ARTICLES - FOCUS ON GOD'S WORD
Keep MY Commandments
LOVING THE LORD GOD WITH ALL YOUR MIND
Lenny Smith's - "You Are The River" - Enter to Worship Jesus Christ
WE SHALL BE CHANGED IN THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE
SINNERS IN THE HANDS OF AN ANGRY GOD
The CROSS - The cost of our Redemption from sin CRUCIFIXION
LINE UP OF THE END OF THE AGE EVENTS AND PROPHECIES
LINKS AND BANNERS
THE REALITY OF HELL
A WORD OF THANKS TO PASTOR MURRAY
THE WATERS OBEY JESUS
PERSECUTIONS OF CHRISTIANS - TODAY
I WILL BE UNTO THEM AS A LION
PETER THE APOSTLE - A FISHER OF MEN
USS LIBERTY by RONALD KUKAL
ONE NATION UNDER GOD - IN GOD WE TRUST
WE SHALL BE CHANGED
IN THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE
7th TRUMPET GATHERING
WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHO ARE ALIVE AT
The 7th TRUMPET GATHERING means that at the sound of the 7th TRUMPET the elect will be GATHERED together from all across the planet and presented to Christ, right here on Earth. It means that our bodies will be changed into new Christ-like bodies in the twinkling of an eye. Glory Hallelujah!!!! It does not mean a 7th Trumpet rapture and it does not mean a post Tribulation rapture. It does not mean being taken on a trip to Heaven. It is a GATHERING, not a rapture. Can't you imagine how thrilling and exciting that it will all be?
1 Corinthians 15:52 says "the dead shall be raised incorruptible".~~cdl~~ The dead raised would mean those in Christ's Presence now, (absent from the body, present with the Lord - 2 Corinthians 5:8 ) coming with Him.
The dead refers to the elect who are now with Christ and they shall accompany Him on His trip to Earth. ~~ cdl~~
1 Thessalonians 3:13 "To the end He may establish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints."
HEAVEN AND CLOUDS
So many Christians base their theology concerning Christ's return on one verse, 1 Thessalonians 4:17, while ignoring most other verses, such as the ones above and the ones following.
~~cdl~~ 1 Thessalonians 4:17 "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 so shall we ever be with the Lord." This verse says the dead in Christ and those alive shall all be caught up together in clouds to 'meet Him in the air', to be with Him forever. It is our understanding that the word for 'air', in the Greek, can also mean, 'breath of life'. (Also 'breathe' or 'spirit'.) Who gives life? 'Clouds' can mean clouds of witnesses, such as in Hebrews l2:l. Couldn't this verse mean GATHERED together with all the elect and presented to Jesus Christ, the One Who gives or breathes life? (Hebrews 12:1 "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.) ~~cdl~~
Revelation 19:11 "And I saw Heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He does judge and make war."~~cdl~~ In this verse, when Heaven is opened, Christ appears, but the war
is on Earth. (Verses 11-19) ~~cdl~~
Revelation 14:14 "And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud One sat like unto the Son of Man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle."~~cdl~~ In this verse we take the Son of Man sitting on a cloud to be Christ. Verses 14 through 20 describe a harvest that takes place very specifically on Earth. Note the use of the word "sickle", sickles are used on Earth, not in the sky. This passage of Scripture is considered by many to be a description of Armageddon. Compare Revelation 14:19 with 19:15. ~~cdl~~
Matthew 24:30 "And then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in Heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of Heaven with power and great glory."<~~cdl~~ Christ is described here as coming in clouds of Heaven with power and great glory. Could this mean clouds of Heavenly host? When He appears in Revelation 19:11, verse19:14 says that the Armies that were in Heaven followed Him. ~~cdl~~
Matthew 17:5 "While He yet spoke, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased; hear Him."~~cdl~~ This verse shows that the word clouds is described as
being on Earth. ~~cdl~~
Luke 21:27 "And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory." Matthew 26:64 "Jesus said unto him, you have said: nevertheless I say unto you, hereafter shall you see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of Heaven."
Mark 13:26-27 "And then shall they see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then shall He send His angels, and shall GATHER together His elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the Earth to the uttermost part of Heaven."~~cdl~~ Here, you see Christ coming in clouds, (literal, saints or armies?) then, His angels GATHER the elect. How much clearer does it need to be stated, to be understood that Christ comes, then He GATHERS the elect? He GATHERS them together unto Himself. They will come all over the planet and from all over Heaven. There is no mention of a quick return to Heaven here, and there is no mention of being taken up and out. Why would they be brought from Heaven, only to be turned around and instantly sent back? ~~cdl~~
Revelation 1:7 "Behold, He comes with clouds; and every eye shall see Him, and they also which pierced Him: and all kindreds of the Earth shall wail because of Him. Even so, Amen."~~cdl~~ Here again, we see the word "clouds" mentioned in connection with Christ's coming. Please note that it says everyone will see Him when He comes. It says that the peoples of the Earth will cry out because of Him. Why would it mention Earth, if Christ were not to come to the Earth? ~~ cdl~~
Zechariah 14:9 "And the Lord shall be King over all the Earth: in that day shall there be One Lord, and His Name One."
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