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Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Rapture

A mysterious day that millions are waiting for; when Jesus Christ will call His people to be with Him in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18); a day that will be so glorious and wonderful that the mind can't comprehend. This event is so misunderstood in the body of Christ that the church is split over the topic, "RAPTURED". Some believe in it and others don't; some say the word rapture isn't even in the Bible and that's their proof that a rapture of the church doesn't exist. But I want to make it very clear that a rapture of God's people isn't something new; it has happened many times in the Bible already. The Bible explains seven raptures; five of them have already taken place two of them will happen in the near future.

The first rapture was that of Enoch - Genesis 5:22-24, Hebrews 11:5

The second rapture was that of Elijah - 2 Kings 2:11

Moses and Elijah after appearing to the disciples were raptured - Matthew 17: 1-8

Jesus Himself was raptured - Mark 16:19, Luke 24:51, Acts 1:9

Paul was caught up to the third heaven - 2 Corinthians 12:2

Then in the near future the church will be raptured - 1 Corinthians 15:51-53

The last rapture will be of the two Prophets in Revelations 11:3-12

So we see that raptures have happened many times in the past and will happen two more time in the future; the second coming of the Lord is expected by millions and first we will see the rapture of the church.

What's the reason for the rapture?

God's desire is to hide us from the judgment that is coming upon the earth (Isaiah 26:20, 21). I don't understand why so many think that God wants to harm His people and not remove them from this coming wickedness that is fast approaching the earth. The Lord tells us that we can escape this time of great judgment and wickedness (Luke 21:36), (Revelations 3:10). Remember we as God's people are not appointed to wrath but to peace and glory (1 Thessalonians 5:11), (1 Thessalonians 1:10). The reason for the message of the rapture is to comfort and let others know there is a way out, a way to escape the coming judgment on the earth (1 Thessalonians 5:11), (1 Thessalonians 4:18).

Remember to keep this comfort that the rapture is coming; when you hear of all the darkness in the world and how worst it is getting every day just know there is a time when God will say enough is enough and call His people home. There are a lot of opinions on this subject but stick with the Bible opinions mean nothing when it comes to the word of God. Have this comfort and assurance that one day Jesus Christ will appear in the clouds and the dead in Christ will be raised from the dead then we who are alive will meet Him in the air while He deals with this world (those who hate Him and His people).

God will not destroy the righteous with the wicked (Genesis 18:23-32). Israel was spared from God's wrath upon Egypt under the law, how much greater will we be spared under grace.

Jason Powers a Christian Writer in the state of Florida. His books have touched many lives from around the world including India, Pakistan, Africa and the UK. For more information about Jason Powers or his writings visit A Healing God

2 comments:

Pastor Ed said...

I believe in the rapture. I also believe that most of the modern day church has it all wrong.

Did you know that a post trib pre wrath rapture was taught by Christians for the first 1800 years of the church?

Did you know the pre trib came from a woman in scotland in 1830 who got it by a prophecy?

Listen to and download my PDF.

I believe this modern day teaching is used by satan to put the church to sleep.

In Christ's Service
Pastor Ed

http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=825081842425

El-Shaddai-dad said...

Greetings and Blessings of the Ages: I AM Here and hath brought thee among "a great 'cloud' of witnesses".

In revelations, elations, excitations, and edification to One and ALL “Alpha/Omega Lord of Lords, King of Kings and God of Gods” with reproof that he has arisen in the Bread of Life and that none have listened to his words, neither sought his counsel nor have followed his ways. Ezekiel 33-37, Rev. 10 “Thou Art Being Weighted In Thy Balance” ©: Seven words of thunder.

The Heir: Geir-USA-Lem™ HeirUSAlem™©, Rev. 16.19 ∑Θ∑: Everlasting O’EVErlasting™, New Jerusalem. Psalms 29© http://el-shaddai-dad.blogspot.com/ and
http://seaofglass-geirusalem.blogspot.com/ where is thy tithing to bee and what is thy tribute or tribulation??

Lift-up Thy CUP thy VOice and dew visit read and teach all ye nations: Bowl ye heavens and rain down righteousness, I-say-ah 40. If the foot (She-ol) is sick does not the Hand know (noe, no) IT? The Right Hand Michi-gan (right cloven-foot on the sea), with the Sceptre are below four wings of an Eagle (one wing is the Bear turned-UP on one side: The Great Lakes). The Left Hand (left-foot on the earth – with six toes, six fingers is INdian-a) and the Censer under the Stone Throne are all revealed: Between the Ohio and Mississippi (Omega HI Omega - Miss-is-sip-pi) Rivers is the Center Court, Geir-USA-Lem, Rev. 16.19.

The Earth and its fullest is the Lord’s Table: Pull off thy Sandals for this is Holly Ground.

The Marriage is complete, Joseph is in the Well of Creation – “The Dream Weaver – The Shuttle”: The EARth is the Holly Tomb (Womb) and Dad is back in the Garden calling out to his children. If I tell you of earthly things and you do not believe me then how can I tail you of heavenly things?

Blessings of the Ages, all is well in Love and Peace: Noe the hour and day. Eel: ∑Θ∑: Everlasting O’EVErlasting™, Psalms 29©

I AM that I AM, El-Shaddai-dad, The Ancient of Days many names without number, The AMEN.