Trying to figure out what day Jesus is coming back is futile. He didn’t come back yesterday and so far, He hasn’t come back today. There are three things that we can know for sure. Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is not promised but we have this very moment. When Moses asked God, “Who shall I say sent me?” God said “I AM”. Not “I was” or not “I will be” but simply “I AM”. When God says “I AM”, our response should be a simple “YOU ARE”. When we reach that point of understanding that “HE IS” means that He is everything we need then and only then will we start to understand that “when He is coming back” should be of little or no concern to us. The important thing is that “HE IS” and He is coming back. Our concern is “to be” ready. God did not call us “human doers”, He called us “human beings” because He wanted us to understand that “being” is more important than doing. What we do, our external actions, are only a small part of who we are. Our words and our actions are a result of how we have spent our time up until now. Do they show that we have spent our time being in His presence? If so, we will be ready when He comes back.
God is waiting to show you the way.[/caption]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.–1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (ESV)
This is the basis of our belief and it is our hope. But it is more than just a hope for this lifetime on earth, it is a hope for all eternity. Paul tells us this in 1 Corinthians 15:19 If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. (ESV)
All those believers who have died in the past, as well as those who are still alive, will be caught up to meet Jesus in the air and we will always be with the Lord. This knowledge should encourage us to keep pressing on in the face of all the fiery darts thrown at us by the enemy. Remain faithful, we know who wins the war and we are on His side.