Christ Comes Back for His Church
Christ Was Crucified At Calvary
The King of the Jews was crucified, he gave up the Ghost and said, "it is finished." He paid it all for mankind on the cross at Calvary. He was laid to rest in a tomb and in 3 days he arose from the dead. He ascended to heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father. Since then, more than 2000 years ago, Christians have been waiting for Christ's return, to come back for his church.
- 1 Corinthians 15:52
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
- 1 Thessalonians 4:16
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. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.
- Matthew 24:31
And He will send out His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.
When Christ comes back for His church, it has been called the rapture but the bible states "caught up." What does caught up mean? Scripture predicts that Christ is going to come bodily from heaven; He’s going to cause Christians who have died to be resurrected; living Christians to be instantly changed to rise from the earth and meet the Lord in the air and then go to heaven.
Christ Comes Back for His Church
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 16For the LORD himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.17After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the cloud— The Holy Bible
When Will Christ Return
Truly no man knows when Christ will return. We must stay alert and be rapture ready for that glorious and wonderful day. Christ said, "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”
I do not believe that God has revealed to anyone when Jesus is coming back, and there is nothing in Scripture to indicate that God will ever reveal that because the timing of Jesus’ return and the end of the age is not for us to know. We are to “keep watch, because we do not know on which day our Lord will come” We are to “be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when we do not expect Him."
The force of Jesus’ words diminishes if at some point in the future someone will be able to determine when He is coming back. If the date is discovered, we no longer need to “keep watch” or “be ready.” So, with the principle of Matt. 24:36-44 in mind, it is not possible for anyone to know the date that Jesus is coming back.
I am 69 years old and most of my years here, I've heard of people trying to figure out or determine the date of Christ's return. All were wrong because anyone who undertakes such task is misguided.
Where Will We See Christ
On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south.
The Old Testament
The word bible's origin is Greek and Latin meaning book. Rightfully so since the bible is a collection of books. Sixty-six books compiles the Bible. Including books of law, such as Leviticus and Deuteronomy; historical books, such as Ezra and Acts; books of poetry, such as Psalms and Ecclesiastes; books of prophecy, such as Isaiah and Revelation; biographies, such as Matthew and John; and epistles (formal letters) such as Titus and Hebrews.
The bible had many different writers, from all walks of life. Some were kings, fishermen, priests, government officials, farmers, shepherds, and doctors. Over 1500 years the 40 something writers were unified through the living God. The ultimate unity, one author, The Lord God. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
All Scripture is God-breathed, the preserved and living word of God and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. The bible has 2 parts, the old testament and the new testament. The Old Testament is the story of a nation, the founding and preservation of the nation of Israel and the New Testament details the coming of that promised Man. His name was Jesus, and He fulfilled the prophecies of the Old Testament as He lived a perfect life, died to become the Savior, and rose from the dead.
It's all about one character, Jesus Christ. The Old Testament sets the stage for Jesus entering in the world. After God had created man, man rebelled against God and God placed the world under a curse. 2000 years before Christ, God chose to redeem man. God promised Abraham, his son Isaac, and his grandson Jacob (also called Israel) that He would bless the world through his descendant. Israel moved his family from Canaan to Egypt and grew into a nation.
Through Moses, God led Israel's descendants out of Egypt. About 1400BC, God gave them the Promised Land, Canaan.God made a covenant with His people and gave the the Law. They would have to stay faithful to God, having no other gods or idolatry in the nation. Otherwise God would destroy the nation. 400 years later Israel became great and powerful during the rein of David and Solomon.
The nation became divided after the rein of Solomon. Ten tribes went to the north and they were called Israel. Two tribes went to the south called Judah. Both tribes fell into captivity. Both tribes turned from God for idolatry. About 70 years later, God brought people that was left of the tribes to Jerusalem.
66 Books of The Bible
The New Testament
Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem 400 years after God brought a remnant of the captives back into their own land, Jerusalem. Jesus, the One to fulfill God’s plan to redeem mankind and restore creation. When Jesus finished His ministry, He died for sin and His Father raised Him from the dead.
Jesus' disciple Judas Iscariot betrayed Him for thirty pieces of silver. Matthew 26:15 in the New Testament tells of this event. Judas betrayed Jesus to the Sanhedrin in the Garden of Gethsemane by kissing him and addressing him as "rabbi" to reveal his identity.
His death was a new covenant, a new testament with the world. To have faith in Jesus is a promise to eternal life. The promise of eternal life, or everlasting life, is the great promise given to us in the message of salvation through Jesus Christ. Eternal life refers to continued life after death.
Jesus had 12 disciples that went into all the lands teaching about the salvation of Jesus, the promise of eternal life. To receive the promise, you must believe what the disciples taught, 'But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach'.
Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. The New Testament closes with the book of Revelations.The New Testament closes with Jesus’ return to judge the unbelieving world and free creation from the curse.
How To Get Saved
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation Romans 10:9-10
Believe and repeat this aloud and be saved in the name of Jesus!
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