Two weeks ago, i announced that I was bringing this labor of love, YourGodMoments.com, to a close – soon to be replaced with our next journey: GodCherishesYou.com. I thought that now would be a good time to show my deep gratitude to my readers by bit of a dance through where we have trodden…
We began this journey in 2011, looking for the love of God, keeping this scripture as our anchor:
For I am persuaded that neither death no life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Rm. 8:38, 39. CSB
We spent a lot of years examining the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. We will soon do some of this again, but from a much greater perspective of personal application. So, I would like to revisit two major revelations – the first being about Christ’s return:
Now we do not want you to be uniformed, believers, about those who are asleep [in death], so that you will not grieve [for them] as the others do who have no hope [beyond this present life]. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again [as in fact He did], even so God [in this same way – by raising them from the dead] will bring with Him those [believers] who have fallen asleep in Jesus. For we say this to you by the Lord’s [own] word, that we who are still alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will in no way precede [into His presence] those [believers] who have fallen asleep [in death]. 1 Thess. 4:13 – 15. AMP
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. 1 Thess. 4:16, 17. NKJV
We don’t have to worry about the followers of Christ who die before He returns, because they will precede those who still live, as the first ones that Jesus raises bodily. And the living will join them in the air.
Those who keep their faith in Christ and do their best to walk in His ways, need have no fear; but those who do not, face eternal darkness:
…destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains…and they will not escape. 1 Thess. 5:3 NASB
For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should be together with Him. 1 Thess. 5:9, 10. NKJV
The apostle Paul continues by describing some of the events that precede the Day of the Lord:
Let no one deceive or entrap you, for that day will not come unless the apostasy comes first [that is, there great rebellion, the abandonment of the faith by professed Christians], and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction [the Antichrist, the one who is destined to be destroyed], who opposes and exalts himself [so proudly and so insolently] above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he [actually enters and] takes his seat in the temple of God, publicly proclaiming that he himself is God. 2 Thess. 2:3, 4. AMP
Paul is speaking of the Antichrist, whom those who are lost will worship.
The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they have refused to love the truth and so be saved. 2. Thess. 2:9, 10. ESV
We don’t have to share this fate if we keep the faith:
…God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which He called you by our gospel for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught… 2 Thess. 2:13 – 15. NKJV
The second revelation we will consider is what happened on the cross:
…Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day… 1 Cor. 15:3, 4. NKJV
Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive…Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power…The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. 1 Cor. 15:20 – 22 & 24 & 26. NKJV
Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him (God) who put all things under Him, (Jesus) that God may be all in all. 1 Cor. 15:28 NKJV
Christ was transformed into His new God-Man existence, becoming His Father’s agent of the resurrection of humankind – Jesus Himself being the first fruit of the ‘resurrection harvest’ of humanity, at the end of time. He is the guarantor of our resurrection because He did away with the spiritual death that was imputed to us by our Adamic sin nature.
This cleansing is only available to those who cling to Jesus – those who shall be transformed:
The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. 1 Cor. 15:42 – 44. NKJV
The first man was of the earth, made of dust, the second Man is the Lord from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man. 1 Cor. 15:47 – 49. NKJV
…we shall all be changed – in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed…this mortal must put on immortality…then shall it be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory. O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?”
The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Cor. 15:51 – 56. NKJV
Jesus’ work at the cross enables us to be resurrected as both righteous and transcendent of the Law. We get a new body, made in His image, which is immortal. Our physical sufferings are a forgotten memory, and we stand ready to enter into an eternity of the unimaginable.
It’s all about the love of God. To be continued…
Goodnight and God bless.