“When the Saints Go Marching In”

3 Your people shall be volunteers in the day of Your power; in the beauties of holiness, from the womb of the morning, You have the dew of Your youth. —Psalm 110:3

As we look again at this beautiful verse above, we see that these saints who appear with the Lord will be holy, as He is holy, strong, as He is strong, and vigorous as youths in their new glorified bodies (1 John 3:2). We see it again in Isaiah: “Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).

What is meant in this verse by the word “wait” as in “waiting on the Lord”? It can literally mean to “wait,” as in to look forward to expectantly, or it can be translated as “bind together to.” In other words, those who bind their hope to the Lord will have renewed strength that is similar to that of an eagle soaring through the sky or a tireless runner who’s able to keep going without fainting or giving up. Isn’t that a wonderful thought?

There’s one more thing we must look at before we move on in this psalm, and that is this: In order for the volunteer army of the Lord, who are now like Him, to be in this place of returning to the earth with Him, something had to happen beforehand to make them like Him and be taken with Him to where He is. What might that have been? We know that every born-again Christian has been forgiven of all sin, but we still sin. We’re not yet perfect. We’re certainly not “complete,” like Jesus, even though we are “in” Him as new creations. First Corinthians 15 describes an amazing event that leads up to this triumphant re-entry to our planet: “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. 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 all be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality” (vv. 50-53).

Think about that! In a single moment, in the twinkling of an eye, all who are alive and in Christ Jesus at the time of the Rapture will be made instantly and eternally immortal! Then, seven years later, we will come back with Jesus when He returns—because during this life we willingly surrendered to His will.

Are you looking forward with anticipation to that day? Or is there something in your life that needs to happen first? Don’t wait another moment. You can ask the Father to receive you as His child, in humility and faith, in Jesus’ name, and He will do it. Then you need not fear the days ahead! Your sins will all be washed away. The apostle Paul wrote: “For [God] says: ‘In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.’ Behold, now is the accepted time; behold now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). You can make today the day of your salvation and know with certainty that you will forever be with the Lord, returning with Him in victory along with all the saints!

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BARRY STAGNER

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