What a Day!
In the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.…the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 1 Corinthians 15:52
When the Montgolfier brothers first demonstrated the possibilities of flight with their hot air balloon in 1783, they sent it aloft without passengers. It traveled higher than five thousand feet into the sky and stayed up for ten minutes. There was much discussion about taking humans into the air, but no one knew how the altitude would affect them. King Louis suggested experimenting with prisoners, but the brothers instead sent up a balloon with a sheep, a duck, and a rooster. The trio survived the flight with no ill effects, and on November 21, 1783, the first human flew into the air. The man, Pilâtre de Rozier, did just fine—though he later died in a balloon accident over the English Channel.
One day soon, we’re going to soar into the heavens, and no helium or hot air will be needed—just the magnetism of mercy. We’ll instantly, safely, gloriously, incorruptibly be caught up into the sky to meet the Lord in the air. Think of the glorious sensation. Think of the suddenness. No wonder we call it the Rapture!
What a glorious day it will be!
Walking with the Lord and then suddenly there in the presence of the Lord forever…! My soul… what a day, what a day! W. A. Criswell
The Mystery of Resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:50-58)