Caught Up! 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

Posted: November 7, 2010 in 1 Thessalonians, church,faith,family,God,god,jesus,Jesus
Tags: , , , , ,

(1Th 4:16) 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:

(1Th 4:17) 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.

(1Th 4:18) Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

This is what it’s all about. The rapture, the day of the Lord, the day we as believers are caught up together to meet with the Lord in the air. Wow what an awesome sight it will be to see. For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout…. Not a shadow, not a replica, not an angel, but the LORD HIMSELF.

with the voice of the archangel… People argue about what angel this will be, personally I don’t care if it’s Gabriel, Michael  or some angel we’ve never heard of. No matter what, I’m sure it’s going to be an awesome site to see; the angels of the Lord coming down clearing the way for Jesus our Lord and savior to snatch up His children and take them home.

and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Just imagine the trump of God that will wake the dead, and they will rise first with their perfect transformed bodies, and if we’re not one of the first, guess what we’ll be watching our loved ones that died in Christ rise up to the Father.

Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: Does that not just give you chills? You see everything right in front of your eyes, the Lord, the angels, loved ones being raisin up to the Lord. And now it’s our turn to be snatched up. And I do mean snatched, look at the Greek word for caught up..

αρπαζω harpazo har-pad’-zo

from a derivative of 138; to seize (in various applications):–catch (away, up), pluck, pull, take (by force).

If you believe in Jesus you wont have a say in the matter, your gone, plucked, pulled, taken! Amen, how cool is that? If all of that’s not cool enough for you, then how about this….

and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Need I say more? Forever with the Lord, no more broken hearts, no more pain, no more suffering, no more wishing for this or that, no more need, no more want, and I can go on and on but I think you get the picture.

Wherefore comfort one another with these words. Paul shares this revelation with them to comfort them, to comfort them about their loved ones that died before them. But as you can see it’s so much more then that. It’s a revelation from God to all of us that there is coming a day when He will come for His children and snatch them up. Snatch them up from what? From the tribulation that is to follow. This is a great comfort for us, but what about your mom or dad, or brother or sister, or friend or co worker that doesn’t know Jesus, either by choice or you just haven’t shared Him with them. What’s going to happen to them? Is this the end for them when we all go to be with the Lord? It doesn’t have to be, they will still have a chance to accept the Lord. What if you have shared everything with them and they say, you know if I see you get taken up into the sky to meet with the Lord, I promise I’ll accept Him then.

Jon Courson puts it this way….

If you cannot receive Jesus Christ in this day of grace, what makes you think you will be able to stand for Him in that time of intense persecution? Those who acknowledge Jesus as Lord in the Tribulation will be saved—but they’ll lose their heads in the process (end Jon Courson quote)

(Re 20:4)

And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Yes, 1Th 4:14-18 should be a comfort to us but let’s also make sure it’s a comfort to all those around us that have yet to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Share the gospel of Jesus Christ with those around you today, tomorrow could be too late.

Advertisements
Comments
  1. Mom says:

    Wow, you would be a fool not take God seriously. His will will be done!
    Love you, Mom

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s