DayBreaks for 11/01/16 – When He Comes Again
From the DayBreaks archive, October 2006:
NOTE: Galen is taking a short vacation.
Where will you be? What will you be doing? Have you ever wondered what you’ll see and hear and how you’ll feel when the LORD comes to receive His own? I have. I’ve thought about it many times – even worried about it when I was young. I was afraid he’d come at some time when I’d be away from my mom and dad and sister, and I’d be on my own – lost in the vast horde of humanity that will rise when summoned to the great judgment throne of God. I look back at those fears now and know that they were childish and silly. But the coming of Christ will be neither childish nor silly. It will be spectacular. It will be indescribable. It will be, quite honestly, the culminating moment of all history. I like, however, the way Max Lucado tried to make it real for us. It stirred my heart, and I hope it stirs yours:
“You are in your car driving home. Thoughts wander to the game you want to see or meal you want to eat, when suddenly a sound unlike any you’ve ever heard fills the air. The sound is high above you. A trumpet? A choir? A choir of trumpets? You don’t know, but you want to know.
“So you pull over, get out of your car, and look up. As you do, you see you aren’t the only curious one. The roadside has become a parking lot. Car doors are open, and people are staring at the sky. Shoppers are racing out of the grocery store. The Little League baseball game across the street has come to a halt. Players and parents are searching the clouds. And what they see, and what you see, has never before been seen.
“As if the sky were a curtain, the drapes of the atmosphere part. A brilliant light spills onto the earth. There are no shadows. None. From whence came the light begins to tumble a river of color spiking crystals of every hue ever seen and a million more never seen. Riding on the flow is an endless fleet of angels. They pass through the curtains one myriad at a time, until they occupy every square inch of the sky.
“Thousands of silvery wings rise and fall in unison, and over the sound of the trumpets, you can hear the cherubim and seraphim chanting, Holy, Holy, Holy. The final flank of angels is followed by twenty-four silver-bearded elders and a multitude of souls who join the angels in worship.
“Presently the movement stops and the trumpets are silent, leaving only the triumphant triplet: Holy, Holy, Holy. Between each word is a pause. With each word, a profound reverence. You hear your voice join in the chorus. You don’t know why you say the words, but you know you must.
“Suddenly, the heavens are quiet. All is quiet. The angels turn, you turn, the entire world turns and there He is.
“Through waves of light you see the silhouetted figure of Christ the King. He is atop a great stallion, and the stallion is atop a billowing cloud. He opens his mouth, and you are surrounded by his declaration: “I am the Alpha and the Omega!”
“The angels bow their heads.
“The elders remove their crowns.
“And before you is a Figure so consuming that you know, instantly you know: Nothing else matters.
“Forget stock markets and school reports. Sales meetings and football games. Nothing is newsworthy. All that mattered, matters no more….for Christ has come.” – Max Lucado
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 (NIV) – 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. Therefore encourage each other with these words.
PRAYER: Father, when we are prone to despair and be discouraged, help us to remember that the “day of the Lord” will, indeed, come, and that when it does, there will be nothing at all that matters except Jesus. May we be eagerly ready! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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