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The blessed hope and the order of Christ's coming (Part 1)


Dr. M. R. DE HAAN in his radio message, “I WILL RETURN” enumerates the order of Christ's coming. Now notice how clearly and unmistakably Scripture teaches the order of the events when Jesus comes.

There are just seven steps in this glorious event: (1.) The Lord descends from Heaven. (2) He shouts from the air. (3) The archangel utters his voice.

(4) The trumpet is sounded. (5) The dead in Christ are raised first. (6) Living believers are changed. (7) Together all these rise to meet the Lord.

All these steps are given by Paul in these verses: For 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 Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:16-14).

How precious those words, THE LORD HIMSELF SHALL DESCEND. The Lord HIMSELF! He will not send angels to call us and escort us into His presence while He waits in Heaven. No, He will not leave this to anyone else. He is coming to get His Bride, and He will not entrust this to no one else.

The Lord Himself. He is even more thoughtful than this. He knows that we are human, and always will be, and that while we are longing for HIM, we are also longing to see our loved ones who have gone before. He knows this and recognizes this, and when He comes He will not disappoint us.

What a meeting that will be – to see the ones whom we loved so much, and over whose homecoming we sorrowed so deeply.

Our precious Savior is so considerate of our humanity and so mindful of the human ties which were torn asunder when we parted that He will permit us to be united with the greet those loved ones first. Notice that we shall meet our loved ones even before we meet the Lord.

There can be no mistaking of the meaning of the words in the passage we read. Listen to it once more: the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout,...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.

Who can describe that meeting? Yes, caught up together  with them to meet the Lord! Before we meet the Lord we shall come together, for we are caught up together to meet the Lord. What a time it will be! And then after that rapturous reunion, after that thrilling moment of greeting those loved ones, we shall have the greatest thrill of all eternity – WE SHALL SEE HIM.

We shall Him who died for us! SEE HIM who shed His blood, who came to save us. We shall SEE HIM who loved us enough to come from Heaven, be beaten, cursed, reviled, spit upon, nailed to the cross, yes, die that we might live. Nevermore to part, nevermore to weep, nevermore to die, nevermore to sin. No wonder the last prayer in the Bible is, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20).


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