(I Thessalonians 5:1-11)
Children of light, children of the day, so are we who have been born again! Here, Paul opens our eyes to understand why we are not going to suffer Tribulation, the Great Tribulation, that is: We belong to the day…for God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord YAHSHUA the Messiah (vs. 8-9). Chosen to salvation, we are destined to share in God’s protection and deliverance from His wrath which is coming upon the wicked people. This is an uplifting hope we carry with us in the midst of a stormy world. God will regard those who love Him and reward them with deliverance from His wrath. In his Psalms David prayed asking God to make a distinction between the righteous and the wicked, at the time of His judgments: Gather me not with sinners, he prayed, and sweep me not away, nor my life with bloodthirsty men (Ps. 26:9); drag me not away with the wicked, with the workers of iniquity, who speak peace with their neighbors, but malice and mischief are in their hearts (28:3). God has a special place of refuge for His saints, for He is consistent in what He is and how he acts. Examples are seen in the lives of Noah and Lot in the times of God’s judgments that came to the earth. For those who dwell in the secret place of the Most High, they shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty (Ps. 91:1). There is no other more secure place than that of “under the shadow of the Almighty.” The Bible promises those who do so that no evil will befall them, nor any plague or calamity will come near their tent, for He will give His angels charge over them to accompany and defend and preserve them in all their ways; they shall bear them up on their hands, lest they dash their foot against a stone.. (Ps. 91:9-12). That’s a promise for God’s saints in His purpose and will for them.
The trumpet, an amazing instrument from all the other instruments, is of most significance in fulfilling God’s purposes in the past and in the future of the world. It was and will be used as a signaling instrument. The sound of a trumpet interprets meaning of hope of our salvation to be finalized at the time when God’s trumpet will be sounded. The word of God tells us that He will call us up to heaven through the sound of His trumpet. Through that sound I believe we will hear each our names being called. The dead in Christ will receive life at the moment they hear God calling their names, just as it was in the case of Lazarus. Had not YAHSHUA called Lazarus by name the entire graveyard would be filled with resurrected bodies. In Revelation four John hears a voice like a war trumpet calling him to go up to heaven. God’s judgment will be preceded by trumpets in Revelation 8. The seven trumpets will be used to announce certain God’s judgment upon the earth at the time of tribulation. Exodus nineteen expresses the picture of the rapture in relationship to Moses when God called him up to the top of Mount Sinai after loud blast of the trumpet (vs.19-20).
Truth can only be a deliverer of man’s chains when he/she
accepts it. Truth’s foundation is secured in true facts. It is a reality check
without blemishes. When it is embraced and accepted, freedom then takes its
wings. Years of being left in the darkness of lies, men have walked crookedly
and without direction, framed as preys of ignorance. YAHSHUA, the only true
God, without sin, is the root of the truth through Whom all who believe in Him
will be Enlighted. He Himself proclaimed to be not only Truth, but the Way, and
Life. Through Him, we can go to the heavenly Father. He is the ultimate Truth
that will set men free and lead them to heaven. When men reject Truth, they
will find themselves to be under the curse of sin. The curse from which YAHSHUA
died to set men free. Isaiah prophesized this many years before YAHSHUA came to
earth to accomplish the Father’s plan of salvation for men: “He was wounded for
our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the
chastisement [needed to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and
with the stripes [that wounded Him] we are healed and made whole” (Isaiah
53:5). Truth, in general, outside of the spiritual realm, is the breaker of
chains of blind ignorance. But sometimes, it should be confronted only at the
proper time. A man has joy in making an apt answer, and a word spoken at the
right moment- how good it is! These are the Words of Solomon (Prov. 15:23).