This plane is surely going to crash keep your parachute on
Zephaniah 1:2 -
"I will completely remove all things From the face of the earth," declares the Lord.
In the night as we go to sleep as usual I tell my daughter stories from the Bible or Bible related stories. One day I was telling her what I had heard from a preacher who's session I landed attending some days back unexpectedly when I went to meet him; it was about the airplane and the parachute.
There were 2 men who went to board a plane and both were given a parachute each. The first was told the parachute was good and he should keep it. So he put on the parachute and sat on his seat, since the parachute took some portion of the seat he was not comfortable. Initially he bore the discomfort but soon he could not tolerate it, so he removed it and kept it under his seat and sat comfortably.
The second was told the parachute is very critical for his life, if he removes it and the plane crashes he will lose his life if the parachute is not on. So this man too sat on a seat with the parachute on. He too faced discomfort because of the parachute, but he loved his life and did not want to lose it, so he tolerated the discomfort but did not remove the parachute.
At the end I asked my 4 year old daughter if the plane crashed suddenly who will be saved. She did not hesitate in saying the man with the parachute on.
The world and all this physical creation is like the airplane, we are the travelers and the Word of God is the parachute we need to save ourselves, those who abide with the Word and the ones who wear the parachute.
People will say I will not live till that time so why should I worry?
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ please understand even if we are far from the end day - the day of Judgment when Jesus Christ will come with His Angels and destroy all who did not believe in Him and those who refuse to abide by His Gospel (not just the New Testament but the Old Testament too). This whole physical creation including this whole universe will like a bad dream will be destroyed in fire. Those who are His sheep will enter with Him into Heaven. This day is just 2 moments away from you and me even if it is hundreds of years away. The first moment is our dead and second when we resurrect to be judged on that day.
You and I do not know when we will die so this moment is any where round the corner for us. When I asked my daughter if she will remove her parachute she said "NO". If she can understand this then we too should be prepared by keeping our parachutes always on by abiding in the Word.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord Jesus, we were created not to perish but to be blessed in your glory, when You come again and bring us unto our eternal home which is Heaven. Lord, since years man has been deceived in understanding about the end days and about your Kingdom. Lord, open the eyes of your people that they may see the Truth and by your grace be saved...
This prayer we make in your Mighty Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
2 Thessalonians 1:4-12
4 So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:
5 Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:
6 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;
7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.
11 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:
12 That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:50-54
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
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