Leap of Faith: Daily Lessons About Jesus Christ
Chapter: Powerful and Powerless (Pages 63-65)
“But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken, and then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. And He will send forth his angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.”
Matthew 24:29-31 (nasb) (emphasis added)
“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 4:16-17 (nasb)
This is worth giving some thought… When we consider how the rapture will take place, we ought to be aware of what the Bible has written out…
“And he who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, to Him will I give authority over the nations; and He shall rule them with a rod of iron, as the vessels of the potter are broken to pieces, as I also have received authority from My Father. And I will give him the morning star. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
Revelation 2:26-29 (nasb)
So, what is the morning star? Is it a symbol? Remember that Christ points out that this star symbolism reflects to Old Testament and inter-testament on the celestial nature of the coming Messiah. When I think about it, I see a star bursting forth with colors that all the tribes of the earth will one day see.
How would you design it? Think and get creative…Sometimes I like to review Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night…” It helps us to catch a glimpse of how it might appear….
Now I see this to be the way that God provides protection for His people. This is where we can begin to understand the supernatural power of God. The people who have chosen to seek out God have His protection and fullness.
“And to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.”
Ephesians 3:19-20 (nasb) (emphasis added)
My question is: do you know where you are and the situation that you are in? And what is the way out?
God does not harm anyone. Free will…However, your choice determines your sufferings…
When we think about the sufferings of Christ, we ought to remember what the Bible teaches us regarding the battle between Jesus and Satan. Know this: Satan has attacked Jesus on all fronts. When Jesus died, He descended into the heart of the earth and outer darkness, where he battled Satan and his angels. What do you think Satan would do to Jesus during his time in experiencing hell? He would absolutely torture him and put a target on him to suffer as much as possible. He would do everything in his power to destroy the image of Jesus Christ. But remember this point: no matter what, it would all come together to the glory of God in the end. It would work out to perfection. This is how God works.
“Now from the sixth hour darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “E’-li, E’-li, la’-ma sa-bach’- tha-ni?” that is, “My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?”
Matthew 27:45-46 (nasb)
Key Point in Gaining Insight: “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
2 Corinthians 5:21 (nasb)
God knows that He has a lot at stake. We are His prize, and He is our reward. God knows that we are all worth it.
One note about prayer: Jesus teaches us to feed ourselves with the daily bread or the Word of God. The truth is that prayer is important, but remember every moment that you spend with God in the Word is more powerful than our own prayers. This is what God asks of us. Study the Word of God, and you will understand. Remember the Lord’s prayer in