10 Encouraging Bible Verses (Inspiring & Uplifting Scriptures)
Have you ever had a difficult time with one of your kids? You see, God not only reveals himself to us through the Bible. . “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his. And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them. . Concentrating on verses 16 and 17, we see that Jesus Himself comes down .. those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together. you? Please read and find inspiration in this selection of Bible verses on this topic. And now I know that none of you will ever see me again.
He gives not one, but five reasons why this command should be obeyed: This verb is also in the perfect tense, again signifying that Paul was being very emphatic.
Does this answer your question Jack H? Sharyn April 1, at 6: However, when I read your above discussion on whether our loved ones can see us from heaven, I was deeply upset, confused and just generally down. I do believe my Dad is in heaven right now, our family has strong faith and I was blessed to be accepted into Gods family from birth.
However, I really really want to believe that he can still see me and watch his grandchildren that he adored, from heaven. I like to think of this on a daily basis, I hope and pray, that although I know my Dad is experiencing the greatest joy of his life with God in heaven, that at the same time, he has not forgotten about us here on earth, striving and working towards one day reuniting with him in heaven.
Donna April 12, at 8: My precious dad died, too, and I read Heaven is for Real. It comforts me so much to hear that Colton could see his parents. I believe that heaven is nearer than we think or could fathom. Sharyn April 12, at This is how I try to imagine things, it helps me get through each day!
Jack H April 1, at 3: But consider the 34th verse from a literal viewpoint. If I have spoken rashly, then I apologise. Is it a feeling or is there a more sure way to know? Please find out for yourself what the free gift, that Jesus has for us, is all about. Jesus wants us to experience the same joy that the righteous will feel when they see Him coming in the clouds. And they will be able to say: OK, now what is it that happens to the wicked when Jesus comes?
It is going to be a very traumatic experience. When Jesus comes, all will be rewarded according to what they have done in their life. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?
Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? He will be coming with great power. There will be a fire around Him and it will be tempestuous which means, wild, raging, furious, and angry. Jeremiah speaks of the Lord as roaring from on high. It will be very tempestuous. The Lord shall roar from on high, and utter his voice from his holy habitation; he shall mightily roar upon his habitation; he shall give a shout.
The earth will start to respond to this tempestuous God coming toward it.
The earth is violently broken, The earth is split open, The earth is shaken exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, And shall totter like a hut; Its transgression shall be heavy upon it, And it will fall, and not rise again.
The earth will be self-destructing in front of the eyes of the wicked and their hears will fail them for fear. And they start to realize that it is going to get worse. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. In terror, the wicked will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud and they will hunt for holes and caves to craw into so they don't have to see what is coming.
And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.
In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats; To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.
And the heaven [sky] departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? The dead bodies will be everywhere on the face of the earth. Ye shall not be unpunished: Therefore prophesy thou against them all these words, and say unto them, The LORD shall roar from on high, and utter his voice from his holy habitation; he shall mightily roar upon his habitation; he shall give a shout, as they that tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth.
A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the LORD. Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth. And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: All the wicked will perish in that day.
And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:. Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
In verse 21 we see that the remnant of the wicked are slain with the sword. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image.
These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: Because of His great wrath all the wicked are slain and no one is left on the earth. Friend, I do not want you to die with the wicked. Please consider the fact that Jesus loves you and that He would rather have no one experience destruction.
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?
When Jesus was on earth the disciples asked Him to look at the wonderful buildings of Jerusalem. When He looked at the place of the temple and Jerusalem, He broke down and cried. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. I pray that we are willing to be part of this gathering that is taken to Heaven because the things that He has planned for us is unimaginable.
But as it is written: When Jesus comes, you can be among the group that exclaims: Jesus is Given the Kingdom So, lets look to heaven where something special happens to make it possible for Jesus to come again: I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: Here it is described that all people will serve Jesus because He has received the kingdom from His Father.
As we will see, from the other passages of the Bible, that it is only the righteous who will be present when this happens, and they will receive the kingdom under Christ.
