The Rapture Are We Ready!!!

Tuesday blessings a time to be beautiful

 

Have a Wonderful and Blessed day!!! Jesus Is Coming In The Clouds!!!

Mark 13:32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
Mark 13:33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
Mark 13:34 For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
Mark 13:35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:
Mark 13:36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
Mark 13:37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

He is coming to call His own. The dead in Christ will rise first, and then those believers who are still alive will be caught up together to meet the Lord in the air. So shall we ever be with the Lord in that place He has prepared.

The King is coming!
The King is coming!
Praise God! He’s coming for me!
Those are the words to a song by the Gaithers. It always makes my heart smile, and takes sadness away when I think about it. When I meditate on these words I am filled with hope. Just imagine; Jesus is coming back for us! His return is a matter of prophesy, But Christianity is both History and prophesy. The most important event in human history occurred when the Son of God came to earth. His coming was prophesized accurately. Everything happened just as the Bible said it would. Each prophesy was fulfilled with perfection as the Lord said it would.
Jesus was born to a virgin; no man had anything to do with His birth. He was conceived, when the Holy Spirit overshadowed a young girl by the name of Mary. Other scriptures attesting to His virgin birth are:
• Isaiah 7:14: Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

• Matthew 1:23: Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

• Luke 1:27: To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.

• Galatians 4:4&5: But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

It is clear that the Old Testament said that the Savior would be born to a woman, who would be a virgin. And it is just as clear that the New Testament declares that the Son of God was born to a virgin.
Another prophesy said He would be born in the town of Bethlehem.

• Micah 5:2: But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

• Luke 2:4: And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

• John 7:42: Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?
It is clear that the Old Testament said that the Savior would be born in Bethlehem. And it is just as clear that the New Testament declares that the Son of God was born in Bethlehem to a virgin.

Jesus came to us once, but Bible prophesies proclaim that He is coming back. In fact, Jesus promised that He would come back. John recorded that He said, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:3). This is the first time in the Bible where you find a mention of God taking anyone off this earth to go out yonder to a place that He has prepared. But that’s God’s purpose, and He keeps moving toward that day, when Jesus will call all believers, living and dead, out of this world to be eternally with Him.
When the disciples heard Jesus reveal that He was going to take His people off this earth, they were startled. This is the first time it was mentioned, but not the last. Paul talked about it, saying that the Lord Himself would descend from heaven with a shout. His voice will be like a trumpet and like the sound of an archangel. We will be out of here in a blink of an eye.
He is coming to call His own. The dead in Christ will rise first, and then those believers who are still alive will be caught up together to meet the Lord in the air. So shall we ever be with the Lord in that place He has prepared. We will be made perfect, no more sickness, no pain, and no tears.

It’s human nature to ask, “When is Jesus going to return?” Down through the ages, many have believed that they knew when, but they were wrong. God has not given us the date, but He says that we are to live expectantly, as if it can happen at any time. He tells us not to pick and name a date, nobody knows but the Father.
Christ’s purpose is to take the believers to Himself. He said, “I will receive you to Myself.” He is referring to a particular time that is only known to the Father. But, when He comes, whatever time that is, His purpose will be to take the believers to Himself, as his bride. After He returns this second time, there will never again be separation between Christ and the believers. He promised, “That where I am, there you may be also.” To be with Him, is all that a believer can ever desire.

After His resurrection, He again asserted that He was coming again. The angels also told of His return. As He ascended up to heaven, they appeared to His disciples and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven”:
Acts 1:11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
The Lord did not want His disciples to be scared of His coming again. Instead, He wanted them to rejoice in the expectation of the event. Paul said this of that great event, “Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,” (Titus 2:13). He also said,
1Corinthians 15:19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
1Corinthians 15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
1Corinthians 15:21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
1Corinthians15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

There is much more to come. Jesus is coming again and it will be the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ. The blessed hope and glorious appearing is one and the same thing. The one true hope and expectation of the believer is seeing Jesus as He is and being like Him. How the heart of the believer should long for that day. The One who is coming is the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ, and they are one and the same person. This is a strong statement of the deity of Christ. Jesus is God, not simply like God or godly, but He is God.
In 1 Thessalonians, we are given some specific information about what happens, when He returns.
1Thessalonians 4:15 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.
1Thessalonians 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:
1Thessalonians 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.
1Thessalonians 4:18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

The living have no advantage over the dead at the coming of the Lord. Paul makes that clear by giving the order of events step by step.

FIRST, the Lord himself shall descend, accompanied by an archangel’s voice, and a trumpet blast.
SECOND, the dead in Christ shall rise first. That means that the bodies of believers who have died will be resurrected. This resurrection occurs right before the Rapture.

