“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God.” – 1 Thessalonians 4:16 (NKJV)
In Acts 1:4-8 the first followers of Jesus Christ believed that Jesus was going to restore the kingdom to Israel, and that He would rein as there King. Jesus did not deny that it was going to happen, but He did tell them that they would have to wait. They were told to wait for the promise of The Father. They would receive power from the Holy Spirit and they would be witnesses to Jesus in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. They were left with a job to do!
In Acts 1:9-11 we read, “When Jesus had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:9-11 NKJV)
If we look to I Thessalonians 4:16-18 we read, “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”
So when times are tough, and you’re in a rut, look up! Jesus will be coming soon! And if you are a believer in Christ you will meet The Lord in the air when He descends from the clouds! Life will change as you know it! There will be no more death, no more tears, no more pain, no more suffering! Earth will be restored to the way it was meant to be. We who are in Christ will dwell together with The Lord; we will fellowship together as one! But, just like the first followers of Christ we must wait! And we mustn’t lose hope! We mustn’t falter! We pursue the things of God; we live our lives to glorify our Father in Heaven! Need Help? Need patience? Ask God to keep you filled with His Holy Spirit and give you the patience needed to hang on. Ask Jesus to lead you through life shining his light! Be a witness to Him to all the ends of the earth! Start with the people who are right in front of you! Share the Gospel, share the truth! Share your success in Jesus Christ!
Heavenly Father, Wonderful Counselor, Thank you for giving those who accept your son as their Lord and Savior a chance to be part of your great plan! We wait patiently for His arrival! We wait patiently for Heaven on earth! We thank you for all your great gifts and provisions needed to live this life while we wait! We do the work of the king. We glorify you in all that we do! Keep us filled with your Holy Spirit, keep us filled with the strength and power that only you can give! Thank you Jesus! Thank You Father! It is your will we seek on earth as it is in heaven! In Jesus name we pray, so be it!
Craig L Bradshaw Jr – October 29, 2013