Behold He Comes! Riding on the Clouds!

1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 KJV 13but 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. 14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15For 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. 16For 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: 17Then 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.

How big is your God? Do you believe that He created you from the dust of the earth? Do you believe that He created you with an eternal soul? Do you believe that Jesus died as payment for your sins then rose from the dead to defeat death? Do you believe that the Bible is the word of God given by the Holy Spirit? If you can answer "YES" to the above questions then you know He has promised to return for His elect and take them to be with Him forever in heaven.

John 14:1-4 1Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

Being a student of God's word and a prophecy watcher I wake up each morning knowing we are one day closer to seeing God's promise coming to fruition. What a blessed time we live in, to be the generation that sees the fulfillment of God's promise, to know that at any time now He could appear in the clouds and call us to "come up hither." We will leave these corruptible bodies behind and be given new incorruptible bodies that will never know pain or sorrow again. Our sin will vanish away for there can be no sin in heaven and be assured that's where we will be.

The sovereign God of creation has never broken a promise, indeed He cannot for He is Holy and righteous. We know that God wrote history in advance then saw to it that every prophecy came true 100% of the time; just like the over 300 prophecies of the coming of the Messiah written in the Old Testament which He then brought about with the birth, life, death and ascension of Christ to heaven after His crucifixion. Yes, we have waited almost 2,000 years for some of the New Testament prophecies to come to fulfillment due to God's love for His children and His desire that ALL come to salvation through His Son. But without that 2,000 year wait we could not have been included in those who will spend eternity with Him. I praise God for His longsuffering so I could be included.

In studying the words of Jesus about His return while answering the disciples' question of what will be the signs of His coming we find that again all prophecies have been fulfilled:

Mark 13:4-13 KJV 4Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled? 5And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you: 6For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 7And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet. 8For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows. 9But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them. 10And the gospel must first be published among all nations. 11But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost. 12Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death. 13And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

We could be just days from the beginning of the tribulation where the world will suffer through great trials of famine, darkness and death. But those who endure will see the days of Elijah return with all declaring the "Word" of the Lord; the return of the days of Moses with "Righteousness" being restored and the return of the days of David "rebuilding a temple of praise."

Behold He comes, riding on the clouds! Shining like the sun! At the trumpet call. Lift your voice! It's the year of Jubilee! And out of Zion's hill Salvation comes.

Yes! He shall come with all the angels and saints to reclaim what He made, what He paid for, all that is His. It is written, it shall come to pass when He will reign as the King of Kings and His kingdom will last forever. Are you not filled with excitement knowing that you will be with the ones who will come back with Him when He reclaims the earth and brings back righteousness?

If you don't know in your heart that He died for you, if you're not sure where you stand in God's plan for mankind, now is the time to find out. Now is the time to give Him your heart and ask Him to save you. You don't need a preacher or a priest for Jesus is the mediator between God the Father and man. He is our priest and He is waiting for you to call out to Him. He is waiting to give you the seal of the Holy Spirit to guide you into all truth and seal you as His for eternity.

Whatever you are going through today, fear not and rejoice! Let your joy overflow in your heart today because I can tell you with 100% assurance that the King is coming "riding in the clouds" to receive those that He died for, those He called from the beginning of time to serve Him. Rejoice and watch for He is at the door!

Bob Goulding August 2007

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