Our God is good, and our God is faithful to us. The good news is, our God is coming back.! The bible talks about Jesus’ return almost 2000 times, over 1500 of those in the Old Testament alone.
I am astonished at the fact that Christians today can be skeptical about the validity of Christ’s return, when the consensus of the writers of both the Old and New Testaments were so certain of it; they included it in their writings.
1st Thessalonians 4
13 Now we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve like the rest who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, so also we believe that God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep as Christians. 15 For we tell you this by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will surely not go ahead of those who have fallen asleep.16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a shout of command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be suddenly caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
Jesus is the light of this world, he is the hope. His return symbolizes the importance of our ‘Christmas’ incarnation for all that it is worth. At Christmas time, celebrating the rapture is almost as important as celebrating the incarnation! We must look to the future at the same pace that we look to the past!
To debunk a common Christian misinterpretation of Scripture. We talk about the second coming of Christ, the rapture, but have you ever considered that based on the TEXT, these are two separate events?
Our God returns not once, but twice. On one faithful day he returns and the text says we will be suddenly caught up together, and revelations also tells us that he will return in the time of Tribulation to claim his world. He will destroy the anti-Christ, and start his millennium.
People say the Rapture isn’t biblical, but did you know that the word “Rapture” is the English word from the Latin translation of this text? We will be suddenly caught up together, Jesus returns, like a thief in the night, or a bolt of lightning.
The Latin verb “rapio” means to come and to seize and to carry off. So we derived an English word from that— and that English word is “Rapture.”
Talk about the Rapture not being biblical, I can’t even count the number of Rapture’s that happened in the Bible on one hand!
What about Noah? Was he not the last man of God in his time, when God Raptured him out of the Tribulation and saved him from His wrath?
Or when Lot lived in the time of Tribulation and he was the only righteous man of God left in Sodom? He was Raptured out by the angels and saved from God’s wrath.
Moses and the Israelite’s, the people of God left in Egypt, they were Raptured out by the Red-Sea and Saved from God’s Wrath.
The timeline is, The Rapture comes in a time of Tribulation, but before the time of Wrath.
The Tribulation is the disaster created by man, and the wrath is the Judgment by God himself.
All of these stories have the same thing in common, God creates the Rapture in the time of Tribulation when man has caused the maximum amount of trouble, and he saves them from the Judgment.
When Tribulation comes we know God is cooking up a Rapture that will attack like a bolt of lightning, faster than a freight train, whether it’s the dead of night, or the cold of winter, there will be great lights and the trumpet call. Salvation will come, our Father, riding on the clouds.
The world continues to get worse, and it reaches a climax. As Christians we can all agree, the signs of the end-times are there, we are in just the final stages of luxury before the imminent arrival of the Anti-Christ.
But we do not need to be afraid, because we are children of the king.