“The Unveiling of an Unrevealed Mystery”
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. 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. Therefore encourage one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
How the UNVEILING of this UNREVEALED MYSTERY, came to the Apostle Paul, we are not told, but I believe it was a DIRECT REVELATION from God. One important factor is to clarify the word “SLEEP” this word is used to identify those who “DIED.” There were some people with real grievous thoughts concerning their loved ones who were DEAD, they thought that they would miss the RAPTURE. So Paul explained to them the FACTS concerning the RESURRECTION of the saints who had fallen ASLEEP or had DIED.
Paul, said: “The Lord Himself will descend from Heaven,” meaning that at the very moment that God gives the command, Jesus, who is now seated at the RIGHT HAND of God, in Heaven, will leave His position and descend into earth’s atmosphere. Paul emphasized that it was the SAME JESUS who was RESURRECTED from the GRAVE, and had ASCENDED through the clouds and into Heaven.
Then the CRY of COMMAND, with the VOICE of the ARCHANGEL, and with the TRUMPET of God, are all the means that will be used by the ALMIGHTY God to ANNOUNCE the ADVENT of His Son, the LORD JESUS CHRIST. And the DEAD in CHRIST will be RESURRECTED, FIRST, from their GRAVES. The really neat part of this is that NO MATTER the condition of their bodies. God will create, for them PERFECT, NEW, GLORIFIED BODIES. Then those who are ALIVE in CHRIST, will be CAUGHT UP or SNATCHED AWAY, and will meet the others and the Lord Jesus in the air. This is what is known as the RAPTURE. And it ALL will happen, in the “TWINKLING of an EYE!” And we will FOREVER be with the Lord Jesus, who with the Angels, will escort us ALL into HEAVEN, our ETERNAL HOME!! WELL, GLORY!!!
What a DAY that will be, I am READY TO GO! What about you? Are you READY? Have you given your HEART and LIFE to God? If you haven’t done that, you NEED to do it NOW, while you still can. Because, if you don’t, you will be LEFT BEHIND, and will face SEVEN YEARS of HARD TRIBULATION, and the JUDGMENT SEAT of God, where you will be CONDEMNED and SENTENCED to an ETERNITY in HELL with ALL its HORRORS and NO WAY of ESCAPE, and all because you have REJECTED JESUS CHRIST, and God’s MERCY and GRACE. God is giving you the opportunity NOW to: TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle and to TURN TO HIM, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART. Then you should CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS. BELIEVING with ALL your HEART that, JESUS DIED for YOU, and that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God. Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION and get READY TO GO in the RAPTURE, to your NEW ETERNAL HOME, HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS. DO THIS NOW, while you STILL CAN!! He’s waiting and coming SOON!!! And ENCOURAGE OTHERS with this GOOD NEWS!