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August 12, 2020 8:00 am
We all could use some encouragement and no find it together today in the Bible-based preaching Dr. Don Wilton on today's edition of The Encouraging Word. Dr. Don continues in the concept and understanding of the book of Revelation and the end of times, but specifically about Jesus coming in the clouds, as we open God's word in just a moment please know that were open to pray with you right now. We love to talk with you. Listen, maybe connect with resources at the other end of this number 86689 Chinatown store and yourselves would love to pray with you anytime day or night at 866899673 let's connect online and TW online.org that's TW online.org why you're there, sign up for the daily Encouraging Word Dr. Don Wilton will be glad you did. Hello my friends, it is just wonderful to be able to fellowship with you like this through The Encouraging Word bold cost. It's really a great joy and I just want to thank you for tuning in for worshiping with us and for the wonderful friendship that we have together in the Lord Jesus. So many of you write me notes and send me emails and are just great encouragers and I you know I just love the name The Encouraging Word, don't you, but it really it's not about us, it's about. This would God's word and in fact we got to be studying such an encouraging word today I want to be speaking to you about an incredible subject. It runs deep. You gonna need to listen carefully because I'm gonna speak to you today about the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ in the clouds. I meant to say that again I'm not going to speak to you right now about the second coming, the speak to you about the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ in the clouds. So I want you to get ready with your Bibles in first Thessalonians chapter 4, you can start turning there right now, by whatever means you use because you need to see this on your own. I'm going to be in first Thessalonians chapter 4.
I'm also going to be in second Thessalonians chapter 2, and were also going to look at some selected passages in the book of Revelation. Fact is a lot to get through. Just let me just say this to consummate you wondering where I am exactly right now I am in Jerusalem. Can you believe that this is just incredible. In fact, the place where I'm standing. Those of you being here, you know, this is the house of Caiaphas, and it's a it's just a deeply spiritual place to be. This place gets to my heart. And the reason it does is because this is way they dragged the Lord Jesus Christ. In fact, right behind me is the roadway. The old stone roadway that many believe is the exact place where they dragged Jesus so unceremoniously just that was so horrid they beat him to help.
They they they just absolutely just took out the vengeance on the Son of Man who was laying down his life for us and they took him right to the spice and threw them into the pit of a prison that you and I cannot even begin to imagine.
Gun read Psalm 88 you you will be reminded that the psalmist captured this as God put it on his heart.
Why do I mention the sacrifice of Jesus because when we talk about Jesus coming in the clouds. All that to say because of the sacrifice of Jesus, his willingness to lay down his life to shed his blood so that you and I can be forgiven. Allison is the very reason why when we study the coming of Jesus in the clouds. It means you and I can be part of that and I want you to listen carefully today because this coming of Jesus in the clouds, which many people have popularized using the phrase the rapture of the church and I'm going to explain that to you. The rapture of the church that would rapture literally means to be translated to be snatched away and really it's a phrase that came out of Revelation chapter 4. Right. Often, God gives us this incredible warning concerning the church. The Bible tells us that John was at once in the spirit he looked up and he saw heaven opened, he was at once in the spirit and he was taken from this earth into heaven, will this is what God's word teaches us now friends just I want you to get a hold of something somber to say this real slowly. I want you to really get a hold of this because it will be a blessing to you there are really three Cummings of Jesus that are very, very, very critical to you. Enter me coming number one you got it. When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea. God himself when Jesus came and was born took upon himself human flesh was tempted in all points.
Just as we are yet without sin. That's the first time Jesus came to this earth. The second coming of Jesus is what we are going to talk about right now, which is the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ in the clouds now you need to listen very carefully because the coming of Jesus in the clouds is very clear in the Bible. I'm going to show this to you in first Thessalonians chapter 4 particularly, and in other passages as we put this together because the Bible is very specific. Jesus does not land on the earth.
The third coming of Jesus, which we call the second coming, which is the second time he comes to this earth, is found in Revelation chapter 19 in verse 11 will be talking about that together he's going to land on the Mount of olives, actually, which is just right check to my left. I'm looking at the Mount of olives down through the Kidron Valley and even the land on the Mount of olives in person.
In fact, the angel of God and ask chapter 1 verse 10 and 11 told the men of Galilee, don't worry dunce look up in the same Jesus went up is going to come back down and Zechariah chapter 14 tells us that he's going to land on the Mount of olives. That's the second coming.
And by the way, when he comes back that time he will never leave because he going to set up his kingdom is going to go down through the Kidron Valley through the eastern gate he's going to reclaim the Temple Mount set up his kingdom before marching across the fields of Samaria in the hills of Samara to the battlefields of Armageddon, followed by the thousand year reign followed by the banishment for ever of Satan himself followed by the great white throne judgment in Revelation chapter 20 in verse 15 and then in Revelation 21 and verse one.
