Soon the Rapture
Soon the Rapture
According to the Bible, we know that Jesus was crucified, His body was laid in a tomb, and a large stone was placed at the tomb's opening. Then three days later on an early Sunday morning, Jesus arose from the dead; forty days later, He ascended to Heaven. Additionally, it is written in the Bible that Jesus will return someday.
From the Bible:
After Jesus had said these things, His disciples watched as He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they watched, two men stood by them dressed in white. They said, "You men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who is taken up from you into heaven, will come back the same way as you have seen Him go into heaven."
(Acts, Chapter 1, Verses 9 through 11)
What is the Rapture? It is the name given to a future event in which Jesus Christ returns and takes Christians to Heaven. The word "rapture" is taken from a Latin translation of the words "caught up" that were translated "rapturo" in the Latin Bible. Jesus will return soon; then all Christians, those living and those resurrected from their graves, will be caught up with Him and go to Heaven.
The most important passage in the Bible regarding the Rapture is the following:
For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are alive will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever.
(1 Thessalonians, Chapter 4, Verses 16 and 17)
When the Rapture occurs, all Christians will become instantly perfect. They will no longer have a sinful nature, and they will be immortal. Death will no longer have any power over those Christians who died and are resurrected. Neither will it have any power over those Christians who are living at the time of the Rapture.
From the Bible:
Behold, I show you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed.
For the corruptible must put on incorruptibility, and the mortal must put on immortality. So that when the corruptible has put on incorruptibility, and the mortal has put on immortality, then the saying that is written will come true; "Death has been swallowed up in victory."
(1 Corinthians, Chapter 15, Verses 51 through 54)
When will the Rapture take place? The Rapture will not take place until the evil in the world is near its peak of development. Certain signs will indicate that the Rapture is very near, but no one, except God, knows exactly when it will happen.
The Bible tells us that when the world becomes like it was in Noah's time, then Jesus will return. Back then, the world had become so evil that God had to destroy it with a flood. When the flood came, Noah and his family were protected in the ark. Soon the world will be destroyed again; but this time Jesus will protect all Christians by taking them to Heaven before the world is destroyed. This will be the Rapture and it will happen soon.
From the Bible:
Jesus said, "But of that day and hour, no man knows, not even the angels of heaven, but only my Father. But as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be at the coming of the Son of Man."
(Matthew, Chapter 24, Verses 36 and 37)
In the Bible it is written that the Rapture will not take place until the "son of perdition" is revealed. This will be the "Antichrist," who will rise to power during the seven-year time of tribulation that will bring an end to the world as we know it. Hereinafter, we'll call this time period the "Tribulation." During the Tribulation, the Antichrist will eventually become ruler of the final world government. He will set himself up in the rebuilt temple in Jerusalem, and declare himself to be God.
From the Bible:
Now we plead with you, brothers in Christ, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering unto Him. We plead that you not soon be unsettled in mind or troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter supposedly from us, that the day of Christ is coming soon.
Let no man deceive you by any means, for that day will not come until there comes a falling away, and that man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition. He will oppose and exalt himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he is like God, sitting in the temple of God, and proclaiming himself to be God.
(2 Thessalonians, Chapter 2, Verses 1 through 4)
The Rapture will most likely occur before the Tribulation. Actually, because the Tribulation will last for seven years, its beginning may be indicated by the Rapture. The Tribulation will be a time of great trouble, resulting from God's wrath upon an evil world. But there are Biblical passages that suggest that Christians will be rescued from the Tribulation, such as in the following examples:
And to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead; this is Jesus, who will rescue us from the coming wrath.
(1 Thessalonians, Chapter 1, Verse 10)
Jesus said, "Because you have kept my command to be patient, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that will come upon the whole world, to test those who live on the earth."
(Revelation, Chapter 3, Verse10)
There are three main views regarding the timing of the Rapture. One is the pretribulation, or "pretrib," view, which states that the Rapture will indicate the beginning of the Tribulation. Another is the midtribulation, or "midtrib," view, which states that the Rapture will occur about midway through the Tribulation. Still another is the posttribulation, or "posttrib," view, which states that the Rapture will occur at the end of the Tribulation. The proponents of each view usually have certain Biblical passages that seem to support their view.
Soon the Rapture will occur after Jesus returns for His followers. There are many Biblical passages that advise people to prepare themselves because Jesus could return at any moment. This indicates that the Rapture will be the first prophetic event to occur.
Because the evil in the world is so rampant, the Rapture will most likely happen soon. Before it happens, the Antichrist will be revealed as a man of peace; therefore, most people will not recognize him as the Antichrist. Soon after the Rapture, he will rise to power and show his true purpose. He will become an evil dictator in control of the final world government.
If the Rapture is supposed to happen during the seven-year Tribulation or at the end of it, then many could figure out when it would happen. But Christians should expect the Rapture to happen at any time. Besides, It doesn't seem likely that God would have true Christians enduring the terrible events of the Tribulation, as revealed in the book of Revelation. But it is likely that many will turn to Jesus during the Tribulation. Those who do will not be destroyed along with the Antichrist and his followers.
The evilness in the world today has almost reached the point when God must intervene. There are wars and rumors of wars. Stealing, lying, and having random sex has become a way of life for many. Additionally, in the news, we constantly hear about psychotic people who senselessly kill or injure innocent victims. And more and more we hear about terrorists who commit acts of violence upon those who don't believe the way they do.
We also hear about the tragedy of earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, and other disasters that ruin people's lives. These events have always occurred, but they seem to be happening with more severity as time goes by.
But there is hope for Christians who are waiting for and expecting Jesus to return soon. When He returns, and if you are prepared, you could be rescued from this evil world. Soon the Rapture will happen. Are you ready for it?
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