A Great Day Is Coming!
February 1, 2024
In the January 2024 newsletter I did a recap of the journey that God has had us on for the last 27+ years of ministry. I ended 2023 with a newsletter focused on the second coming of Christ. In that newsletter I explored the topics: “What is the coming of Christ, When is Jesus going to come back, How is Jesus coming back and Why is Jesus coming back? With this newsletter of February 2024 I would like to pick up where I left off regarding Christ’s return and how we as believers will be affected.
I think it’s important to explore this topic a little more as I believe that we may well be living in or near the end times when Christ will return to take all believers to be with him forever. But first I want to state that no one knows the day or hour when Jesus will return. Jesus clearly says in Matthew 24:36 “But the day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the son, but only the Father.”
Clearly we must stand on these words that NO ONE KNOWS, but I believe we must also be aware of what is happening in our world today and be ready for His return.
When asked when he would return Jesus says in: Matthew 24:2-8 “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name claiming, “I am the Messiah; and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars but see to it that you are not alarmed.” “Such things must happen. But the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.”
These are a few of the signs. These are not the end but just the beginning of the end. I think as we look around at our world today it is alarming what is happening that could easily lead us to believe that we are near the end of time.
In his book, “The Great Disappearance” Dr. David Jeremiah writes: “We know He will return and one of the first things that will happen when He returns is The Resurrection. In Thessalonians 4:15-16, we read, “We who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep…And the dead In Christ will rise first.” When the Lord descends from heaven, He will begin by summoning to Himself those who are asleep. Paul’s terminology, “are asleep,” is New Testament language, which identifies Christians who have died. He backs this up with passages from John:11:11, Acts 7:60 and Acts 13:36 that refers to believers who have died as those who have fallen asleep. When Christian die, it is as if they are slumbering peacefully in a place of rest, ready to be awakened at the return of the Lord.
Then in I Thessalonians 4:17 we read, “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.” At this moment of reunion, the dead will come out of the grave, and their spirits will reenter their bodies.
This is important to understand because I believe that when we die, if we are a believer, our spirit immediately goes to be with the Lord. Our spirit is the very essence or core of who we are. Ecclesiastes 12:7 tells us what happens when a believer dies. It says, “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was; and the spirit shall return to God who gave it.” In other words, when a Christian dies, his or her spirit goes back to God, and the body returns to dust, and then at the resurrection our spirit is reunited with our body.
It should be a great comfort to us as believers to know that we will always be with the Lord but it should also spur us on to let others know the message of the Good News. Will you spend eternity with the Lord or separate from the Lord? Wouldn’t you want your family and friends with you? What about your neighbors? Does it not remind you that we are commanded to go out and tell them the Good News that, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13
I love how the NLT in Romans 10:14-15 reminds us; “But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent. That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
I want to be one who brings the Good News. I will end with this quote from my friend and mentor Francis MacNutt. “I hope you realize the wonderful ability you have to transmit the life of Jesus to the people around you.”
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