THE GOOD NEWS MINISTRY AND MISSIONS OUTREACH PROCLAIMING THE SOON RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST!
Revealing The Rapture!---The Great Escape!
"AND THEY SHALL BE MINE, SAITH THE LORD OF HOSTS, IN THAT DAY WHEN I MAKE UP MY JEWELS AND I WILL SPARE THEM, AS A MAN SPARETH HIS OWN SON THAT SERVETH HIM." (Mal. 3:17.)
The Evacuation of Planet Earth
Many believers are unaware that there are two stages or phases within the process of the Second Coming - the Rapture and the Revelation - and that these two events are separated by a seven year period.
What is The Rapture?
The Rapture Can be described as God's evacuation Plan for all true and faithful Bible Believing Christians, from the earth, to Heaven.
It was originally taught by the apostle Paul, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, to the church in Thessalonica. The Thessalonians were the first ones to receive the Holy Spirit inspired teaching of "The Blessed Hope". The Blessed Hope as the teaching was originally called, was taught by the apostle Paul starting in the First century AD. (I Thessalonians 4-5)
Other apostles such as John, Matthew, Luke also made reference to "The Blessed Hope". Also see: (John 14:2-3) (I Cor. 15:52)
The other references to "The Blessed Hope" are referred to in: (cf: Matt. 24:42-51, Matt. 25:13, Luke 12:36-48, Acts 1:9-11, Phil. 3:20-21, Titus. 2:11-13)
The Teaching of "The Blessed Hope" was deeply entrenched and taught in the early Church, for the first two centuries, starting with the apostle Paul, and referenced to also by Matthew, John, and Luke.
So what happened to the original teaching of "The Blessed Hope"?
Well in the last ten years of the second century and all through out the third century, We had the rise of a heretical church and the heretical school of theology at Alexandria, Egypt. They advanced the erroneous principle that the Bible should be interpreted in a nonliteral or allegorical sense. The result of their heresy was that the original teaching of "The Blessed Hope" was done away with because they didn't want to believe it.
They had no faith in the teaching - they were so arrogant - their minds were so small and their ego's so big, that they couldn't picture or understand the Lord returning to remove or Catch away all the true living Believers at some future date. God Himself said in Jerimiah: 32:27: "Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?" The original apostles were now all dead and were not available to fight back against this heresy. A Small number of the faithful and True Believers made every attempt to keep the teaching of The Blessed Hope alive, but were soon out numbered and out gunned by by this new and heretical unbelief.
This went on through out all the centuries and on into and through what we call the Dark Ages.
The revival of the original teaching of The Blessed Hope, did not start to make a significant comeback until the last several centuries.
To date, we still have a significantly large number of professing Christians, that follow and believe the heretical teachings that began with and were so widely propagated by the heretical church and the heretical school of theology at Alexandria, Egypt.
And so the battle continues to this day. To believe the original teachings of "The Blessed Hope" by Paul and the apostles that they so vehemently taught to the early church or to abandoned these teachings and accept the heretical teachings of "No Hope" of a divine intervention - a catching away -a rescue- a removal of all the living true and faithful Bible believers by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Who would you rather believe? - the original Apostles inspired by the Holy Spirit - or Some heretical theologians that decided to do away with the original teachings of the Apostles and replace it with a doctrine of "No Hope"
Let me say this, if you have decided not to believe in the pre-tribulation, pre-millennial rapture of all the true and faithful Bible Believing Christians and have instead, in your unbelief, decided you would rather go through the tribulation, the Armageddon war and would rather come under the terrible persecution and rule of the Antichrist - God will oblige you and honor your request. You will be "Left Behind" to suffer and to be martyred under the rule of Antichrist. If this is what you prefer and want, He will allow it to happen and you will be "Left Behind". He will honor your decision. The choice is yours. As for myself and the multiple millions of true and faithful Bible Believing Christians that do believe in the rapture, we would rather be removed, evacuated, rescued and snatched out of the way so we don't have to suffer the tribulation, the Armageddon war, the terrible persecution and death that will occur under the rulership of the Antichrist.
We call the teaching of "The Blessed Hope" the "Rapture" today. The word Rapture is From the Latin Word "Rapio or rapturo" which means a "snatching away or to be Caught up and taken away quickly"
So Lets move on now and check out all the Bible evidence.
The Pre-disposition To The Rapture
Is there any Biblical evidence to support a literal bodily removal of believers from the Earth?
