When the Trumpet of the Lord Shall Sound…
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep (are dead), that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 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 (go ahead of) them which are asleep.
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump 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: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. (1Thessalonians 4:13-18)
THIS IS THE CLASSIC STATEMENT of “the blessed hope” of Christians. I’ve read it so many times at funerals and gravesides. Here, it says to “comfort one another with these words.” Paul says to Titus: Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; (Titus 2:13)
JESUS TOLD HIS FOLLOWERS THAT HE WAS GOING AWAY for a while but that He would come again to be with them. And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. (Acts 3:20-21)
JESUS WOULD NOT TELL THEM WHEN HE WAS COMING BACK. He said: But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. (Matthew 24:36) Look at what else He says: And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. (Matthew 24:31)
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (1Corinthians15:51-52)
YOU MAY WANT TO WRITE THE ABOVE REFERENCES DOWN in the front of your Bible so you can find them in a hurry. You might have to read verses at a funeral or graveside, and you would be ready. (You don’t know when you may be called on to say something at a funeral. Be ready.)
THREE THINGS MAKE CHRISTIANS OBNOXIOUS to people today. 1. We think everybody around us needs redemption; needs to be saved. 2. They know many church people who don’t have it together. 3. They don’t think they are bad enough for Jesus to have to be nailed to a cross to pay for their sins. They are not perfect, but not bad enough to need to be saved. Our biggest problem with lost people is getting them lost. That’s why the Holy Spirit must do it. And when he is come, he will reprove (convince, convict) the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: (John 16:8)
WE ARE TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO EVERY CREATURE IN THE WORLD but we are not commissioned to save them, because we cannot save them. Jesus saves! We don’t save. Our job is to ask: “Do you need to be saved? Do you want to be saved? Do you know how to be saved? Would you like for me to show you how to be saved? That’s it.
CHRISTIANS HAVE A BOOK THAT CLAIMS TO KNOW about the future of the world and that Jesus is going to rule the world. It bothers people that we think we know that. In contrast to our claim to know about the future of the world, people of an atheist or agnostic persuasion have written formal statements of their opposition to the existence of God.
THE HUMANIST MANIFESTO II OF 1973 DECLARED: “No deity will save us. We must save ourselves.” Humanist Manifesto II, written in 1973 by humanists Paul Kurtz and Edwin H. Wilson, was an update to the previous Humanist Manifesto (1933)
JOHN DEWEY, PROFESSOR AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY IN NEW YORK CITY and the father of public education signed the first Humanist Manifesto of 1933. The unbelieving world is struggling to build a one-world government that will bring about peace and prosperity …without God. It’s a massive reenactment of the Tower of Babel.
IN A HUMANIST MANIFESTO II (1973) John Dunphy wrote: "I am convinced that the battle for humankind's future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers that correctly perceive their role as proselytizers of a new faith: a religion of humanity that recognizes and respects the spark of what theologians call divinity in every human being...
THE CLASSROOM MUST AND WILL BECOME AN ARENA OF CONFLICT between the old and new -- the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with all its adjacent evils and misery, and the new faith of humanism, resplendent with the promise of a world in which the never-realized Christian ideal of 'love thy neighbor' will finally be achieved." (As reported by Wikipedia Encyclopedia) (A Humanist Manifesto III was written in 2003.)
THE YOUNG PROPHET, DANIEL, INTERPRETED THE AWESOME DREAMS of the first great world ruler: Nebuchadnezzar. You can read about it in Daniel, chapter 2. I daresay we are approaching the iron and clay feet of the beast. That’s the place where the great stone hewn out of a mountain without hands is going to strike the great image and smash it to pieces and a wind will blow away the dust. And the stone will fill the earth.
And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure. (Daniel 2:44-45) The Bible is the only book that reveals to us the coming kingdom of Christ.
THE NEW TESTMENT FILLS IN EVEN MORE DETAIL OF WHAT'S COMING.The grave is not the last word. When the trumpet of the Lord sounds, the graves are going to fling off the covers and brand new bodies are going to come out of the graves in power and great glory to the Son of God who died to redeem them! Ω
Read Through the Bible in a Year
FEBRUARY 25, 2017 – MONDAY
A.M. Numbers 14-15 P.M. Mark 6:1-32
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GOOD VERSES TO MEMORIZE:
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame. (Hosea 4:6-7)
Song for Today:
When the Roll Is Called (3:15) (Gaither Group)
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Sleep is a chemical happening in our bodies that is an absolute necessity. The day crew turns off and the night crew turns on. All night long, the chemistry of our body works hard to restore our bodies to a working condition. We need to make sure we get enough sleep. Good physical exercise during the day is one of the best sleep aids there is. Doctors tell us that when we finish sleeping, we should drink a full glass of water to help the blood rid itself of the load of toxins that have been accumulating all night. David, the psalmist wrote: “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14) Sometimes I wonder if David knew how right he was. Ω