December 16, 2018

Continuing with the Resurrection/Rapture in the phases from "Did Jesus Just Happen" (The Life of Chirst)

Notice the three phrases that the Apostle Paul uses from 1 Thess. 4: A shout, the voice of the archangel, and the trump of God. The word translated "Shout" here is used for the command issued by a military leader,as one might stand at the head of a battalion ready to go into battle and shout "forward march". It is an authoritative command to move that expects obedience. Thus the Lord is pictured as a military commander, the Captain of our salvation, who is moving out the troops who are under His authority.
The phrase, "the voice of the archangel," is significant because when God put His plans into operation, He frequently used angels as His emissaries and agents. Angels are the executors of God's commands and God's will.

In the Old Testament, we find the law as given through angels. In the New Testament angels ministered to Christ at His temptation and angels were with Christ at the time of His death. At the time of the coming of Christ for His church, god will give orders to the chief of the hierachy of angelic beings, who will see that the will of God is carried out. The phrase, "the trump of God," is significant, for the Old Testament the trumpet was used for two summon to battle and to summon to worship. In the light of the picture, given to us in these phrases, two interpretations are possible. The shout, the voice of the archangel, the trump of God may be the commands issued to the angelic hosts by God as they are about to go and engage Satan in battle to wrest the body of every believer from his dominion and control This will be the climax of the battle between Christ and Satan in which Christ will be the victor. Or this may be a shout and the voice of the archangel and the trump of God addressed, not to angels, but to believers to summon them to that great assembly where worship and praise, honor and and glory will be given to the Father and the Son. The first would be the command, "Go and Liberate." The second would be the command, "Come and Worship." In either case, it is the authoritative Word of God that sets the whole program in motion.

Next week. I will discuss Vs/ 17 from 1 Thess. 4 as the next step.

Wayne McDoanld, Pastor
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