Sunday, February 15, 2009

Are You Ready?

First, there will be a shout – a loud cry of command – that will be heard around the world! This cry will make the hair on the back of the neck rise to attention. The mouth will get dry and the heart will beat faster as all the souls of mankind will hear the cry. It comes from the voice of an archangel and it calls all of creation to attention. And with this majestic voice of an archangel, calling all saints to attention – and sending terror into the hearts of the unrighteous – you also have the clarion sound of a trumpet – the trumpet of God! This is no secret happening; all of creation responds to God’s call. It is the trumpet call of God for the gathering of all saints: those who had died and now reign in heaven with Christ, and those saints alive on the earth. It is a call to the gathering, as the glorified Christ gathers His saints into a victorious force. With this glorified force of all of God’s elect, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords comes to the earth to bring final judgment against Satan, his demons, and all the children of wrath who fight with their god, Satan. Fire from heaven will destroy all the forces of evil, and the devil will be thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur.

I Thessalonians 4:16-18 16 “For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.
18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.”

1 Corinthians 15:52 52 “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.”

Revelation 20:9-10 9 “And they marched up over the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, but fire came down from heaven and consumed them, 10 and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”

God, sitting on a great white throne, will judge the dead, great and small, standing before the throne. The works of men will be judged: those works done for the glory of God will be honored; works done for self-glory will burn in the wrath of God. A final book is checked. All those souls who have been saved by the blood of the Lamb of God will be received into God’s Presence; each soul who was unwilling to repent of their sins and ask for God’s mercy paid for by Jesus on the Cross will be thrown into the lake of fire to die an eternal death – forever separated from the Presence of God.
Revelation 20:11-15 11 ¶ “Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. 13 And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. 14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”

Are You Ready?

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