IS HEAVEN COMING TO THE EARTH?

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IS HEAVEN COMING TO THE EARTH?Copyright Š 2012 Robert B. Thompson. All Rights Reserved

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright Š 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers.

Many Christians are looking hopefully for a rapture to come soon and lift them out of trouble and up into the Presence of God. Who could blame them, given the fact that in America and other countries, the popular values seem increasingly against our Christian values.

One sign of the anti-Christian values are the attempts to force secular curricula on home-schooling families, such as the attempt to promote homosexual behavior as normal if not preferable. This alone would encourage me to want to leave the world and to Heaven.

Also, the attempts of the media to stereotype people. I would not be too surprised if the efforts of the media to sensationalize (in order to sell papers and promote their own ideals) any confrontation between African-Americans and white people, actually causes a civil war in America!

The media clearly are biased again the Christian religion. From my point of view, the scorn directed at the "birthers" is a clear example of the bias of the newspapers. Those who are investigating the legal status of the President are doing more than raving and ranting. They have some proofs that would be investigated by the courts if the newspapers would give these proofs the weight they deserve.

But I notice these days that when people run out of ammunition they pick up the weapon of scorn—as though scorn proved anything. It seems to me that even some leaders of our government resort to scorn. They apparently have no other defense. There are issues that need to be dealt with at the governmental level; but it appears there is so much weight in favor of the lawbreakers that even the courts appear timid and indecisive.

Well, the values of the former America are disappearing quickly, so bring on the rapture.

There are two problems with looking to the rapture to better our condition. First, there is no scriptural basis for the rapture. It is an emotional, not a scholarly, issue. Second, I don't believe we are ready to go to meet the Lord, or for the Lord to come to the world.

I, for one, do not spend my time fretting about the evil in the world. When I look to Jesus, He tells me He will take care of my family and me, and that He has absolute control over the world. I am positive that Christ has all power and He knows exactly what He is doing with the nations.

Christ encourages me to keep listening to Him. As I do, He impresses on me the third great work of redemption. Perhaps you may have thought there only is basic salvation and the baptism with the Holy Spirit. Actually there are three great works of redemption, as portrayed by the following verse.

Three times a year all your men must appear before the LORD your God at the place he will choose: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks and the Feast of Tabernacles. No man should appear before the LORD empty-handed: (Deuteronomy 16:16)

The celebration of Unleavened Bread represents our basic salvation.

The feast of Weeks speaks of the baptism with the Holy Spirit.

The festival of Tabernacles speaks of the filling of us with the Fullness of God.

Speaking of Tabernacles, we are not going up to God. God is coming down to dwell in us.

Just prior to the feast of Tabernacles is the Jewish Day of Atonement. The spiritual fulfillment of the Day of Atonement occurs as we confess our worldliness, the lusts of our flesh and spirit, and our self-will. As the Spirit of God directs us we confess and turn away from our inner darkness as it is revealed to us. We utterly denounce and renounce everything the Spirit shows us.

Through the Spirit we put to death the actions of our sinful nature. This is the burden of the Spirit today, just as the baptism with the Spirit was the burden of the previous century.

It may be of interest to learn that "atonement" may be translated "reconciliation." It is the Day of Reconciliation. We are reconciled to God and God is reconciled to us when we are released from the bondages of sin that often control our decisions and actions.

God and we are reconciled through the blood of the cross. We are reconciled legally, one might say. But as long as we are obeying our sinful nature, there are parts of us that have not as yet experienced total reconciliation.

"Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you." "I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." (II Corinthians 6:17,18)

Someone might respond that true Christians never are guilty of worldliness, the sins of the flesh, or self-will. Anyway, God sees them through Christ.

That is not what the passage above says, is it?

And how about the next verse:

Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. (II Corinthians 7:1)

Now we can claim if we wish that genuine Christians do not sin. But when we look about us in the Christian churches, what do we see: The love of money, sexual sins, pride, haughtiness, envy, selfishness, rage, bitterness, unforgiveness, hatred, gossip, factions, greed, trust in the world, seeking preeminence, and other actions and attitudes that are not in the image of God.

If genuine Christians do not sin, then there are mighty few Christians in the world!

The Apostle Paul told us that those believers who are guilty of such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God. Paul did not say that God sees them through Christ so it really does not matter how they behave.

In addition, our ungodly behavior affects the unsaved.

Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God—I say this to your shame. (I Corinthians 15:34)

I guess Paul was not aware of our modern teaching that grace covers our sins from God's sight.

