Christ And The Rapture

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THE LIFE and TIMESof JESUS CHRISTMEDIA REFERENCE NUMBER SM-354 DECEMBER 12, 1999THE TITLE OF THE MESSAGE:“Christ and the Rapture of the Church”A delineation between the events of the Second coming and the RaptureTHE THEME OF THIS SERIES:Colossians 2:9“For in Christ all the fullness of the Godheaddwells in bodily form”TOPICAL SUBJECT REFERENCED UNDER:The Rapture and the Second Comingare Different Events All TogetherEver Since the Time of Christ,The Believers believed in the imminent, physical, Return of Jesus Christ tothis Earth’s atmosphere not in judgement but in Deliverance !!!In the Thessalonica Conversations open letters were being circulated throughout the churches stating twofalsehoods - - #1 that Jesus was not coming back at all and other #2 - - that he had already come back and they had infact missed the rapture of the church and what awaited them was certain death and the hands of the antichrist and hisgoobers !!!It was Mark Twain Who Said;“a lie can run around the world twice before the truth ever gets his shoes on”1-Thessalonians 4:13-181

In His First Teachings at ThessalonicaPaul Encourages Each Practical Instruction He Makes with the Energetic Call toLive a Holy Life in Light of His Imminent Coming For Them.APPROPRIATE PROPHETIC DOCTRINES OF THE BIBLEThe Return of Jesus Christis intended to be a comforting event for those who know Him. and Knowing Himis the key to the prophetic word - The Bible !!!Revelation 19:10Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."Keep This Very Important Truth in MindThat of all the fulfilled Prophecies of the Bible to dateevery single one of them were fulfilled literal, - as described in the BibleAccording to the Bible,The Second Coming of Jesus Christ Cannot Happen Until.#1A NATION BECAME A NATION AGAIN - CALLED ISRAEL (may 14, 1948)#2ISRAEL WOULD HAVE TO OCCUPY JERUSALEM (june 1967)#3THAT A UNITED STATES OF EUROPE WOULD FORM (jan 1,1981#4THAT THE SOVIET EMPIRE WOULD FRACTURE (1989 - rosh)#6THAT THERE WOULD BE A SERIES OF PEACE TREATIES (1993 -#5THAT JERUSALEM, THE CITY WOULD BECOME THE FOCAL (daily)#7THAT THERE WOULD BE INTENSIFYING DISASTERS (worldwide)#8THAT THE GLOBAL ECONOMIES WOULD BE IN DISREPAIR#9THAT WORLD CURRENCIES WOULD BECOME COMPUTERIZED & DIGITIZED (Dec. 31, 1999)#10THAT RUSSIA WOULD ATTACK THE MIDDLE EAST WITH AN ISLAMIC ALLIANCE2

Jesus said "When you see these Things Begin to HappenLook up for Redemption, (You’re going to heaven) draws Near!The Problem With DeathDid you know that out of every 10 people, 10 of those people die !!!It is an (800 Billion dollar year business in America ) But the very thought of death causes some ofyou to be very uneasy.Yesterday in GermanyI Pushed the Button on the Tram to Stop It !!!THERE WAS AN AWESOME GRAVEYARD FILLED WITH TOMBSTONES AND MONUMENTS ANDSO.I STARTED TAKING PICTURES.“THIS FRIENDS IS A FUTURE RESURRECTION SITEAs long as we feel healthyand fit we feel that we can flirt with the thought of death and even joke about it!But Philosophershave wrestled with the question of immortalitySpiritistshave sought to communicate with the deadEven Our Modern Technologic Agehas gotten into the search for the door that led to the other sideThen There’s Harry Houdini,The greatest of all escape artists. Harry boasted about being able to beat death. So heasked that at his death a telephone be placed inside his coffin so that when he wasloosed from deaths grip he could call some one to dig him up - Harry must have had abad connection! Either that or his line was dead!!!The Truth was - Harry Couldn’t Pay His Bill3

