Published May 27, 2014
"Then, Without Warning..."
Our church service was over a few Sundays ago and we were in the car headed for lunch. As we traveled, the worship service from Calvary Church was being broadcast live on the radio and the message from Senior Pastor Beau Eckert kept Paul's and my attention.
Suddenly the radio was emitting urgent-sounding "beep, beep, beep" signals. And it was obviously coming from alarms presumably fire alarms in the church sanctuary.
Pastor Beau immediately told his congregation, "I had a great conclusion to this sermon. You'll have to come back to hear it. You know what to do. See you tonight at 6 p.m." Then there was the muffled sound of people purposely moving around the auditorium, making their way without delay to the exits.
Pastor Beau used the phrase, "You know what to do." And it got me thinking.
1 Thessalonians 4:16 promises us, "For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first." (NKJV)
Someday, without warning, there will be a great shout heard worldwide. We'll hear the heavenly trumpet blow. It will be a sound unlike any other sound we've ever heard. Those who know Jesus and are washed clean through His blood will recognize that sound. In fact, "we'll know what to do."
We'll begin to move and find ourselves joining other believers in the air. Gravity and things of this earth will lose their hold on us. We'll move up, joining Jesus to be together forever in heaven.
The question is whether you have settled your account with the Lord. Are your sins forgiven, covered by the blood of Jesus? Have you accepted Jesus' gift? Are you assured to be in the bunch leaving this earth?
Will you recognize the shout? Will you hear the trumpet? Are you listening today? If so, keep listening. It can't be long.
If not, "you know what to do."
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