Steps to Eternity
… Seek those things which are above, where Christ is ….
—Colossians 3:1, emphasis added
Step One: The Rapture
Be ready—Christ is coming!
… The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
—1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
Step Two: The Judgment Seat of Christ (Bema)
Be holy—Christ will test our lives!
For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God … Therefore we make it our aim … to be well pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
—2 Corinthians 5:1, 9-10
Step Three: Tribulation
Be thankful—Christ will keep us from the hour!
I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black … and the moon became like blood … the stars of heaven fell to the earth …. and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. And the kings …, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”
—Revelation 6:1-17, emphasis added
The Rapture can occur at any moment! Are you ready? Are you living a holy life, anticipating the judgment seat of Christ? Are you thankful that God will keep you from the Great Tribulation that is coming upon planet Earth? May God enable you to live your life daily in light of these truths!
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