Music Download: Who Will I Run To
Even those who have spent their lives studying the Bible, disagree on certain end-time points.
I’m certainly not a Bible scholar, but I’ll give you enough of my studying for you to search for more details.
Christ’s first coming was when He came to
be with us here on earth. Today, moving to our looking forward to Christians being caught up (the rapture), First Thessalonians
4:16-17 says, "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 in new bodies, 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." John’s
vision concerning the sea turning to blood, the Euphrates drying up, the mark of the beast 666 for those left, the battle
of Armageddon and the other terrible things he tells of, then will occur.
Then Christ’s second coming will happen. He will bring with Him, those already in Heaven,
and he will reign as a true King for a thousand years…which is the millennium. Rev. 21:1-2 says, "And I (John)
saw a new Heaven and a new earth…And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem coming down from God out of Heaven. And Rev.
20:2, says satan will be bound for a thousand years in the bottomless pit during that millennium, then will be loosed for
a "little season" (V. 3). Of course I wonder WHY!
In Rev. 20:15 John tells of the White Throne judgment, when death and hell will be cast into
the lake of fire. The Bible says, "and whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of
fire." Satan, the beast and the anti-christ will be in that number, and will be there forever after. As for the end
of the world, 2nd Peter 3:10-12 says the heavens shall pass away with a great noise and the earth also shall be burned up.
Possibly John saw all in his vision, but was told not to reveal all. Just rest assured that they will happen, so be ready.
And read about our Heaven in Revelation chapters
21 and 22. It’s what we’re aiming for as we await the Rapture.
I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.