As He Rose So Will We – But Not All

January 17

“For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received:
that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
and that he was buried, and that he rose again
the third day according to the Scriptures,
and that he was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve.
After that he was seen by over five hundred brethren at once,
of whom the greater part remain to the present,
but some have fallen asleep.
After that he was seen by James, then by all the apostles.”
1 Corinthians 15:3-7

One remarkable detail in this story is that after Christ rose from the dead he appeared only to those who believed in him. There is no mention of him being seen by the priests or any other “religious” or even secular people. He was seen only by his own.

And so it will be when he comes for the believers – he will take only his own. The day after the Rapture, the churches will be filled with religious people. They will have some explanation for why we’re gone. They will be given over to “a strong delusion.”

“And for this reason God will send them strong delusion,
that they should believe the lie,
that they all may be condemned
who did not believe the truth
but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
2 Thessalonians 2:11-12

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine,
but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears,
they will heap up for themselves teachers,
and they will turn their ears away from the truth,
and be turned aside to fables.”
2 Timothy 4:3-4

The churches of the last days will be filled with people who have turned to teachers who teach pleasant things, prosperity, feel-good tenets, how you can be what you want to be in order to succeed in life; how you can acquire what you want. There will even be false signs and wonders among them which will deceive many, because they have been GIVEN OVER to the strong delusion referred to here.

The coming of the Lord is almost upon us. The signs are all there. It’s like the holidays – when you see Christmas decorations in the stores, you know that Thanksgiving is near. Even so, as we see the events of “the last days” approaching, as we see the prophesied global government and ecumenical religion forming, we know that the coming of the Lord for his believers is near. But not all will go with him when he comes for his own, many will be “left behind.”

Do you desire truth? Or do you want to hear what you want to hear, what makes you feel good? How you answer this is going to be the basis for your eternity.

Do not take a chance with your eternity. Bow before the Lord in true heart-felt repentance and call upon him to save you — while there is yet time, for the time is coming when that door will be closed and it will be too late. Jesus said that it will be like the days of Noah. Noah was a “preacher of righteousness” (2 Peter 2:5) who warned the people about the coming judgment on the world throughout the time it took him to build the ark. They didn’t listen – in fact they laughed at him. 

And they all died.