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The Catching Up

Focus: 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 - KJV

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: 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.

2 Thessalonians 1:6-10

An event is about to happen that will separate mankind into two clear entities: the sons and the dogs. It is mentioned all over the Bible, from Joel to Daniel, even Jesus in the Gospels, Luke in the Acts of the Apostles, Paul in the Epistles and John the beloved in the book of Revelation. It appears it is so well dwelt on so that no one will claim ignorance on that day. When Jesus was ascending to heaven in the presence of the disciples and they kept looking up to heaven as if to say, “He will descend again, wait”, an angel of the Lord told them not so quick, but He would return in the same manner, this time with the clouds of heaven and a company of angels. That cloud of course will be made up of the dead in Christ, who would first be caught up upon the sound of the trump; and then the living just, who will also be caught up with them. They will be caught up to the place reserved for Him and those who believe and accept His truth.

What happens to the remnant? Well, everyone that fails to believe the truth of Jesus’ Gospel has voted against Him, but for the enemy instead. So, those who would not be caught up, apparently because of their baggage of sin which belongs to the enemy, will be left to dwell with the enemy while those caught up are with their lover and Savior. The truth about that situation is that not many appreciate the wickedness of the enemy as yet; many will get to understand after the catching up. For then, there will be no room for repentance, and therefore, the Lord is not waiting by to receive any who would repent and save him. They are conscripted into the hands of the wicked forever. Ironically, there is a place prepared for the enemy. Those who vote for him would dwell there with him. It is a place of eternal damnation and torment.

Beloved, it appears the catching up has been so far delayed because the loving God does not want any to perish and therefore is waiting to see how many more would repent upon hearing this truth, from this platform and others. To be caught up with the saints, we do not really need much work to do; it is by grace through faith. If only we would accept the salvation bought for us by Christ and determine to live by His words thereafter, God qualifies us for the catching up. The works that we do from thence will surely earn us rewards. Works done before salvation are seen as works of iniquity. It will be a thing of eternal joy to be caught up at the sound of the trump. On the flip side, it will be a thing of eternal regret to be left behind. Please don’t be.

SOLUTION: Enter through the narrow gate into salvation. All those things that appear pleasurable on earth but are devoid of love, are attained in abdication of the narrow gate. Such is the way that seems right but leads to destruction. Avoid destruction; follow Christ. His voice leads the way to true salvation and qualification for the catching up.

Please pray: Father, I thank you for the salvation of my soul and for your making me one of the heirs of salvation. Please, Lord, whatever it takes for me to be among the number that will be caught up with you at the sound of the great trump, please do that I may not be left behind, in Jesus’ name. Let me reign together with you in your Kingdom Lord, in Jesus’ mighty name.

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