Thursday, April 15, 2010
What is rapture? Rapture is that most amazing and spectacular moment when Christ will fetch His church to meet Him on the air and spare it the horrors and extreme sufferings of the seven years of Great Tribulation. The church here is not any physical structure but the people who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior and have lived their lives according to His will. It will not be witnessed by people around the world but will happen in an instance, in a twinkling of the eye. This is not the second coming of Jesus Christ. This is the rapture of His church which is described in the Bible as spotless, without blemish and wrinkle free (referring to the white robe of righteousness of true Christians). This is described by Paul in 1Thessalonians 4: 16-17, "For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever." There will be pandemonium and chaos around the world as people who will be left behind will suddenly realize the truth of the word of God. And a great dread will come upon them from the expectation of the onset of the Great Tribulation. There will be bedlam and great confusion as millions will suddenly vanish in thin air and all the newspapers the morning after will scream with headlines of "Millions Disappear, Vanish Into Thin Air." The people who disregarded the preachings and warnings of well meaning Christians will rue the day that they did not accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior. Their homemade philosophies in life will become as hollow as the emptiness they will feel when they realize that they were left behind.
Left Behind 2 - Tribulation Force
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Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla
Sunday, April 11, 2010
CURSES AND BLESSINGS
What do you want in your life, curses or blessings, life or death? These were the simple equation for the Israelites set forth by Moses before they entered the Promise Land and these equations still stand today for all people of the world. Obedience to God means life and blessings and disobedience means death and curses. Disobedience to God, characterized by sin, especially the sin of idolatry, brings eternal death and the cursed life from the Lord. There will be no peace of mind and no real joy in the heart for the disobedient person. He may enjoy the fruit of his sin for a little while but in the end, it will lead him to destruction. Obedience to the will of God, by surrendering our lives to Him and by shunning evil, bring eternal life and countless blessings from the Lord. Though we may be dispossessed for the moment, though we may linger in trial for awhile, we have genuine joy in our hearts and peace of mind at night because we know that our God will take care of all our needs and deliver us from all our woes in the end. We can seek solace from His divine promises, especially the promise of eternal and blissful life with Him, as our reward for our obedience to His will. So if you are suffering right now because of righteousness and for following the will of God in your life, take heart and be of courage, for your deliverance is at hand. Never envy those who are wallowing in riches, power and pleasures, for they already have their reward here on earth but will suffer eternal death in the afterlife. Curses or blessings, life or death? It's your choice for your life.
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Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla