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The King Returns For Us Part 2

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September 6, 2021 1:00 am

The King Returns For Us Part 2

Running to Win / Erwin Lutzer

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September 6, 2021 1:00 am

The dead in Christ will rise first when Jesus returns to the earth. They will meet Jesus in the air, to be joined by those who are alive at the time of His coming. Our bodies will become immortal when the King returns for us.

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Looking to Jesus from the dead in Christ will rise.

When Jesus returns to figure will join Jesus in the air just before those were alive at the time of this coming.

In a moment more about a very special day when our bodies become immortal church in Chicago this with Dr. Sir, whose clear teaching make it across the finish line.

When Jesus returns. Why is it that the dead in Christ rise before the living.

You know Dave, I'm not sure that anyone has a definitive answer to that question but I did hear a preacher say one time while obviously, the dead rise. First, because they have farther to go so were not sure exactly of the sequence. But here's the point.

The living who have trusted Christ and the dead in Christ, which I take to be only the church we if we are alive when this happens will be joined and we will meet Jesus Christ together.

The point that the apostle Paul is making is that at last we all with transformed bodies will be with the Lord, you know the other day.

I actually heard a pastor say that he didn't believe in the rapture.

Now he was an evangelical pastor but obviously he didn't know what he's talking about the rapture is clearly taught in first Thessalonians chapter 4 now his view of the rapture may be different than that of view that I take, but all evangelicals believe in the rapture, the disagreement is when does the rapture take place and we don't have to solve all of those questions to benefit from the fact that it will happen. I've written a book entitled the King is coming want you to have a copy. I believe that it will be a great blessing to you and for gift of any amount. It can be yours. Here's what you do go to RTW that's RTW or call us at 1-888-218-9337. Now let us turn our attention to God's word and listen carefully to an event that we shall all participate and also attempting to hurry over this, but let's not fall into that temptation. You realize what this means. I'm thinking of my father who died, 106 years old and think of relatives, friends who are in heaven.

Children whom we said goodbye to who are going to be up there who are there now with Jesus and they are going to return them and just imagine you got all of these souls of the dead. The Bible says coming back with Christ now souls are very much alive, but the first stage is Jesus comes back with those who have died. That's exactly what the text says so. Though God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.

That's number one number two. Their bodies, their bodies will arise from the dead.

Now we have to pick up the text again.

I'd like to begin here in verse 16 for the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God and that dead in Christ shall rise first. While their bodies are going to join their spirits souls will now be close as the apostle Paul says because their bodies will rise from the dead, and it says the Lord will send with a shout of command. He will say again that you've been dead long enough, and there they will be bodies will rise and connect with their souls something like the resurrection of Lazarus, Jesus is at the tomb of the dead man. You know when I was growing up we used to say at your making enough noise to raise the dead.

Well, I'm sorry but you're not making enough noise to raise the dead is very difficult to raise the dead. I've taken students to the cemetery to preach to the dead and they turn white. That is, the students did, but the graves were still close, but when Jesus stands at the tomb of Lazarus, Jesus says, Lazarus, come forth was Augustine who said thank God he said Lazarus come forth to be wouldn't have named him the whole cemetery would've come up from that's exactly what the Bible teaches. It says that the day is coming when the dead shall hear his voice, and they shall be resurrected, some to the resurrection of life, and some onto the resurrection of damnation, but in the end one bonds to the boys of Jesus. The shout of command and when he shouts that dad come out of their graves. Believe me, they will. And then it says the voice of the archangel, probably a reference to Gary Gabriel. I'm of the opinion that many angels are going to accompany this event, they were there when Jesus was born there going to be there when he returns.

In fact, some of the other texts talk about Jesus coming with the Angels and so they will be there to and with the trump of God. What was the trumpet used for in Old Testament times. The trumpet is signified, it's time to move. Remember when Israel was in those camps in the desert and that it was time for them to move and then they would blow the trumpet and you could imagine that people who are asleep.

Even they would begin to move.

I remember as a joke, someone who could blow the trumpet actually blew a trumpet in a bedroom where his friend was sleeping to wake him, and thankfully his friend awoke. The other option of course would've been to dive a heart attack. Jesus will come with a blast of a trumpet, and the dead in Christ in Christ will rise first.

They actually have an advantage. That's of the apostle Paul is teaching. If you think that it's a disadvantage to Diane not be present at the appearing of Jesus and they know you're wrong, Paul says here the dead in Christ shall rise first. That's in verse 16.

Well, what's the next sequence for sequence, the Lord returns with the saints of those who died. That is, he brings the souls of those who died with him. Secondly, their bodies are raised from the dead.

Thirdly, the living believers will be instantly transformed, they will be instantly changed.

They will get their bodies instantly their permanent eternal bodies. Now look at what the text says verse 17 then we who are alive, who are left will be caught up together wrapped euro rapture with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and so we will always be with the Lord now, the apostle Paul taught that there was going to be a whole generation of Christian would be alive at the return of Jesus. Same event, spoken of in first Corinthians chapter 15 behold, I show you a mystery.

We shall not all sleep. That means we shall not all die but we shall be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an I at the last trump. The trumpet shall sound in the head in Christ shall be raised incorruptible, and it will happen in a twinkling of an online how long does it take for your eyes to twinkle.

Well actually I think I heard it's about 1/50 of the second. Just like that there's going to be a whole generation of believers are going to go from this existence to their eternal bodies in a second after the dead in Christ have been raised to the apostle Paul says, probably a few seconds after that they will be raised and will be with Christ and it says he will come with the clouds together with them in the clouds, the appearing of Jesus is always associated with clouds that can be because clouds sometimes represent even human beings.

Maybe it's a reference to all the angels you know the Bible says that we are living with a cloud of witnesses, or it may be simply a natural event in the heavens as Jesus comes and now all these Christians go up and they are with the Lord in the clouds. I think that God decided to hide what takes place there from the eyes of the world because the world will have to come up with an explanation as to why so many people disappeared and so we will ever be with the Lord and that's number four in the sequence living believers. Number three will be instantly translated number 40. The groups meet the Lord in the air. You know that word meet actually as you sometimes were you have a delegation meeting, an important person so not to stretch it too much, but it's almost as if the people now who have been rapture joining as they do. Those who previously died and they of course have been translated and everybody who believes in Christ all those in Christ have their permanent bodies.

It's almost as if we are going toward Jesus in a procession and were saying, hail, King Jesus, thank you for coming for us.

Thank you for read deeming us here.

We are Jesus everlasting and then pulses so shall we ever be with the Lord, always with the Lord is this translation says always means forever. Think about it, where to be with the Lord pre-tribulation is in this correct were going to be with the Lord during the great tribulation on earth. We will be in heaven with the Lord matter what you believe about the future we will be with him when he returns in glory, to establish his kingdom will be with him during the thousand year millennial reign that we will talk about in this series and we will be with him while we reign with him for ever and ever and ever with him you don't, of course, is not only being with Jesus, oh how wonderful that is.

But it's also being with all of our friends.

Clearly that's why the apostle Paul says encourage one another with these words, it isn't just that everybody is going to be with Jesus but everybody's going to be with everybody else that they knew on earth so that when somebody dies is a believer and we say that we shall see them again and we shall connect with them again. We actually mean that the departures on earth for Christians are never permanent, never permanent.

You never really say goodbye to say good night. You know the expression that those who sleep in Jesus. The imagery is that what you mothers you can relate to this.

You have a little baby. You have fed the baby and now you have a low the baby to sleep when Christians die. It is as if Jesus in his arms has a low to sleep and then of course they shall rise to be with him forever and ever with him so comfort one another, encourage one another with these words, we but not as those who have no hope.

Now the implications of this for all of us I think are somewhat momentous earn thing. One of them is a an inspiration and motivation toward holiness.

Listen to what John says he's his beloved, now are we the children of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

Think about that for a moment, you'll be like Christ.

That is, you'll have a body like Jesus and me were talking about. No doctor bills because no cancer, no aches, no pains, no need for sleep.

We will be like him or we shall see him as he is and then as the New Testament always does. It doesn't give us these prophetic words just to satisfy our curiosity. John goes on and says, and he who has this hope in him purifies himself, even as Christ is pure. The motivation to holy living is always there. It is always presented the return of Christ is presented to change us to change our priorities to say all the things of this world that I think are so I want to exchange success for significant I'll tell you the next message that I preach in this series is going to be very sobering because the next message is based on second Corinthians 510 words as we all speaking of Christian we all shall appear before the judgment seat of Christ to give an account for the deeds done in the body, whether good or bad. While, so it's a motivation to holiness. Secondly, obviously. It's also a motivation for preparing and in this preparedness. I don't know whether there is a word like preparedness, but let's just say there is now a word like that. I mean can you imagine a table with bits and pieces of plastic and would, but also some little bits of iron iron filings in a very strong powerful electromagnet just goes over them and you got all these little iron filings all being pulled up connecting to the magnet. Everything else is left behind when Jesus returns. The question I want to leave you with his will you be left behind. Actually that might be a great title for a series of books that people will be left behind. My question is whether or not it's you, you know dogs can be very loyal fact I think they all are. There is a story about a man who had a very close relationship with his dog. Then the man the old farmer died they took his body and they put it in a coffin in a box they put it on the train and according to the story that I heard his dog came to the train every single day when it came to the station. The dog always hoping it's master with return goddesses in the Old Testament, the donkeys know their owner cows know where the stalls are my people now I have to ask you a simple question today. Do you love Jesus to love his appearing and you love them for the right reason, the Parliament of world religions many years ago I met a woman and I asked her somehow.

I forget how the conversation began that I was asking her if she love Jesus and she said oh yes I love them and she entered.

She said I love him. I said why she said I love him because of all the miracles he did.

I love him because he loved children I love them I love them I love my looks wherein Tori and I said you also love him because he died on the cross as a sacrifice for sin so that we could be forgiven.

Know God, and she broke eye contact with me and said I never thought of that before you can even love Jesus for the wrong reasons, and I encourage you today.

If you've never trusted him as Savior. He didn't die on the cross for our sins so that we could know him so that we could connect God and so that we could be what the New Testament calls in Christ, so that when the rapture happens were caught up together with the Lord in the clouds face to face with Christ, my Savior, face to face what will it when, with whom rapture I behold him.

Jesus Christ died only darkling now I see him with a darkling veil between but another day is coming when his glory shall be seen. I hope that all of us will be ready when my friend, I'm sitting here contemplating the words of that song just as you are wondering what that day will be like when we shall see him earlier I referred to a conversation I had with a woman who said that she love Jesus and I pointed out that she loved him for the wrong reasons. She said she loved him because of his miracles, but she had never thought of loving him because he died for our sins.

My point is simply this, we must understand that the purpose of Jesus Christ coming was really a rescue mission. He came to rescue us from our sins so that we might be with him forever. And you know as we think about being with him forever. I've written a book entitled the King is coming.

I want you to have this resource because I think it will bless you and bless others and of course you'll be able to referred to it again and again for a gift of any amount. It can be yours. Here is what you do go to RTW that's RTW or call us at 1-888-218-9337 ask for the book but King is coming.

Aren't you glad that he is call us at 1-888-218-9337 once again, you ask Pastor Lucerne, a question about the Bible or the Christian life tears in the life to come. Many Christians fear those tears will fall if I end up in heaven without those that mean so much to them. Gerald listens to our program. This is what she writes.

The Scriptures say that God will wipe away every tear from our eyes. How can this be if we know that some of our loved ones did not make it to heaven. Someone told me that God will ease the memories we have of those loved ones.

Is this true. First of all I want to say that were not entirely sure why there are tears in heaven. It might be because there are loved ones who are not in heaven with us the other reason might be tears of regret, considering the way in which we lived in light of all of the benefits and all of the privileges that God gave us but I don't think it is true to say that the way in which God is going to wipe away those tears is by blocking our memories so that we don't remember that we have relatives who are not with us who may be in hell. I doubt very much that God solves the problem by taking away our knowledge. I would rather think that he wipes away our tears by giving us more knowledge than in heaven. We will see things from his perspective with such clarity that we will be convinced that God has done all things well. Also in terms of our family members. Remember that in heaven we will be part of one larger family. So the same affection that we feel now to order family members will be felt, I believe, to all the members of the heavenly community so relationships are going to be changed all that I know is that God is going to wipe away all tears and that should give us the assurance that no matter what is happened the end of the day we will be rejoicing in God, confident that he did what was well and very good. Some wise counsel from Dr. Erwin lutes are. Thank you Dr. lutes are if you'd like to hear your question answered. Go to our and click on ask Pastor lutes or or call us at 1-888-218-9337 that's 1-888-218-9337 you can write to us at running to win 1635 N. LaSalle Boulevard Chicago line 60614 in ancient Corinth. You can see a platform where judges once sat on the front is a nameplate FEMA. That's the word Paul uses regarding the judgment seat of Christ where all believers will give account of their deeds. Next time I'm running to win. Join us for a probing look at every Christians appointment at the heavenly court of justice. Thanks for listening.

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