"...in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." 1 Corinthians 15:52
Do you know fear? Got a little phobia to contend with? You don't know fear. It is those who refuse to believe in the Christ who know fear. They have heard the prophecy of the Rapture, of how it will happen in a twinkling of an eye, and they are desperately hoping that Paul is wrong.
Boldly they scoff at the messengers, and then tiring of that they try to silence the Word of God as it goes out to the far corners of the Earth. In time they will see that not working and they will turn to stamping out the messengers of the Lord. Desperately hoping that if no one speaks it then the Word cannot be true, they make their final attempt to murder every one of God's messengers.
Many will come to God's Heaven as martyrs for their testimony, but the Word will remain true.
We think that we are desperately hoping for the return of our Lord Jesus, but we don't know desperate hope. We believe in the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Our hope is based on the Word of our Lord, and it is far from desperate, more like just a little impatient. No, desperation is the province of those who hope that by denying a thing it will just go away, somehow become untrue. As our Lord lives, He cannot become anything less than who He is, and He has always been Faithful and True.
Go forth in the great hope of Jesus the Christ, our Lord and Savior!Bucky