In Revelation, John describes the same event. In this event The Earth will become part of the kingdoms of Jesus, and He will reign forever and ever.
It is at this point that Jesus rewards his people and He also destroys all the wicked people who destroy the earth. Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever! When Jesus comes to the earth the first thing He does is to reap the earth of His righteous people.
And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.
In Revelation, John's visions of the end, that there will be a great reaping. Reaping usually involves good grain, not tares etc. So this must be the gathering of the righteous. In my church, the Pastor is teaching that The rapture is before the great tribulation and that some how Jesus will come but in an invisible way to rapture the church and take it to heaven, that we do not have to understand the great tribulation because we shall be with Jesus for 7 years celebrating the wedding of the Lamb, then Jesus is coming back in a visible way, and that the second coming is a different fact then the rapture, what do you think?
Is the rapture at the same time of the second coming of Jesus? Is the rapture before or after the great tribulation? Is the rapture separate from the second coming of Jesus? Does the rapture save God's people from having to experience the great tribulation? There are five basic points to consider when we look at the rapture.
What Does the Bible Say About Gathering Together?
All through the Bible, the Second coming of Jesus is described as being anything but Secret. When Jesus comes everyone will know that He is coming. Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: The Second Coming of Christ: The Righteous will Receive the Kingdom Point 2: In Daniel and Revelation, God's people are described as living through the great tribulation.
Let's look at a few verses. And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
And how do we identify this group? This is God's people in the great tribulation! And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: On another web page that I have, I made a synopsis of Satan's actions against the Righteous in the great Tribulation. For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.
And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. Nowhere in the Bible is there any scripture that speaks of another rapture that is separate from the second coming of Jesus. There is no secret rapture before the tribulation time.
In 1 Thessalonians we see that both the dead who have died and also those who are yet alive God's righteous people will rise together to meet the Lord in the air. Also we see that this is not a secret event. It will be a very visible event. See the text below: Now in the secret rapture, do they say that only those who are yet alive go up?
What about those who have died? In this text, Paul is trying to give comfort to the Thessalonians, because they expected Jesus to come in their day. And yet, people were dying one by one. What would happen to these people who died? Paul talks about the time when Jesus comes with a shout and with the trumpet of God, that both those who have died and those who are yet living will be taken up to heaven to ever be with the Lord. There is no mention of any previous secret rapture.
Paul says both those who have died and those who are yet alive are all taken up to heaven together. All of God's people will be raised together at one time. Some people use Luke Let's look at the text: However when we read more of the text we find that it is not referring to a secret rapture at all.
They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; "but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.
And likewise the one who is in the field, let him not turn back. In Noah's time there were two classes of people; Noah and his family were taken into the ark and saved, while all the rest who refused to enter the ark were left outside to be destroyed by the flood.
They did not get a second chance. Once the door closed on the ark, they were doomed. In Lot's time there were two classes of people; Lot was taken out of the city of Sodom, and saved, while all those left in the city were destroyed by fire. Again, those who were still in the city were destroyed. Jesus says that it will be the same when Jesus comes. God's people will be taken to heaven to be with Jesus, while all the others will be destroyed. Notice that in verse 37, the disciples asked "Where, Lord?
Notice the clear answer that Jesus gives: This is similar to in Revelation where the remnant the wicked who are slain, are fed to all the fowls birds of prey. It is interesting that he uses the same words used in the book of Genesis to describe the Earth. The Earth was without form and void. I beheld the earth, and indeed it was without form, and void; And the heavens, they had no light.
I beheld the mountains, and indeed they trembled, And all the hills moved back and forth. I beheld, and indeed there was no man, And all the birds of the heavens had fled. So we can see that Luke 17 is looking at the same second coming that all the other verses in the Bible refer to. Some will be taken and saved, but all the rest will be left to be destroyed.
So we can see that the rapture is at the same time of the second coming of Jesus. Its the same event. Some people use 1 Thess. Here is the text: For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. But when we start opening the Bible to read more of it we find that it definitely does not speak of a quiet, secret coming at all. Let's look to see what it really says: But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you.
