“And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the New Holy Jerusalem, “descending” out of heaven from God. Having the Glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal…”
Key Note: The color purple is in the doors to the Sanctuary because that is where all the Believers go to get Justice from God. Purple is the color of the Royal Priesthood.
“Clouds and darkness are round about him: Righteousness and Judgment are the habitation of his Throne…”
Leap of Faith: Daily Lessons About Jesus Christ
Chapter: The Facts of Christ’s Resurrection (Pages 419-420)
“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; then He appeared to James, then to all of the apostles; and last of all, as it were to one ultimately born, He appeared to me also. For I am the least of the apostles, who am not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me. Whether it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed. Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?”
1 Corinthians 15: 3-12 (nasb)
I find these verses to be very significant in regards to prophecy. As I have said many times, the truth of the Word of God comes through belief in the resurrection. If we do not believe that Christ went through much suffering and bore the sins of the entire world, then we are not believers and we are not listening to God… If we do not understand the depth of the crucifixion, then we should attempt to discover it. If we have questions, we should seek answers, and I can promise you by spending a little time in the Word all things will be revealed to you. If you say that you are a believer, a Christian, and cannot explain the resurrection, then you are without faith. To believe is to understand the full context of the resurrection… It should be the driving force in all of our lives.
Key Note: By Christ’s Resurrection, (12) he proveth the necessity of our resurrection, against all such as deny the resurrection of the body. (21) The fruit, (35) and manner thereof, (51) and of the changing of them, that shall be found Alive on the last day…
Leap of Faith: Daily Lessons About Jesus Christ
Chapter: The Rapture (Pages 421-423)
When we consider the term “rapture,” we should consider the origin of the word. When I did a Google search for the definition of the word rapture, I found it to be: the state of being transported by a lofty emotion; ecstasy. An expression of ecstatic feeling.
By looking into the Bible, I was able to find a good reference in the book of First Thessalonians.
“For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, and remain until the coming of the Lord, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”
1 Thessalonians 4:14-18 (Paul…)
If we take a closer look at this, we see that there are two very important words to give attention to here. One is harpagesometha, which is a Hebrew term that refers to a specific moment in the future in which we shall be caught up by someone other than ourselves, which is, of course, Jesus Christ who will descend from heaven. Harpage is a Hebrew term meaning “to seize upon with force.” The other word translated in Greek as “to meet” is expressed as a preposition, eis, “unto or for,” and apantesin, “meeting,” from the verb apantao.
By reading through these verses, we are able to see how significant the resurrection of Jesus Christ is to the second coming. In order for the second coming of Christ to occur, all things must first be fulfilled in accordance to prophecy.
As we go through our everyday lives, we must constantly be mindful of the fact that when Christ comes again for the second time, we need to watch for him and not just wait. We must keep a sharp eye out for Him, because if we are not careful, we could easily miss Him. How would you recognize Him if He were standing beside you? How would you know Him face to face?
We are given all of the essential key facts to understanding who He will be and how we should recognize Him. This is all prophecy. Without believing in the full context of Scripture, we could easily miss the second coming. That is why reading and focusing on the living Word of God is critical!
His Testimony and words bring life to us, and just by reading you can be carried away….
We must keep our eyes and ears open for the presence of the Lord. He will only make Himself visible to those who believe. It is His ultimate hope that all might know Him, because he desires for all to be saved. It is so important to realize that Heaven and Hell are two very real places.
Being sharp in the Word and fulfilling our mission here on earth in doing God’s will and not our own is a must.
Keep your wits about you and choose wisely. Look around you and realize that He may be right at the door.
- Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
(New International Version)
- In the End I hope you will be able to say “I did all that I could to help God and His Son…”