We will be changed, at the last trumpet of a soon coming Yom Teru’ah (The feast of trumpets, also known as Rosh Hashanah, a.k.a. the day and hour which no one knows). At that final trumpet sound, who we are in Y’shua will be revealed for who we really are. Imperishable, immortal. Hallelujah! For we who believe, death has already been swallowed up in victory (1 Cor.15:54, quoting Isaiah 28:8, and I Cor. 15:57)
Why then are we still walking the earth where thorns (the meaning of “sting” in Hos. 13:14 quoted by Paul) are still able to make our labor that of tears, pain and loss? It is because the world is full of souls who do not know anything but the entanglement of the thorns of death. The only future most know for certain is death, an end that we all resist with every cell in our body! The work of YHVH does not include the idea of pain, only abundance of joy, so why do we still cry, if not for the beloved souls who do not know the joy of YHVH (the LORD in English) in Y’shua (Jesus). Just as Y’shua came in flesh to labor for souls trapped in the thorns of sin and death, embracing the ultimate sting of nails and a crown, so we also labor with tears, exhaustion, pain, and pointless work, knowing that what we do here on earth is for the kingdom of heaven and has far greater value to our God then what we perceive with our senses.
Just be diligent to stay the course, The Way, and walk pleasing to our God. The thorns will not sting you, but you must work to proclaim the truth, setting souls free by the power that set you free, which is Y'shua!
|Obstruction Point Trail north east of Hurricane Ridge in Washington's Olympic National Park|