1 CORINTHIANS 15:52-55

52. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

53. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

54. So, when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

55. O Death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? KJV.

We have all been taught that this is the rapture. When I read the next 2 verses it looks as if it takes a willful act to make this happen. In verse 26 it says, “the last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.”

It may be that the Lord uses us to defeat death. When we put on Jesus, we put on incorruption and immortality. Colossians 3:12 says, “clothe yourselves …by putting on behavior marked by tenderhearted pity and mercy, kind feeling…”

We are to put on Jesus when the old nature dies. Is that not corruption putting on incorruption and then we are changed? That is what repentance does inside of us. As we follow the Lord’s commandments and walk in His light we are changed from glory to glory.

When we are in His presence we are changed. When we are worshipping or in prayer and communion with Him. This is where we get filled with the Holy Spirit oil in our lamps. It is so vital that we be filled with the Holy Spirit when that trumpet blows. That is when a huge transformation occurs.

However, the Holy Spirit will leak out when we follow the flesh or this world. Sitting in front of the TV will cause it to drain out. I have experienced this. If you serve self and your own interests, you will lack oil in your lamp. Jesus must be first before family, career and self-interests.

Though we will still be on this earth, we will be the only place the Holy Spirit is found. Up to now He is everywhere. But there will come on the Day of the Lord a day of darkness and gloom, (Joel 2:1-2). But the Lord will arise upon His holy remnant and the beloved city of Jerusalem. Isaiah 4 and Isaiah 60:1-2

11 Thessalonians 1:10

10. When He comes to be glorified in His saints. That is, on that day He will be made more glorious in His consecrated people, and He will be marveled at and admired in His glory reflected in all who have believed who have trusted in and relied on Him — because our witnessing among you was confidently accepted and believed and confirmed in your lives.


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