Saturday, January 26, 2013

Hallelujah, we shall rise!

Watch the whole thing- the kid near the end and the baby at the end are great.



Now, as for levitate...if you ever bungee jumped, parasailed, hang glided, ultralighted, or in any other way left the earth for a fleeting few seconds, it sure feels great, doesn't it?!

As Old Leonardo Da Vinci said, "Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”

Born again Christians are looking forward to the moment when gravity ceases to be a reality for us, where our bodies are raised imperishable, (1 Corinthians 15:50-55; 1 Thessalonians 4:17) and we are caught up through the first heaven, the second heaven, and up to the Third Heaven, to where Jesus has prepared a place for us.

“The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.” ― [J.M. Barrie, The Little White Bird]
Barnes Notes eloquently describes the moment when our faith takes wing-" 'Shall be caught up' - The word here used implies that there will be the application of external force or power by which this will be done. It will not be by any power of ascending which they will themselves have; or by any tendency of their raised or changed bodies to ascend of their own accord, or even by any effort of their own will, but by a power applied to them which will cause them to rise. ...the expression is one of great sublimity, and the scene will be immensely grand."



7 comments:

  1. Thanks for the reminder. We don't know when our Lord will return for His Bride, but we know that He will come for us. It is sickening to listen to the over-educated, self-important, pious pedestal squatters who can tell a babe in Christ all the reasons they have come up with why we should not believe in nor expect the imminent rapture of the church. Funny, but they have yet to provide one verse to support their claim and heaven forbid that they should be called into question for their error. The Bible has a very specific term for such men: scoffer.

    Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus

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  2. For those who look down their noses at those who believe in the Rapture and call us escapists, I say,"heck yeah,I am". They will be shocked when we meet them in the air. Can't you just hear it...I thought He wasn't coming until His Second Coming. What a surprise! And we say, we tried to tell you.

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    1. That is what I say too Anonymous. I say, 'of COURSE' I want to escape! Even Jesus said we should want to escape!

      Luke 21:36- "But keep on the alert at all times, praying in order that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place and to stand before the Son of Man.”

      The only way to escape them as a believer in this age is to not be here- ergo we will be raptured. For the believer who comes to faith *after* the rapture and lives during the Tribulation, they will escape final judgment. Either way, Jesus is saying no one who is not a believer will be able to stand before Him in His wrath. I have no huge amounts of 'humble pride' in thinking I can withstand the wrathful onslaught. Nor do I want to be here. Plus, I am thoroughly sick of my own sin nature and sinning against Jesus. Oh yeah, I want to escape and end all that sin in my life and be away from others'. Who wouldn't?!

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    2. Ooops. Meant to sign my reply. I want my record to show that it was me that is planning on going in the Great Escape.
      Pam

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  3. Birds can fly because they have perfect faith?? Elizabeth, that's something I'd expect from Joel Osteen or Beth Moore and if they had written it you'd have shot them down in a heartbeat, pointing out that there is an immense abundance of Scripture that can be used in its place or at least used a Christian author. In The Little White Bird where this quote is taken from many people refer to some of the book as creepy and almost paedophilic. The narrator's obsession with a boy, the part where the boy gets into bed with the author, and the section he describes about undressing the boy for a bath strike an alarm bell for many readers. There is no reason to describe those things in detail or to even put them in when looking at the entire context of the story and what is necessary and what is strangely superfluous to the story.

    The narrator (Barrie) also tells of how he intends to take the child's affection that belongs to his mother. That's a very ungodly obsession. Peter Pan isn't innocent either. The character Michael kills a pirate; the disturbing thing about it is that he takes his sister to show her the place where the killing took place to boast. And as to how Peter 'thins out' the number of the Lost Boys in the same book seems to leave little in most peoples minds as to what happens as they are not allowed to ever leave.

    Not being sarcastic or nasty but I truly have come to expect a higher standard from your writing, that is, I am holding this piece to the excellent standard which I have always found in your work. If there is a specific reason for this quote then I'd like to know so I can see if I did misread the context or get the wrong end of the stick, so to speak.

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    1. Hi Shellie,

      Thank you for sharing your concerns over the one particular secular quote I chose to use. I am not familiar with the book from which it is taken. I am not familiar with the author. I'm sorry if you're offended by the author's work.

      No birds can't fly because they have perfect faith. Here is what was on my mind when I write the paragraph- I used the quote because I liked the notion of how Jesus sustains the birds of the air (Mt 6:26) and how we will take wing at the rapture, thus also being sustained by Him almost as little birds ourselves. I was also thinking of how we take shelter under His wings (Ps 36:7). Jesus doesn't have a shadow nor does He have wings! Yet the Psalmist likened those to His protection of us. It is only a word-picture, that is all.

      Whenever I use a secular quote someone take offense, and that is always the danger with secular quotes. I'm sorry you're ready to ditch the entire encouragement of this piece over a quote you dislike. :(

      If you can, please just ignore the secular quote that offends you and take the rest of the piece as you will. Your contribution to offer sufficient caution to anyone who might look up Barrie and read more of his work is now on record for future readers, so thank you for sharing that. Blessings.

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  4. Elizabeth,

    I didn't say I was offended, I asked a straight question and provided the reason for why I was asking. I also didn't say I had'ditched'anything, I simply asked why it was used and if I'd gotten it wrong. You said you had no prior knowledge of the origin of the quote, which if you look carefully was the point of my writing. I made my comment and question about one part of the article and made it clear which specific part it was. I said the rest of your work was excellent so......?

    Also the 'If you can' at the beginning of the last paragraph was just unnecessary and intimates things that are not. If you didn't like the direct manner I used I'm sorry but I'm very limited for internet time because I have to use a public library. I used no emotion, I just stated facts so you would understand it wasn't about it being a secular statement but that my view had legitimate merit. There was no offense or 'ditching' or whatever, just a person typing furiously to beat the clock.

    Bless you ,
    Shellie

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