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OCCUPY TILL I COME      Monday, February 19, 2018

By James l. Thornton

Luke 19:11. And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.
12. He said therefore, a certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.
13. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, occupy till i come. (kjv)

The cross of Jesus was made of two pieces of wood.

One piece was fastened in the ground and pointed towards the heavens, typifying that we must be rooted and grounded in the truth, but at all times looking up into the heavens from whence cometh our redeemer.

Luke 21:28. .., then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. (kjv)

There was not only an up right beam, looking up, there was also a horizontal beam, telling us to look out upon a lost and dying world.

Jesus died with arms outstretched to embrace the lost world.

While we are looking up in anticipation of his coming, we must also look out upon, and embrace the lost, for it is not yet time for us to occupy the New Jerusalem.

We are tied to a piece of real estate right her in Nashville, St. Louis, Orlando, Berlin, Lima, or wherever, which Jesus said to, “OCCUPY TILL I COME.”

I believe in the soon coming of Jesus Christ, it is imminent, at any moment, but I also agree with Augustine when he said, “God is patient because he is eternal.”

In this light let us look at Jesus’ parable of the pounds.

"A certain nobleman,” identified as the Lord Jesus.

“Went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.”

An undetermined time bracket.

He left to his ten servants certain pounds and a certain command.

Not knowing the day nor the hour he would return he simply said, “OCCUPY TILL I COME.”

Let us look when this was spoken.. “He was nigh to Jerusalem,” we also are coming nigh to Jerusalem.
So I feel this is appropriate.


“Because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.” (Luke 19:11b) (this is what they were thinking)

So regardless of how close we are to Jerusalem, we must occupy till he comes. Today we are on the very raw edge of the coming of the lord. And I believe in the second, corporal, physical, imminent return of Jesus.

The word "occupy" as Jesus used it here does not mean to just be somewhere.


To trade in commerce.
To be productive with what I have given you.

“I have deposited in you...”
“You take it and get gain for me.”

“I did not give you this pound to wrap in a napkin and to keep for yourself..”

“Take it to the marketplace and be productive with it until I come back.”

“My blessings and my rewards are dependant upon the use to which you put my pound while I am gone.”

We ask the question. “when are you coming Lord?”

We feel we need to know the answer.
The disciples also wanted to know, and this is Jesus’ answer.

Acts 1:7. And he said unto them, it is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. (kjv)

There are some powers which are retained by god to be released at his sovereign time.

Deuteronomy 29:29. The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: ... 

Do you want to know what power is ours?

Acts 1:8. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (kjv)

He has given us this power to occupy till he comes.

We are sent to the harvest field.
We must work the works of him that sent us,
While it is day!
While it is day!
While it is day!

The night is coming when no man can work, but yet, it is day!

The earth will reel and rock like a drunkard,
But yet, it is day!

The heavens will role up like a scroll.
But yet, it is day!

The elements are going to melt with fervent heat,
But yet, it is day!


Many have gotten so carried away with his coming they have quit working. (some have got so heavenly-minded that they are of no earthly use.)

They are, polishing their halos, counting their rewards,
Thinking about occupying the New Jerusalem.

We have been left with this beautiful message
To go to the market-place and win the lost.

I don’t know when He is coming, and you don’t either,
Neither does anyone else.

We will always have date-setters.
But so far they have all been wrong.

But one thing is certain,

1 Thessalonians 4:16. For the lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (kjv)

(Paul’s use of the personal pronoun "we" indicates that he was looking for this to happen during his life-time.)


Acts 1:11b. ... This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. (kjv)

Preachers used to say,
“The bible says...”
Then, “the church says...”
Now, they say, “it seems to me...”

Lets take advantage of every opportunity to make his name known,
For it is by this we will be judged.

In this parable of the pounds one man was so proud he brought out his pound wrapped in a napkin. He had not squandered what was given him. But he had sought a substitute for obedience.


There is a possibility of being clean,
Good, but not being productive.

Is it possible to be clean. But lost?

God did not mean for us to wrap it in a napkin.

When I stand in judgment,
I don’t want to unwrap my Holy Ghost,
Here it is Lord... I’ve kept it 60 years.

Unwrapped,. Here’s my Jesus name baptism.
Unwrapped,. Here’s my holiness.
All these years I’ve kept it.

You will hear him say,
“What did you do with it”?
“I did not give to you for yourself!!”


In 1980 fifty years of tradition was broken.

Annually on George Washington’s birthday his farewell address was read in the house of representatives.

1980 it was stopped because the chamber was empty.

I wonder if we are failing to read our commander-in-chief’s fare-well address?

Mark 16:15. And he said unto them, go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (kjv)

...“go and make disciples of all nations, ...” (Matthew 28:19) (niv)


May 19, 1780
Hartford, Connecticut.

Revolutionary was in progress.

Something strange happened that day.
Meteorological phenomenon?
They don’t know what it was.

Darkness came at noon...
History records it...May 19, 1780

The day was brought to an end when the sun was at its height.
The chickens went to roost,

Panic broke out across the country!

People screamed, “It’s the end of the world!”

At Hartford the state legislature was in session, both houses.

The lower house broke up in alarm so its members could prepare for judgment day.

In the senate a motion was made for adjournment.

Suddenly a man by the name of Abraham Davenport stood up.

“Mr. Speaker I oppose this motion.”

He was a friend and adviser of George Washington.

“I’m against adjournment,
The day of judgment is either approaching,
Or it is not approaching.

If it is not approaching then there is no cause for adjournment.

If it is approaching I choose to be doing my duty the minute it gets here.

I therefore move, Mr. Speaker,
that the couriers be asked to bring out candles and let us continue.”

The day is far spent,
the night is approaching,
I therefore move, church,
that we bring out the candles,
and let us continue to,


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