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Looking to the east... a vigil for the Thief who cometh in the night.
An excerpt from 1 Corinthians 15:52
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the [sound of the] last trumpet call. For a trumpet will sound, and the dead [in Christ] will be raised imperishable (free and immune from decay), and we shall be changed (transformed).
The principle of watching and praying.
Looking to the east is a principle in the Word of God which promises to purify your soul. As Christ was led of the Father to foretell of His return like a thief of the night, billions on earth have watched the clouds for thousands of years... But to no avail. The scriptures speak of in Revelations of a blessing for those who read it. And a cursing to the adding and the subtracting of its verses.
It is the wonder of it all, to wake up and think could this day be my last? My first day in heaven? To imagine that all over the world, people are waking up from their dreams the same way to see the sun break through the clouds into their homes from half-opened blinds.
But nearly all have awoken to sleep the sleep of death without seeing our King. We watch our lost loved ones slip away gradually. Slowly dust collects on the shelve of our souls, and dreams which once breathed life to our wonder have become a slow ache. Movies and modern literature write on our hearts instead of the wooing of a First Love.
Looking to the east... In search of a Coming King when none search
It was custom for Christians to look to the east for the coming of a King. Our parents, parents, parents, and beyond have found hope in the vigil. In fact, the very reality of its idea actually was spoken of by Paul the apostle... Though Christ had not returned, people seemed to shut down life. Paul wrote If you do not work you can not eat. Keeping a lingering look upward can be as intimate as a handshake with someone you met to a drawing as deep as a conversation with an old friend. It is a blessing in disguise. One which few follow through their whole life through.
And now, the darkness seems overwhelming. It is as if a constant shadow has fallen like a veil. Looking around is easier than to look up. A silent prayer in one's heart is missed and instead of a wonder within, hopelessness is fed with the ever present age.
Twila Paris Watch and pray
Songs concerning the return of our Thief...
Songs throughout the decades have touched upon the rapture. People get ready sung by the Impressions in 1965 was a song which embodied soul and heart with a message which is rarely heard today. Twila Paris of the 80's and 90's. It has been song which reaches us like information can not. Songs of the rapture have more encouragement then many messages on the coming of Christ. The coming rapture, hummed in our heart or sung in our song, can lift a weary head in wonder during a pain of our eyes. In fact guarding ones heart though song can bring a grateful light to any circumstance.
In fact, worship music has progressed to be more intimate, with spiritual sound unlike the grateful dirges of slave's and their hymns. Spiritual song has evolved. Hymns seem more up tempo. While many would say change is good, many fear it. It seems bringing God into our heart through worship still belongs to the creation finding the Creator.
The Impressions: People get ready
GLORIA BAILEY: He's coming soon
Pat Robertson on Matthew 24 CBN 2011
- People with a strong foundation in the Word like Pat Robertson are credible concerning these end times. Also, old messages from Pat Robertson can play a defining role in your perspective. The Word clearly speaks that without vision God's people perish. Staying close to the fire is a sure-fire way to remain warm during these cold times and still focused in these unpredictable end days.
- John Hagee is a consistent Preacher from Texas. He comes from a line of Evangelists and has a strong stance against sin. Many of the Christian pillars of America have died throughout the years... John Osteen. E. V. Hill. Kenneth Hagin. R.W. Shamrock. Kathryn Kuhlman.
- Ministers of the Word in deed and truth can be found on-line. John Wesley. Martin Luther. C.S. Lewis. Billy Graham.
Billy Graham's snippet of the snatching away
Billy Graham has been a strong symbol of Christianity over the years. Even in his ailing days, his presence can be felt when his name is spoken. or a video watched. His moral backbone has had a night and day effect concerning this nation, America. America's youth aspire him, America's youth respect him.
Imagine a world where their pillars have fallen.
Jesus spoke of his return as a thief in the night. Unpredictable. Without notice. He even mentioned in the Bible that even He knew not when His return was. He spoke that the whole world must have news of the gospel's light. The message of a rapture would be as intimate as two people beside each other and one left, one taken. Wars and rumors of wars. Nation rising against nation. Famines. Pestilence. Hatred.
We Christians face an uphill climb every day. We are persecuted, lied about, unjustly wronged. We are abandoned. We face trials and are required of to stand, stand even smiling, over seen by our King of Kings.
2 Corinthians 4:8-12New International Version (NIV)
8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
Yes, He is alive. He is watching. He is waiting to return. And when He returns...
With Him, our reward.
Robert Daniel McCoy
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