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. 1. Thessalonicher 4,16-17 (ESV)
King Jesus is coming back to earth! This is good news for people who belong to His kingdom, for He is taking them to His heavenly kingdom where there is no more pain, suffering, or sickness.
This is very bad news for people who do not belong to His Kingdom, because He will no longer look on at all the injustice and things people do to one another, but will carry out His task as judge of all people.
So how do you know if you belong to His kingdom? The problem is that humanity has been drawn into a rebellion against their king. Every human since then has been born into the rebel camp and deserves the death of an enemy of the state - unless he accepts the outstretched hand of God in atonement under the conditions He has laid down. This includes acknowledging that one did not live according to His will and the purpose He had for our lives (this is called sin) and that He as representative took the punishment for our sin when He mediated on the cross and died as an enemy of the state.
If you want to grasp the outstretched hand of God, pray something like this:
"Dear Lord Jesus, I recognize that I have lived past You, that I have failed in Your purpose for my life and that I am a sinful human being. I ask Your forgiveness for my wrong lifestyle and my rebellion against You. I accept with all my heart Accept your offer of reconciliation and believe that you have atoned for my guilt and that all the guilt of my life has been laid upon you. Thank you for setting me free from my guilt and wrong direction in life. I ask that you will become my Savior and Lord that you determine my life from now on and that I can live in the divine destiny that you have for my life. Please fill me with your Holy Spirit. I thank you from my heart. Amen.
Read the Bible regularly, pray to Jesus, listen to what He has to say to you, and seek fellowship with Christians who believe in Him and are obedient to the Bible. God bless you!
Author: Daniel Menzel
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