Then we see what is next in order after their resurrection is our great hope. We which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them. At this time, the whole church, including those who have died prior to this event, as well as those who are still alive, are caught up together. There is no advantage either way. The word pictures being “swept off” into the air as if by a tornado. The result of this sweeping away, of course, is that we meet the Lord. This is something to really look for ward to.

Just before He was taken up into heaven, He commanded the disciples not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father. He said, “…John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now”;
I am not sure of what the disciples understood about His return, but it appears they were more fixated upon the immediate establishment of the kingdom, than anything else. They misunderstood His request to wait in Jerusalem after His resurrection.
Just before He was taken up into heaven, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father. He said, “…John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now”
Acts 1:4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
Acts 1:5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

Now, to speak about some specific aspects of this gift of the Holy Spirit:
• First, The Spirit was given because of a promise. It was a great promise; as great as the promise of the Messiah was before, and as great as the promise of eternal life is now. This promise is received by grace, and it is a peculiar grace that is received by faith. The way we receive the Spirit is just like we receive Christ; by faith.
• Secondly, it was the promise of the Father. If our Father will give us the adoption of sons, He will certainly give us the Spirit of adoption.
• Thirdly, this promise from the Father is one they had heard from Christ many times, especially in the farewell sermon he preached to them a little before he died, where he assured them, again and again, that the Comforter would come.
• Fourthly, there was the prediction of John the Baptist. He had this to say to those he baptized in the Jordan, “I indeed baptize you with water, but he that comes after me shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost’’ (Matthew 3:11).
Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
Matthew 3:12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
It’s been 2000 years since Jesus left the earth, but so far He has not elected to establish His Kingdom. Therefore, when a believer dies, it is his soul that goes to be with the Lord, and
It’s the desire of every believer to be with the Lord. That is why Paul said, “For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better” (Philippians 1:23). It is far better for the Christian to be liberated from the bondage of their present body. And the best state for us to be in, is to be clothed with a resurrection body or to have our present body changed (1 Corinthians 15:51-54).
We have no reason to give up, because Jesus has conquered sin and death. Some Christians will not even face death, because if they are alive at the Rapture they will be caught up with Him. But those who are dead will be raised first to meet Him in the air. If you believe this, and return to Jesus, then for you the best is yet to come, so let’s give Him our best now. Live for the things of eternity and not for the moment.
When Jesus came the first time, it was to save. But when He comes the second time, He will come as King and Judge.
Jesus’ birth was relatively quiet and uneventful. Only a few witnessed the unusual events: Mary and Joseph had angelic visits; a group of shepherds heard an angelic choir; wise men from another nation saw an unusual star. Jesus came as the Lamb of God to make peace between God and man. When He comes again to set up His kingdom, heaven and earth will dramatically announce Him, and everyone will see the display. He will come as King in power and glory and declare war against His enemies.
ALL KNEES SHALL BOW!!!
Philippians 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Philippians 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Philippians 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

Romans 14:11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.

No one knows when this will take place. Jesus said that it was not even for Him to know while He was on earth as Redeemer. However we need to live as Christians as if today is the day. How do we want to be found when the rapture comes? How do we want to be found when we take our last breath? So in either case taken up by the rapture or our last breath we need to be found serving him. As some false teachers will say “this is your best life now”; do not listen to that lie. Our best life is when we get to heaven for all eternity. Our life here is to glorify the Lord and we should treat it as such.

But when Jesus is going to return is not important. The important thing is that He will return. And we must be ready to meet Him. Then, the question becomes, “What do we need to do to be prepared?” It’s very simple. You must believe. You must believe the Gospel: Believe that Jesus died for your sins, was buried and rose again three days later. If you believe that, and confess your sins to God in Prayer, God has promised you salvation and eternal life.
This life is not about “Me” but about Jesus!!!!
I’LL FLY AWAY

Some bright morning when this life is over
I’ll fly away
To that home on God’s celestial shore
I’ll fly away

I’ll fly away, oh glory
I’ll fly away in the morning
When I die, Hallelujah by and by
I’ll fly away

When the shadows of this life have gone
I’ll fly away
Like a bird from these prison walls I’ll fly

I’ll fly away
I’ll fly away, oh glory
I’ll fly away in the morning
When I die, Hallelujah by and by
I’ll fly away

Oh, how glad and happy when we meet
I’ll fly away
No more cold iron shackles on my feet
I’ll fly away

I’ll fly away, oh glory
I’ll fly away in the morning
When I die, Hallelujah by and by
I’ll fly away

I’ll fly away, oh glory
I’ll fly away in the morning
When I die, Hallelujah by and by
I’ll fly away
Just a few more weary days and then
I’ll fly away

To a land where joys will never end
I’ll fly away
I’ll fly away, oh glory

I’ll fly away in the morning
When I die, Hallelujah by and by
I’ll fly away
I’ll fly away

Love and Prayers
Cheryl

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