Tuesday, December 24, 2013


THE GOOD NEWS:  As our sick world becomes more like that of Noah's day (Gen. 6:5; Mt. 24:37-38), born again believers, those who have been saved by the gift of God's grace (Jn. 3:3-8; Eph. 2:8-9; 1 Pet. 1:23), those who understand the Bible's teaching about the Rapture of the Church, are growing more and more excited about our ascension to meet the Lord in the air (Jn. 14:1-3; 1 Thes. 4:16-17), just prior to the Tribulation and the Second Coming of the Lord (Dan. 9:27; Mt. 24:1-51).  Like children who get excited about celebrating Christmas (His First Coming; His Incarnation), we get excited thinking about our ascension to meet our Ascended Lord, and our return with Him at His Coronation (Acts 1:9; Rev. 19:1-18)!

THE BAD NEWS:  Many professing believers in Christ, those who believe their works for Him will earn them "a spot in heaven," are going to be left behind at the Rapture of the Church.  Jesus spoke of them in Matthew 7:21-23: 

"Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven.  Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name; and in Thy name have cast out devils; and in Thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity." 

The difference between professing Christians, and born again believers, can be seen by comparing the Churches of Philadelphia and Laodicea in Revelation 3:7-22.

THE UNENDING RESULTS:  Those of us who have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, will spend eternity with Him (Jn. 3:15; 10:23; 1 Thes. 4:17; 1 Jn. 2:25; 5:13; etc.); we have been adopted by God (Rom. 8:15, 23; Gal. 4:5; Eph. 1:5; etc.), and will inherit everlasting life (Jn. 3:16; 6:40, 47; etc.).  Those who attempt to work their way to heaven through some religion, even some claiming to be of a Christian religion, are destined to spend eternity separated from Him; they remain of their father, the devil (Jn. 8:44), and will suffer everlasting torment (Mt. 7:21-23; 18:8; 25:41, 46; etc.).

It is not too late to "fix" your eternal destination!  Turn to Jesus today!   

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