that nothing is going to change so lets keep doing what we have always done and throw the steak on the BBQ without the briquettes being lit. Yes we are waiting for Jesus to return in Glory to take us to the place prepared for us and remember it only took six days for this universe to take shape so imagine if you will what is being prepared after all this time. John 14:1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.” 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
                So if Jesus is the only way we had better make sure the way we are on is the right one. But so many have been deceived and do not test the spirits. Many in the church have given up and say where is this coming. 2 Peter 3:3 “Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” 5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. 8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” You may not be scoffing but you may not be waiting expectantly for God to move. We should be on the edge of our seats waiting because we know what we are waiting for as we see it all through scripture. If I said wait a moment I will be right back, you would I am sure take me at my word and wait. So why not take God at His word. By not waiting we scoff at his words. God gave a promise to David and he will always keep that promise to Him. If we do not wait, or trust, we will be like King Saul and loose everything. Acts 13:22” After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.” It is by the grace of God that in the worst of times he will always 1 Samuel 2:35 “raise up for myself a faithful priest, who will do according to what is in my heart and mind. I will firmly establish his priestly house, and they will minister before my anointed one always.” God had prepared Samuel to come along just at the right time.
                Hannah was told by Eli after praying, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.” God answered her prayer but it was in the course of time. She believed and it was so. Her enemies were defeated because God always answers those who seek him. Lamentations 3:25 “The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; 26 it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” So what happens to those who wait? Proverbs 8:34 “Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.” Luke 12:37 “It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes.” God is looking for those who wait on Him. 2 Chronicles 16:9 “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” Deuteronomy 12:28 “Be careful to obey all these regulations I am giving you, so that it may always go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is good and right in the eyes of the Lord your God.” If you don’t wait as we saw with Saul 1 Samuel 13:14 “But now your kingdom will not endure; the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.” By watching and waiting Jeremiah 3:15 “Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding.” Jeremiah 32:39 “I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me and that all will then go well for them and for their children after them.” Hebrews 8:10 “This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.” Deuteronomy 28:13 “The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.” Joshua 1:8 “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” Then to Solomon God said 1 Kings 9:3 “The Lord said to him: “I have heard the prayer and plea you have made before me; I have consecrated this temple, which you have built, by putting my Name there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.” 2 Chronicles 7:16 “I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.”
                These verses I have just read are the blessing of God’s presence. Isaiah 58:11 “The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. 12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings. Isaiah 59:20 “The Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who repent of their sins,” declares the Lord. 21 “As for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord. “My Spirit, who is on you, will not depart from you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will always be on your lips, on the lips of your children and on the lips of their descendants—from this time on and forever,” says the Lord.” We must live according to God’s word and not our own. Hebrews 2:1 “We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. 2 For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, 3 how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. 4 God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.”
                Don’t believe my words but believe the words of God. The church has not adhered to His word and has gone their own way and we have paid an eternal price. Many who have gone before us will not hear well done but I don’t know you. For your sake, make sure but as Paul said watch. This is not the time to be stubborn and obstinate because God’s word conflicts with how you have been raised. So many people in church will persevere in their own ignorance until it is too late to change. People who effuse to change are the obstacle anyone who turns from their wicked ways is up against. What was said about Israel can now be said about the Gentiles, todays church. Ezekiel 2:3 “He said: “Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me; they and their ancestors have been in revolt against me to this very day. 4 The people to whom I am sending you are obstinate and stubborn. Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says.’ 5 And whether they listen or fail to listen—for they are a rebellious people—they will know that a prophet has been among them. 6 And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them or their words. Do not be afraid, though briers and thorns are all around you and you live among scorpions. Do not be afraid of what they say or be terrified by them, though they are a rebellious people. 7 You must speak my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious. 8 But you, son of man, listen to what I say to you. Do not rebel like that rebellious people; open your mouth and eat what I give you.” Moses said Deuteronomy 32:47 “They are not just idle words for you—they are your life. By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.” It does not matter what people think about us but what God sees in our hearts. Yes most will be offended by the word of the Lord just as when they killed Jesus. In spite of this, will you follow Him at all cost? Will you wait for Him as long as it takes? Will you watch? Not only do we have to continue for as long as it takes we also have to  Matthew 24:4 “Watch out that no one deceives you. and watch for false prophets. We must continue to Matthew 24:42 “keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”
                Yes waiting is hard but Hebrews 10:36 “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” James 1:12 “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” Hebrews 9:15 “For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.” I am so tired of hearing the naysayers tells us what the bible doesn’t mean. Why should we not expect what the bible says we will receive if we obey. It is complete ignorance to think any other way. Paul said, Galatians 5:7 “You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? 8 That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. 9 “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” 10 I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion, whoever that may be, will have to pay the penalty”. Galatians 5:1 “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” The false gospels we have been raised with have led us into desolation but as God has promised; if we seek we will find. Yes it is satan that has led us into all this chaos but it is also through our disobedience to God’s word that he set delusion upon those who do not believe. Most who followed false gospels and believe them with all their heart and will die believing them to be truth. That statement should set a burden on your heart that God will in his great mercy have pity on us once again and release us from our captivity. So instead of turning in repentance people will continue to speak against this message just so they won’t have to change. Daniel prayed Daniel 9:15 “Now, Lord our God, who brought your people out of Egypt with a mighty hand and who made for yourself a name that endures to this day, we have sinned, we have done wrong. 16 Lord, in keeping with all your righteous acts, turn away your anger and your wrath from Jerusalem, your city, your holy hill. Our sins and the iniquities of our ancestors have made Jerusalem and your people an object of scorn to all those around us. 17 “Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary. 18 Give ear, our God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. 19 Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.”
