1. These are not normal times; our local assemblies are bursting at the seams with multitudes poached with platitudes of VANITY, without HOPE of ETERNAL RELEVANCE. I tell you, “IF IN THIS LIFE ONLY WE HAVE HOPE in Christ, we are of all men MOST MISERABLE” [1 Corinthians 15:19] The Church is caught in the crossfire of SEDUCING SPIRITS and PROPHECY is fulfilled: “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that IN THE LATTER TIMES SOME SHALL DEPART FROM THE FAITH, giving heed to SEDUCING SPIRITS, and DOCTRINES OF HELL” [1 Timothy 4:1] In Jesus Christ and in Him alone, we have firm commitment of priceless treasures BEYOND THE CLOUDS. Let no man SEDUCE you with PROSPERITY OF FOOLS “For the TURNING AWAY OF THE SIMPLE SHALL SLAY THEM, and the PROSPERITY OF FOOLS shall DESTROY THEM” [Proverbs 1:32] As one who has received the same GRACE as you, I charge you to SEE beyond the present, "... provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a TREASURE IN THE HEAVENS that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. For WHERE YOUR TREASURE IS, THERE WILL YOUR HEART BE ALSO" (Luke 12:33-34)
2. We are BORN AGAIN, not of the FLESH to DIE of corruption but of the WORD of God to LIVE forever, “Being BORN AGAIN, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, BY THE WORD OF GOD, which LIVETH and ABIDETH FOR EVER” [1 Peter 1:23] Our INNER MAN being enabled to SEE through ETERNITY, we REJOICE always in HOPE of glory BEYOND THE CLOUDS, for “… EYE HATH NOT SEEN, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which GOD HATH PREPARED FOR THEM THAT LOVE HIM. But God hath REVEALED THEM TO US BY HIS SPIRIT:... ” [1 Corinthians 2:9-10] Brethren, we were not SAVED from SIN to wallow in VAIN PROSPERITY; those who inflame your base instincts with bland promises of earthly riches pollute you with “Perverse disputings of men of CORRUPT MINDS, and DESTITUTE OF THE TRUTH, SUPPOSING THAT GAIN IS GODLINESS: from such WITHDRAW THYSELF” [1 Timothy 6:5] They are merchants of vanity and will lead you to perdition, “Let them alone: they be BLIND LEADERS OF THE BLIND. And if the blind lead the blind, BOTH SHALL FALL INTO THE DITCH [Matthew 15:14] Beloved, this world is full of uncertainties, whatever cards you are dealt; rich or poor, stand fast in sure PROMISE of imminent appearance of the Lord, as it is written: “... I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I WILL COME AGAIN, and RECEIVE YOU UNTO MYSELF; that where I am, there ye may be also” [John 14:2-3]
3. We are going BEYOND THE CLOUDS, and shall break through the FIRMAMENT into shiny heavenly clouds of glory at the appearance of Christ, "Then we which are alive and remain shall be CAUGHT UP together with them IN THE CLOUDS, to MEET THE LORD IN THE AIR: and so shall we ever be with the Lord" (1 Thessalonians 4:17) We shall be received into the Lord's Presence with a feast surpassing human imagination; an exclusive fellowship of the BRIDE and the BRIDEGROOM. We shall see Him as He is and shall be transformed to be like Him in beauty of HOLINESS at the MARRIAGE SUPPER of the LAMB, “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the MARRIAGE OF THE LAMB IS COME, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints” [Revelation 19:7-8] As a man is joined in marriage with his wife and the two become ONE, so shall we be joined to Him, inseparable in glory of His majesty. While the BRIDE rejoices in unspeakable JOY, the world below shall be scorched with cruel afflictions by Satan, incarnated in the BEAST, “… and POWER WAS GIVEN UNTO HIM TO CONTINUE FORTY and TWO MONTHS. … And it was given unto him to MAKE WAR WITH THE SAINTS, and to overcome them: and power was given him OVER ALL KINDREDS, and tongues, and nations” [Revelation 13:5-7] Lest I forget, the earthly ministry of Christ was FORTY-TWO MONTHS; the same duration as our wedding reception, BEYOND THE CLOUDS.
4. When it is over, Satan and his diverse impersonations shall be bound, “And he laid hold on the DRAGON, that OLD SERPENT, which is the DEVIL, and SATAN, and BOUND HIM A THOUSAND YEARS” [Revelation 20:2] He shall be caged in the BOTTOMLESS PIT for a thousand years, giving us a MILLENIUM of heaven on earth and we shall reign with the Lord, “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be PRIESTS OF GOD and OF CHRIST, and shall REIGN WITH HIM A THOUSAND YEARS” [Revelation 20:6] Those who refused the MARK and kept the FAITH through the great TRIBULATION shall also reign with Christ through the MILLENIUM. At the end of the MILLENIUM, Satan shall be LOOSED for a while [Revelation 20:3 & 6] He is “LOOSED”, that he might be brought to judgment with his hosts and every soul whose name is not written in the BOOK OF LIFE, “… and THEY WERE JUDGED EVERY MAN according to their works. … And WHOSOEVER WAS NOT FOUND WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF LIFE WAS CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE” [Revelation 20:11-15] Yet, God is not done with us, He has prepared for us a new HEAVEN and new EARTH befitting of His majesty, “… for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. … GOD SHALL WIPE AWAY ALL TEARS from their eyes; and there shall be NO MORE DEATH, NEITHER SORROW, NOR CRYING, neither shall there be any more PAIN: for the former things are passed away” [Revelation 21:1-4] What more can I say? "Wherefore COMFORT ONE ANOTHER WITH THESE WORDS" (1Thessalonians 4:18)