Are you aware that a King is coming to destroy those who destroy the earth? When he comes, a new age will begin. He will not just appear unexpectedly though, except for those who didn't believe the harbingers who caused people to long for his coming.
Who are his harbingers? A harbinger is a forerunner who heralds the expected arrival of someone greater. He is an adequate representative of the one who is coming. The true harbingers of the King will be the nation of people gathered together because they have surrendered everything to the coming King.
Are you at peace with the coming King? Disobeying your conscience puts you at war with him. Each person must meet the terms of peace while the greater King is still a long way off. The terms of peace are total surrender. Surrender of all that you are and all that you have — all your possessions, time, goals, energies, and ambitions. That means: houses, farms, money, sports, hobbies, treasures, trophies, books, videos, cars, golf clubs, skis, bikes, boats, laptops, cell phones, iPads, DVDs, cameras, subscriptions, favorite toys, televisions, political causes, and lofty knowledge. You must also have a willing heart to be purified from your sin.
Why would you do that anyway? Because the King who is coming will judge sin. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the good news of the King Yahshua. Sin is knowing the right thing to do and not doing it. Though our human minds may have amazing abilities to forget the ways we have hurt others and justify our guilt, our conscience doesn't forget. Every act will be revealed at the judgment, even those done in secret. The conscience even remembers the selfish motives that cause people to be unwilling to suffer for what is right and just.
Those who want to be saved, however, can come to know the wonderful qualities of the King. His mercy and kindness are revealed to those who face their guilt and repent of it. He has the spiritual life we long for. He is loving and kind. He is full of grace and wisdom. He brims over with life. He is encouraging. He knows how to see past faults and failures and see the real worth in people. Being around Him makes us learn how to be the same way. His Spirit permeates His people who commit their life to Him. That is how we know Him. He makes us one with our brothers and sisters. He builds our character and helps us learn to endure hardship and suffering. He teaches us to always notice each other's needs. He doesn't seek His own glory and teaches His people to be the same way. There are no rich and poor in His kingdom because everyone shares. In His kingdom people are friends. If someone fails in one of these areas He inspires us to see past the failure and see the true desire in that person to do better.
However, no one can rightfully surrender to Him just because they like these benefits. Rather they must see their sin and commit their life to Yahshua the King, utterly forsaking their old life. This commitment brings restoration between them and God. The reason this can happen is because of the sacrifice the King Yahshua made for every person. He died in our place and suffered the punishment for each of our sins. After this was complete He was raised from the dead, becoming the mediator between God and man. The forgiveness and cleansing a person experiences when covered by this sacrifice is the only remedy for all the problems of mankind. All the other attempts to be healed from our sin are futile. If someone has truly experienced this forgiveness, they live a new life, obedient to the King in gratitude for the forgiveness they received. They love Him and they love one another as He loved them.
Those who will not surrender now will not be trusted when the King comes, even if they try to surrender then. It will be too late. You know someone who hangs on until the end is only trying to save his neck. Those who are really sorry for their rebellion surrender while the King is a long way off. They respond to the harbingers. The rebellious who love the present world order, which is hostile to God, will be destroyed when the King comes. But those who surrender to the King (Yahshua, the Messiah) will be saved from their sin and rule with the King forever. Now is the time to be prepared.
What king, going to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and take counsel whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends an embassy and asks for terms of peace. (Luke 14:31-32)