Scripture Reading: John 11:20-28

...the dead in Christ shall rise first. 1 Thessalonians 4:16

The most certain thing in all the world is the return of Jesus Christ. He said to His disciples, "I will come again and take you unto myself" (John 14:3). Death is not the "surest" thing in the world for "we shall not all sleep" (1 Cor. 15:51). When Jesus comes (and each day brings us one day nearer), He will shout from the air and two things will immediately happen. First, all the dead who have died in faith shall be resurrected (1 Thess. 4:16). Then, all living believers shall be instantaneously changed (1 Thess. 4:17), and be joined with the resurrected ones and together be caught up to meet the Lord. But all the rest of the wicked dead shall remain in their graves, and the wicked living ones be left behind to perish in the Tribulation.

The coming of Christ will be like a magnet. If I place on my desk a mixture of dust, paper scraps, pieces of glass and wood, and steel shavings, it may be impossible to see all the bits of steel hidden among the scraps. But now I take a magnet and hold it above the pile of material and immediately something happens. The magnet lifts out every bit of steel to itself and separates it from the refuse, leaving everything else behind. It is the nature of steel to be attracted to the magnet. There may be bits of metal which look like steel but when the magnet is applied they fail to respond. The magnet makes no mistakes. It reveals the true nature of the metal and distinguishes the true from the false.

It may be impossible now to tell the difference between the true and the false, but when Jesus shouts from the air, all deception will be revealed. Only the dead in Christ shall respond to the "pull" of His blessed voice. Have you received the new nature, the nature of Him whose voice will soon be heard? Make your calling and election sure, by receiving Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour. Yield now to the "pull" of His Spirit. The magnet makes no mistakes! (M.R.D.)

Will you meet me in the air, when the reaping day shall come?

Will you greet me over there in the joyful harvest home?

Christ will draw us to His side, that with Him we may abide,

Will you meet me in the air?

— A.B.S.

"Only those turned to station B-L-O-O-D will hear the shout: Come up hither!" — M.R.D.

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