Himself Comes for Us
the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the
archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
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.
Wherefore comfort one another with these words. 1 Thess. 4:16-18
Jesus is coming, coming with clouds and
great glory. A multitude of shining angels will attend Him. He will come to
honor those who have loved Him and kept His commandments, and to take them to
Himself. He has not forgotten them or His promise.
There appears in the East a small black
cloud. . . . The people of God know this to be the sign of the Son of man. In
solemn silence they gaze upon it as it draws nearer the earth, . . . until it
is a great white cloud, its base a glory like consuming fire, and above it the
rainbow of the covenant. Jesus rides forth as a mighty conqueror. . . .
As the living cloud comes still nearer,
every eye beholds the Prince of life. No crown of thorns now mars that sacred
head, but a diadem of glory rests on His holy brow. His countenance outshines
the dazzling brightness of the noonday sun. "And He hath on His vesture
and on His thigh a name written, King of kings, and Lord of lords." . . .
The heavens are rolled together as a scroll, the earth trembles before Him, and
every mountain and island is moved out of its place. . . .
Amid the reeling of the earth, the flash
of lightning, and the roar of thunder, the voice of the Son of God calls forth
the sleeping saints. . . . Throughout the length and breadth of the earth the
dead shall hear that voice, and they that hear shall live. . . . All arise with
the freshness and vigor of eternal youth. . . .
The living righteous are changed "in
a moment, in the twinkling of an eye." At the voice of God they were
glorified; now they are made immortal, and with the risen saints are caught up
to meet their Lord in the air. Oh, what a glorious meeting!
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