1 Thessalonians 4:16-17: “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever.”

In his letter to the residents of Thessaloniki, the second-largest city in Greece, Paul is talking about a red letter day in the future history of mankind, the dawn of a new age when Heaven and Earth form a unit. A joyful reunion takes place, and God’s creation is no longer separated by death. The damage of sin is completely resolved, the Garden of Eden is reopened, and animals, humans and angels are mingling peacefully. It’s the end of war, the beginning of a bigger world with unrestrained access to the heart of Heaven, the Trinity.

This mental leap into the future is painting a beautiful picture and at the same time is raising the bar in what life is all about. We can see that life in this current world has its beautiful moments, but is profoundly marked by decay. We’re engaged in a fierce fight to battle this decay, an uphill battle to say the least. Take this entire struggle out of the equation and imagine we can focus our energies on doing what we’re best at. No more starving artists! No more jobs dictating our time schedule! Instead, the makeup of our DNA finally comes to full fruition. We chip in with our innate qualities to building an incredible tomorrow in a world no longer haunted by death.

That’s the future of mankind. We need to keep that in the back of our heads and not forget that the world as we know it is temporary and has an expiration date. Let’s not get eaten up by the status quo and raise our heads in hope.

Revelation 21:2-4: “And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”

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