Summary: I Daniel 12, we see the resurrection, the rapture of the church and the retribution for those who have not accepted God's gift of salvation. The only way to change from retribution is through repentance.
A TALE OF TWO HOMECOMINGS
Intro: Homecoming at the “Creek”. What a wonderful time to be a part of our church. We see many here this morning that we usually don’t see and we are excited about visiting with you today. Homecoming is a time to remember. To look back.
. An elderly woman walked up to the preacher that had come back to preach the morning service for homecoming. She went up to him and said “I am so glad that you came back this morning. Since you were here a few years ago, I have had all my teeth pulled , a tummy tuck and a face lift. Can you tell the difference?
. That’s kind of like a woman asking a man if the dress she is wearing makes her look fat. Is there a right answer.
. While I may not remember all of the names of our guests, I am certainly honored by you attendance today.
. Homecomings are special. We spend countless hours preparing meals, sprucing things up. Getting ready for guests.
. As I meditated and prayed about the sermon today, I realized that while homecomings are a time to remember the bible speaks of a future homecoming.
. A feast, much like we will have today.
. I call this the best homecoming ever. This will be the final homecoming.
. There will be a feast like we have never experienced.
. We see this recorded in the Revelation to John in chapter 19 verse 7: Let us be glad and rejoice, and let us give honor to him. For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself.
. The best homecoming ever will be when the bride of Christ, the Church, is called up to Heaven and the great feast will begin. The ultimate homecoming.
. Scripture tells us that the bride of Christ, Christians, those who have been born again through the blood of Jesus Christ will be at this homecoming.
. The wedding feast of the lamb or as some translations say the marriage supper of the lamb. A great feast, a great homecoming.
. Sadly, there is another homecoming that is to come also. That homecoming will be for those who have rejected God’s free gift of salvation through belief and acceptance of Jesus Christ and the sacrifice that He made for our salvation.
. Our scripture this morning speaks of these two homecomings.
. Daniel 12:1-3: At that time Michael, the archangel who stands guard over your nation, will arise. Then there will be a time of anguish greater than any since nations first came into existence. But at that time every one of your people whose name is written in the book will be rescued.2Many of those whose bodies lie dead and buried will rise up, some to deverlasting life and some to shame and deverlasting disgrace.3Those who are wise will shine as bright as the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever.
. In this passage , the prophet Daniel speaks of two homecomings.
. The first is the homecoming of the believer.
. Here in verse two Daniel writes: 2Many of those whose bodies lie dead and buried will rise up,
. The first ones to come to the homecoming will be those that are resurrected.