You know, I suppose the idea that we are going to be caught up into the Presence of God and Christ before we get rid of our sins might not be such a good idea at this time. Perhaps by escaping the troubles of the world we might end up in worse trouble. Our God is a Consuming Fire, the Bible says.

Well, the title of this brief essay is, "Prepare the Way for the Lord." I'll tell you what. If I am hearing the Spirit, He is saying that Jesus is coming to us now to help us overcome our sins. Then we will prepared when He appears in Glory to raise us from the dead. He sure is not going to give us an immortal body before we have made the preparations He has ready for us to make right now!

Just think of it! Our religion tells us we are going to heaven to live for eternity; but the Bible tells us that God and His Kingdom are coming to the earth. Which is preferable, do you think?

Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the LORD's hand double for all her sins. (Isaiah 40:1,2)

You know, when we ask Him to, God forgives our sins freely through Christ. But we still reap the consequences of what we have sown. As God approaches us, we endure a hard service indeed! But there comes a time when God is reconciled to us, and then God comforts us. Those who have been pressing into Christ for a period of time know how true this is.

A voice of one calling: "In the desert prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God." (Isaiah 40:3)

I do not know about the rest of the world, but the Christian churches in America are in a wilderness of doctrinal confusion. There are numerous departures from the Scriptures, in addition to the "rapture" teaching. But by far the most spiritually destructive doctrine is the concept that if we profess belief in the Lord Jesus Christ we need not be too concerned about our behavior.

The idea of a "grace" that is a substitute for growth in the image of Christ, and the concept of God seeing our behavior through Christ, are deadly enemies of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. The other aberrations, such as the "faith" and "prosperity" teachings, as well as the "rapture," are based on the idea that we are in a new dispensation in which the Old Testament exhortations to godly behavior no longer are applicable.

The lawless-grace teaching is totally unscriptural, yet it is widely believed in the United States. If the Lord were to come today, He would be facing a spiritual wilderness, not a Church without spot or wrinkle.

Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. (Isaiah 40:4)

Every depressed believer shall be built up as the ministers begin to preach from the Bible rather than from their traditions.

The exalted ministers that parade themselves as "God's men of faith and power" will be brought low. The massive outpouring of God's Spirit in the last day will be a "sackcloth" revival. There will be no place for "big ministries" in which the leaders hold exalted positions. The lowliest of people will be the ones who are empowered with God's Spirit.

"And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken." (Isaiah 40:5)

The Lord alone shall be exalted in that Day. We will admire outstanding ministers no longer. Christ will be revealed. I believe this exhibition of God's Glory will be seen in the "sackcloth" revival of the "two witnesses," and then in its fullness when Jesus returns, as set forth in Isaiah, Chapter 60.

A voice says, "Cry out." And I said, "What shall I cry?" "All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field." (Isaiah 40:6)

Religion often exalts itself with ornate buildings. But God is telling us today that it is time to return to the simple knowledge of the Lord Jesus.

It appears to me that we bring people to our religion instead of to the living Jesus. The goal of the denominations is to acquire great numbers of people, and this is how they measure success. God does not measure success by numbers of people but by obedience.

The world always emphasizes the wrong thing. God is not impressed with crowds of people. God looks for that one person who will obey God in every detail. Such people are scarce, even in Christian circles. But all the rest of religious trappings are as so much grass. It is a fine show today, but soon is withered and comes to nothing.

The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the LORD blows on them. Surely the people are grass. (Isaiah 40:7)

The electronic media of today amplify the movements among the nations of the earth. But they all mean nothing and less than nothing. What is actually important in our time is the current forward movement in the Divine plan of redemption.

The grass withers and the flowers fall, But the word of our God stands forever. (Isaiah 40:8)

I have been a Christian for a number of years. I have learned that each word in the Bible has been or will be fulfilled with the greatest precision. It is the Word of God Almighty. It still will be standing when the present heavens and earth pass away.

You who bring good tidings to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, "Here is your God!" (Isaiah 40:9)

All who have received Jesus Christ as God's Son and our Savior have already come to Zion and are part of the heavenly Jerusalem.

But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. (Hebrews 12:22-24)

There is a great deal of commotion among the nations of our day. Men are planning this and that, and striving to become preeminent. They hope to bring glory and honor to themselves, and peace to the world.

We who are of Zion have no faith in their efforts. We know that when He is satisfied with a mature group of victorious saints, our Lord Jesus Christ will return in glory. Then He and they will go to the physical land and people of Israel and set the Jews free from the bondages of sin and unrighteousness.

The Jews who have repented during the reign of Antichrist will see the second Joseph coming with His Gentile Bride to save His people that they may live in peace and righteousness.

