That Last Great Day

by Dody Gibson

I'm sure there is no subject in the Bible that has stimulated more unanswered questions or caused more speculation than what will happen that day when our Lord suddenly appears again. Also, secondly, what will eternity in heaven be like? This author wonders too about these things and no, this article will not answer these or bring you any new information on this matter.

Paul clearly states in I Cor 2:9, a quote from Isaiah, "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for those who love Him." Therefore, no matter how far we stretch our imagination, and some are better at this than others, we cannot conceive of the spiritual realm of the immortals. But oh, how we would love to! A preacher friend of mine suggested once that if man could have one glimpse of heaven, there would be no more sin in the world, that all would strive with every ounce of their being to acquire that final home. We must then, take this promise of a reward and all it holds for us by faith. It is a place of beauty and pleasure beyond mortal understanding, both undeserved and unearned, a gift from a loving Heavenly Father to the children He loves. We can liken it in a very small way to a child who eyes a brightly wrapped package under the tree awaiting Christmas morning.

There is a day, preset by God from before the beginning of His creation, that all the physical world as we know it, will no longer exist. Peter tells us it will come unexpectedly and with a great noise the heavens will pass away and the earth also, the elements melting with a fervent heat. With a bit of interesting research here, we learn that the element, Tungsten, has the highest melting point at 6,116 degrees F. That would be the minimal temperature needed to accomplish this deed. Isaiah states that, "The heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll," something like the end of a great book. Isaiah 34:4

Paul gives us some additional details that will take place before this final devastation. He tells us that Jesus will descend again with a great shout and with the voice of the archangel and the trump shall sound. Then the most astonishing thing will happen. The faithful will come forth from their graves, joining those who are still alive on the earth, even as Jesus died and rose again. 1 Thes 4:14-17 Words could not express emotion at such a reunion as this! Luke writes in Acts 2:11, that this same Jesus will come again, in like manner that He left this world, in His physical body and in the clouds. It would seem that for a brief interval, for time has ceased to exist, we will see Christ as He appeared on this earth in the first century when the apostles witnessed His ascension.

It does seem impossible to us for a body that has died and returned to the dust should ever rise again. Paul said to Agrippa, "Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?" Acts 26:8 The word ‘Resurrection' means, "A standing up again." Job said, "Though after my death, worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh will I see God." Job 19:26 It is an awesome thing to meditate, awakening once more to stand on the earth joining loved ones and the others that are living still. I Cor 15:12-13

And even more amazing, that first view of our Savior coming in all His glory.

Now, if you will permit a bit of speculation on my part for a moment. I would like to think that when I meet my Lord, on that day, that for a brief, transitory interval of eternity, I shall hold His hand in mine. I shall see the jagged wound in His wrist and the bruises that cover his hand and arm. My eyes shall observe the injury that was still healing during the forty days He remained on this earth after the crucifixion. I will touch the place where the nail entered His flesh and where it exited. Then I can face Him and personally thank Him for this unspeakable sacrifice that He made for me.

Paul reveals to us that in a moment, so quickly even as the twinkling of an eye, at the last sound of the trumpet we shall all be changed, the living and those just risen from the grave. Then together with our Savior, we shall go to be in that eternal home in the immediate presence of God in our new bodies, immortal, imperishable, everlasting.

No speculation there!
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