When's it gonna happen? Nobody but God himself knows. But it is available to know how it's initiated. Behold, I shew you a mystery, We shall not all sleep, (their will be believers alive at the time) but we shall (absolutely) all be changed. In a moment, in the twinking of an eye, at the last trump: For the trumpet will sound, (a trumpet will be blowing!) and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.... Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. - I Corinthians 15:51, 52 & 58 We, God's true household, those born again through out generations to that present day will be raised from the dead with the "incorruptible" and those alive at the occasion will be changed "in a moment". That phrase in the greek is "en atomo", from where we get our word "atom". That's pretty minuet! I'm sure those involved will notice though! Can you just imagine what a spiritual (incorruptible) body will be like?! Lookey here! -> 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 (precede) them which are asleep (what we call dead) For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump (ta-da!) 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: as so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. - I Thessalonians 4:15 - 18 OK... I hear some of you out there soundin' surprised. I know. You thought someone goes right to heaven when they die. Nope. You just read it yourself. Not if God's Word is accurate. The "dead in Christ" ain't zombies either! Those that had gotten themselves born again will be raised with a spiritual body and "fly" up to the clouds. Those that are alive at the time shall be changed so fast they won't even feel it! And then join the others in the clouds! We're outta here baby! I've always imagined that shout to be, "C'mon ya'll!" Heard 'round the world!
What is it that love does for a believer? It energizes believing! The more you see the love God is, the easier it is to believe Him and take Him at His Word. For in Jesus Christ (in God's will) neither circumcision (the old testament law, the Jew) availeth any thing, nor uncircumsicion (the Gentile); but faith (believing) which worketh (is engergized) by love (agape). - Galatians 5:6 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love (agapao) God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. - Romans 8:28. According as He hath chosen us in Him before (He laid) the foundation of the world, (why?!) that we should be holy and without blame before Him (in His presence!) in love: - Ephesians 1:4
These three individual concepts combined with the proper understanding and application of them in a man or woman's walk through this life enables a child of The Almighty to take on the challenges of life to not only maintain and survive but to dominate and thrive. Believing appropriates results. Love energizes believing. Hope endures. It anticipates future rewards keeping focus. And we have fellow disciples to share with, to encourage and to grow alongside. You see why I really dig getting to know those I'll enjoy those future rewards with right now in this physical realm?! It ain't gonna last forever. I'll be seein' ya! Here, there or in the air!
I Corinthians 13:13 I Thessalonians 2:13 I Thessalonians 4:15 - 18
Galatians 5:6 Romans 8:28 Ephesians 1:4
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