Monday, February 19, 2018

Jesus Calling

This is a call that you do not want to miss.

Revelation 4:1-2 Then as I looked, I saw a door standing open in heaven, and the same voice I had heard before spoke to me like a trumpet blast. The voice said, "Come up here, and I will show you what must happen after this." 2 And instantly I was in the Spirit, and I saw a throne in heaven and someone sitting on it.

Revelation 6:15-17 Then everyone--the kings of the earth, the rulers, the generals, the wealthy, the powerful, and every slave and free person--all hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains. 16 And they cried to the mountains and the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of the One who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb. 17 For the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to survive?"

We all get calls everyday that we do not want, we screen our calls, we use caller ID and even use call blocking, but there is one call that we will certainly not want to miss. The day is coming when the Lord of the church will call us home.

That trumpet like voice called John up to visit Heaven for a short time so that he could share the glorious experience with us. Jesus gives us this look into Heaven to encourage us as we continue to live in this sinful world.

The first time John saw his Savior he was in the midst of the churches mercifully letting them know how to please him. Thankfully we have seven church profiles in the Book of Revelation that are still relevant to us today if we are interested in doing church correctly.

Jesus called John up to Heaven for information but the next time he calls it will be for all of us to go for transformation. John only had a brief visit so that he could share with us what eternity is going to be like.

Sorry Sarah Young but your books "Jesus Calling" are not about Jesus calling anybody. The Bible has made it clear that Jesus next call will be his last and the call will be to the entire church.
The Next Time Jesus Calls
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. 17 Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. 18 So encourage each other with these words.
The Bible lets us know that Jesus will call the church out of this world before justice is served to those that remain. The Bible's teaching on the rapture should give us peace and comfort, Jesus doesn't want his children to have troubled hearts. (John 14:1-3 / 1 Thessalonians 4:18, Titus 2:13)

Revelation chapter six is the beginning of the wrath of God being unleashed on the earth, the events that are to follow are unsettling but this isn't going to be our fate. Thankfully in Revelation chapter four we are out of here.
John 14:1-3 "Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in Me. There is more than enough room in My Father's home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with Me where I am.
Suddenly this world and the burden of sin that is on us all will be gone and we will see Jesus face to face! One moment you are trapped in this world with the heartache and brokenness of sin all around and then the next moment that burden is lifted forever as we are suddenly in God's presence!

I need to live like I really believe that I am leaving, my choices and my actions should be influenced by these facts, I need to be motivated to serve him and be purified so that he can use me for his glory.