Good Morning Disciples of Christ! We are going to study 1 Corinthians 15: 50-53 today and make a decision that will lead us to victory in Christ. What we see with Saint Paul is not only love for God through his teachings, but his Wisdom that Jesus infused into him to speak God’s Word to soon be Disciples of Jesus Christ. In 1 Corinthians, 15: 50-53, Saint Paul writes, “This I declare, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does corruption inherit corruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery, we shall not fall asleep, but we will all be changed, in an instant, in the blink of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed. For that which is corruptible must clothe itself with incorruptibility, and that which is mortal must clothe itself with immortality.” The last trumpet that Saint Paul is speaking of here is the 7th Trumpet in the Book of Revelation, 11:15. Notice, Revelation Chapters 12 and 13 are interludes, then in Revelation, Chapter 14:14, Jesus commences the Harvest of the Earth. We have already shown this to be the time period that we will be taken by Jesus into the clouds in previous posts in this blog.
Going back to Saint Paul’s disclosing a mystery that God had revealed to him in 1 Corinthians, 15:56-58, “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be firm, steadfast, always fully devoted to the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” Saint Paul is helping us understand, that because we have become Disciples for Jesus Christ, we are His Harvest, and we have already won the victory over eternal death. We have to encourage each other, just like Saint Paul did, to believe that we will make it all the way to the 7th Trumpet, if we follow Jesus and serve Him with all of our hearts, minds, and souls. Will we see many Tribulations along the way? Yes, but that is why we go back to Psalm 91 and say it throughout the day.
In fact, try to memorize Psalm 91 so that you can say it throughout the day without having to look it up. “You who dwell in the shelter of the most high, who abide in the shade of the Almighty, say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.’ He will rescue you from the fowler’s snare, from the destroying plague, He will shelter you with his pinions, and under his wings you may take refuge; his faithfulness is a protecting shield. You shall not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, Nor the pestilence that roams in the darkness, nor the plague that ravages at noon. Though a thousand fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, near you it shall not come. You need simply watch; the punishment of the wicked you will see. Because you have the Lord for your refuge, and have made the Most High your stronghold, No evil shall befall you, no affliction come near your tent. For he commands his angels with regard to you, to guard you wherever you go. With their hands they shall support you, lest you strike your foot against a stone. You can tread upon the asp and the viper, trample the lion and the dragon. Because he clings to me I will deliver him; because he knows my name I will set him on high. He will call upon me and I will answer; I will be with him in distress; I will deliver him and give him honor. With length of days I will satisfy him, and fill him with my saving power.”
Go back now and read all of 1 Corinthians, Chapter 15. Saint Paul is our model in helping people understand that Jesus Christ is the only victory over death. The more we study Scripture and the messages of God’s Word, the more we can help people see the Truth in Jesus. The Holy Spirit is the revealer of all Truth, but we can guide people to Jesus, and we can encourage each other not to be afraid as the labor pains get worse.
We have started a prayer that our family prays to Jesus before we walk out the door for work and school. We recommend that you also say a similar prayer to start getting in the habit of teaching our kids to pray without ceasing throughout the day. Here is the prayer, “Jesus, we ask that you cover us with your precious blood today and protect us from all of the trials and tribulations. We consecrate ourselves to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Our Blessed Mother and we also pray for her mantle of protection to shield us from all harm. We pray for the graces to be obedient to the Will of God, and serve Him in these times. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.” You can tweak this prayer anyway you like, but be sure to ask for the precious blood of Jesus to cover you and your family for protection, and ask for the graces to be obedient to His Will. I believe we will also add reading Psalm 91 to our Children, so that they can also memorize this very important prayer in these times.
Here is Father Mark Goring, http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bCmeJTcdeGE.
Also, Here is Father Mark Goring on going back to Confession, http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BfuwnthiCsg.
Emmanuel – “God is with Us.” Have a blessed day.