INTRODUCTION

**(UPDATED 9/15/12 SEE NOTE AT VERY BOTTOM OF INTRODUCTION)**

Many times as I am driving to work, I find myself gazing at the sky on cloud-filled days.  (Don’t worry; only at red lights–mostly). It makes me stop and wonder what kind of cloud will carry our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to meet those of us who are His in the sky before God’s wrath is poured out on this rebellious, unrepentant world. God has been ‘patient with us, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance,’ (2 Peter 3:9) but one day His patience will end.

The angel said to His disciples as they watched Jesus ascending into heaven, that ‘He will return in like manner,’ (Acts 1:11) but will it be just a random cloud, or a cloud that represents His glory–or His wrath towards those who continue to reject His once and for all sacrifice that He made on Calvary when He shed His blood for us? 

When we behold His glory, what will it be like in that moment?  How will we respond?

(Have had the idea for this poem for more than a year.  Wanted to take time away from writing about my concerns about HBC so I could finish writing this poem. Scriptures and more to come, Lord willing.  Need to catch up on cleaning now). 

Along with many other people, I believe God’s Word clearly teaches that those of us who have placed their trust in the finished work of Christ on the cross as full payment for our sins, will not be present when God’s judgments spoken of in Revelation are poured out upon this earth.  Many try to argue this by pointing out the undeniably sad fact that Christians have been — and are being —  tortured and killed for not denying Christ, and have not been spared from horrible persecution, suffering, and death.  However, in Genesis Chapter 7 we read that Noah and his family were spared when God brought the flood which destroyed every other person and living thing that was on this entire earth. 

Also in Genesis 18:17-33 God’s Word reveals to us that the outcry against the sins within the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah was so great, and their sin so grevious, that God was going to destroy both of those cities.  But God promised Abraham that if even 10 righteous people were found He would spare those cities because of the 10 righteous people.  Sadly, not even 10 were found. 

But in Genesis 19:12-29 God reveals His mercy to Lot by not only allowing him to flee to a nearby town, but also by stating through the angel that God will not allow His destruction to come upon those cities until after he and his family are safely out.   “…flee there quickly, because I cannot do anything until you reach it.”  This further shows that God does not treat His own in the same way He treats the wicked when His judgment comes upon this earth. 

Also in the book of Revelation, the word ‘church’ or ‘churches’ is mentioned 19 times, but is not mentioned even once after Chapter 3.   Another clear indication that ‘born-again’ believers will not be present during the 7 year tribulation.

In Revelation 3:10 God’s Word says,  “Since you have kept My command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth.”  I cannot think of a greater trial that will come upon this ‘whole world to test us’ that God could keep us from besides keeping us from being here during the rise of the anti-christ to the position of power over this whole earth when he will claim to be God and demand our worship, or we will lose our lives if we refuse.  (Read 2 Thessalonians Chapter 2, and Revelation Chapter 13)

I encourage you to watch this series by Dr. Renald Showers, ‘SOUND BIBLICAL TEACHING ON THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH’ to learn more… (Still more to come).

**9/15/12**ANOTHER POEM COMING WITHIN THE NEXT FEW DAYS:

‘WHOM DO YOU FOLLOW’- Poem expressing the chaos that many of us are seeing in our churches, because many follow men and not Christ.  The idea came to mind when I read 1 Corinthians 3:4

   

WHEN WE BEHOLD YOUR GLORY

What kind of cloud will bring You in sight

Will it be wispy, or billowy, or streaming with golden rays of sunlight

Will it match Your beauty and majesty; befitting of all Your glory

Or will it be one that expresses a different story

Will it be a dark, thunderous storm cloud, representing Your wrath

Against all who rejected Your mercy and grace and chose their own path

They loved their sin too much to repent and to receive your grace

They will be shut out from Your presence forever, never to see Your face

Some will cling to their own righteous deeds and realize they were wrong when it’s

too late

Refusing repentance, and rejecting Your grace by faith, will be the choices that seal

their fate

Some joyfully await Your second coming, You are our crucified and risen Savior

and King

When we behold Your glory, we will fall on our faces, and with heartfelt praises to You

we will sing

Or will we be in such awe that we won’t be able to utter Your name

Or to express our deep thankfulness for removing our sin and shame

Some will one day look on You whom they have pierced, and they will mourn

and grieve (Zech 12:10)

For You came unto Your very own, yet You they chose not to receive (John 1:1)

Soon those in Christ, who in the grave do lay

Will all rise first before we’re caught up and away (1 Thess. 4:16-18)

That day will come most certainly, when we will hear You shout

Your chosen ones spared from Your wrath will all be gathered out (1 Thes. 5:9)

Destruction and evil beyond our comprehension will then come upon this world

For Satan will briefly reign upon this earth, but soon into the lake of fire he will

then be hurled (Rev. 20:7-10)

But first a time of perfect peace; for a thousand years you will reign

Satan will be locked and sealed in the abyss; earth no longer his domain (Rev. 20:3)

Man’s excuse that ‘a perfect world would bring perfect peace’ will clearly come to an

end

For when Satan is released, the number that will follow him, will be like the number of

the grains of sand

Deceived and controlled by evil they will gather around Jerusalem, the city that

fills Your heart with joy

Satan’s plan for a great revolt comes to an end, for heaven’s flames of fire

they all destroy

Satan will be tormented in hell forever, he will never see release

A new heaven and earth You will create, all will live in perfect peace (Rev. 21:1)

When we behold Your glory, we will see You face to face (Rev. 22:4)

In all of Your splendor and brilliance, because of Your mercy and grace

If tears were allowed in heaven, they would be tears of joy flowing from a grateful

heart

For You shed Your blood to wash us clean, and You gave us a brand new start

When we Your redeemed, behold Your glory, we will fill heaven with endless praise

Humbly to our knees we will fall with thanks and adoration, and to You our voice

in word and song we will never cease to raise

Copyright©2012 Mary K. Dalke/Living For His Glory/Living4HisGlory All rights reserved.

Picture obtained from Photobucket – Heaven-5

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