We are to prepare the way of the LORD and make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Isaiah 40:3-4 KJV (3) The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. For whoever shall hear and exalt himself shall be humbled and those who will humble himself shall be exalted by the Lord. (4) Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: We shall hear His voice in this time….and some shall come forth from the “graves” of religious-sounding men and DO GOOD towards what they will hear……unto the standing up of life. Those who will hear and DO EVIL (as they will exalt themselves in their wrath and pride and will speak evil of what they hear and of those who will speak it) shall stand up to condemnation. John 5: (28) Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, (29) And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. As He hears, He judges….for what comes out of the mouth comes out of the “abyss”…the evil heart of men. The secrets of men’s hearts shall be revealed for they will speak it . (30) I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. The thoughts of MANY hearts will be revealed as Jesus will be preached to their ears in sincerity and truth and the heart will reveal what kind of “treasure” is in it…whether it be good or bad. He is a “sign” that will be spoken against. Luke 2:34-35 KJV (34) And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; (35) (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. He is a “sign” which shall be spoken against by religious-sounding men who will not deaden their tongues to covetousness, wrath, evil (Put to death, then, your members that are upon the earth -- whoredom, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and the covetousness, which is idolatry Colossians 3:5). The “tribes of the earth”….the tongues that dwell upon the earth in evil….shall speak against what they will hear. The sign of the Son of man in heaven (the air where His words…His voice…travels to our ears) will be the “mourning” of what they hear for they will not agree with it. Matthew 24:30-31 KJV (30) And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. The Son of man shall send forth His “angels”… which are the words of the apostles and prophets spoken in Truth and sincerity…to gather together His people from all of the winds of false doctrine that men are currently preaching in deceit….as many are being carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive. (31) And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. But some will not recognize His coming and will speak evil of what they hear and will not be found written in the book of life for they will not do His commandment to have love for one another. We are to remember to let brotherly love continue and entertain “strangers” and their words…..for we know not what hour our Lord does come. Matthew 24:42-51 KJV (42) Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. (43) But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. (44) Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Blessed is that servant whom He finds watching (letting brotherly love continue) at the hearing of His words….His voice…at the speaking of “strangers”. That servant will be found entertaining strangers….serving “meat in due season” to those sent by Him. (45) Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? (46) Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. (47) Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. But some will hear His voice and rise up to contend with what they hear with an evil heart. They will think that the Lord delays His coming and will begin to smite the “strangers” sent by Him to speak His words. They will not be hospitable as they will not let brotherly love continue and will instead beat upon those sent to speak to them with evil words. (48) But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; (49) And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; (50) The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, (51) And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Faith without good works (letting brotherly love continue) is DEAD. “Sardis”….meaning “red ones”…will trample upon those who will be sent to speak His words to their ears. Revelation 3:1-5 KJV (1) And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. They are to “wake up”….be watchful…and strengthen the things which remain that are ready to die….for He will not have found their works perfect before God as they will speak and do evil against those sent by Him. They will be found "beating"upon His servants sent to preach His words to them. They will beat upon His servants with their malicious words. (2) Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. We are to remember to have love for one another as He commanded us. If we do not wake up, then He shall come as a thief and we will not know what hour He will come to us…. as they will say in their hearts that “the Lord delays His coming” and speak evil of those sent by Him. (3) Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. (4) Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. Those who will overcome their evil shall be clothed in white raiment and will not be blot out of the book of life as they will overcome evil with good as they will DO His commandments. (5) He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. Blessed are they that will be found of Him doing His commandments.... Revelation 22:14-16 KJV (14) Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. ....but outside the understanding shall be those who will be found not overcoming their wickedness at the most crucial time: at the visitation of the Lord in the words we hear. (15) For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. For it is Jesus who sends His messenger to speak His words to our ears...and those who will receive His servants receive Him. (16) I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.