The oath he swore to our father Abraham: to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. (Luke 1:73-75)

See, the Sovereign LORD comes with power, and his arm rules for him. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him. (Isaiah 40:10)

Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God. (Luke 22:69)

Christ shall return in the fullness of power. God has given Him all power in Heaven and upon the earth. He will reward those who have been faithful and will punish the evildoers.

In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day. (II Thessalonians 1:8-10)

Today we have to shut out of our minds the evil works that are taking place, as the political leaders use every villainous method to secure their power over people. It will not be like this when the true King appears.

He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. (Isaiah 40:11)

Next we are reminded of the unlimited power of God. This is what God did to Job, to get Job over his tendency to defend himself to God. God spoke to Job about His awesome power.

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance? (Isaiah 40:12)

Who has understood the mind of the LORD, or instructed him as his counselor? (Isaiah 40:13)

Were you ever in a place where you did not understand what God was doing in your life? It happens often to the maturing saints. Maybe we think we have a better idea than God does. But be sure that God knows best and is leading you to righteousness, love, joy, and peace.

Whom did the LORD consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge or showed him the path of understanding? (Isaiah 40:14)

It has been characteristic of man from the beginning to plan his own way without reference of God. This is true today, both in the world and in the churches. Yet, the Bible commands us to not lean to our own understanding.

What is this perversity in us that we think we know better than God?

It is so wonderful to live by the Life of the Lord Jesus; to look to Him for all we do throughout the day, just as He looks to the Father. Christ always is ready to bear our burdens for us and to give us wisdom. He is a good Friend to us.

Yet we get up in the morning full of our own ideas. The wise person starts off his or her day by asking Jesus to choreograph the day so that every event, every crisis, every opportunity, every need is brought to Him. Jesus is more than willing to help us with each detail. We should be talking to Him all through the day and night.

This is what I do, and I cannot imagine how anyone can get through this life without Jesus! He who keeps Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps. He always is there to assist us with every problem. And we must remember to give thanks when He helps us.

Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales; he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust. (Isaiah 40:15)

When I read about the nations, how the leaders are going to do this great thing or that great thing, I remember that they are as a drop in a bucket. Their boastings are as an ant on the ground that waves a piece of garbage at us with his feelers.

Compared with the Lord God whom we worship, the nations of the earth are nothing of consequence. The leaders act as though they are going to govern without God; and then they choke to death on a piece of meat.

Lebanon is not sufficient for altar fires, nor its animals enough for burnt offerings. Before him all the nations are as nothing; they are regarded by him as worthless and less than nothing. (Isaiah 40:16,17)

If all the tree of Lebanon were stacked together they would not provide enough fire to present an offering to God.

If all the animals of Lebanon were placed on the fire they would not provide a sufficient offering for God.

God gave the Jews the practice of offering animals to please God. The truth is, God made this provision for their sake, not that He needed the sacrifice. The various sacrifice were offered to remind the Jews of their God.

God regards the nations of the earth as being nothing of consequence. He sees them as worthless and less than nothing. We need to keep this in mind as the various governments seek to establish their power.

Finally there will be a world government. It also will be worthless and less than nothing in importance. Although their various rules will be abominable in the view of Christian people, God will help each one of us to survive if we keep looking to Him at all times. The world government will have no power over God! Please keep that in mind.

To whom, then, will you compare God? What image will you compare him to? As for an idol, a craftsman casts it, and a goldsmith overlays it with gold and fashions silver chains for it. A man too poor to present such an offering selects wood that will not rot. He looks for a skilled craftsman to set up an idol that will not topple. (Isaiah 40:18-20)

We in America, perhaps with a few exceptions, do not have actual manufactured idols, as described above. But we certainly do have numerous idols.

An idol is something we look to for pleasure, or protection, or to meet some other need. Without realizing it we worship people, money, sexual activity, our children, entertainment, material goods, education, athletics, hobbies, the perfecting of talents, and other things and circumstances.

We devote our time and energy to these idols. If the Lord desires that we give up one of these we have a difficult time, don't we?

In view of the Divine judgment hovering over our country, the wise believer will place every one of these idols on the altar of God, understanding that if it is removed from him it is part of God's plan for bringing him or her to the fullness of righteousness, love, joy, and peace.

I admit it requires faith for us to place all of our treasures in Heaven. But not to do so leaves us vulnerable to the attacks of Satan. Just keep in mind that Jesus said "the flesh profits nothing." When all is said and done we will appreciate that statement of Jesus.

Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the earth was founded? (Isaiah 40:21)

I am afraid we have not heard of the majesty of God. It has not been told to us from the beginning. We have not understood God. And why not? Because those who speak for God, the ministers of religion, tell us endlessly how man is to benefit from religion, not how great is the Glory of God. We seem to be focused on man and his welfare rather than on the awesomeness of God Almighty. Is that true?

Sometimes we wonder if God can help us. We have this problem or that dilemma. Some Christian leaders have developed formulas by which we can help ourselves. Are we having financial problems? Pay double tithes. Are we having headaches? Praise the Lord one hour each day. Are we sick? This because we don't have faith. Believe! Believe! Believe! Or travel to Texas to be prayed for by a "healing evangelist."

There is a formula to meet every need.

Much or all of this is so much trash. When we have a need for help we are to call on the Lord. Then if we are supposed to do something, such as go to the doctor, or get more rest, or forgive someone, Christ will tell us. Or He may stretch forth His hand and heal us instantly. Or He may tell us to be patient, that He is working out something in our life.

I do not understand why it is, but religion does not bring us to God so that we know Him. Religion seems to bring us to religion. Perhaps it is because God is invisible. I guess this is where faith enters. Do you know what it is to be a witness of God? Consider the following words:

"You are my witnesses," declares the LORD, "and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me." (Isaiah 43:19)

Telling others about Christ may be helpful at times. But that is not witnessing, it is evangelism. To bear witness of Christ means that in our thinking, speaking, and acting we reveal the greatness and faithfulness of Christ. We always can tell about something Christ has done for us. But it requires many years to be created a witness of Christ's Person, His will, and His ways.

He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in. (Isaiah 40:22)

In our day of everlasting media, we gain the impression that man is running the world. Actually, in God's sight we are as so many grasshoppers. God stretches out the heavens like a canopy. Astronomers keep on increasing the number of galaxies that they can observe. These sizes and distances are incomprehensible. But God through Christ called these into being with a word.

When we think about this, we are not overly impressed with what man is able to do.

He brings princes to naught and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing. No sooner are they planted, no sooner are they sown, no sooner do they take root in the ground, than he blows on them and they wither, and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff. (Isaiah 40:23,24)

I can remember as a boy when the names of Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin caused fear. Where are they now? Their bodies are decomposing in the ground; and I would not want to be where there spirits are. Would you? Yet in their day they were regarded as though they were powers to be reckoned with.

Indeed, they have been swept away like chaff, leaving behind them multitudes of people whom they harmed or killed in their mad ambitions. How will they answer to Christ when they stand before Him?

Soon we will have elections at several areas of government. You know, I have not heard one of these candidates give glory to God. Most of them behave as if there is no God. It is they, these men and women, who are going to bring peace and prosperity—they imagine!

What utter nonsense! They possibly may prevent more harm to our nation, though it is not likely—even with the best of their intentions. God is angry with our country because of abortion-on-demand, sexual perversions, and the villainy that occurs in governmental circles and elsewhere. None of these ambitious politicians have the wisdom or strength to prevent the judgment that soon is to fall on America.

"To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?" says the Holy One. (Isaiah 40:25)

To compare our human leaders with Christ is ridiculous. Following is a picture of Christ in His Glory:

Then there came a voice from above the expanse over their heads as they stood with lowered wings. Above the expanse over their heads was what looked like a throne of sapphire, and high above on the throne was a figure like that of a man. I saw that from what appeared to be his waist up he looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire, and that from there down he looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded him. Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking. (Ezekiel 1:25-28)

Which of our current arrogant leaders compares with the Son of God?

Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing. (Isaiah 40:26)

The heavens declare the Glory of God. Sometimes it is a good idea to go out at night and look at the heavens. We tell ourselves that God created all of this incomprehensible mass and energy. The power represented here is far, far beyond our mind to grasp.

Scientists cannot speak into existence one grain of sand; not one particle of dust. Astronomers can explain many things about the universe, its origin, and its destiny. But where did all this mass and energy originate? Saying it just happened is not a satisfactory answer.

God calls each star by it name. How many stars are there? A trillion trillion? Astronomers are still counting. For myself, I find it easier to believe in God the Creator than to believe the universe just happened!

Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, "My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God"? (Isaiah 40:27)

Now we leave the starry heavens and come down to consider Jacob and his problems. This is just like the Lord, isn't it? He roams freely among the galaxies of stars He has created, and then descends to consider the sparrow that has just fallen from a tree branch. I think God knows not only the name of each star but the name of that sparrow.

God understand the limits of the universe and the nuclei of each atom. He designed and created the largest and the smallest of all matter.

And yes, He knows all about Jacob. God knows the way and the cause of each of His children. When they have a burden, Christ will bear that burden if He is asked. But like all the rest of us, Jacob is occupied more with himself than He is with his faithful God.

