Journeys in Faith

“In The Twinkling Of An Eye”
By: 
Pastor Arlin Sanford

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Pastor Arlin Sanford

 

The story is told of a generation ago when an old farmer brought his family to the big city for the very first time.

They had never seen buildings so tall or sights so impressive. The farmer dropped his wife off at a department store and took his son with him to the bank - the tallest of all the buildings.

As they walked into the lobby, they saw something they had never seen before. Two steel doors opened. A rather large and elderly woman walked in, and the big doors closed behind her. The dial over the door swept to the right and then back to the left.

The doors opened and a beautiful young lady came walking out. The farmer was amazed. He turned to his son and said, “You wait right here. I’m going to get your mother and run her through that thing.”

One day we who are in Christ will be changed. Not in an elevator, but in a supernatural way. John writes in his first Epistle (3: 2), “Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is.” (NASB)

Paul penned these important statements in I Thessalonians 4:16, 17, “..The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be ‘caught up’ together with them in the clouds to meet Him in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord.” (NASB)

Imagine that one day, and it could very well be soon, when those who have believed in The Son of God for their salvation, “shall suddenly be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of and eye, at the last trumpet….we shall be changed.” (I Cor. 15:51,52) There is no prophecy given that has to come to fruition prior to Christ’s return for His Church.

You might be reading these words recorded in the scriptures and thinking; ‘I’m not aware of such promises.’ ‘Is this what is meant by the rapture?’ Many people have questions concerning this very subject, yet the Lord made these trues remarkably clear. Perhaps the reason for any unclarity is the lack of teaching and training. I would encourage you to research these principles concerning the last days - why? - because we are in it.

Paul understood these facts and not only lived by them, but, wrote about them. In I Timothy 4:8, he penned, “in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only me but also all who have loved His appearing.”

Today would be a great day to start your search.

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