May God help us to walk with him daily so that when the trumpet sounds, we will be ready to meet Him and live forever in His presence.
Genesis 5:24, “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.”
Verse twenty-two tells us that Enoch walked with God for three hundred of the three hundred and sixty-five years of his life. He developed such a close relationship with God that one-day God took him to heaven without him having to pass through the portals of death. The Bible says, "God took him." Nature did not take him. Whatever this meant for Enoch, it is sure that for every man of faith, God takes him. Enoch and Elijah were both men who left this world without dying. The Bible tells about an entire generation of people who suddenly will be translated, “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the lord forever.” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, NIV). If you die before Christ comes, your death will only be a circumstance in your walk with God. It will only be a new departure, the opening up of a new prospect, and your first entrance into that which God hath prepared for them that love Him.
Second Coming of Christ
There's a man in yonder glory I have loved for many years, He has cleared my guilty conscience and has banished all my fears. He is coming in a moment in the twinkling of an eye, and no time will be allotted for you to utter one good-bye. No time to kiss the husband or embrace the loving wife, if they are but united in the bonds of holy life. Are you ready, Christian, ready, for shout and trump and voice? Will His coming make you tremble or cause you to rejoice? Are you walking, talking with Him daily, taking Him your care? Do you live so close to heaven that a breath would waft you there? Quoted in "Fairest of All, Herbert Lockyer, Eerdmans, 1936, p. 71, Leadership IV, 3, 94.
According Paul, the coming of Christ is our “blessed hope.” May God help us to walk with him daily so that when the trumpet sounds, we will be ready to meet Him and live forever in His presence.