21st September 2017

What Will He Shout?

“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a SHOUT, with the archangel’s voice, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first.”
1 Thessalonians 4:16 (HCSB)

Christian missionary Gregory Fisher was conducting a Bible Study for some students who attended the West African Bible College in Liberia. He was covering the return of Jesus recorded in 1 Thessalonians chapter four, verses 13 to 18.

During his exposition of the above verse, one student interrupted and asked the question, “What will He shout, Sir?” Taken aback, the minister ignored the question and continued to expound the remaining verses, but the student was not put off and spoke to him afterwards, reminding him that he hadn’t given him an answer to his question, “What will He shout?”

The missionary paused and thought briefly about all the violence, death, destruction, suffering and poverty which that nation had suffered, and also remembering the beggars along the roads that he passed each day on his journey to the College. The sadness of it all moved him to give the young questioner this answer to his probing question: “He will shout ‘Enough’ when He returns.” The young student wanted more, and with a surprised look on his face he asked, “What do you mean ‘Enough?’”

He replied, “Enough suffering. Enough starvation. Enough terror. Enough death. Enough indignity. Enough lives trapped in hopelessness. Enough sickness and disease. Enough time.”

“ENOUGH!!”

Prayer
Lord, we all cry out to you for your return, looking ahead to the time when you will wipe away every tear and death will be no more—a time of amazing joy; a time that all your creation groans and yearns for. Humbly we pray “Thy Kingdom come!”
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill

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About the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON LU1 5JE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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