“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the Christians who have died will rise from their graves.Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16,17 NLT)
We all feel a certain sadness at the loss of a loved one; especially when they have died at the hands of the unbelieving for no particular reason–other than hatred. Remember this--they are not lost to us forever. When Jesus returns (and He will), those believers who have gone before His return shall rise from their graves and we who still believe, shall rise with them in the air and remain with The Lord forever! Hallelujah! Glory to our God! Man may stop our blood from flowing earth in the earth realm for a season, but our God, who never lies and is faithful to His Word, shall give us a glorified body, filled with His living Spirit and we shall live and reign with Him for all eternity!
No, all is not lost! God will repay all those who have rejected Him, scorned His Word, and killed the body of those who profess their belief in Him. No, there is no reward in heaven for those who are bloodthirsty, lawless, and full of hate. There is a consequence for those who defy God and it is not a consequence anyone will be able to bear. God has promised that “all” will receive the appropriate consequence for everything they have done–every act committed–and for many–it will be too late for them to change their minds.
Hell awaits those who will join the devil–the evil one–in the lake of fire which will burn for all eternity. Nothing, by any means shall deter our God from keeping His promises and we who know–can comfort and encourage the hearts of other believers to not be dismayed with current events, but rather look forward to His return.
So, just in case you forgot–remember these words–He will return and all believers will be with Him, forever!