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. (Isaiah 40:28)

Jacob, you have problems as do we all. Pause, for a moment, and look up to the Holy One of Israel. You are tired and weary, but He is not. You are bowed down with your troubles, but He is not. You are confused because of the bewildering problems with which you are faced, but He is not. You have money problems, but He does not.

Jacob, fasten your eyes on God He will help you. He will save you. He is ready and able to do just that, right now.

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. (Isaiah 40:29)

How often it is true, especially when we are older, that we feel we are so tired we barely can get around. But this is not true of God. Each star, including our sun, is a storehouse of unimaginable energy. All of this unbelievable energy came from God.

In the future God will destroy the present earth and heavens. Then He will turn around and create a much, much larger earth and much, much more glorious heavens. And He will do all this with a word!

We can't so much as imagine this kind of energy. So yes, He does have enough energy to keep you and me going and doing His will until He says it is time to leave the earth and come home.

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; (Isaiah 40:30)

There does come an end to human strength. There does come an end of human wisdom. There does come an end to a person's ability to do anything at all–even to help himself or herself. But Christ always is ready to assist us. For myself, I do not see how anyone can go through this life without the help of Christ. Many people attempt to do this, but in the end they give their pitiful little gasp, and then their efforts come to an end. So absolutely futile are the boastful efforts of people!

But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:31)

The word "hope" is significant. The Apostle Paul wrote that we are saved by hope. Hope is not faith. Faith is the victory. But hope is the way most of us live, I think. We cannot see the rewards to be given to those who continue to obey Christ. I cannot say we really have faith, just a kind of holding-on kind of hope that all finally will be well if we stay with Christ.

When all seems lost, and we are pressed beyond measure, we cry out to the Lord. Then strength, wisdom, and hope are renewed. Up from the mud we come to dance with Christ among the stars. We can do things we never thought possible. We just keep taking one step at a time and do not faint.

There are many prayers and formulas that people rely on. But I have found that if we call on the Lord He comes and helps us. Christ is alive, you know, and you can talk to Him just like you would to any other person. Sometimes all you have to say is, "Help"! You will find He already knew about your problem.

So I think today we are reversing our direction. We have been hoping to go to Heaven. How about hoping for the Lord to come from Heaven and to set up His Throne of the earth?

Isaiah said nothing that I know of about our going to Heaven, or that our hope is to go to Heaven. Neither does the New Testament exhort us to get ready to go to Heaven. We have made up this error about going to Heaven and how wonderful it will be to live in a mansion and do nothing for eternity.

I suppose we borrowed the concept of going to Heaven from the other religions of the world; because this is their hope.

Our hope is not like that. We are to prepare the way for the Lord Jesus to come to the us. Our great hope is that Christ will return, not that we will leave the earth and go to Heaven.

But, some will say, "He is coming to catch us away to Heaven." Where is that in the Scriptures? Rather, the Church has been prepared to serve as a royal priesthood who will bring the Presence of God to mankind; to be a witness of God; to bring justice to the nations.

How is this accomplished if the Church is caught away to Heaven?

No, we have been deceived. Our task is to make straight the way of the Lord so He can come to the earth. We do this by confessing and turning away from our sins.

But doesn't the Bible say we will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air? Yes, it does. The victorious saints (not all the worldly church members) will be raised from the dead when the Lord comes. At that time our resurrected flesh and bones will be clothed upon with a body fashioned from eternal Life. Then the power of Christ will lift us from the earth that we may be gathered together with all the victorious saints from the beginning of history.

When we all are assembled and mounted on the white war stallions, the trumpet of God and the voice of Michael, the commander of the army of warrior angels, will sound. Down through the air will descend both armies (Mahanaim).

The armies of Antichrist shall be destroyed. Antichrist and the False Prophet will be cast into the Lake of Fire. One angel will bind Satan and throw him into the Bottomless Pit.

This is the Bible scenario. It is a little different from our flying away to Heaven to lounge about in our mansion, doing nothing of importance for eternity.

We have been deceived with Dispensational theology; the lawless-grace teaching; and the "rapture." It is time now for these deadly errors to be removed from Christian thinking, as the pastors and evangelists return to their Bibles and see if what I have written is the truth of God.

When the Pentecostal baptism came into being in the previous century, there was a lot of scorn, unbelief, and hostility. But the Pentecostal movement has proved to be of God.

What I and others have written about the coming of Christ and His saints in His Kingdom may not be warmly received at first. But, like the Pentecostal message, it will stand the test of time; for it is what the Bible says.