Revelation 21:3-4 - And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away." NASU
John also says, "and He will dwell among them…" The word for "dwell" comes from the same Greek word as "tabernacle."
God is going to dwell, tabernacle or pitch His tent with us and when He does the blessings will flow.
Can you visualize sitting around the campfire and God telling us stories (figuratively speaking of course)?
We will be God's people in a very unique way. We will tabernacle or be camping with God.
God promises us He is going to wipe away every tear from our eyes.
God is going to make sure we are never hurt by death again. The things that come along with death, mourning, crying, and pain will be gone forever.
Why would anyone not want to be on this camping trip with God?
I hope and pray for those of you reading this Pump Up that you are going camping with God. You will not regret it.
When Jesus came to this earth according to John He did the same thing that is going to happen at the end of time.
He came and pitched His tent or tabernacled among the people of the first century.
God is going to come and pitch His tent among His people at the beginning of the new heaven and new earth (Revel. 21:1) because the "first things have passed away."
I hope you are looking forward to going camping with God.
Think On These:
Keep your Bible open and you will not find the door to heaven shut.
He who seldom thinks of heaven is not likely to get there.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
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Matt. 24:37-41 - "For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. 38 "For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 "Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. 41 " Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one will be left. NASU
In other words life was going on as usual.
They were eating food. They were drinking. Drinking doesn't mean necessarily mean alcoholic beverages. The Greek word for "drinking" is all inclusive. This word is used in drinking the blood of Christ (John 6:53), drinking in that which refreshes the soul (John7:37), and drinking other types of liquids such as water, milk, and juice as well as wine.
From my Facebook page, I have noticed some of my friend's children have recently married.
So guess what? Jesus could return any day.
The reason Jesus could return today is as Matthew said, "The coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah." The days now are just like the days of Noah. Therefore, Jesus could return any day.
The flood took away those who refused to believe Noah's preaching and enter the ark.
The ones who were left on the earth after the flood receded were Noah and his family.
Matt. 13:29-31 - "But he said, 'No; for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 'Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, "First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn."'"
Jesus' disciples didn't understand the Wheat and Tares parable and ask for an explanation and here is Jesus' explanation of the parable.
Matt. 13:40-43 - So just as the tares are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age. 41 " The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, 42 and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 "Then THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINE FORTH AS THE SUN in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear. NASU
You notice which ones are taken first. The ones taken first are the "tares." What happens to them? They are gathered up and burnt with fire.
You also notice which ones are left. The ones left are the wheat or the ones who obey God and they will shine forth as the sun in the Kingdom of our Father.
The good news for His followers is our Lord and Savior can return any day.
Think On This:
Prepare and prevent instead of repair and repent.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
Gary A Serago.