November 25, 2018
Continuing with the words of the Apostle Paul from the Book, "Did Jesus Just Happen" (The Life of Christ)
The Doctrine of the Second Coming of Christ, Paul says that our Lord's coming will take place at the last trump which is recorded in 1 Thess. 4:, Now the last trump has reference to that moment of time when God will conclude this present age which is referred to the Church Age or the Grace Dispensation.
It will be that moment of time when the last member of the Body of Christ has been Born Again and has been joined to the Body of Christ by the Baptism of the Holy Ghost. It will be that time when the Bride of Christ (the Church) has been completed. It will be that time when the Father will say to Christ, "Son, it is time for You to return and bring to Yourself the Bride I have given you, who has been redeemed through Your Blood." There is not the faintest hint any place in the Word of God as to when that time will be. God has not given us a single sign to tell us when the momentous event will occur.
Again, the Apostle Paul says "We shall be changed." This body of corruption shall be changed into an incorruptible body, subject to death, shall become deathless as it is translated at that moment of time into the very presence of God and is glorified. Paul has build upon the foundation which the Lord laid in John 14 when our Lord promised, "I will come again, and receive you unto myself".
And now Paul has told us in 1 Corinthians 15 a little bit of what that program will be as believers are caught up to meet the Lord in the air and are translated into glory.
Next week we will consider 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18
Wayne McDoanld, Pastor