THE KING'S RETURN!
With trumpet's blast & mighty call,
The Earth will quake & towers fall!
Graves will open, dead will rise,
His children join Him in the skies!
For in the clouds the King will come,
To welcome Home His faithful ones!
When He walked this Earth nearly 2,000 years ago, He and His message of Love and salvation were rejected by the leaders of His Own people! Yes, they wanted a saviour, a Messiah, a great King, but not One who was born in a barn, raised as a poor carpenter and who chose humble fishermen, tax-collectors, drunks and prostitutes as His friends and followers!
Few of the rich and powerful of His day were interested in the freedom of spirit He offered to all who would receive the Truth He spoke.--They only wanted freedom from Rome and Roman taxes! Nor did they desire the eternal treasures and rewards He promised to all who would follow Him.--They wanted a Messiah, a King who could make them a wealthy and powerful material kingdom here and now on Earth!
This Man, Jesus Christ, the Son of the Creator of the Universe, said, "All power is given unto Me in Heaven and in Earth!" (Mt.28:18)--He could have taken over the World and made Himself King in one day! He told the Roman governor who gave Him to the Jews to be killed, "You could have no power over Me at all, unless it was given to you by My Father. I could lift My little finger and thousands of angels would immediately deliver Me from your hands!" (Jn.19:11; Mt.26:53)
When His naked body hung dying on the cross where He was crucified, and the religious leaders taunted, "You saved others.--If You're really the Son of God, save Yourself!" (Mk.15:29-32), He could have jumped off the cross and slaughtered them all in a moment!--But He chose to die for you and me! After He rose from the grave He could have shown Himself to the high priests, to the governor, to Caesar himself, and proved to them and the World that He was indeed the Son of God, the Messiah, and forced them all to worship Him!--But instead He appeared only to those who already believed on Him and loved Him, to strengthen, comfort and encourage them.
For 2,000 years He and His Kingdom have remained unseen to this World, manifest only in the hearts and lives of those who love and receive Him by faith. He offers each of us a choice, to receive or reject Him and His Love.--This is the mystery that many of His Own people in His day couldn't understand, and that many today cannot seem to grasp: That He wants us to love and believe in Him because we choose to of our own free will!--This is still the Age of Grace, of choice, when we must simply believe His Word and receive Him by faith.
--But the day is coming very soon when this present Age will be over and all the World will "see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of Heaven with Power and great Glory!" (Mt.24:29-31) For He has promised to come again, and according to countless fulfilled prophecies describing World conditions before Jesus returns, the time is at hand and we are now living in the final "Last Days" of Man's cruel and destructive rule on Earth!
In fact, from all that we can see in God's Word, the last seven years of Man's history are due to begin within the next few years! This seven-year period will begin with the rise of a totally Godless, anti-Christ, One-World Government which will be led by a Devil-possessed Dictator, the Antichrist, who will at first bring temporary peace to the Earth. But the ultimate price to pay will be enforced worship of himself as the imitation messiah and a final 3-1/2 years of "Great Tribulation", including Nuclear War! (Dan.8:23-25; 9:27; 11:21-45; Mt.24:15,21; 2Thes.2:1-12; Rev.13)
Jesus said, "Immediately after the Tribulation of those days, shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in the sky! And then shall all of the wicked of the World mourn, for they shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of Heaven with power and great glory!" (Mt.24:29-31) This time He's not coming as a meek and mild babe in a manger, God in the hands of Man, but as the Almighty King of Kings, and it will be Man in the hands of God!
At the end of the darkest night that the World has ever gone through will suddenly dawn the Brightest Day! The trumpets of God will sound and Jesus' mighty Voice will thunder from the heavens, "Come up!", and all of His saved children will be caught up together with Him in the clouds, rising in immortal victory over the forces of the Satanic Antichrist! (1Thes.4:16,17; Rev.11:12)
For when Jesus returns, a tremendous, supernatural miracle takes place: The Resurrection! The bodies of all of the billions of saved people who have ever died will be instantly resurrected and come bursting out of their graves! And all of us who are still alive and living for the Lord in spite of the Antichrist and his persecution will be miraculously raised with them to meet Jesus in the air! (Mt.24:31)
With one sudden, miraculous, mighty stroke of God, He waves His wand of Power and presto!--We who are alive will be changed!--Translated and raised in new super-bodies! People talk about the thrill of skydiving! Well, we're not just going to fall or fly down, we're going to fly up!--To meet the Lord and be with Him forever! (1Cor.15:51-57)
Just imagine!--Graves bursting open and saints arising from the dead!--And we believers who are still alive being caught up together with them in the air, right in front of the eyes of the whole World! Every one of God's truly saved, born-again children will be resurrected, translated and changed, and we will all have new super-bodies, eternal resurrection bodies, just like Jesus had when He arose! (Phil.3:21; 1Jn.3:2)
In His new body, Jesus was able to appear or disappear, walk right through solid walls or locked doors, and fly from one place to another with the speed of thought! (Lk.24:30,31,51; Jn.20:26)--And we will be able to do the same! Billions of us will take off for His Heavenly City in the Sky, just like all the people flying up in this picture!--Leaving this World and the followers of the Antichrist far behind, who will suffer the horrible Wrath and Judgements of God, Hell on Earth, until we return with the Lord to finally take over the World and set up His Kingdom of Love on Earth in the Battle of Armageddon!
"Behold, He comes in the clouds, and every eye shall see Him, and they also which pierced Him: And all the wicked of the Earth shall wail because of Him!" (Rev.1:7)--When they see Jesus in the sky and billions of His children rising to meet Him in the air in this tremendous, glorious, Earthshaking, World-quaking event, they're going to be scared half out of their wits, almost to death, because then they will know that they were wrong not to love Him!
After our resurrection, we will all fly away with the Lord to the "Marriage Feast of the Lamb" in the Heavenly City! (Rev.19:6-9)--The greatest Party ever held!--A wonderful reunion with the Lord and all of our loved ones, our Victory Celebration over all the forces of evil!
That beautiful golden pyramid floating in the distance in the picture is God's great Heavenly City! This beautiful clear-as-crystal golden City of God is 1,500 miles long, wide and high, prepared by Jesus Himself for all of His billions of children who have ever lived! It is floating through space towards the Earth right now and will be hovering nearby when Jesus returns and gathers all of His children and then takes us there for our Heavenly Victory Party!
Will you be ready to meet Jesus when He soon returns? Are you one of His Own who will rise up to meet Him in the sky? Will you believe on and receive Him now by faith?--Or will you have to wait until you see Him first, coming in the clouds, when it will be too late! The way to enter the Kingdom of Heaven is to let the King of Heaven, Jesus, enter you!--Then you'll be ready for His return!
You can have Jesus and His Heavenly Love in your heart right now by simply praying this little prayer: "Lord Jesus, I believe that You are the Son of God and that You died for me. Please forgive me for all my sins. I ask You, Jesus, to please come into my heart and give me Your free Gift of Eternal Life! Help me to love You and to love others by telling them about You and Your Love. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen."
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