Posted by: missionventureministries | April 26, 2011

THE BLESSED HOPE –Thessalonians 4:16-17

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. – 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

The crucifixion had taken place on Passover, while the sacrificial lambs were being prepared. This Jewish holiday always falls on a full moon, and three days later, “very early in the morning” (Luke 24:1),“while it  was still dark” (John 20:1), Jesus rose from the dead. Only the morning star and the waning moon shone  down upon His tomb as it opened. Jerusalem’s shadows had not yet retreated, and its citizens were still asleep. Yes it was still night, during the hours of darkness and sleep, when He arose, but His rising did not break the slumbering of the city.

And it will be during the darkness of the early morning, while only the morning star is shining, that Christ’s body, His church, will arise. “But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep” (1 Corinthians 15:20). “But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are  Christ’s at His coming” (1 Corinthians 15:23). Like Jesus, His saints will awake while the children of the night and darkness are still sleeping.  And the believers will “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we (those who have  accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior) will be changed.” (1 Corinthians 15:52)

Upon rising, the saints will disturb no one, and the world will not hear the voice that summons them. As  quietly as Jesus has laid each of their bodies to rest, each in their own silent grave, so also like children held in the arms of their mother, He will just as quietly and gently awake them when the hour arrives.

Into their graves the earliest ray of glory will find its way and each will hear His voice, as Jesus calls his own  by name and awakens each of His saints to the sound of the trumpet of God. As they arise, they will soak up the first light of morning, while the clouds of the eastern sky will give only the faintest hint of the believers being caught up. The gentle fragrance of the morning, along with its soothing stillness, invigorating freshness, sweet loneliness, and quiet purity, all so solemn and yet so full of hope, will be theirs.

Oh what a great blessings this day will be! Those who trusted in Jesus will be tossing mortality aside, and will rise with glorifies bodies and so “the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord” – 1 Thessalonians 4:17

The light of “the bright Morning Star” (Revelation 22:16) will guide the saints upward in the direction of the sound of the trumpet. The rays of the Morning Star will, like the star of Bethlehem, be directing the saints to the presence of the King of kings. Hallelujah! “Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day or the hour” –   Matthew 25:13.

Jesus said: “I am coming quickly.” Amen! “Come,
Lord Jesus”
(Revelation 22:20)

Maranatha!

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