This morning while I was watering my potted plants outside, I happened to glance up into the sky, and I saw this:
And it reminded me of the scenes in the Welcome Home video, where there are little people standing in the clouds with Jesus. They are happy little people, dressed in white robes, talking with each other, while some are standing face to face with their beloved Savior, who gave His life for them to be there. Why would they be so happy?
I don't know about you, but as every day passes, I am feeling more alienated from this world. As a believer in Jesus Christ, I am finding the values around me becoming so opposite of the values I have that come from the Bible. 1 Corinthians 3:18-19 tells us: "Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a 'fool' so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight." Wrong has become right in the belief of the masses, and we are now at the time when the world will hate those who follow God, because they really hate God. Jesus tells us in Matthew 10:22 "All men will hate you because of Me, but He who stands firm to the end will be saved." So many people don't realize they are being influenced by Satan, that they're pawns. We really need to keep them in prayer.
With all that is going on in the world now, we have a strong sense that something BIG is going to happen. And soon. The more you are in love with Jesus, the more you become excited over this, as you know, without a doubt, that He is going to rescue you from all this calamity and wickedness. In 1 Thessalonians 4:14 we read: "We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in Him. According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words."
This is good news for us who have placed our trust in Him! Someday, all of this world will be gone, along with Satan and his angels. And there will be a new heaven and a new earth.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth,
for the first heaven and the first earth has passed away,
and there was no longer any sea.
I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem,
coming down out of heaven from God,
prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
"Now the dwelling of God is with men,
and He will live with them.
They will be His people,
and God Himself will be with them
and be their God.
He will wipe every tear from their eyes.
There will be no more death or mourning
or crying or pain,
for the old order of things has passed away."
So, the next time you look up in the sky and see clouds like this, think about what it will be like as little people, meeting Jesus up there, with your loved ones. A grand reunion's coming... we'll finally be at home!