The Bible says. Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, because the old heaven and the old earth had passed away, and there was no longer any separation and a new Jerusalem came down heaven and God from the throne said, from now on I'm going to make my dwelling place among man. All right, now let's go back to this again three Cummings coming number one when Jesus was born. That's the Christmas story coming number two when Jesus comes in the clouds and we get taken up to me to if we not already with him. If we haven't already died. My dad is already with I'm just going to be caught up. My dad will be there. I'm going to meet him and all our loved ones all your loved ones.
You know Jesus coming number three is when Jesus lands on the Mount of olives, just like the angel said.
And just like the angels will announce in Revelation chapter 19 and verse one and following with great course that Jesus will land heaven will open and the Son of Man will come riding on a white horse, you got it all right.
So what we gotta be studying together is the coming of Jesus in the clouds.
Okay I want to read to your few verses in first Thessalonians chapter 4 of this is an incredible passage. This is what Paul said in verse 13 okay, first Thessalonians chapter 4 and verse 13 brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who die or to grieve like the rest of those men who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died that he rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep with him or in him. God is going to bring with Jesus at this incredible event coming of Jesus in the clouds.
All those who have already the beautiful phrases and by the way, do you know what happens to a believer when you die, you just fall asleep in Jesus that a beautiful phrase you just go to sleep in Christ you just lifted up the angels in heaven just pick you up and carry you into the presence of the King of Kings.
You are seated at the feast table of the King. All right, verse 15, according to the Lord's own word. This is his word, we tell you that we who are still alive. Those of us who haven't yet died and who are still left on this earth to the coming of the Lord will not precede those who have already died. Those who fall asleep.
Why, because to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. They are already in the presence of the Lord for the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a loud, come on, with the voice of the Ark Angel and with the trumpet call of God and the dead in Christ will rise first and often that we who are alive and remain on this earth will be up together with them to meet Jesus. I watch this folks in the air. And so shall we ever be with the Lord. So encourage one another with these words.
All right, now want to show you something here that is very very important. I'm just going to give you some hard biblical facts about the coming of the Lord Jesus in the clouds number one Jesus is coming in the clouds. Please forgive the eruption will be back with more of Dr. Wilson's message in just a moment. We just want to say we're here for you were connecting 24 hours a day of 866-899-WORD word that's 866-899-WORD 9673, and online at.org. One of the joints are ministry is that every single day someone give their heart Jesus Christ is on the phone or online connected to our television, radio broadcast, praise God for that and we thank you. Many of you been prayer supporters and financial supporters of The Encouraging Word know how grateful we are as a matter fact you have become. We call encouragers take a minute and think about a couple of things where a clouds father what you got it. In fact, even here in Jerusalem today there clouds of anybody who speaks affect the clouds.
Anyone ever seen clouds when you dig a hole in the ground well clouds in the sky. They float you notes like people sometimes try to figure out exactly where have you is amazing that the disciples there on the Mount of olives and they look cannot tell you where heaven is right now pouring up, pouring up where clouds up. By the way he uses another phrase they too. The air wears a it's up in the air, caught up another phrase that God's word uses is the word to gather he comes down and he gathers them he gathers them up in the clouds way. Jesus is in the air. None of that language. None of those words are used in Revelation chapter 19.
Beginning at verse 11.
Heaven opens the Son of Man the Lord Jesus comes down out of heaven. He's riding a white horse. The prophet tells us he lands on the Mount of olives, he brings with him. All believers he goes through the Eastgate living water flows out of him reclaims the temple goes to the battlefield of Armageddon. Even with all the bells and whistles going off. Maybe the bells that we hearing ringing largest the celebration of the fact that the King is coming in that fantastic. I love that.
Thank you bells you ran just at the right time than you folks listen to me. Yes, fact number one that I want to share with you about the coming of Jesus in the clouds and it's exactly that Jesus is coming in the clouds. This coming is not the second coming that we know it precedes that which means something is going to happen often that fact number two all believers are going to be with him.
When Jesus comes in the clouds. Believers are going to be in one of two places. Let's talk about that from place number one up in heaven already with the Lord Jesus you know someone who's already there.
I bet you do. You and I feel that done pre-I tell you I've had so many friends of mine that I've sacked with an held hands with just as they have with me. When our loved ones die. That's a hard thing is not want you to know that I love you and I pray for you, you know, I think Paul the apostle really understood this. You know, he wrote about it in first Corinthians 15 when he said yes we do.
Grieve, but not as those who have no hope that will save we do grieve.
