In the cycle of life, there is a beginning and an end. In the life of humans, there is a plan for their life on earth as well as in eternity. The Master once came to Earth to die for the sins of humanity. After spending some time on Earth, He shared that He would leave to prepare a place for life in eternity. Nonetheless, He would return to "snare" His people away; that is those who remained faithful to Him and endured until the end.
Upon His first coming to Earth, the Master spoke of some of the signs and wonders that would be manifested before His return (Mat. 24:4-26; Mark 13: 5-23; 2 Timothy 3:1-5, 12). However, He did not share the day, time, nor hour of His return (Mat. 25:13; Mark 13:32, 35; Luke 12:40). Yet, He instructed His people to be watchful because He desired for them be alert and vigilant towards His return (Mat. 24:42, 44; 25:13; Mark 13:35-37). Although the signs would be manifested progressively over the course of time, His return would be quick, as the "blink of an eye" (1 Co. 15:51-52), as lightning flashing from east to west (Mat. 24:27; Luke 17:24) and as a "snare", suddenly and unexpectedly (Luke 21:35).
However, He did not desire for them to be centered on keeping watch as much as He desired for them to be active in His "Father's business" (Luke 2:49; 12:43; 21:36). He desires for His people to maintain a strong faith in Him (1 Co. 16:13), but to actively demonstrate it through works of servitude (James 2:17, 26). Such service may be, but not limited to, addressing the basic needs of a person who is hungry and thirsty, lacks adequate clothing, is ill, in prison or a stranger (Mat. 25:35-36). The Master desires to find His people serving Him (Mat. 24:46; 25:40; Luke 12:43).
When the Master returns, a trumpet will be making the call to His people; an announcement of His return and the time to go and join with Him (Mat. 24:31; 1 Co. 15:52). His people, those who have died first, and then those who are still alive, will be "snared" away and transformed as they go up into the sky to join the Master (1 These. 4:16). Furthermore, He brings with Him a reward, "the crown of life" (1 Co. 3:8-9; James 1:12; Rev. 2:10; 3:11) which He will give according to every person's work in serving Him (1 Co. 15: 51-52; Rev. 22:12). Additionally, the Master will have them "sit down to eat" and serve them at His dinning table; "the marriage supper of the Lamb" (Luke 12:37; John 13:4-5; Rev. 19:9).
"I am coming quickly." (Rev. 3:11; 22:7, 12, 20) says the Master, Jesus Christ. "But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good. (2 These. 3:13). For "he who endures to the end shall be saved." (Mat. 10:22; 24:13).
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