1 Corinthians 15: 51-58, Behold, I show you a mystery: we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last Trump. For the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, 'Death is swallowed up in Victory.' 'O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy Victory?' The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for as much as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
The angel of the Lord will sound the trumpet, and as Jesus appears in the sky, we who have faith in him, whether we are dead or alive, will be caught up to meet him in the clouds. This magnificent event where the Saints are united with the Lord is referred to as the Rapture (1 Thessalonians 4: 16-17). 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, 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.
The sound of the trumpet is symbolic. In the Old Testament, it was used as a call for people to gather, a signal to move, or a call to war (Psalm 81:3, Leviticus 23:24). Even the formidable walls of Jericho succumbed after seven consecutive days of trumpet sounding in Joshua 6: 4-20.
End time prophecies illustrate that a trumpet's call heralds the coming of the day of the Lord (Joel 2). "One proclaims, 'Blow the trumpet in Zion and sound an alarm in My Holy Mountain; let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming, for it is at hand.' The trumpet sound we will hear before the Rapture serves as an alarm for us believers, beckoning us into the new existence that awaits us.
This resounding blow will signify our passage from this sinful world into the kingdom of God, where we will receive the reward for our earthly deeds. Our mortal selves will transition into immortality. Those who are caught up in the Rapture will possess new eternal bodies, free from sickness, fatigue, sin, aging, and devoid of any need for medical aid. For those blessed with good health throughout their lives, the yearning for such a state might not be as profound as it is for those who have grappled with health issues. However, in the blink of an eye, during the Rapture, everyone will inhabit a body that will never succumb to sickness. You will be 100% healthy forever.
The sound of the last trumpet is a monumental signal. It's the prophesied call reverberating from the heavens, denoting the commencement of an eternal change. This trumpet's echo reaches every corner of existence, shifting graveyards and awakening the saints who rested in Christ. It is at this exacting and prophetic moment that the ground will tremor, and those who lived in His name, be it 100, 500, or a thousand years ago, will rise in incorruptible form to inherit the eternal kingdom of God.
It's important to think about how big this event is. As we are lifted up, we will see saints from the past rising before us. These saints, looking like they are from old times, will go up, showing that they have defeated death – a special change where every believer from every time comes together to meet the Lord in the sky. This trumpet sound is like an alarm, calling us into God's kingdom. This sound is our path to a moment here we stop being mortal and become immortal. We will see this change – the mortal becoming immortal, the corruptible becoming incorruptible. We will be among many experiencing the promise of God, where death loses. [Source]
Graveyards are very unusual places – the more and more you see me there, every time I carry a casket out into the graveyard, or attend a funeral, I think of Jesus Christ. We go out into the graveyard, and usually, there is a family grieving – a widow or widower crying, or parents who are full of sorrow, children who are full of sorrow, friends and family members crying at their lost loved one. And time and again, there is an atmosphere of sorrow. That's the truth about death – death brings sorrow with it. But do you want to know what I think about when I am in that moment? As I look around me, as far as the eye can see – tombstone after tombstone, I think, 'Could this be the moment? Could this be the moment? Could this be the moment he comes?'
The Apostle Paul said, 'But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.' Yes, we as Christians, when we lose a loved one, we sorrow, but not as those who have no hope. We sorrow as those who have hope. Every time I drive past a graveyard or when I'm attending a funeral, I think of this passage of scripture – 1 Thessalonians 4:13-16. 'But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 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: 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.'
This is what every believer that is truly born again desires. When you see the dead in Christ rise up first, know that you are about to be caught up to be with Jesus. When we step into eternity, we will meet him, and that is our desire, that is what we hunger and thirst for – to meet him who came to this Earth for my sins, to meet him who was born in Bethlehem, to meet him who was laid in a manger, to meet him who performed miracles on Earth, to meet him who cast out devils, to meet him who raised the dead, to meet him who healed the sick, to meet him who opened up blind eyes, to meet him who was wounded for our transgressions, to meet him who was bruised for our iniquities, to meet him – the one who took my sin upon him and died on a cross for me, to meet him who died the deaths of all deaths, to meet him who allowed death to close its gates behind him, to meet him who said on the cross, 'It is finished.' He was dead, and now look – he's alive, forever and ever, and he holds the keys of death and Hades, and because he lives, I live. And the Bible tells me that my life is in Christ.
If you have lost a loved one that was born again, know that they are asleep in Jesus. That is where our life is – our life is in Christ. Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:58 says, 'Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for as much as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.' We are called to emulate The Life of Christ as portrayed during his first coming. The scriptures share that he traversed lands disseminating goodness. It's imperative that our lives emanate God's essence. We must traverse each day as if it were the one on which Christ would return. Just contemplate – if you were cognizant that Jesus was to return today, wouldn't the fabric of your day alter significantly? That's the level of consciousness with which we are meant to live every day – in perpetual anticipation of his return.
Now allow me to pose a few inquiries. If you were aware that the Rapture was imminent today, would unforgiveness still linger in your heart towards those who've wronged you? Would the sins committed today still mark your actions? Brethren, pursue holiness and a life of expectancy. Thank you.
What holds paramount importance is the depth of your connection with God, your bond with Jesus. Shift your focus from prognostications and predictions to fortifying your relationship with the Lord. Are you heeding his commandments? Is obedience to his word governing your actions? Do you love God with the entirety of your heart, soul, and being? Do you find yourself ensnared by sin or pleasure more than in love with God? In these concluding days, discernment is paramount – our foundations must be solidly rooted in the knowledge of God, and our spirits attuned to His, lest we become driftwood carried by the winds of ever-emerging doctrines.
The atmosphere is rife with false prophets and doctrines. Absent a personal comprehension of God's word, discerning the truth becomes a complex endeavor. Everything seems to bear the semblance of truth when our understanding is not anchored in the word of God. 1 Timothy 3:13-14 says, 'But evil people and impostors will go from bad to worse as they deceive others and are themselves deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and found to be true, because you know from whom you learned it.'
As we can see, millions of people are still walking in the darkness of this world, and we have been sent to bring them into the light. There is no better time to do the work of ministry – go out, preach the gospel, get men saved and filled with the Holy Ghost. Let God's kingdom on Earth keep advancing as we await the trumpet sound that will take us to be with the father forever. Do not let your hearts be troubled – you believe in God, believe also in me. My father's house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.
Stop focusing on signs and trying to pinpoint a date, and focus on your relationship with Jesus. Ultimately, that is the only thing that will matter for all eternity."Labels : #The rapture ,