By the way people ask me all the time, Dr. Wilton, you know, is there something wrong with me because I want to cry because I weep because I've lost my wife because I've lost my husband, my son, my daughter, my best friend. Not one bit. I tried to tell people, I really think that our tears are just a sweet savor in the presence of the Lord Jesus. I think they just are an expression of beautiful expression of the deep love that we have for those who have already died and you know the wonderful thing is that when people die in Christ. I go straight to heaven. So believe a group number one are people just like that. I've told you about my dad love my dad, my precious mother is 90 years of age is still with us, and I'm so glad she is and I love you very very much, but you know, my brothers and I with a when dad passed away. We arrived in that hospital. Dad was just about 19 so the Lord all his life. A great preacher and teacher of the word of God just loved him so much. I was right. They with my brothers when my father drew his last breath. So I'm gonna tell you quite honestly we just began to weep. Ark, I can't tell you the feeling that came up all of a sudden we just realized dad was gone but we didn't grieve as those who have no hope. I could just see my dad if he could've right there in that hospital bed just stand up and say, boys.
What is the matter with you. This is what I've lived for all my life I've just been picked up by God's angels given a royal escort into the pit since of the King of Kings and Lord of lords I would've sitting dad on know and I understand and I believe that but gosh, dad, I just miss you so believe a group number one already there and I got some news for you. None of us know exactly when Jesus gonna come in the clouds.
They want to hear the rest of that story.
You and I may already be with him when he comes in the clouds.
So what does God say to us in first Thessalonians that God has made the decision to bring with Jesus all those who have already fallen asleep in Jesus. So when Jesus comes in the clouds. All believers number one who already with them already in heaven will be a company number two all believers on this earth are going to just talk it just like that. We gotta be snatched out of the suit it's going to happen in a moment in a twinkling of an eye. Have you ever try to figure out what a 20 never lies. I think it is something so quick so amazing. The Bible says the Archangel, the trumpet will sound, the announcement will be made.
Every eye will see him, everyone will know they will be a radiant glory that will stretch across this universe as the Son of Man comes in the clouds and everyone who has given their hearts and lives to Jesus is still alive on this earth will be caught up to meet our loved ones with Jesus in the air. Here is the catch. First Thessalonians chapter 4 and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Isn't that an amazing truth.
That's one of the most amazing things that you ever ever know in your antilock. Do you know the Lord Jesus Christ. Have you given your heart and life to him.
Have you trusted him as your Savior and Lord have you repented of your sin. Have you confessed to send to him.
Have you received him into your life. Do you know that you know that you know that you know that you belong to him is your name written in the Lamb's book of life. Jesus is coming in the clouds and he's coming to receive you, but you know there's something that's going to take place.
The moment Jesus comes in the clouds. There is going to be all of a sudden a series of events that are going to be unleashed on this earth.
It's going to begin with the arrival of antichrist now want to read to you something that is absolutely amazing. Second Thessalonians chapter 2 just get a load of this. This is what the Bible says in second Thessalonians chapter 2, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered unto him that is the same word we all ask you not to become easily alarmed or unsettled by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come to assignment the day of the Lord has already come. I want to tell you right now as we begin to unpack this incredible subject about the coming of the Lord Jesus that what God wants us to know right out of the hatch is that God is the only one who is in control of the timeclock of the coming of Jesus.
He is the only one who knows that split-second.
He is the only one who will give that come on and he is the only one that will dispatch his son the Lord Jesus Christ to come in the clouds, in order that we will be received onto him and in that moment that we are taken up all those who have rejected the Lord Jesus Christ will be left behind on this earth, and here's what I want you to really getting your mind this is very important because while all believers are taken out of the swoon. This will this earth is lift with all unbelievers and something begins to happen in the first thing is going to be the on holy Trinity. Now we all know who the holy Trinity is God the father, God the son God the Holy Spirit. But just wait until you hear what God's word has to say about the unholy Trinity who they all when they arrive and what they going to do at the time that Jesus comes in the clouds. That's why I want to invite you to give your life to Christ. That's why this is so that's why every believer has something to look forward to and that's why the apostle Paul said to these people based on what God has told us. Yes, Jesus is coming in the clouds and look at that final verse so encourage one another is a powerful and challenging and ominous subject deductible talking about today, but as we think about even the evil that is in the world now, and the evil will be manifesting those in days.
We know that there is something greater.
First John four for greater is he that is in the heat in the world, God is bigger than each of these ominous things that we might look forward to look ahead to days, but I pray that you would know that that Scripture first John 44 it's only relevant if you asked Jesus to be in you which you please take a moment and listen as Dr. Don shares these final most important words in our day-to-day are you ready you pray this prayer with me right now. They have gone on Jesus loves me that he died on the day I think of myself and I confess my sins and I give him Jesus and I a man if you pray that prayer from your phone giving your life to Christ will welcome you to the family of brother and sister in Christ, it's getting games together because we all connected together for ever as believers in Christ, if you give your life to Jesus Christ you just pray that maybe to give your life to Christ for the first time or to rededicate your life come back to Jesus Christ. You need to know that we believe that God would have this moment for us to take another step together to to help you grow in your faith help you plug back into a local church or find a local church, those are all resources we offer here at The Encouraging Word but start with let's getting to know each other. Give us a call.
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