With a loud command and with the shout of the chief angel and a blast of God'a trumpet, the Lord will return from heaven. Then those who had faith in Christ before they died will be raised to life. Next, all of us who are still alive will be taken up into the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the sky. From that time on we will all be with the Lord forever. Encourage each other with these words.------1Thessalonians 4:16-18
First, before I get to far along with this, I need to say this one thing that is EXTREMELY important!! You MUST keep in mind that the Apostle Paul is talking to the Thessalonian BELIEVERS and NOT directed to the UNBELIEVERS.
This is some VERY EXCITING words to the heart of EVERY BELIEVER. The ONE event we are ANXIOUSLY awaiting. When the Lord Himself will step out on the clouds and CALL us, who are BELIEVERS, HOME to be with Him and our HEAVENLY FATHER throughout ALL ETERNITY!
But for the UNBELIEVER it will be a time of DEEP HEARTACHE. There will be ANGUISH like mankind has never experienced. Let's just think about some of the things that will take place, on earth, during this time that is known as the RAPTURE.
Let's imagine, that the RAPTURE occurs in the morning time frame, maybe at rush hour. And there are UNBELIEVING parents getting their kids off to school and then they are off to work. And then it happens, cars are running into each other, MASSIVE WRECKS occurring EVERYWHERE, airplanes hitting buildings or CRASHING into the ground in HORRENDOUS BALLS OF FLAMES, SHOOTING into the air. Some UNBELIEVING schoolteachers at the local elementary schools are searching FRANTICALLY for most of their students and some teachers have just disappeared with piles of clothing lying on the floor or on the seats of the desks. UNBELIEVING parents of small children and babies are in DEEP DISTRESS not knowing where their precious children have disappeared to.
Hospital personnel are searching for doctors, nurses and patients missing without a trace of what happened to any of them. Newborns GONE! UNBELIEVING EXPECTANT MOMS without their unborn babies, and young children GONE!
MASS CHAOS! ALL over the ENTIRE WORLD! Graveyards with DEEP GAPING HOLES that once held the remains of the BELIEVERS, who had tasted death and are NOW GONE!
MISERY in EVERY heart, home and life that is LEFT BEHIND! And all because they REFUSED to BELIEVE in the LORD JESUS CHRIST and ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION.
If you have REFUSED Christ, but are NOW DESIRING to be ONE of the BELIEVERS, who will be caught up in the air to FOREVER be with Him. You can come to Him by: CONFESSING your sins to God and asking for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU and is ALIVE, in Heaven, making intercession for you before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION. Do it NOW, while you STILL can, your time is RUNNING OUT. He's waiting!!!