For when they say, "Peace and safety! And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day.
We are not of the night nor of darkness. So, we can see that in these three scriptures, the thief in the night means that it comes in an unexpected time.
It is not talking about how Jesus is coming. This can be understood from the text itself: All these verses are really referring to the second coming of Jesus that will come at the end of time.
So it should be clear that the rapture occurs at the end of the Great Tribulation when Jesus comes back. Remember the verses above in Daniel and Revelation that speak of God's people living through that Great time of tribulation. Also remember, that when Jesus comes, the righteous are taken up to heaven while all the rest are slated for destruction.
God, Present Everywhere
Those who are still living are killed by the brightness of His coming. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth, and destroy with the brightness of His coming. During the time of the plagues, the 7 last plagues in the great tribulation, between the 6th and 7th plague, Jesus says this: For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame. It is at that time that Jesus says: Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame" Right after this event, then the 7th and last plague occurs, "in which a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne of Godsaying, 'It is done!
So, the second coming of Jesus clearly comes at the end of the great tribulation time. Have you ever wondered, what if you already missed the Return of Christ?
I am especially intrigued by the statement: Until after He has returned to the heavens again? The thief in the night can mean one of two things. Either the whole thing is going to be done in secret, which might easily be missed, as you are suggesting; Or it means that it will be a surprise, a sudden and unlooked calamity that everyone will experience with horror, thus it will be extremely noticeable.
Lets look at the Bible verses below, the two Texts of Scripture are placed side-by side, both having the statement we are looking for: It's labeled with the color green.
But instead, we see violet statements like: These statements from the Bible tells us that the thief in the night experience will be a very sudden event that will surprise the people of the world. Believe me, it will be noticed! The people of the world will probably wish with all their hearts that these terrible events would not happen at all. Now, Paul gives a special message to Christians in verse 4 that adds to the urgency of the surprise event: But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief 1 Thessalonians 5: So, Paul says that since you are brethren of Christ and you are not living in darkness; This Day should not take you by surprise as a thief.
So this event of the second coming of Jesus will surprise the people of the world and they will face sudden destruction. But Paul says that this event should not surprise us who are followers of Jesus because we are not living in darkness.
We are actually looking forward this event. That means we will not be surprised by it. We expect it to happen and it will be a happy event because Jesus will come to rescue His people from certain death. It is the wicked who will be surprised. They will not be ready nor will they welcome Him because they will see that they are all about to be destroyed by that same event. As for missing the event, saying that we might not even notice that Jesus comes; That is not possible!
We know this because the Bible is very clear! It says that every eye will see Jesus come in the clouds and the wicked will see this and they will morn and wail! And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: It will be such a noisy and dramatic event with fire, lightning, and destruction, etc.
It will be impossible for the return of Christ to be unnoticed!! So, we cannot imply that the Lord will return unnoticed at all because the Bible says very clearly that it will be a violent and definitely a noticeable event. The context of the thief in the night means sudden destruction. We are not immortal now, but does it not say in 1 Corinthians Let's look at the verse: It does seem like the verse says that Jesus shall raise all people! However, let's look at more of the surrounding verses: Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.
If we look at verse 23, we see that it tells who the "all" are. All will be made alive, first Jesus, who is the firstfruits, then those who are Christ's at His coming.
It is only those who belong to Jesus, they alone will be raised to life and be made immortal. So, all sons of Adam will die, but all those who are Christ's at His coming will be made alive!
How can Jesus be coming to get us at His 2nd coming if the bible says in Zechariah 14, Jude 14, and 1 Thessalonians 4: How can He keep the promise of John 14 where He takes us to heaven if He does not take us until the 2nd coming?
Zechariah 14 says He comes back in His 2nd coming and sets foot on the mount of olives and takes over His temple to rule for years. So Jesus cannot take us to heaven at His 2nd coming, because He will remain on the earth. Jesus cannot come back with us at the 2nd coming if He has to come get us first. Please help me understand these things. Since Jesus has promised to take us to heaven John 14 ; And since Zechariah 14 says Jesus will rule on the earth when Jesus comes; That Jesus cannot both take us to heaven and also setup an earthly kingdom at the same time when Jesus comes at His second coming.
