T’was the Week Before Christmas

Matthew 24:30-31 NIV - Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. 31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

2 Thessalonians 1:6-10 NIV - God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you 7 and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. 8 He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might 10 on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.

 

T’WAS THE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS

'Twas the week before Christmas, incurring indebtedness

Tongues were a-stirring, some with discord and pettiness;

The Bibles were stacked between chimney and chair,

Oblivious to the fact that Christ soon would be there;

The children were nestled all distracted in bed;

While visions of touch-screens helped make them brain-dead;

And mamma in kitchen, and I in garage,

Had anxiety-filled minds from the Christmas barrage,

From up in the air there then came such a sound,

I sprang from my man-cave, tripping over the hound.

Away to the window the wife flew like a flash,

Tore open the shutters and threw up on the sash.

When what to my wondering eyes did appear,

The event I had not thought could be oh-so near,

When a little old driver ran her car up my lawn,

I knew in a moment that some would be gone.

More rapid than eagles the angels they came,

One trumpeted and shouted and called them by name:

"Now, Mark them! now, harvest! Hear Gabriel, Michael!

On, Foreheads!  See Christ’s name!  This Judgment Day cycle!

To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!

Now catch away!  Catch away!  Catch away all!”

As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,

Those belonging to Christ met Him up in the sky;

So on past the housetop, Christ’s people, they flew

With shock and thanksgiving, I saw many I knew—

And then, in a twinkling… of an eye… was The Lord

Surrounded by saints and His heavenly horde.

As I bowed down my head, and was turning around,

Down came The Lord Jesus to judge those on the ground.

He was dressed all in white, a bright heavenly flood,

And his robe was all tarnished, being covered in blood;

A sword came from His mouth to strike down each nation,

Prophetic fulfillment of John’s Revelation.

His eyes—how they burned!  Like His fierce iron rod!

His title, His judgment, said “Word of God”!

Moments ago were consumed by trivial things;

No more as we trembled at the true “King of Kings”;

An angel then stood in the sun shouting high,

Directing the vultures toward those who would die;

Drunks now sober, and those who lived for career,

They all trembled in terror knowing the end was now here.

Those lusting for romance, or parties, or friends,

Could not laugh when they saw Him, aware of their ends.

A gleam of His eye and a twist of his head

He went straight to His work - raised the living and dead,

As this short, painful chapter of history did close,

All those in the grave who were Christ’s, they arose;

Satan, the Beast, and all of Christ’s foes,

Were cast away, far away, to well-deserved woes.

But I heard Christ exclaim, final victory now won—

“I make everything new, and to My saints... ‘Well Done!’”

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 NIV - Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.