For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17.
Soon appeared the great white cloud. It looked more lovely than ever before. On it sat the Son of man. At first we did not see Jesus on the cloud, but as it drew near the earth we could behold His lovely person.... The voice of the Son of God called forth the sleeping saints, clothed with glorious immortality. The living saints were changed in a moment and were caught up with them into the cloudy chariot. It looked all over glorious as it rolled upward. On either side of the chariot were wings, and beneath it wheels. And as the chariot rolled upward, the wheels cried, “Holy,” and the wings, as they moved, cried, “Holy,” and the retinue of holy angels around the cloud cried, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!” And the saints in the cloud cried, “Glory! Alleluia!”
We all entered the cloud together, and were seven days ascending to the sea of glass, when Jesus brought the crowns, and with His own right hand placed them on our heads. He gave us harps of gold and palms of victory. Here on the sea of glass the 144,000 stood in a perfect square. Some of them had very bright crowns, others not so bright. Some crowns appeared heavy with stars, while others had but few. All were perfectly satisfied with their crowns. And they were all clothed with a glorious white mantle from their shoulders to their feet. Angels were all about us as we marched over the sea of glass to the gate of the city. Jesus raised His mighty, glorious arm, laid hold of the pearly gate, swung it back on its glittering hinges, and said to us, “You have washed your robes in My blood, stood stiffly for My truth, enter in.” We all marched in and felt that we had a perfect right in the city.
A voice, richer than any music that ever fell on mortal ear, will be heard saying, “Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”
Storycatcher is a book of Richard Duerksen's favorite "God Stories" - tales filled with angels, miracles, frustrated fishermen, fur trappers, trusting missionaries, and crazy preachers. Some of the stories will make you jump for joy, others will make you cry. All will make you lean back and think about your relationship with God.
God invites each of us to become powerful intercessors. His Spirit is leading believers worldwide to become part of a mighty movement of prayer. In intercessory prayer, we cast ourselves helpless at His feet, seeking His power to dramatically change otherwise hopeless circumstances. In these pages you will discover how to become a mighty prayer warrior yourself, and how to lead your church into a radically transforming prayer ministry. Your spirits will soar as you read God’s “Powerful Prayer Promises.”
If you'd like to learn how to get more out of your daily Bible study, we believe you will find the following tips helpful! This will not only help you think about what you read in a deeper way, but will also give you pointers for journaling! For downloadable document or bookmarks, click the links at the end of the resource.