The Coming of the Lord

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"For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." 1 Thess. 4:16, 1716For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 4:16‑17).
How wonderful to the believer in Christ is the truth of the coming of the Lord Jesus—His personal return to call His own home to share His glory. That coming is near, and will be sudden, whether at noonday or midnight.
But what about those who are unsaved when Jesus comes? As one has said: "It has its dark side for the rejectors of the gospel of God, the despisers of Christ! They will be left behind for judgment."
How solemn! There will be no more pleading from loved ones, no more tearful encouragement to come to Jesus. What an awakening it will be to the unbelievers, those who lived, rejecting Christ, to find all believers gone, and they themselves left behind!
These are not sentimental fancies; they are not cunningly devised fables. They are the true, faithful sayings of the Word of God.
Christ is coming! One of two things will happen to you when He comes; you will either be caught up to be forever with Him or left behind for judgment. Think of it—left behind for judgment! Oh, stop and think! "How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?" Heb. 2:33How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; (Hebrews 2:3). "Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out." John 6:3737All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. (John 6:37).