Rapture? Or No Rapture [Part 1]
Caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air
[1 Thessalonians 4:17]


 

“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: 17 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 Thessalonians 4:16-17, KJV]
 
Many of us are familiar with this verse, and many of us desire to be caught up into the air.
But how many of us actually knows what that means?

Keep in mind that Paul who wrote this verse [1 Thessalonians 4:17] is the same one who wrote Ephesians 2:2:
 
“Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:” [KJV]
 
Obviously, the power of the air in this verse does not refer to the physical air. And similarly, “caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air” also does not refer to the physical air. Meaning, to think, or believe, that we will fly into the physical air IS WRONG. But there is a sweet truth hidden in that verse which we all as children of God deserve to know. We trust God, in His mercy, to open this truth to us as we read on. Amen.
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David, A man after My heart


 

In this meditation, we shall be considering the phrase “A man after my heart” from First Samuel 13:14.
 
David was the youngest son of Jesse of Bethlehem Ephratah in the land of Judah. The name David stands out in the Hebrew Scriptures in great prominence. The name David means “beloved”. We shall be looking at those attributes that made God declare that David was a man after his own heart.
 
The first thing we should note here is the heart of God. “David, a man after my heart” shows that God has a heart; howbeit the word ‘heart’ here is used figuratively. By knowing what the heart of God stands for, we will be greatly assisted to understand what David went for and why he is called the beloved.
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Financial Partnership with Jesus


 

"... go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you."

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The Garden of our Soul


 

Our soul is the garden of the Lord. If we are pleasant to relate with, then we are a garden full of pleasant trees with pleasant fruits and pleasant fragrances. If not, then we are an unpleasant garden full of thorns. At the center of our garden should be one tree which represents the core of our personality. But there are two trees available, and we have a choice: whether to have the tree of life be the center of our garden or whether to have the tree of knowledge of good and evil be the center of our garden. If the tree of life is the center of our garden, then it means that we live a life of knowing and obeying our God; because knowing God is life (John 17:3). If the tree of knowledge of good and evil is the center of our garden, then it means that we live a life of doing things our own way, by our own knowledge, by our own reasoning, and by our own will. But the Lord desires everyone to have the tree of life their center. It is only such people that will abide forever; and their soul will not just be a garden, but will be His paradise - His eternal dwelling place where He will express the fullness of His glory forever.

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An Overcoming Faith


 

In this write-up, we would like to encourage ourselves that through faith it is possible to live as an overcomer. In Ephesians 1:18-19, one of the things that Paul prayed about is that we would understand the greatness of God's power toward us who believe: the same power that He demonstrated by raising our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead and making Him to seat at His right hand in heavenly places. It is through this power that we can live an overcoming life in Christ, but without faith we cannot experience this power. Hebrews 11:6 tells us that without faith, a person cannot please God. And if a person cannot please God, then he/she cannot experience His power to make us new.

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Charles S. Price prophecy


 

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Principles of spiritual warfare in the wilderness


 

There are three spheres of spiritual warfare identifiable on the basis of the context, the purpose, place, and object of warfare. Accordingly, we can identify: Warfare for deliverance from Egypt/Babylon, Warfare in the wilderness, and Warfare in relation to the Promised Land.


In this mediation we shall be taking a brief look at warfare for deliverance from Egypt/Babylon and warfare in relation to the Promised Land before zeroing in on the main burden which is Spiritual warfare in the wilderness.
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