1 Corinthians 15:51-57
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.
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 4:11-17
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, 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 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.
I will admit, as sure as the nose on my face, that I am ready for the Lord’s return. I am ready. Sure, I love thinking about living in sheer perfection for all eternity, being in the presence of God, walking on streets of gold, having not a care in the world, witnessing the angels as the throne of God, worshipping all day every day…but I also love thinking about being away from this world. I love thinking about the fact that there is no marriage in heaven. There is no one there who can break your heart or disappoint you or leave you or cheat on you. There is no one there who can look down on you or make you feel less than good enough. There are no friends there who will turn on you. There is no one there who will leave you holding the bag. There will be no fear, no tears, no sickness, no crime, no troubles, no doubt…no hospitals, no nursing homes, no medicine, no police, no judges, (except the Righteous Judge!) no school system, no sin, no blasphemy…all of that WILL BE GONE. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!
I am so ready for us to go…the believers, I mean. I am excited to think of the Lord just whisking us away like we are riding up in a hot air balloon. I cannot wait for His return. He is coming, and every day we live, we are one day closer to His return.
My concern is for those who are lost. If you do not know for sure that you are going back with Him when He comes, then you may not be. That is a huge problem for you. You could possibly be on your way to hell. You do not want to spend eternity in hell…if you think it is not that big of a deal, read Mark 9. I promise you: it is a huge problem. If you are not sure where you will spend eternity, read the gospel of John. Once you have read it, I believe you will know for sure one way or the other.
In the meantime, I am still crying out to the Lord, come Lord Jesus….Come!!!!