“For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus; this we say to you by the
Word of the Lord that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep” (1 Thess. 4:14-15).
Paul wrote to the Church at Thessalonica to reassure them that what he preached was true. Once again He was reminding them that the hope they had placed in the Lord was not in vain, that at the appointed time Jesus Himself would call His Saints into heaven to be with Him, not only those were alive, but those who had fallen asleep (died) as well. Jesus used the term “asleep” when he raised the daughter of Jairus and His friend Lazarus from the dead. He used the term “asleep” to remind Israel that we have eternal souls that have an eternal destiny, for death will not have the final say. Word was rampant that those who had already died would miss out on the rapture, but Paul tells them, “Not so!” It is evident that when the apostle Paul sent his letter to Thessalonica to correct errant teaching, that he believed that Christ could call His Church at any moment. That is the goodness of the Lord throughout the ages, for Paul lived two thousand years ago.
Paul continues to bring clarity to the coming rapture of the Church by informing the Saints of this truth, “For the dead in Christ shall rise first, and we who remain shall be caught up together with them to meet Him in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord” (1 Thess. 4:16-17). Some confusion remains in the minds of Christians when we are taught, “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord” (11 Cor. 5:8). How can we be present with the Lord when our body lies in a grave? Here is the answer. We were created spirit, soul, and body. As God is triune, so are we. The moment we made Jesus our Lord and Savior our spirit person was born again and our soul person was saved (1 Peter 1:9). Our spirit and soul depart our bodies at the moment of death because they are spirit, but our bodies are flesh, and flesh cannot enter into the Kingdom of God. How then will our bodies be united with our souls in heaven? Paul gives us the answer, “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, the last trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we (our bodies)shall be changed” (1 Cor. 15:52). What a great confirmation that Jesus won a total victory over death, hell, and the grave. Paul exclaimed, “O Grave, where is you victory? O Death, where is your sting” (vs 55)? Our body of flesh will be exchanged for a new supernatural body. We will no longer be chained by a body with aches and pains and blemishes, but a new body that will never die, a supernatural body that can walk through walls and move at the speed of light. Einstein theorized that if one were able to travel at the speed of light, time would cease, little did he know that he was right. God is Light, and when we come into His presence time will cease, and eternity will begin.
All around us it seems that chaos is becoming the norm. Listen closely and you can hear the increasing noise of horses being readied by the four horsemen of the apocalypse. The storm is coming! Thunder and lightening can be heard in the distant lands of the middle East, but it is coming our way. Listen up Church! None of this is taking God by surprise and He has made a way for His children to escape. When will the Church leave planet earth? Very soon! Will the Church suffer through the Tribulation? God gives us some very definite signs and prophecies that will answer that very question. See you here next week as we continue our study of End Time events, The Rapture and the Second Coming of Christ. Next week, “All aboard!” The Trumpet sounds, the Lord calls, and we are out of here!
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