So, you are suggesting that the only way for Jesus to keep both of His promises is for Jesus to take us to heaven when we die. The dead in Christ would have been in heaven already, before His second coming.
Then, at the second coming of Christ, at the end of the world, Jesus would bring the righteous dead back with Him to the earth. Let's look at the promise in John 14 to see what Jesus' promise is about. So, Jesus says that He will keep His promise when He comes, not before. Because He says that when He comes, He will receive us unto Himself. So, when does Jesus come for His people? Is is when His people die? Or is it at the Second Coming, at the end of the world, the last day?
Let's look more closely at the verses which clearly show when Jesus will raise His righteous ones from the grave: Then Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Many times Jesus has said that He will raise his people up on the last day. So it should not be surprising to see that Martha repeats what Jesus says when Jesus says to her: The righteous will rise in the resurrecton at the last day and it will be Jesus who raises them.
In that discussion, Jesus told them that they could not go with Him then, but that they would be able to follow Him later. Jesus specifically tells them that He will personally come back to take them back with Him to His Father's house: So He told them that they could not go with Him at that time, but that they would follow Him at a later time.
Finally in verse 3 of John 14 He says that He will come again to receive them unto Himself. This promise centers on the fact that Jesus will come again and take God's people with Him to the place of His Fathers House where there are mansions just waiting for them. So, Jesus tells us that He will keep His promise when He comes, not before. Let's look more closely at other verses which clearly show when Jesus will raise His righteous ones from the grave: But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.
In verses 21 and 23 we see that Jesus is the firstfruits of those who slept in the grave. Jesus rose from the dead.
Can Our Loved Ones See Us From Heaven?
Now in verse 23 we see that the righteous will be made alive at his coming. Now, lets look at Thessalonians 4 where Paul describes with more detail how Jesus will wake up His people when He comes: The very first thing that now happens is that all those who were dead in Christ are brought to life.
If everyone wakes up from the dead when they die, they would all wake up at different times since people die at different times. But that is NOT how it happens in verse All the dead wake up at the same time! So it is when Jesus descends from heaven with a shout that the dead rise, not when they die. Then in verse 17 the very next thing that happens is that all the rest of the righteous, the ones still living at that time, they are brought up together into the clouds.
So all those who are dead in Christ and also all those who are yet alive, they are all brought up together in the air at the same time and in the same event, when Jesus comes! The rising of the dead in Christ does not happen when God's people die. It happens only at the end of the world when Jesus comes to pick up all His people at the same time, both the dead and those who are yet alive.
This was wonderful news to those in the Thessalonian church because they were crying for the dead as if they had no hope of the future! Now, lets look at the verse that many people think says that Jesus will bring the dead in Christ back with Him from Heaven to the earth when He comes: Paul did not mean that Jesus would be bringing the dead people from heaven because Jesus comes at His second coming in order to wake up the dead and bring them with Him back to heaven.
We have just looked at these things in verses 16 and 17 above. Near the beginning of this page we also saw that Jesus preached that the Saints will enter the kingdom of heaven. Heaven is part of our reward. Here is a quick list of the verse that we covered: Unless you are converted and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of Heaven.
Truly I say to you that a rich man will with great difficulty enter into the kingdom of Heaven. It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. For so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Also, Scripture clearly shows that at the end of the world, the second coming of Christ; That Jesus will come with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God.
And the dead in Christ will rise first.
Then God's people that are alive will be taken up into the clouds to be with the Lord in the air with those who had died.
We are not being gathered on the earth but rather in the air to be taken to heaven where Jesus says: In my Father's house are many mansions. Jesus has prepared a place for us so that He could take us with Him. So, Scripture shows us that we go to heaven when Jesus comes again, not when we die.
Everyone is taken to heaven at the same time to receive their reward. To answer your question: God cannot start an earthly kingdom and take us all to heaven at the same time.