In The Twinkling
Of An Eye
11/2/23 By Tim Buck
Don’t put off surrendering yourself to Jesus! Today is the day to be sold out to Him… not tomorrow!
Because of the many signs of the times and because of the promise of the Rapture, tomorrow may never come!
When the trumpet sounds, and the ‘shout of the archangel‘ is heard, it will be too late to surrender your life to the Lord.
When Jesus comes, it’s over… in an instant!
Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
1 Cor. 15:51-52
There are numerous definitions for the twinkling or blinking of an eye. If the Apostle Paul is describing the speed of the rapture as a “twinkle,” then he’s describing something so fast, it’s difficult to comprehend.
The “twinkling of the eye” is the time it takes for light to enter the eye, reach the back of the eye, and be reflected back out. Light travels at 186,000 miles per second, so a twinkle amounts to about one billionth of a second.
The blinking is a bit slower. But still too fast to recognize. A blink lasts somewhere between 300 and 400 milliseconds, or considerably less than half a second.
Taking both of these into consideration, the reason why the Apostle Paul used this term was to assure us of the supernatural nature of the Rapture. He wanted to emphasis there is no human effort that can impede it, slow it down, or hold it back.
When it’s on, it’s on, and up we go defying gravity like superman! In the millisecond it takes to be raptured, we will find ourselves above earth’s atmosphere in our glorified bodies filled with joy and standing in the presence of the Lord! We will “meet the Lord in the air.”
Let’s just say it’s a supernatural event that takes place super-fast!
From Earth to Heaven and Back,
A Tour You’ll Never Forget
Living believers on earth, from every continent, will hear the upward call of the last trumpet and be instantly transformed into their glorified bodies, and at the same time be launched into the air to be with Jesus.
disappearance of being here one second and there the next has already been experienced by Enoch, Elijah, Jesus and even the disciples while still in their boat! (John 6:21)
The believer’s Itinerary after the Rapture is almost beyond comprehension. At the Rapture we will be escorted by Jesus through outer space to heaven and then He will usher us in to the Father’s House with exceeding joy! (Jude 24)
The church will spend seven years in heaven highlighted by the marriage of the Lamb just prior to descending back to earth with Jesus at His Second Coming! Revelation 19:14 depicts the church as the Lord’s army descending with Jesus to the Battle of Armageddon!
Every believer will make this roundtrip from earth to heaven and back. Oh what a bright future is in store for God’s children as we round-trip the universe with the omnipotent creator as our guide!
We’ve had some wonderful tour guides on our FOTET Tours, over the years in Israel, but nothing can compare to travelling through the universe with our creator and hearing Him calling the stars by name as we pass by! (Ps. 147:4)
The Prize of the Upward Call
After talking about his testimony and how he is still striving for “Christlikeness” in his life, the Apostle Paul admits he hasn’t quite reached it yet (Phil. 3:12-13). But he says this is why he is all-the-more eagerly looking for the Rapture.
“I press toward the goal for the prize of the UPWARD CALL of God in Christ Jesus.”
The prize of the upward call we should be looking for is when we finally put on permanent Christlikeness which happens at the rapture when God calls us up to heaven and in His presence. The call is described in Revelation 4:1 as a voice yelling, “COME UP.” That’s when will instantly
receive the long-awaited prize of being “like Him for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2).
This twinkling moment of our ‘upward call’ could happen at any second. Just looking at world conditions today should be enough incentive for every believer to be ready to meet the Lord. He’s even at the door!
Don’t make the mistake of believing in can’t happen today! Because when it happens, it will be over before you realize it took place. Hallelujah!
Today, right now, would be a good time to call on Him.
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