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"I've Come To Take You Home"
by Wayne Blank
"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.
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)
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)