Are You Sure? Teaching Blog #26
Today we are going to study Revelation 19 beginning with Verse 11 when the heavens open and Jesus is riding a white horse and He is called, “Faithful and True.” He comes in righteousness to judge and make war with His enemies and we also learn there will be a marriage supper. His eyes are as a flame of fire because He is focused on His return. I want to point out that in heaven we will be clothed in fine white linen, but the garment of Jesus will be stained with blood. When Jesus returns we are told in Jude 1:14, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints…” This tells us the Saints who are with Jesus in heaven will return with Him in the clouds.
Take a moment to imagine this scene because all the faithfully departed have been anticipating this event for over 6,000 years. They’ve been waiting for the completion of salvation and the bringing in of righteousness when Jesus comes to the earth. Here in Scripture they are finally getting ready to ride out with Him and the heavens open and Jesus leads the way. This means our family members who knew Jesus and have died and gone on before us will come back with Him on this day. It also means that if we physically die before this event occurs, which is prior to the rapture, then we will also be with them. The departed Saints in heaven are a portion of the Body of Christ because the Saints still here on earth, the Church, are what remains of the same body. In other words, the Body of Christ is separated in two, those who are in heaven and those who remain here on earth. There is a lot going on in the Book of Revelation, but for this session of our study we are interested in what happens when Jesus returns because our salvation will be complete when we receive our new bodies.
In 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 we learn the rapture of the Church and the resurrection of the dead and the return of the Lord are one single event and I hope to make this very clear to everyone. The Word of God teaches, “But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope” (Verse 13). In other words, if we believe in the Gospel plan and we are connected to Jesus, then we know that God will bring with Him all the Saints that died in Jesus. Remember, “in Jesus” is a covenant term and those who are alive in Jesus and remain here on earth will also be caught up together with Him in the clouds.
There will be a lot of activity taking place at this one single event, but most importantly we see that we are all brought together again as one family in Christ. The Church on earth with the physical body and the Church in heaven without a physical body are brought together at this event. This is the return of the Lord. This is the rapture of the Church. This is the resurrection of the dead. And this all happens in the twinkling of an eye.