1 Corinthians 15:52: “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

May 26th, 2022 by Pastor Ed in devotional

This is one of the most hope-filled verses of the entire New Testament. This is what every believer longs for in the center of their being. They may or may not be aware of this deep longing, but Scripture clearly says all that believe possess this yearning to be transformed once and for all. When it happens, it will be sudden: “in the twinkling of an eye.” Physiologists have measured reflex arcs and found that the closing of the eyelid is the most rapid movement of all human reflexes.

There will be a dramatic sound, like a trumpet, that will call all believers home. Although there is a trumpet mentioned in Revelation 11:15, called the 7th trumpet of judgment, Greek scholars tell us that isn’t the same trumpet as this one in 1 Corinthians 15. After this trumpet, the most amazing thing happens as “the dead will be raised.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16–17 says that the bodies of dead saints will rise first and then the living saints will follow, removing all believers from the earth.

But perhaps best of all, there will be a fundamental change that takes place in each and every one of us who rises. We will be metamorphosed! This Greek word is a term we still use in science books today to describe what happens when a caterpillar goes into a cocoon and emerges as a butterfly. We will all be just as completely changed in that moment, “a twinkling of an eye,” as the caterpillar, eating leaves and even dung is from the adult butterfly it becomes, drinking flower nectar. There is a picture to consider! God has saved us, making us butterflies, but many times we continue to eat the same refuse of this world that we ate when we were still caterpillars (unbelievers). God’s word is “sweet as honey” and is fit for children of the King, we should feast on it daily.

“LORD, give us a greater love for Your word today so that we desire and love it more than the lures of this world.”