I have in this study, written out some scriptures, but have only made reference to others, so as to take up less space. All of those I have only made reference to, are very important also. I have put these in bold print and underlined them. I had put links to them to make them easy to look up, but could not make them work here. So please do look them up, for it is what God had written down for us in The Word that is important. And I believe what is written in God's Word backs up what I have written here. They are all VERY important to this study. Having heard a thing a certain way for a long time, often makes it difficult to "hear" in a different way. It is my personal belief that many things we have been taught of men are misleading. The Word of God is all true, but not all who teach it are. It is important to know this. And God will hold us responsible for how we handle His Word, for He has told us: "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2Timothy 2:15 The scriptures that are written out and those that are not can all be looked up and verified at http://www.biblegateway.com/
Changed in the Twinkling of an Eye (A Picture From the Story of Gideon)
"And he divided the 300 men into 3 companies, and he put a trumpet in every man's hand, with empty pitchers (vessels), and lamps (lights) within the pitchers (earthen vessels)." Judges 7:16. "And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon." Judges 7:20
We are the earthen vessels within which Christ dwells. We must be broken if His Light within us is to be seen by a dark and dying world. We ARE the Light of the World, but we must be formed within, in The Truth that will set The Light within us free. "Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness." Luke 11:3
In the last days, God will have a company, a mighty army, who will be vessels of clay, which have been emptied of self. Inside, is The Light, The Life of Christ. When the last trumpet sounds, the corruptible shall fall away. We shall be changed (what's inside turned without). "He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge(empty of dross) them as gold and silver." Malachi.3:3 "I am also formed out of the clay." Job 33:6 "If a man, therefore, purge (empty) himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the Master's use and prepared unto every good work." 2 Timothy 2:21. "If thine eye be single, thy whole body (vessel) shall be full of light." Matthew 6:22 "Then shall thy light break forth ............the glory of the Lord shall be thy rereward." Isaiah 58:8 Please, right here, read Joel 2:1-11
The Son's of God shall be revealed, in the twinkling of an eye it shall happen, just like God's Word promises. It does not say we will be caught up into the sky. It says we shall be caught up together in the air (This word being the Greek word, which refers to a blowing or forcing out "(God breathed into Adam's nostrils and he became a living soul)" See Gen.2:7 Another word is used for sky. We shall be caught up together, shall be of one mind, one spirit, one accord, one body (The Body of Christ). God will judge the world through this army, by His Word, in the earth. Please see 1 Corinthians 6:2 and John 12:48 and Isaiah 26:9. We shall behold His face, and we shall be in total awareness of our place in Him (in the air=heavenlies), while we walk the earth. Please see 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18 Remember when Christ said to Mary, "Touch me not, for I am not yet ascended (caught up) unto my Father?" John 20:17 But, later they did touch Him. Later, He appeared in the room with His disciples, though the doors were shut. It was then that He told Thomas TO touch Him. Therefore they could see Jesus there with then, even though, through implication, He had been "caught up." He had not "flown away." Dare we who have been thinking differently about "caught up" begin to see the meaning of this in a different way? Perhaps we all need to rethink some things we have been "taught" of men, and let God show us what HE is saying to us. We all need to test everything against The Word to us by The Holy Spirit. "And say, Thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I am against thee O Zidon; and I will be glorified in the midst of thee: and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall have executed judgments in her, and shall be sanctified in her." Ezekiel 28:22. Shall He not be glorified in the midst of us....literally, as in: "the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple?" Malachi 3:1 When He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day." 2Thessalonians 1:10. Now, after the millennium, the Holy City will be seen descending out of heaven, but note, carefully: "And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for behold, the kingdom of God is within you". Luke 17:20-21.
We shall be shut in with Him during His wrath. We will not, in a twinkling, "go out in haste," but be revealed. " For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the Lord will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your reward." Isaiah 52:12 Please see Isaiah 26:20 The Israelites were shut in, in safety, during the plagues, but were removed from one location to another. Their feet were still on this earth. Note how John, in Revelation, was "in the Spirit and caught up." Rev. 1:10 and Rev. 4:1 "Beloved, now are we the Sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Hinm, for we shall see Him as He is." 1John 3:2 (Not fly away, but be revealed) Want Shelter? Want Comfort? Read Psalms 91, and believe God. Not men.