“THE CHRISTIAN’S FINEST HOUR”
“When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour....”No one knows just when Jesus will come again. That secret is classified information that is locked in the heart and mind of God. Even the angels can only guess the time of that coming hour, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matthew 24:36). What a great day it will be!
All Christians who are living when Christ returns will not see death. No wonder that event is called the Blessed Hope. Since the fall of man, death has been an enemy (Romans 5:12). With the exceptions of Enoch and Elijah, all have died. For that reason, some think these two prophets will be the two witnesses of Revelation 11:3-14, who will then experience death. Nevertheless, those who hear the sound of the trumpet will avoid the undertaker.
Paul said in I 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.” All Christians living will then be changed, “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed” (I Corinthians 15:51). And how shall we be changed? Hear John’s answer, “Behold, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is” (I John 3:2).
The Rapture, the Christian’s finest hour, is revealed only in the epistles of Paul. But, Paul warns us that we, as Christians, should be expecting His soon return and exhorts us to be “a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (Titus 2:1). Certainly, the finest hour for Christians will occur when we are “caught-up” and I do trust we will be ready when that great day does come. Are you ready?
Pastor H. Preston Parker