I can't take any credit for this post because it wasn't my idea. Last Sabbath E.S. spoke about the miners in Chile and compared their plight...trapped in darkness deep in the belly of the mine...to the condition of man, trapped in the darkness of sin on earth.
Just as a plan was made and perfectly executed to bring the miners from darkness to light, so, perfect plans were made by God for the rescue of His children from the darkness of sin, suffering and death.
It was thrilling to see the men emerge from the capsule and be welcomed by family; men brought back from the edge of death. One at a time they arose to a new life, and for some, the painful reality of and old life.
When Christ returns...soon...here is what it will be like for those who choose to live in the light and life of the cross Today; "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words." [1st Thessalonians 4:16-18].
We will not rise from this darkness one at a time, but as an unnumbered cloud of the redeemed; witnesses for Jesus Christ to all the worlds* He has created [Hebrews 1:2] *NJKV