A Short Time
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Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.
And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage.
And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.
For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none;
And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye inquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me?
Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.