Papa Joe’s Solid Ground
The Promise Of His Return, Look Up!
“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.” (1 Thessalonians 4:17)
“For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; 1 Thessalonians 5:2-4)
Men, I want to start this devotional by making it clear that the verses above are talking about two separate events. 1 Thessalonians 4:17 is speaking of the rapture of the Church. 1 Thessalonians 5:2-4 is speaking of the day of the Lord which brings us into the tribulation period, and Christ second coming. Let us meditate on these two important verses of scripture, especially now in the light of the time being short for Christ return. This is not my opinion, which I consider dung in comparison to the word of God. Scripture always brings the truth to light if we take the time to meditate on it.
“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.” At the rapture, (a term not used in scripture), we who believe in Christ will be caught up, ascended into the clouds. This event of clouds, and being caught up has happened in the past at different times in the Bible, and for different events. The most notable is Christ ascension; “And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.” (Acts 1:9…) Notable was the witnessing of a cloud that received Jesus on His accession to Heaven. Are there more? Here is one that witness’s a man ascending; “As they were going along and talking, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of fire which separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven.” (2 Kings 2:11…) Clearly being drawn up into the heavens.
One more; By faith Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death; AND HE WAS NOT FOUND BECAUSE GOD TOOK HIM UP; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God. (Hebrews 11:5…..) Side note; We know there are three heavens, and the only one that can got to heaven before the resurrection of Christ was Jesus who came down from heaven to begin with, (John 3:13). “Study for another time!” This is a time that Jesus comes back for His Church, the Bridegroom returns for His bride the body of believers. A time where this generation may be caught up alive, no physical death. I am really praying for that, “Maranatha!” (come Lord Jesus)
“For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.” The key words here in 1 Thessalonians 5:2-4 are “the day of the Lord.” This period is speaking of the second coming during the tribulation, and to go further could very well include the 1000 year Millennium period when satan is let out of the pit for one final time before his entry into the lake of fire his permanent residence. Praise God! These passages go on to say that those who are not believers, and continuing there love of the world will be unaware of this event, Jesus will come as a thief in the night.
Here is the good news; “But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief;” Men, do you see the mercy of God here? God always sends warnings of events to come. He tells us who are His sheep; “Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.” (Matthew 24:42…) In other words look up at the various signs, warnings, Jesus sends. “Be prepared!”
Men you may ask why this devotional at this time? It is my prayer that we would all realize just how short a time we have left on this planet is. That an urgency would be created in the hearts of all believers, and that the Great Commission we are commanded to obey would be our mission statement for the remainder of this time we have left. Meditate on His word today, and you will find the answer to all life’s questions for the present, and the prophecies of the future. The true treasure of life, The Living Word Of God!
Seek the Adventure, Strength and Honor, Papa Joe!