Monday, May 23, 2011

Its Got to Line Up

1 Corinthians 15:52
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

It's Got to Line Up

I thought about the scripture early Saturday morning. We live near a train line and it isn't unusual to hear horns in the wee hours of the morning. In my semi-sleep and with all the attention paid to the Rapture predictions, that train horn sounded like a trumpet when it sounded at 4 AM. I half got up and asked 'Lord, is that Yours?' I wasn't caught up. My mother and son weren't caught up. So I took that as a no and went back to sleep.

The Rapture was on everyone's mind, thanks to recent happenings. It's odd to look at those billboards proclaiming the 'End of the World on May 21st' here on May 23rd. But, the Word of God warned us about these 'soundings'. Paul was clarifying about speaking in tongues in this passage, but it's eerie how appropriate this 'uncertain sounds' lesson sounds today:

1 Corinthians 14:6-12
6 Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?
7 And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?

8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?

9 So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air.

10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.

11 Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me.

12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.

What is true has been true since Adam. We have to know the Master's voice for ourselves. We cannot rely on what someone else heard as we walk through this life. We have to grow to know the voice of God and His Truth based on His word, not anyone else's. Everything spoken about God must line up with what God has already said.

Jesus Himself pointed everyone to the Father, not Himself. He spoke from scripture. He fulfilled noted prophecy and did not speak of Himself except as it lined up with the Word of God.

Yet, every then and again, someone comes along, speaking something strange about the Lord. And even though nothing he or she says lines up fully with scripture, people believe it because they do not know for themselves.

If you were at all anxious about this recent prediction or if you felt a stirring in your heart that maybe you need to know more, I pray that you will ignite that spark and start your search for truth. If you seek truth, you'll find it. If you ask, it will be answered. These are scriptural promises. If you don't know where to start this search, we have room for you at Fellowship.

Just because the Rapture didn't happen this past Saturday doesn't mean it isn't coming. There are people in Missouri who's whole world came to an end last night. There are people mourning the loss of loved ones who feel like everything is over.

For others, their whole world just began with a birth, a wedding, an adoption. As I type this, one of our members is giving birth. Her world is just beginning, and yet her prepartation is just as important as it is for those facing the end of their lives.

We all must remember, no matter where we are in life, the trumpet will sound for each of us one day. Whether as a group or individually, the trumpet will sound.

The people behind this event had one part right, the time to prepare is now. And Fellowship may just be the place for you to do it.

1 Corinthians 15:52-58

52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Peace and victory!

Evg. Stephanie Robinson

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Because you are a CHOSEN GENERATION!
455 Hwy 138, Ste C
Jonesboro, GA 30238
Aton Watkins, Pastor

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