Friday, May 20, 2011

The Rapture - What is it and When will it Happen?

The Rapture - What is it and When will it Happen?

There was a man claiming the rapture of true Christians would occur May 21 a while back.
Many are wondering, 'Exactly what the 'rapture' is and when Christians can expect it to happen?'
I hope you find this information helpful.

The rapture is ‘the snatching away’ of the Christians from this earth.
Christians are true believers in Jesus Christ.
Christians are not ‘ritual church goers’ who believe attending church will get them into heaven.
Christians are not ‘cultural Christians’ who have their social lives wrapped up in church.
They are those who have gone to God the Father through Jesus Christ the Son.
They are saved.

Some may wonder, ‘Saved from what exactly?’
Christians are those who have been
bought back,
set free,
saved from the curse that came into the world with the sin of Adam and Eve.

The Bible tells us in Romans 6:23 ‘For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.’
(A ‘sinner’ is someone who isn’t perfect. Do you know someone who doesn’t fall into that category?)

You may be wondering exactly what is the RAPTURE for which these Christians are watching?

1 Thessalonians chapter 4 tells us:

13. But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

14. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

15. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

16. 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:

17. 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.

18. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

So, the RAPTURE is the raising of the dead Christians, and the transformation of the living Christians. This is not the return of the Jesus Christ to earth to reign. This is the ‘snatching away’ of the church. The Christian church, all true followers in Jesus Christ, will be supernaturally evacuated from this planet before a time of trouble such as the world has never seen begins.

This is the comfort to Christians in the loss of loved ones and in facing death personally.
We KNOW, like Job, that in our flesh we shall see God.
Job 19:25-26
25. For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
26. And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:

WHEN will this happen?
In Matthew 24:36-39 we are told:
36. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
37. But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39. And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

The truth according to the Bible is that the RAPTURE or the ‘snatching away’ of believers in Christ – both living and dead – will occur. It is also true only God knows when.

So, when you hear of someone preaching the ‘rapture’ on a certain day you can KNOW that they are preaching lies.

Some may claim to have ‘new revelation’ from God. This is baloney. They may have experiences that are unexplainable. They may have ‘feelings’ that lead them to believe something contrary to scripture. They may be flat out delusional. However, they definitely do not have any new revelation from God.

The Bible is
Inerrant – it has no errors. God Almighty spoke the world into place. He has no problem getting a book written exactly as He wants it written.
Relevant – applying to every person in every generation.
Sufficient – it has no need of new revelations. Everything we need to know to find Jesus Christ is in the Bible.

Do YOU know Jesus Christ?
Do YOU want to KNOW you are saved and going to heaven when you die?

The Philippian jailer asked a question in Acts 16:30. He said,
30. And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

In verse 31 Paul gave him the answer. He said,
31. And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

Here is a link to a short article on salvation on my daughter and son in law’s web page.

Here is a link to 4 sermons by John MacArthur on salvation.
You can read them or listen to them on audio.

Nothing is more important than determining your eternal destination.

Before Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead He said to the sister of Lazarus,
‘Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:’ John 11:25

On the day the RAPTURE occurs, Jesus will say to all the dead in Christ


And then to those who are alive and remain He will say


No one knows when this will happen.
We do know it WILL happen.
The signs of the times tell us the time is drawing near - and we may get into that at a different time.
What we know right now is that through Jesus Christ the individual can be ready to face death or face the rapture.

Don’t miss heaven.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 
Be sure you make your reservation in heaven now. Turn to Jesus Christ while there is yet time.
God bless you.
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