Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Imminent Return of Christ

When that heavenly trumpet sends forth its mighty sound calling the people of God out of this world and into His presence; this present world will fall away from our mind and hearts in a moment. None will look back to the cities of this world as did the wife of Lot, for all eyes will be forever fixed on our Savior who purchased our souls with the blood of His veins.

What thoughts will be ours as we see Christ descending from heaven as He gathers us unto Himself? Our pilgrimage will have come to an end. Sojourners and strangers we will be no more. We will be taken in that moment into the place where Christ went ahead to prepare for us. What sights and sounds will we behold on that day? What glories will unfold and what mysterious will be unveiled at that moment of Christ’s secret catching of us away?

His coming is imminent. This means that it can occur at any moment. There is nothing to prevent it nor is there anything that needs to be accomplished in order to facilitate it. We are to comfort one another with these words.

For this we believe and hold as dear,
On that day both dead and living will arise
The Lord Himself will soon appear
And take us to our home beyond the skies

--Gregg Metcalf


welcome to my world of poetry said...

A wonderful post Gregg I will always remember the beautiful smile my husband had as he looked at my daughter before he took his last breath.
But saying that I hope I'm here a little longer in this world as I have goals and places I want to achieve.

Have a good day.

Ma ~ said...

I can't wait!

Scott said...

And it's all going to happen on December 21, 2012, right? The Mayans can't be wrong.

Seriously, thanks for the reminder. And as one of my old favorite songs says, "If you believe He's coming back tomorrow, then live like He is coming back today."

Gregg said...

Yvonne - what a day that will be for those who are in Christ!

Ma - right there with you!

Scott - We have a false prophet on the west coast based in Oakland with national and international broadcasts who has been given the key and determined that the rapture will take place on May 21, 2011. His name is Harold Camping. You can go to his website. He used to be a reformed preacher that once preached biblical truth but something happened somewhere, sometime - now he thinks the church age is over, the church is dead, and he has been calling people out of the church for a few years. He is talking about the "evangelical Christian church." Now the end of the world on May 21, 2011. So He thinks the Mayans are wrong.

Looking for the hope of that blessed coming!


Anonymous said...

come quickly precious Lord Jesus!

Kansas Bob said...

Amen. That blessed hope is one of the things that separate Christianity from all other religions.


Gregg, Harold Camping seems to be the fly in the ointment at Family Radio. Most of their programing is very good. I love their music.

I guess when your the owner of the corporation you can give yourself a platform to spread your lies and false teachings.

Do you know if he was ever sound in his teachings?

Arlee Bird said...

I am always amazed at these preachers and false prophets who name the day of Christ's return. I would have thought they had knowledge of their Bibles and then all of a sudden they forget the "thief in the night" part.

Wonderful post, Gregg. It's something that I have been thinking a lot about over the last few days especially.

Tossing It Out

Persis said...

We're studying eschatology in Sunday school which can lead to lively discussions. In spite of the disagreements over the details among believers, may we all love and long for His appearing!