*Enoch - taken up in his body (translated) to be with the Lord. (Genesis 5:24) (Hebrews 11:5)
*Elijah - taken up in his body (translated) to be with the Lord (2Kgs 2:11)
*Christ - taken up in his resurrected body (translated) to be with the Lord. (Acts 1:9-11)
I believe the Rapture is the next occurrence on God's calendar. This Rapture is the literal, visible and bodily return of Christ in the heavens.
(Acts 1:9-11) states: "And when he [Jesus] had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up: and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two me stood by them in white apparel; which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven."
Has Christ already returned? Some cultists declare that He came in 1914 or 1918 as an invisible spirit. This is nonsense! The Bible declares that Jesus shall return as He left. a person can easily know how He left by studying (Luke 24:39.)
Christ, in His new, resurrected body, said, "Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have." He adds in verse 41, "Have ye here any meat?"
The disciples gave Christ a piece of broiled fish and honeycomb which He took and ate before them (vss. 42, 43). The risen Saviour had a body of flesh and bones - a body that could be seen, touched, and fed. This same Christ, in the same body, shall come "in like manner" from heaven. When He returns in the heavens, all believers, dead and living, will also be taken bodily to meet Him in the clouds. One day soon, the people of God will disappear from the earth in a blaze of glory.
As a new Christian, I painted a message on the glove compartment of my automobile. It said, "The driver of this car is awaiting the return of Christ. At His coming, Christians will disappear bodily from the earth. Should I suddenly vanish, take over the steering wheel!"
I can still remember the look on the faces of hitchhikers as they read my startling message. Some of them declared, "Hey, buddy, the next corner is as far as I go!" It was true then, and it is true today: the unsaved world has great difficulty accepting the glorious teaching of the Rapture.
The Christian accepts by faith the declarations of the Word of God concerning this glorious subject.
(1 Thessalonians 4:16-18) states, "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: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."
Verse 14 declares that when Christ comes at the time of the Rapture, He will bring those who sleep (the dead) with Him. At this point, someone may say, "Look, I've found my first contradiction in the Bible How can Christ bring the dead with Him (vs. 14) and come after the dead (vs. 16)?"
There are no contradictions in the Word of God. Instead, it is the finite, limited intellect of human beings who are unable to grasp the infinite, unlimited mind of the omniscient God. If one is led by the Holy Spirit and studies under His direction, the so-called contradictions fade into obscurity.
How can Christ bring the dead with Him in verse 14 and come after the dead in verse 16. Here is the solution: When a believer dies, his spirit and soul enter the presence of God, but the body goes into the grave. "To be absent from the body [is] to be present with the Lord." (2 Corinthians 5:8).
This soul, absent from the body, is with Christ until the great day when body, soul, and spirit are reunited at the coming of Jesus. So, Christ brings the dead (the soul and spirit) with Him in verse 14 to come after the dead (the body) in verse 16. When "the dead rise first," it is the body - only the body - that comes out of the grave to be reunited with the soul and spirit descending with Christ from heaven.
If the Lord comes to receive the bodies of the dead in Christ, will He leave the bodies of the living in Christ behind? Absolutely not.
The Bible declares, the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them [the dead] in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Thus, we see that the Rapture is a bodily resurrection for the dead and living who are in Christ.
The entire occurrence is going to take place in half a blink: "Behold, I show you a mystery: We shall not all sleep [be dead], but we shall all be changed, 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. For this corruptible [the dead] must put on incorruption, and this mortal [the living] must put on immortality" (1 Corinthians 15:51-53).
I've mentioned earlier that one scientific company has calculated the twinkling of an eye to be approximately eleven one hundredths of a second. In this moment of time, we take upon ourselves immortality, and are transformed to be like Jesus.
(1 John 3:2) reports, "When [we see Jesus] we shall be like him: for we shall see him as he is."
(Philippians 3:20-21) verify that our bodies will be changed as we enter into God's presence in whirlwind style. These verses remind us our citizenship is in heaven, where we also look for our Saviour, the One who shall change our vile body and fashion it like unto his own glorious body.
There are still those who say, "I don't believe in the Rapture, because the word rapture cannot be found in the "Bible." Matter of fact, the word "Bible" cannot be found in the Bible either, but this does not disprove the Book's existence. Terms are coined regularly to portray the experiences they picture, and, to review, the word "rapture" comes from the Latin word rapturo or rapio, which means "a snatching away."
The passages above offer proof enough that the Bible teaches a snatching away. Thus, since God tells us there shall be a snatching away, and since rapturo translated from Latin to English means "a snatching away," only the willfully ignorant reject such a clear-cut term to describe the first phase of the second coming of Christ.
Here is an interesting sideline. Jerome, when creating the Latin Vulgate version of the Bible, was the first to use the term "Rapturo" (Latin) for the snatching away of (1 Corinthians 15:52.)
