1st Thessalonians 4:13-18 speaks of what people call the rapture. My question is, will we physically be brought to the sky to meet Jesus or will our spirits/souls leave our bodies?
That scripture pertain to judgment day when Christ shall appear,and we shall forever be with the lord. It don't speak about a return trip...v 17
It is said that during the tribulation period is when there shall be a rapture of all those that are saved,and return upon earth after the great tribulation is over. But that is a misconception. We shall all be here on earth during the great tribulation shall be the time of the mark of the beast....one can not buy nor sell without the mark....world dictatorship...world warfare....famine....epidemics...plagues.....money will have little value,equal trade will be in affect. But God's children shall have the victory over all that occur. THIS WILL BE THE TIME OF "THE BLACK HORSE" CALL "THE GREAT TRIBULATION" One must have and be prepared in a certain image by God during that time span in order to prevail spiritually over the beast or one will accept the mark of the beast because of the lack of spiritual integrity of spirit.
So according to the increase of know Daniel 12 v 4 and contrary to popular opinion,there will be no rapture before the coming of Christ. That would make Christ to come twice instead of once.And there are no scripture in the bible call the rapture,nor will up-hold that misinterpretation. Even the word rapture,is not found therein. Christ will only return once,and it will not be for an invented rapture...but for judgment day,...and the MARRIAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB.
There are different schools of thought on this subject. Many believe the spirit never separates from the body because the Old Testament prophets often referred to death as a long sleep. Also because the New Testament refers to the resurrection at Judgment Day and the believer’s bodies being made new and Christ-like so we can reign as kings and princes with Christ, here on earth. Rapture is a term not found in the bible, but created by theologians to describe the events before, during, or after the tribulation (depending on which viewpoint you hold). There are bible verses that can be interpreted to support each viewpoint. Speaking from experience, one of the problems with theology is that it leads the intellectual to focus on trivial issues rather than to keep their eyes on Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for our sins, rose from the grave defeating sin and death, ascended into Heaven to await the moment of His return at the right hand of God, and sent the Holy Spirit (Comforter) to lead us all. There are many different interpretations of many sub-issues in the bible; all of which will remain unknown until it happens. God doesn’t hide stuff from us, He hides it for us.
The scriptures say that the ones who have died will join the Lord in spirit first,while those who live in Christ will be brought up in body form and "to be changed" and all will join in the one body of Christ and to be with God in heaven. I somehow believe that the Rapture is close and we will all have a chance to experience it.
I would suggest that the answer to this question is in the text, but not in 1 Thessalonians 4:13 to 4:18. Consider, rather 5:9-24, Paul's instructions not to be concerned with the Rapture or the end of days, but to live each day in Christian harmony. Both Jesus and Paul strongly discouraged asking and answering questions about the nature of Heaven or the end of days. Let us rather live in such a way to bring God's love down among us on Earth.
I am terribly afraid of heights and flyingl..............in a modern jet setting family, I AM the joke. Babies have a better time on a plane than I do....
I, once, asked my hubby...............who is not a "religious" man.............
what, if I am too afraid to take God's hand and fly through the sky.......will I miss my chance at Heaven? What if I am too afraid to go?
My hubby said, ( calling me by my nickname)
Londi, if you are supposed to be in Heaven, God will get you there...............
My answer to you.................don't spend your time in the debating, spend it in the believing.
The truth is.............I do not know, and those who might, are not able to tell us..........just believe in Jesus, God and tomorrow.
None of this will happen. Christianity's facination with Jesus is rediculous in my humble opinion. There are so many religious books out there, so statistically speaking chances are all of them are wrong, including the bible.
Heave is not for everyone,and you have a right to your opinion.But took a wrong turn in believing that your solution is better. There is evidence in this world besides science that refer to our spiritual existence. There is proof in spirituality.
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