Return of the Blessed Hope
   
 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

By Jeannete L. Vetter

   
 
Icon: Crown of the King
 
Praying
I had arrived at church and was so excited by the beauty of the day and the people. At church we sang a few praise songs before the announcements. Then those up front near the altar know to go back to their seats. After the announcements the worship team starts and all those who wish to worship before the Lord can come up front if they so desire. The freedom to worship is given in our church. Be it flags, a worship dance, singing, praying, etc. All is done with respect to others' worship time and the worship team.
 
 

During this time I sensed something different around me, a silence (stillness of the air) before the breaking forth of a tremendous sound that burst open the atmosphere into another realm of the earth and heaven.

As I started to worship the Lord in tears and awe of HIM, it was as if the whirlwind of praises escaped my lips and my heart sang forth in tones of musical notes (Note: I am not a talented singer or gifted as a musician). As I closed my eyes I was placed somewhere on the earth and the heavens were above the earth.

   
 
Baptism of the Holy Spirit with Fire
 

As the Holy Spirit placed me down upon what seemed like the top of earth. I along with others were praising and worshiping GOD. We were on bended knees and the sound of our voices were one unto HIM. Tears of love poured from our hearts and our eyes were looking to the heavens. As we were breathing HIM, while speaking HIS Holy Awesome Name, this is what I saw:

The earth was very dry and the top of the earth looked like a desert. The Mountains behind looked dark with rolling, swirling clouds coming towards us. Then the wind began to blow with fierceness, and we could hardly stand up in it. Our clothes whipped about us, and some of us held our arms and hands shielding our face because of the fierceness of the wind against us. But we all stood with assurance of God. None, and I repeat none left or ran from GOD. We stood together.

Then a sound blew forth almost like a jet breaking the sound barrier (Note: breaking the air around us). Then silence came and everything stopped upon the earth. It was as if the earth stood still. The mountains and the people stood waiting for what was to come. As I looked up, this is what I saw:

  I heard the galloping of a horse and its rider coming towards us. As I looked up the dark rolling clouds and at the same time I saw a light so brilliant as it parted for the horse and rider. I could see the Majestic King dressed as a warrior, and His horse was white. A majestic steed indeed. It was as if the majestic horse knew exactly what to do and where to go and the purpose of the rider. The Majestic King Jesus and horse came to a stop. The Majestic White Steed lifted up his right hoof and pounded the earth with one movement, and beneath the hoof the earth rumbled and shook and began to crack in many directions as the earth opened up. As it opened up, we were lifted up off the earth. I could see that the eyes of the Majestic King Jesus were flames of love for us, and His mouth spoke forth something like the sound of swords (Note: this is hard to describe I have no references here because I don’t understand what the sound was or what His voice spoke). I know this, HIS LOVE for us was beyond anything I could understand, but all of our hearts were beating and our breath was of and for HIM.
Majestic King Jesus' Return
 

As we were lifted off, the earth opened up from the cracks, (the earth itself began to fall within itself). Behind the Majestic King Jesus the heavens opened up and a huge army of thousands upon thousands came down marching in unison – row upon row. They came right behind King Jesus, and came to a halt all at once brandishing the sound of their weapons of warfare (Note: shields, swords, helmets, etc.) clanging together. Then there was complete silence as they waited for the command of King Jesus. All of the lifting up into the air of the saints of God, the earth opening up, King Jesus and His Army all happen at the same time. The last thing I heard or noticed was the sound of silence, and I was back in church worshipping.

Earth in the Eye of God
   
 
1 Thessalonians 4:16
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Credits

1.) All graphics and animation by © jlvetter 1999-2013, unless otherwise stated.

2.) Part of the background designed with the painting of The Miracle of St Francis Xavier by Nicolas Poussin, 1641-42: Musée du Louvre, Paris.

3.) Baptism of the Holy Spirit with Fire is a rendering of the painting by DORFFMEISTER, István of Pentecost in 1782: Magyar Nemzeti Galéria, Budapest.

4.) Jesus appearing can be found on Photo Buck.com

5.) Earth in the Eye of God is a rednering of the photo at APOD: 2009 December 31 - Dust and the Helix Nebula. The Spitzer Space Telescope image shows infrared radiation from the well-studied Helix Nebula (NGC 7293) a mere 700 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius.

6.) Cross animation by Seven Oaks Art

Update: Thursday, August 15, 2013 1:42 PM