In an instant – in the twinkling of an eye – we will be changed from this perishable, earthly body to an imperishable body – transformed into His likeness.
Listen very carefully, I tell you a mystery [a secret truth decreed by God and previously hidden, but now revealed]; we will not all sleep [in death], but we will all be [completely] changed [wondrously transformed], in a moment [an instant], in the twinkling of an eye, at [the sound of] the last trumpet call. For a trumpet will sound, and the dead [who believed in Christ] will be raised imperishable, and we will be [completely] changed [wondrously transformed]. ~1 Corinthians 15:51-52 AMP
Called to Live with Him
God calls us to believe in His Son, Jesus Christ, for salvation. If we choose to believe and receive His gift of Life, we will live with Him forever.
For God has not appointed us to [incur His] wrath [He did not select us to condemn us], but [that we might] obtain [His] salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) Who died for us so that whether we are still alive or are dead [at Christ’s appearing], we might live together with Him and share His life. ~1 Thessalonians 5:9-10 AMPC
“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. ~John 14:1-3 NASB
In one instance, we are here, and the next instance, we are there. I have a friend who visited heaven for just a few moments. Kay speaks of the River of Life washing away all the cares of the world, the pain, and the sickness. Instantly, she was well, clothed in white, and walking on a narrow pathway towards Jesus, Who was walking towards her with arms outstretched and smiling.
Kay speaks of the cloud of witnesses and that she recognized family and friends who had gone before her. Kay speaks of the atmosphere of peace, wholeness, and understanding of wellbeing. She said it was very hard on her when Jesus said she must return to the earth – that it wasn’t her time. She speaks of her return being a mixed blessing. Kay said earth has a “weight of heaviness to it” that makes breathing laborious though we do not realize it. In heaven, everything is weight free, light, and bright. Kay speaks of breathing freely in the River of Life and on the pathway. I hope Kay’s visit brings you hope and reassurance.
“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” ~Hebrews 12:1-3 NASB
We never know the instant we will be called home, but we do have this moment in time to respond the Lord’s loving invitation to come to Him.
“Then the angel showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb (Christ), in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
There will no longer exist anything that is cursed [because sin and illness and death are gone]; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bondservants will serve and worship Him [with great awe and joy and loving devotion]; they will [be privileged to] see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.
And there will no longer be night; they have no need for lamplight or sunlight, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign [as kings] forever and ever. Then he said to me, ‘These words are faithful and true.’
And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent His angel [as a representative] to show His bondservants the things that must soon take place. ‘And behold, I am coming quickly.
Blessed (happy, prosperous, to be admired) is the one who heeds and takes to heart and remembers the words of the prophecy [that is, the predictions, consolations, and warnings] contained in this book (scroll).’ I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things.” ~Revelation 22:1-8a AMP
In an instant, our perspective changes from the temporary offerings of this world to the forever offerings our loving God offers us through Jesus Christ. In this instant or moment of time, how will you respond to Him?
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