Last night I had a strange dream. In my dream there was a world wide news flash that Jesus was dead. This news was being broadcasted throughout the world and my husband and I, in a panic reacted by fleeing, we somehow knew that we must evacuate our home and fast! I remember in the dream how terrified we were and I told him “now we have nothing to protect us from Satan, now that Jesus isn’t here anymore! So we collected what we thought was necessary for survival and packed up our four wheel drive. I will never forget the emotions that this dream evoked in me. Thank God it was only a dream thank God Jesus rose from the dead and His Holy Spirit will never leave us! But as the hours passed this morning, I couldn’t get this dream out of my head, was there a message in it? I believe so. A while ago the Lord showed me that I needed to re-read the gospels & I even posted about it on here. So I read through some of the gospels again and tried to concentrate specifically on the disciples’ reactions immediately after the death of Jesus.* (remember this was a time before the promise of the resurrection was realized)
Even after eyewitness reports of an empty tomb and angelic encounters, and even standing in the presence of the resurrected Lord, there was doubt.
The disciples seemed to have forgotten that Jesus promised He would rise on the third day, even though the chief priests remembered him saying so, and even bribed the watchmen [who witnessed the angel’s proclamation to the women at the tomb] to lie about what they saw. (Mat.28:11-15) In that same chapter of Mathew we are told that the eleven went to meet with the Lord and when they saw Him, they worshipped Him; but some doubted. Is it no wonder then that Jesus is just going to call us up to meet Him in the air with the sound of the angel’s trumpet, instead of asking us to meet him somewhere again, why it would take another millenium to convince everyone that it is really Him speaking to us! (1Thes.4:17)
Remember Thomas who demanded proof before he would believe the testimonies of the others? (John 20:24-29)
So what I’m seeing clearly here is a parallel in the way some of us Christians are reacting to the promise Jesus gave us about his return. Just like the disciples so long ago, we are told of His eminent return and we either ignore it’s possibility of occuring any time too soon, or we forget everything He said about the last days (birth pangs). As we witness day after day the prophesies unfolding right under our noses, we still doubt that these world wide events have anything to do with the prophetic messages from the Bible, and that all is well enough, and nothing is new. Some of us even turn off the news and try not to think about these things at all. And like the disciples, we are depressed and afraid, forgetting His promise to come back for us so that we will be with Him forever. So what are we supposed to be doing?
23Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
24And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
25Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (Heb 10:23-25)
Jesus tells us in the gospels to keep watch and pray...and to not be decieved.. (Mathew 24 & 25, Mark 13; Luke 21) This exhortation is primarily for the [tribulation] believers who are awaiting His second coming; many (myself included) believe the church will be raptured by this time. (Although we are not to go looking for the Lord if someone tells us He's here or there, as we will hear the trumpet sound and be with him instantly.)The trumpet call is only heard by believers, whereas Christ’s second coming will be witnessed by all.
(The following notes (NOT images) were taken from: http://www.end-times-bible-prophecy.com/second-coming-of-jesus-christ.html)
Immediately proceeding the seven year period of the Tribulation, Jesus Christ will return for all those who have placed their faith in Him.
They will be transformed in an instant, and appear before the throne of God in heaven. From that day forward, these people (those who maintained a personal relationship with Jesus Christ while living on the earth) will live in the eternal presence of the Prince of Peace, the Creator of the Universe.
This is the blessed hope of all Christians, that Christ will return for them, and Jesus confirms this hope by making a promise to all who trust Him:
"Don't be troubled. You trust God, now trust in me. There are many rooms in my Father's home, and I am going to prepare a place for you. If this were not so, I would tell you plainly. When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am." John 14:1-3 (NLT)
In addition to the promises of Jesus, several New Testament passages reference this event. The Apostle Paul mentions it in his first letter to the Corinthians:
"But let me tell you a wonderful secret God has revealed to us. Not all of us will die, but we will all be transformed. It will happen in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, the Christians who have died will be raised with transformed bodies. And then we who are living will be transformed so that we will never die. For our perishable earthly bodies must be transformed into heavenly bodies that will never die." 1 Corinthians 15:51-53 (NLT)
"I can tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not rise to meet him ahead of those who are in their graves. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the call of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, all the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and remain with him forever. So comfort and encourage each other with these words." 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18 (NLT)
Jesus described the rapture when he said:
"However, no one knows the day or the hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows. When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah's day. In those days before the Flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat. People didn't realize what was going to happen until the Flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes."
"Two men will be working together in the field; one will be taken, the other left. Two women will be grinding flour at the mill; one will be taken, the other left. So be prepared, because you don't know what day your Lord is coming. Know this: a homeowner who knew exactly when a burglar was coming would stay alert and not permit the house to be broken into. You also must be ready all the time. For the Son of Man will come when least expected." Matthew 24:36-44 (NLT)
THE SECOND COMING:
This will not be an allegorical or spiritual return of mere symbolic significance. It will be a literal return to earth to judge those nations who have aligned against Him. The glorious appearing is characterized by its visibility. Every eye on earth will witness the return of Jesus Christ:
"Then everyone will see the Son of Man arrive on the clouds with great power and glory. And he will send forth his angels to gather together his chosen ones from all over the world - from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven." Mark 13:26-27 (NLT)
The glorious appearing will be seen by all, just as lightning covers the sky:
"For as the lightning lights up the entire sky, so it will be when the Son of Man comes." Matthew 24:27 (NLT)
Those who anticipate the rapture will react to the Lord's return with great celebration. But the glorious appearing will be accompanied by great mourning, for the majority of those who are left on earth at this time will be those who rejected Christ:
"And then at last, the sign of the coming of the Son of Man will appear in the heavens, and there will be deep mourning among all the nations of the earth. And they will see the Son of Man arrive on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he will send forth his angels with the sound of a mighty trumpet blast, and they will gather together his chosen ones from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven." Matthew 24:30-31 (NLT)
The Book of Revelation reiterates the sorrow of those who have rejected Him:
"Look! He comes with the clouds of heaven. And everyone will see him - even those who pierced him. And all the nations of the earth will weep because of him. Yes! Amen! 'I am the Alpha and the Omega - the beginning and the end,' says the Lord God. 'I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come, the Almighty One.'" Revelation 1:7-8 (NLT)Again I have to say "THANK GOD" it was only a dream. But for a while I could really relate to how empty and terrifying it felt to lose hope, to feel like my LORD was no longer here! I hope that somebody reading this will find the peace and hope that only Jesus can give you. If you have been looking for a way to end all the fear and worry and lonliness you have been feeling (especially lately) please take a moment to read the invitation at the bottom of this blog. I didn't write that from my own mind, (Jesus gave those scriptures to us long ago) and they are copied here from the Holy Bible just for you to read today dear one.
Peace In Jesus & remember, we are...