I love how the Bible warns us in advance what’s going to happen so that we can be prepared. Let’s take a look at this Scripture to see what I mean.
15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.
16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.
18 Therefore comfort one another with these words. ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18 NASB
To put this Scripture into context, Paul’s main purpose in writing this letter to the church in Thessalonica is to encourage and reassure the Christians there. Paul urges the church to go on working quietly while waiting in hope for the return of Christ.
There is a day of redemption coming for the righteous, but before that day comes we must go on doing God’s work on the earth while waiting for that great and blessed day to come.
Have you ever considered what that day might be like? What if all of a sudden you heard a loud trumpet blast? Would it surprise you? Make you nervous?
I sometimes sit and think about seeing Jesus suddenly appear in the clouds, although the Bible says this will all happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye. That’s fast. But I still think about this day, nevertheless.
For some this will be a glorious day. But for others it will turn out to be the worst day of their lives. I think people, even people in the church, don’t anticipate this day ever coming.
This could be why people are living their lives on the earth like there’s no tomorrow. Like there’s no judgement day coming.
But those of us who are sanctified believers should be looking forward to that day with hopeful expectation in our hearts. We should not look at it like an interruption in our lives. “I have so much I want to accomplish. I hope Jesus doesn’t come before I’ve accomplished it all.”
This is foolishness. When Jesus returns for His church, there will be no thought of what was left behind on this earth. We won’t even shed a tear over it because God will wipe all tears from our eyes.
My goal in writing to you today is to remind you to keep your eyes focused on God. And to wait, while working, with hopeful expectation in your heart for the day when Jesus will suddenly appear in the sky with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and the trumpet of God.
Keep your ears on perked and alert for the trumpet of God to blow. This will be the sign that God is calling His people home.
Home to heaven. Home to where the sun never ceases to shine. Home where we will be free to worship with the angels, crying, “holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty, who was, and is, and is to come!”
Listen for the trumpet. God is calling us home.
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