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The Ascension of Christ
ALL heaven was waiting the hour of triumph when Jesus
should ascend to His Father. Angels came to receive the King of glory and to escort Him
triumphantly to heaven. After Jesus had blessed His disciples, He was parted from them and
taken up. And as He led the way upward, the multitude of captives who were raised at His
resurrection followed. A multitude of the heavenly host were in attendance, while in
heaven an innumerable company of angels awaited His coming.
As they ascended to the Holy City, the angels who escorted Jesus cried out, "Lift up
your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory
shall come in." The angels in the city cried out with rapture, "Who is this King
of glory?" The escorting angels answered in triumph, "The Lord strong and
mighty, the Lord mighty in battle! Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye
everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in." Again the waiting angels
asked, "Who is this King of glory?" and the escorting angels answered in
melodious strains, "The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory." Ps. 24:7-10.
And the heavenly train passed into the city of God.
Then all the heavenly host surrounded their majestic Commander, and with the deepest
adoration bowed before Him and cast their glittering crowns at His feet. And then they
touched their golden harps, and in sweet, melodious strains filled all heaven with rich
music and songs to the Lamb who was slain, yet lives again in majesty and glory.
The Promise of Return
As the disciples gazed sorrowfully toward heaven to catch the last glimpse of their
ascending Lord, two angels clothed in white apparel stood by them and said to them,
"Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is
taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into
heaven." Acts 1:11. The disciples and the mother of Jesus, who with them had
witnessed the ascension of the Son of God, spent the following night in talking over His
wonderful acts and the strange and glorious events which had taken place within a short
The Wrath of Satan
Satan again counseled with his angels, and with bitter hatred against God's government
told them that while he retained his power and authority upon earth their efforts must be
tenfold stronger against the followers of Jesus. They had prevailed nothing against Christ
but must overthrow His followers, if possible. In every generation they must seek to
ensnare those who would believe in Jesus. He related to his angels that Jesus had given
His disciples power to rebuke them and cast them out, and to heal those whom they should
afflict. Then Satan's angels went forth like roaring lions, seeking to destroy the
followers of Jesus.
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