                Yes Israel had to wait for God’s timing and then the Messiah came yet they rejected Him. Isaiah talks about the abstinence of Israel but also shows us the great hope of salvation that they had been given. Chapter one summarizes the church for generations now. I will let you read the whole chapter But Isaiah 1:4 “They have forsaken the Lord; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him.” But then God says 19 If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land; 20 but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” Then we have this great prophecy about Jesus in Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” Then in the same chapter it says the land will be devoured by the Assyrians. Isaiah 9:7 “He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.” Then again in the same chapter the anger of the Lord. Now skip ahead to the last few chapters of Isaiah. Earlier we read a few verses but Isaiah 59:15 “Truth is nowhere to be found, and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey. The Lord looked and was displeased that there was no justice. 16 He saw that there was no one, he was appalled that there was no one to intervene; so his own arm achieved salvation for him, and his own righteousness sustained him. 17 He put on righteousness as his breastplate, and the helmet of salvation on his head; he put on the garments of vengeance and wrapped himself in zeal as in a cloak.” Isaiah 60:1 “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.” Isaiah 61:7 “Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance.
    And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.” Remember what Hannah was told by Eli.  “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.” Isaiah 62:11 “The Lord has made proclamation to the ends of the earth: “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your Savior comes! See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.’” 12 They will be called the Holy People, the Redeemed of the Lord; and you will be called Sought After, the City No Longer Deserted.” Isaiah 64:1 “Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you!” Isaiah 65:17 “See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.” Isaiah 66:2 “These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.”
                Israel had this great hope yet rejected the Messiah and hung Him on a cross. Acts 7:51 “You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit! 52 Was there ever a prophet your ancestors did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him— 53 you who have received the law that was given through angels but have not obeyed it.” Today the same can be said about the Gentiles. Please remember that today’s prophets do not speak a new word but speak the word of the Lord that is already written that no one wants to hear. Acts 14:1 “At Iconium Paul and Barnabas went as usual into the Jewish synagogue. There they spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Greeks believed. 2 But the Jews who refused to believe stirred up the other Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers. 3 So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to perform signs and wonders. 4 The people of the city were divided; some sided with the Jews, others with the apostles.’ This same poisoning is still happening today. One of the ways is called dispensationalism.
                By going our own way, we too have rejected so great a salvation and everyone goes continues to go their own way and do their own thing yet expect to be blessed. Jesus did come to give us life in abundance, yet the church Hebrews 10:29 “has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?” Hebrews 6:6 “To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.” Jesus came to give the Jews and the Gentiles peace with God. Romans 5:1 “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. 6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” When Simeon saw the Messiah he said, Luke 2:29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. 30 For my eyes have seen your salvation, 31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.”
                Has your waiting been an inconvenience to your schedule? Are you troubled by the length of time? Has the enemy got you down? Are you waiting with great expectation or have you given up? The good news is that you can wait and watch because the bible says we can. Joshua said. Joshua 21:45 “Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.” 1 Kings 8:24 “You have kept your promise to your servant David my father; with your mouth you have promised and with your hand you have fulfilled it—as it is today.” Paul stood before King Agrippa on trial and said, Acts 26:4 “The Jewish people all know the way I have lived ever since I was a child, from the beginning of my life in my own country, and also in Jerusalem. 5 They have known me for a long time and can testify, if they are willing, that I conformed to the strictest sect of our religion, living as a Pharisee. 6 And now it is because of my hope in what God has promised our ancestors that I am on trial today.” Paul talks about this promise in Ephesians 1:18 “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.” Colossians 1:24 “Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. 25 I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness— 26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. 27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. 29 To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.”
              Do you have this hope? Do you believe what God has promised? God told us in Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.” This is the king of kings we are waiting on and watching for. God will keep his promise to David if you seek him. 1 Kings 8:25 “Now Lord, the God of Israel, keep for your servant David my father the promises you made to him when you said, ‘You shall never fail to have a successor to sit before me on the throne of Israel, if only your descendants are careful in all they do to walk before me faithfully as you have done.’ 26 And now, God of Israel, let your word that you promised your servant David my father come true.” So as Jesus said, Mark 13:37 “What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’” So we keep watch. Psalm 130:6 “I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. 1 Peter 1:13 “Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.”