1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.
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If you live in the Northeast you are probably doing the same thing I am doing....PREPARING. A storm is coming and the effects of the wind & water can change the landscape we live in, even to the point of financial destruction and more devastating than that, lives can be snatched away from us, lost and taken before our eyes.
I heard the spokesman, he said be ready. The worst of it will probably hit in the evening or night time. Be ready! It's the warning before the storm. It's the alarm that can echo, get up and leave; run to safety; go to the place of refuge; the place where its safe.
So this morning I am home along with my family. Last night the Lord ministered to me to be ready. I am currently packing an "emergency" bag. I have never really done this before to the extent that I am packing today. Even as I am packing the Lord is speaking. The Bible says a day is coming, the Day of the Lord. It's a time that will probably make "Sandy", this hurricane look like a little sneeze.
The spokesmen have spoken. We hear about immanent events coming in the days of "old", warned and foretold by Isaiah, Ezekiel, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Zephaniah, Zechariah, Malachi and even reference throughout the New Testament. I would like to say I fully understand it all, but I don't; no more than I fully understand how this massive "cloud" can bring such predicted destruction.
All I know is the spokesman said, Be ready!
Is it possible to get caught off guard? With so many warnings, is it possible that some will encounter danger; danger to the point that lives will be "lost"?
God speaks, the Prophets speak, John the Baptist speaks, Christ speaks, Peter, Paul and
even creation itself. There is One that is bigger than us; He has spoken creation into existence and after disobedience changed the "setting", if we listen carefully, the warning, the alarm is sounding; Be Ready!
Will we get caught off guard? Paul says, But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. Thessalonians 5:4-6.
It's our Merciful God giving the warning to be ready. It's a warning clothed in love; his Name is Jesus. Can you hear him as he prays to the Father; “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42) You see, he not only sounds the alarm but has himself paid in advance for any "damage" our lives would have and will experience.
It's a safety net for those who hear and obey. It's a warning and a promise to the disciples; a
promise to us: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) He died, He rose, He left? They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:10-11)
Yes, He is coming back...what a promise. Be Ready, what a warning...what an expression of love.
So, I'm packing. Medicine, got it.....for this body is breaking down and it needs help. A sweater or jacket, something to cloth us against the elements of the storm, check. A little nourishment; something to eat so that the body is strengthened. Water....oh how I need this to live. Lastly, our passports.
The Bible says when Christ returns he is taking me back to where I belong. I am an ambassador here on earth (2 Corinthians 5:20), therefore no passport needed, check! I'm here representing a different place, a place where the Sovereign Lord reigns. I am an authorized messenger. I'm visiting and ready to return when he calls.
Medicine for pain, no need. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will
be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Rev. 21:4)
Clothing, He has me covered! I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. (Isaiah 61:10)
Food & water; he has been feeding me from the moment I took my first birth on this earth. In his mercy he called me, forgave me and changed me forever. He has nourished me in the Word and has sent his Spirit to refresh and teach me all things; and at the end he invites me to dine with him at a table. Before his departure he spoke of his body and the blood that would be shed for me; for my sin. The blood that would "cover" me in the midst of the storm.
“Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” (Mark 14:25) He is waiting for me. The table is ready.
He has warned us. Though I may have riches, they are of no use. I see, yet I was blind. It's a
loving shout to wake up!
You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. (Revelation 3:17-20)
The Spokesperson has spoken: “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of
life and may go through the gates into the city. (Revelation 22:12-14)
"Sandy" is coming! The Great Day of the Lord is coming! Both lead to destruction if we don't heed the warning of the Spokesman.
God bless you!~Liz www.lizrod.com