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Tuesday, September 6 2016
1 Thessalonians 4: Who Will Meet The Returning Messiah In The Clouds?
"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"
There are two resurrections of all of humanity coming - some sooner, everyone else later (see The Harvests Of Salvation).
The first resurrection, as prophesied by the Christian Feast of Trumpets (see the Fact Finder question below), will happen on the day of the Messiah's return (see Could Jesus Christ Return Today? and The Mount Of Olives View Of The Messiah's Return; also The Lampstand And Olive Trees Of The Messiah's Return and The Feast Of Tabernacles: The Return Of Paradise Prophecy).
"4:15 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. 4:16 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: 4:17 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 4:15-17 KJV)
The first resurrection will be composed of everyone, from throughout all of human history, right to that day, who were called to repentance and understanding, by means of the Holy Spirit - as portrayed and prophesied by another of the true Christian Holy Days - Pentecost (see Pentecost: The Christian Feast Of Firstfruits). Living a genuinely-repentant Christian life is required for Salvation because there will be no Satan-minded rebels in the Kingdom of God (see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners and The Only Political Party That's Going To Survive).
"4:1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. 4:2 For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.
"4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 4:15 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. 4:16 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: 4:17 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. 4:18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words." (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 KJV)
Fact Finder: What is the prophetic purpose and meaning of the Christian Feast of Trumpets?
This Day In History, September 6
394: Theodosius became the sole ruler of the East and West Roman empires after defeating Eugenius at the Battle of the River Frigidus. After he died however, the Roman empire again divided - as illustrated in the two legs of the great prophetic statue seen in Nebuchadnezzar's dream in Daniel 2:31-25 (see The Prophet Daniel: Nebuchadnezzar's Image; also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1492: Christopher Columbus sailed from La Gomera in the Canary Islands, his last stop before crossing the Atlantic for the first time. All of the voyages of Columbus to "America" were actually to the islands of the Caribbean Sea and what is today Mexico and South America (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1522: One of the five ships that set out in Ferdinand Magellan's voyage around the world returned to Spain. Only 15 of the original 265 men that set out survived. Magellan was killed by natives in the Philippines.
1620: The "Pilgrims" left Plymouth, England, bound for the New World (see also The Pilgrims).
1898: Queen Wilhelmina of The Netherlands was coronated.
1901: U.S. President William McKinley was shot at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. He died a week later.
1914: During the First World War (1914-1918), the first Battle of the Marne began along a 500 kilometer (300 mile) front when the French launched a counter-offensive against the German advance.
1941: The liberal-socialist Nazi government of Adolf Hitler (see Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative? and Why Does Satan Love Liars?) issued an order that all Jews in Germany were to wear a yellow Star of David at all times in public.
1945: Amidst surrendered Japanese forces, Russian forces brought about the proclamation of The Korean People's Republic (North Korea). To avoid a power vacuum in the south, the U.S. ordered the surrendered Japanese military command to maintain authority until U.S. forces arrived, which they did 2 days later.
1948: Princess Juliana became Queen of The Netherlands following her mother's (Queen Wilhelmina) abdication.
1949: Howard Unruh, a former U.S. Army sharpshooter during the Second World War (1939-1945, the U.S. entered in December 1941 when Pearl Harbor was attacked), killed 13 people in Camden, New Jersey. He is regarded as the first U.S. single-episode mass murderer.
1970: "Palestinian" (see Where Is Palestine?) terrorists hijacked four airliners traveling to New York from Europe. One Pan Am Jumbo was blown up the next day in Cairo, and two Boeing 707s which landed at Dawson's field in Jordan were blown up on September 12. The fourth plane landed in London.
1977: Leslie MacFarlane died at age 74. The Canadian author from Whitby, Ontario (near Toronto) wrote the first 20 books of the popular "Hardy Boys" series under the pen name "Franklin W. Dickson."
1977: Highway signs across Canada were converted to metric. As of 2014, the U.S. is the only country that still uses the old system of pounds, miles and fractions (e.g. writing 9/10 instead of .9). While many regard the "miles and Fahrenheit" system to be an entirely-English creation, miles were actually invented by the ancient Romans and the Fahrenheit temperature scale was invented in 1724 by a German physicist, Daniel Fahrenheit. "Miles and Fahrenheit" are just as European in origin as the Metric System. Even the word "mile" uses the same prefix, "mill," meaning thousand, as the Metric System.
1991: After 67 years as Leningrad, the name St. Petersburg was restored to the Russian city.
1997: The funeral of Princess Diana. Great numbers of people lined the streets of London to view the procession, and hundreds of millions of people around the world watched on television. One of the biggest funerals in human history. She was later that day buried on the Spencer family property in the Northamptonshire countryside.