EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int. Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2020
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
KEY VERSE: 1 Thessalonians 4:17. Then we which 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.
Rapture means the taking away of the followers of Jesus from the world to be with Him in heaven for celebration and rewards; this will take place before His final return to rule the earth for one thousand years.
Let us take a quick look at the order of end-time events. After the rapture, the anti-Christ will emerge, and the world will go into the tribulation period when the anti-Christ will rule with his power of evil and wickedness.
After the seven-year tribulation period, the saints shall return with Jesus Christ to the world and live physically in the world for a period of one thousand years, which is the millennium reign of Christ, when Satan will be bound to the bottomless pit. During this one-thousand-year period, Jesus will rule as president of the world, and we, the glorified saints, shall rule with Him.
At the end of Christ's millennium reign, Satan will be released from the bottomless pit to test humanity that shall live on the earth. Be aware the world wickedness is coming to an end because the Creator and God of all creation is about taking over. The order has always been a time to be born, a time to live on earth, a time to die and, depart from the world.
But the order has changed now because some are not going to experience death, but rapture. Jesus is coming to meet us alive. Before now, we have been hearing mockers from time past saying, "Ah, Jesus is coming? When is He coming?" Now, a landmark prophecy is about being fulfilled in our own generation, and that mockery will stop.
Now, the narrative will change to, "There is a time to be born, a time to live, a time to die or to be raptured". When I say a time to die or be raptured, it is in case the delay is one or more years and somebody may have to die in sickness, in an accident, or for whatever reason. But surely, the majority of saints now in the world will never taste death. He will meet you alive. Amen!
Thought for the day: This is the last generation before the rapture.
Song for the day: He's coming back again; my Lord is coming back again….
Bible reading for the day: Leviticus 1-3; Matthew 24:23-51
PASTOR PAUL RIKA