Today’s Scripture: 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. 1 Corinthians 15:51-52
I would like to encourage you today with a brief summary of an event known as “the Rapture.” I am going to be very clear. Jesus will come again at the Second Coming, but this is not what I will be talking about. The Second Coming will occur at the end of a seven-year tribulation; the Rapture will occur just before the Tribulation begins.
The Bible describes a moment when everyone who has put their trust in Christ will be changed. It says that not all of us will “sleep.” In the KJV, the word “sleep” often refers to death. Not everyone will die! The Bible also explains that we will meet Jesus and those who have died before us in the clouds.
“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.” 1 Thessalonians 4:1617
Isn’t this very encouraging? God is going to judge this world because He is just, but before He does, He will take His people home, and they will never experience death. This is such good news that the Bible tells us to comfort each other with the story of the Rapture.
The above passage continues in verse 18 saying, “Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”
If you are going through a hard time right now, remember the Rapture will come. All of our earthly problems will seem so small when we see Jesus.
Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.