Message for May 31, 2015

“Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire.  Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly.  And when the blast of the trumpet sounded long and became louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by voice.” Ex. 19:18 (NKJV)

“I saw still another mighty angel coming down from heaven, clothed with a cloud.  And a rainbow was on his head, his face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire.” Rev. 10:1 (NKJV)

           There is much said in the Bible about clouds and trumpets.  Many of these references concern the appearance or presence of the Lord God.  The first Scripture above is talking about the meeting of God and Moses on the mountain of the Law.  It was such an event the people begged Moses to make it stop.  They were in fear and trembling at what they experienced.  When God showed up in the Old Testament, it was usually a sight to behold.  If you had any doubt as to whether God was angry with you, it was an uncomfortable feeling.  We need that same respect toward God today.  Ask yourself this question.  If God appeared in His awesome Glory, would I want to be there?

           The second verse talks about the appearance of a mighty angel.  The description of his visage paints a picture that would send chills down anyone’s spine.  Most of the Gospels give us a view of Jesus in His humanity, but occasionally His “Glory” breaks through.  The primary event is the Mount of Transfiguration where He glowed like the sun.  We must learn to see Jesus in all His splendor because He will return in the clouds with power and great glory.  He will not return as a cute baby or a mild and meek carpenter but as the Lord of Glory.

           Are you ready to face the King of Kings and Lord of Lords?  In I John 4:18 it says that perfect love casts out fear.  The way we can stand at the coming of the Lord is by knowing without a doubt that He has perfect love toward us as His children.  On the other hand, the world will shrink from Him in fear because there is no love relationship with Him.  His first coming was in love but His second coming is in judgment. Are you ready?  Are you ready, for the Judgment Day? 

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