The Ultimate Departure

The Lord YAHSHUA told a parable concerning ten virgins, who ready themselves to meet the bridegroom. But only five made it to heaven, while five were left out. Their departure was incomplete, for they lacked the oil that shined their way. They thought they had packed everything; they looked prepared in the outside; and like the others, they were waiting for the bridegroom. But they lacked the most important thing: the seal of the Holy Spirit, which confirmed that they were the Lord’s bride. I called it the engagement ring the Lord YAHSHUA gives to His bride at the time of her new birth. The ultimate departure takes spiritual preparation from the time we accept the Lord YAHSHUA as our Savior and Lord. It is continuous in our walk with Him; It is in the matter of self-denial, the taking up of our cross and following Him. It is the complete submission to the Holy Spirit’s work of sanctification in our life. Without it, there will not be the ultimate departure, just as there was no departure for the five virgins. They were left without entering in. YAHSHUA said, Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name and driven out demons in Your name and done many mighty works in Your name? And then I will say to them openly, I never knew you; depart from Me, you who act wickedly (Matt. 7:21-23).

Many of the Israelites who departed Egypt to the Promised Land, were left in the desert, for not being spiritually prepared. They did not have faith to continue the journey and died in the desert. They failed to believe God even through the miracles and wonders they experienced. They did not mingle faith with what they saw and heard, for their hearts were hardened in their rebellion toward God; accordingly, He swore in His wrath and indignation, They shall not enter My rest. (Heb.3:11). There is the sudden or unexpected departure, when a fatal accident happens and one loses his life to eternity. Life is uncertain for those who are not spiritually ready to enter eternity, but for those who are spiritually prepared, life is only a transfer from earth to heaven. “Absent from the body, present with the Lord.” Death, our enemy, makes no distinction of age. It comes to all of us- young and old. However, there will be some of us who will not experience physical death, but will be translated to heaven, just the Prophet Elijah and Enoch. That, I call the ultimate departure. It will happen with the sound of God’s trumpet, with the voice of the archangel, summoning all who believe and followed YAHSHUA – Those who died in Christ will be resurrected first, and those of us who are alive, will join them to meet the Lord YAHSHUA in the air. We will go up under the power of YAHSHUA, Who will come in the clouds to meet us in the air and forever, we will be with Him. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? (I Thess. 4:16-18; I Cor. 15:55).

This departure will not require us to take anything with us. It will be like no departure we experienced on earth. Even our bodies will receive a new body, one that is immortal and free from death. We will be transformed in a twinkling of an eye at the sound of a trumpet. The dead in Christ will be raised imperishable- free from decay. (I Cor. 15: 51-55) and no longer under the power of death. When Eve fell into temptation in the Garden of Eden, we all fell into the spiritual and physical death. No hope was there for us, except by God’s love expressed through His Son, YAHSHUA. No religion offers a way to heaven that has merits. The gods people worship are merely man-made statues, with no life, no power; obviously, they don’t have a life to lay down to save those who worship them. Heaven is the abode of the true God only. Heaven has never been a place for those dead, false gods. YAHSHUA expressed His love for the world in these words: For God so loved the world that He gave up His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16). Then He offered His own body as a sacrifice to redeem the world from sin and death. He and He alone, is the Way, the Truth and the Life; apart from Him there is no other Savior by Whom we will be saved. The ultimate departure is only for those who have received God’s gift of life- YAHSHUA, His only Son. When the trumpet of God sounds, we will hear our names being called. The sky will be filled with light, light that will originate from YAHSHUA, as Paul said, YAHSHUA dwells in unapproachable light, Whom no man has seen or can see (I Tim. 6:16b). We will enter into the splendor of that light, and from that moment on, there will not be a need for light, neither from the sun nor from the moon. The ultimate departure is our glorious hope; the hope that sustains us through all our troubles. It is available to all when repenting of your sins, acknowledging YAHSHUA as your only Savior and Lord, Who came to earth and ransomed you from the power of sin and death.

Author: Jacinta da Cruz Rodgers

I have been committed to teaching the truth of the Word of God beginning with Trans World Radio on Bonaire, N.A and Swaziland, Africa (1969-1980), then through churches in the United States in both English and Portuguese and then through ministry in Israel (2005-2006). This ministry continues through local Bible studies and outreach to the world via the internet. I have written a book about my life from that of an orphan in Brazil to missionary in 5 countries. You can find out more on the "Book" page of our blog site.

One thought on “The Ultimate Departure”

  1. I agree. Nothing in this world should cloud our focus of being with Jesus eternally. May it be our everything!


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