Have you ever listened to John Michael Talbot’s singing? He inspires me! I was listening to his music a few weeks ago as I was getting ready for an appointment, and I just had to burst out in joyful tears as he sang “Be Not Afraid.”

You shall cross the barren desert
But you shall not die of thirst
You shall wander far in safety
Though you do not know the way
You shall speak your words in foreign lands
And all will understand
You shall see the face of God and live

Be not afraid
I go before you … always
Come follow me …
And I will give you rest

I think I was a bit emotional at the time. I said “Farewell” to people I was close to and loved and was having tenderhearted, but painful memories. When John Michael sang these words, something struck me like a jolt from heaven and I began to bubble over with joy like I hadn’t experienced in quite a while. Jesus went before us and beat death. He really did. He was a first fruit of sorts and, through death, traveled to the world beyond and then came back in His Resurrection. “Come follow Me, and I will give you rest.”

1 Corinthians 15:20

But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep [died].

What do non-Christian religions say about Christ’s Resurrection? Islam says God would never die for humanity because it’s not in His nature. Some scientists say the Resurrection is a fable. Atheists say the disciples were victims of mass delusion and were just hallucinating. Yet five hundred people saw Jesus alive after he was certified as being dead. Could all 500 have encountered the same hallucination at the same time?

1 Corinthians 15:6 NKJV

After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep.

Christianity is the only faith in the world with a God who became one of us, died for us, rose from the dead, and is alive right now! The Resurrection is the foundation of the Christian faith because if He rose from the dead as He promised, then we know that He’s going to keep all His other promises including the promise of the personal resurrection of those in Christ who have died. At the coming of Jesus for His people, we who are alive will be caught up while the dead in Christ will be resurrected and we will all be simultaneously “metamorphosed.” We will no longer be subject to a certain space, and no longer missing our loved ones who have gone before us. What a day that will be!

John 11:25 NKJV

Jesus said …, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.

1 Corinthians 15:51-55 NKJV

51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 

52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will 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 has put on incorruption, and this mortal has 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 your sting?

O Hades, where is your victory?”

This event is coming sooner than anyone can comprehend. Now is the time to shout it from the rooftops that Jesus Christ is coming to claim His flock, just before the world’s greatest hour of torment, anguish, distress and tribulation the world has ever experienced. (Matthew 24:21).

Jesus gave an illustration about how it will be when He comes to rescue His “Bride,” (the Church). The Bridegroom comes, but only half of those who believe they are part of the “Bride of Christ,” actually go with Him. When Jesus gave this message, He clearly said, “They that were ready went in.”

Matthew 24:44 NKJV

Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

If you don’t realize how close we are to His Coming and our Resurrection, I suggest you get a copy of my book, Hope in the Last Days. You will see the stage-setting previews of what’s to come soon. Eschatological (end-time) signs are now on fast-forward, popping up on every turn. Please, tell people fearlessly that Jesus is coming back. The Roman soldiers did not expect him to come back from the dead. The fake religious leaders did everything they could to prevent it. But what God says He’s going to do … He always does. Do you know someone today who is not ready to meet the Lord?

Maybe you are their key person.

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