Hence, Jerome and the Latin Vulgate version of the Bible is literally responsible for this glorious term.
The second phase of the Second Coming, described as "the Revelation," will take place seven years after the Rapture. Again, the term "revelation" is a coined word, picturing the truth it depicts. "Revelation" comes from the word "revealing." When Christ returns to earth, He will reveal himself to all inhabitants of the globe. Hence, this event is called "the Revelation," or "revealing of Christ."
Scripturally, (Revelation 4:1) describes phase one of the return of Christ, while (Revelation 19:11) depicts phase two. Fix these two chapters firmly in your mind, and prophecy will become a stabilized blessing in your life.
The "come up hither" of (Revelation 4:1) is the Rapture, the meeting in the air. The appearance of the white horse rider and His armies in (Revelation 19:11) is the revelation of Jesus Christ. Chapter 4 removes the True Bible Believing Church from the judgements described in chapters 6-18, while chapter 19 restores them to this earthly sojourn after the judgements are completed. Chapter 4, depicting the Rapture, occurs before the seven years of tribulation described in chapters 6-18, and chapter 19 describes the return of the King and His people, after the horrendous catastrophes of chapters 6-18 occur.
We know this to be true because the Book of Revelation is written chronologically, with the Tribulation Hour taking place in chapters 6-18. Four precedes six, and nineteen follows eighteen. It's that simple. The Church is removed in chapter 4, and the Tribulation follows in chapters 6-18. Then the saints return at the conclusion of the Tribulation Hour in chapter 19.
In addition, (Revelation 3:10) states, "Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from [not through or (preservation) but from (the Greek - "ek"- OUT of)] the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth."
This will be the world's most terrifying hour. All the wars of the past will look like Sunday school picnics in comparison.
(Jeremiah 30:7) says, "Alas, for that day is great, [there is none] like it."
(Daniel 12:1): "There shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time."
"Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand: a day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness - there hath [never] been - the like." (Joel 2:1-2)
Jesus said: "For then shall be great tribulation, such as [never was] since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be."(Matthew 24:21)
When it occurs, fiery incineration will engulf the globe:
"The Lord will come with fire" (Isaiah 66:15).
"The flaming flame shall not be quenched" (Ezekiel 20:47).
"A fire [devours] before them" (Joel 2:3).
"The whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy" (Zephaniah 1:18).
"Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth" (Zachariah 14:12).
"The third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was a burnt up" (Revelation 8:7).
"By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone" (Revelation 9:18).
The Tribulation Hour lies just ahead for the human race. The saved, True Bible Believing Church will be removed [evacuated] before it begins. They are described as taken in (Revelation 4:1) and they experience the judgement (Bema) seat of Christ before the chapter ends. Here, The True Bible Believing Church receives it's rewards, for their faithful service and sacrifices, made on behalf of the Lord. In fact, we find them placing crowns (their rewards) at the feet of the Saviour in verses 10 and 11 - two chapters before the Tribulation Period begins.
This is proof that the saved, True Bible Believers are safe and secure, when the judgements begin in chapter 6. There are numerous reasons why the True Bible believers will miss the tribulation period. No doubt about it, There is definitely going to be a pre tribulation rapture.
Then, when the blitzkrieg ends in chapter 18, the saved, True Bible Believing Church returns with Christ as He appears to the inhabitants of the earth and becomes their King.
(Revelation 19:11-16) gives us a glimpse of the momentous event; "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse: and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations; and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS."
This is the revealing of Christ to the nations. At His revelation, every eye will see His glory.
"Behold he cometh with clouds: and every eye shall see him." (Revelation 1:7).
The armies following Him from heaven to earth are the saints, the members of The True Bible Believing Church who were removed from earth in (Revelation 4:1.)
They were evacuated before the great holocaust began. They are the same crowd mentioned in (Jude 14): "Behold the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints."
The Hebrews and Greeks had no terminology to describe millions, billions, trillions, quadrillions, etc. They simply said, "ten thousands." Thus, the innumerable company of saints following the Lord to earth are the redeemed. This begins the 1000 year reign with Christ upon earth. It will be a time of health, blessing, tranquillity, joy and peace. Amen
Even so come quickly Lord Jesus
Let Us Pray Together--
PRAY: "God be merciful to me a sinner. Receive me now for Christ's sake. Cleanse me from my sin by your precious blood, shed on the cross for me; lead me to be Baptized and fill me with your Holy Spirit. Teach me to pray each day; to read Your will for my life from your word, the Bible; and help me to worship and serve You in the fellowship of your church. I thank you Lord Jesus Christ. AMEN!