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"I've Come To Take You Home"

Imagine a person being held hostage in a remote, dark cell somewhere. The prisoner has been there for so long that they can hardly remember living any other way. Suddenly one day the prisoner hears a tremendous commotion outside that gets louder and louder. Someone can then be heard coming down; the cell door bursts open, a bright light shines in and a voice is heard saying, "I've come to take you home." To the wretched hostage, it doesn't seem real. It seems surreal, but at the same time it's happening. Outside they go, amidst great sound and fury. The former hostage is afraid, but at the same time also joyous because they know that their captivity is over. Up they go, where they join with many others who have also just been airlifted out and set free. What do you suppose they're going to do next?

"O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me?"

Who is that pitiful hostage described in the paragraph above? You are. I am. We all are. "But I'm free!" you may say. No you're not, not really. All humans are prisoners, in "captivity to the law of sin" (see below), awaiting a Deliverer. Being a Christian doesn't make you any less a prisoner; being a Christian only helps you to realize that you are a prisoner. Christianity only makes us much harder for our oppressor to break - and therefore he expends a far greater effort toward us than he does with our fellow prisoners who have no spirit - the Holy Spirit.

The Return Of Jesus Christ Very few people will ever be as "Christian" as the apostle Paul (see Paul's Ministry) and yet he described himself as much being that wretched hostage awaiting a Deliverer as any one of us. His "O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me" was a rhetorical question. He knew the answer.

"For I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?" (Romans 7:18-24 KJV)

The Deliverer is coming. As described in the analogy in the opening paragraph, the escape will be by air amidst great sound and fury, "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":

"Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in The Clouds of Heaven with power and great glory. And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together [see also Spiritual and Physical Gatherings] His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other." (Matthew 24:29-31 KJV)

"But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep [see What Happens When You Die?], that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him. For this we say unto you by the Word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 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 [see also Through The Gates Of Hell]: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet The Lord in the air" (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 KJV)

To answer the question of what they will do next, after their escape and after they've been changed ("float like a butterfly, sting like a bee" has an ultimate meaning), they are all going to turn, that same day, and come back. They are going to take over and rule the entire earth, to make true freedom available to everyone else on earth who was not changed or resurrected at Christ's return (see When Will You Be Judged?).

"And His feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem [see also The Zion Of The Lord] on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west [see Earthquake!], and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south." (Matthew 14:4 KJV)

"This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years." (Revelation 20:5-6 (KJV)

Fact Finder: By what means will the Son of God set everyone in the world free, vastly more free than anyone can now imagine?
See Regime Change, The Prince of Peace and The Coming World Dictator

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