Longing for That Day

My soul longs for your salvation; I hope in your word.        Psalm 119:81 

God has promised that there is a day coming when massive change will happen on the earth. It will come when it is least expected, even though signs and wonders will precede it. It will happen when there is instability in the world, when nation rises against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. Good news! It will happen soon. The rapture of the church, the body of Christian believers, will happen in the twinkling of an eye. 

The old South African bishop said, “I have been saved; I am being saved; and I shall be saved.” His initial salvation was at the time he accepted Christ as Lord and Savior. In “being saved,” he was referring to the ongoing sanctification that comes as the believer abides in Christ, learns from Him, and matures in his walk with the Lord. That he shall be saved refers to that time of the blessed and glorious hope Christians have of spending eternity with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. According to Charles Ryrie’s Basic Theology, the Rapture of the Church “means the carrying away of the Church from earth to heaven.”  

Are you ready? Does your soul long for that day? Do you trust the Lord and His Word? The Lord will soon return for you and for all of those whom He has redeemed, catching them up before anyone knows what is happening. Pray for pastors and teachers to share the truth of Christ’s Gospel and of His return, so that many will be gathered in the harvest. 

Today’s Verse: Psalm 119:81

My soul longs for your salvation; 
    I hope in your word. 

All Scripture quotations and audio are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Recommended for further reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 

13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 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 the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

All Scripture quotations and audio are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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