Friday, November 25, 2016
When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again!
When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again”. For those of you who are too young to remember, here is the first verse:
When Johnny comes marching home again, hoorah, hoorah,
We’ll give him a hearty welcome then, hoorah, hoorah,
The men will cheer, the boys will shout, the ladies, they will all turn out
And we’ll all feel gay when, Johnny comes marching home.
Line 12: There will be no more sickness, or sorrow, or pain, no more death, just life and eternal gain.
We’re told in Scripture that when Jesus comes, he will “come with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead, in Christ will rise first:” I Thessalonians 4:16-17. We discussed this at length in our last segment. However, let us take this a little further. Remember, that we established in John 11:11-14 (when referring to Jesus’ explanation of Lazarus’ death) that the dead are sleeping a special sleep. However, when Jesus showed up at his tomb, He called Lazarus forth from that sleep. He also referred to himself, as the “Resurrection and the Life” John 11:25. Therefore, it is no stretch of the imagination when we read I Thessalonians 4:17 about how Jesus returns, and how He will wake up or resurrect His sleeping saints and catch them up into the air to meet Him; for His feet will not touch the earth when He comes the second time. It is so important to note that part of the Scripture in I Thessalonians 4:17, also, Jesus will take them with Him, as He returns to heaven.
Another issue Jesus cautioned His followers regarding was deception and the impersonation of His second coming. He gives clear instructions in Matthew 24:4-5; 24:23-27
"So now where is he taking them?” You might ask. Well, according to the following Scriptures, He is taking them to be with Him, in the mansions that He has prepared for them, in His Father’s house, and we are not to trouble ourselves about this transition, whatsoever. We have been assured that this will happen, both by Jesus and by His attending angels. John 14:1-3; Acts 1:8-11
Then comes the bonus to this resurrected life; for many, just being saved would be good enough. However, once we’ve been resurrected and taken to heaven, we will find that there is no more sickness, sorrow, or sighing; no pain, no bills, no con men; nothing that will disturb our peace, will be found. We will never have to say good-bye to saved loved ones again; there, we will have found Utopia, and it will last forever. Rev. 21:1-5
I tell you, this is some of the best news in the world! Please go and tell somebody about what you’ve read. It will make you feel good all over, just like it did to me. HalleluYah!
First posted on the Internet – 11/25/16
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