1.) The Rapture is the Hope of the Churchv.13a“But I do not want you to be ignorant,Ignorant in relation to (3) Three key Biblical Doctrines#1The Location of departed “Christians” vv. 13#2The Bodily Resurrection of those Departed vv. 16#3The Rapture of those who escape Death vv. 17IgnorantGRK 50 agnoeo (ag-no-eh'-o)the will of the heart - to not know something. to intentionally ignore, thuswe get the term IGNOR – RAMUS. one who ignores (root of Agnostic)“concerning those who have fallen asleep,lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.”(MANY – NOT ALL, Those Pagan Cultures believed inAnnihilation after death - a non Existence)Death was the final act to them- the end of all consequencesa.) Because it was Promised by Jesus HimselfJohn 14:1-4"Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 "In MyFather's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go toprepare a place for you. 3 "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come againand receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 "And where I goyou know, and the way you know."4

2 Corinthians 5:6So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home, (living) in the body weare absent from the Lord. :8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absentfrom this body and to be present with the Lord.Verse 13others who have no hope.b.) Because it was Historical Christianityv.14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so.“God will bring with Him” those who sleep in Jesus.2 Timothy 4:8Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, therighteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to allwho have loved His appearing.c.) Because it was Intended to Encourage UsActs 1:9-119Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up,and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked steadfastlytoward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel,11 who also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? Thissame Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in likemanner as you saw Him go into heaven."5 TIMES IN 1 THESSALONIANSPAUL STRESSES A HOPE-FILLED THEME1 Thessalonians 1:10and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus whodelivers us from the wrath to come.5

1 Thessalonians 2:19-20For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of ourLord Jesus Christ at His coming? 20 For you are our glory and joy.1 Thessalonians 3:13so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at thecoming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.1 Thessalonians 4:17-18Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds tomeet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort oneanother with these words.1 Thessalonians 5:9-10For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.2.) The Rapture is Rooted in God’s WordIsaiah 26:19-21Your dead shall live; together with my dead body they shall arise. Awake and sing, youwho dwell in dust; for your dew is like the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out thedead. 20 Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you;hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past. 21 For behold,the LORD comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for theiriniquity; the earth will also disclose hera.) The Rapture is Ordained Exclusively for the ChurchJohn 14:1-4"Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 "In MyFather's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go toprepare a place for you. 3 "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come againand receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 "And where I goyou know, and the way you know."On The Authority of God Himself6

For this we say to youby the word of the Lord,John 11:25Jesus said "I am the resurrection and the life. (That’s a continuum)He who believes in Me, (that’s presently) though he may die, (yet future)yet shall he live. (still yet future again)b.) Paul’s Doctrine of Imminence Prevailedv.15b.that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by nomeans precede those who are asleep.The ComingGRK 3952 parousia (par-oo-see'-ah)a being near physically, a physical advent, not necessarily nor alwaysmeaning a coming, but an appearance !!!The Resurrection! - of the Church-Age Christian#1First the bodies of those who had died will ariseascending upward#2We will in an instant be raptured and (metamorpho) changed. Ascending justbehind the resurrected as their new bodies will meet up their reality1 Corinthians 15:52:52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, (18/100’s of a second) at the last trumpet.For the trumpet will sound, and the dead (those guys) will be raised incorruptible, andwe (us guy’s) shall be changed.NOTHING NEEDS TO HAPPEN PRIOR TO7

there is no biblical or non-biblical eventthat is required or needed before the rapture takes place.Yet everyday Someone Who Is Uninformed on Endtimes Events Fulfills One More Prophetic WordMatthew 24:48"But if that evil servant says in his heart, 'My master is delaying his coming,'2 Peter 3:3-4knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to theirown lusts, and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fellasleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation."c.) The Rapture is Christ’s Personal Eventv.16For the Lord Himself (Jesus) will descend from heaven #1 with a shout, #2 withthe voice of an archangel, and #3 with the trumpet of God. And the dead inChrist will rise first.The Doctrine of the Resurrectionis not a New Testament Revelation OnlyJob 14:13-15 & 19;23-27 & Psalms 16:9-11 & Dan. 12:2The Pharisees Held to the Doctrine & It was Taught by Pauland All of the disciplesPhilippians 3:20.we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, Phil 3:21 who willtransform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body,8

Turn to 1 Corinthians 15:46-57This body is the seed side of thingsThe New Body is the Flower side of thingsnote The sequence of the eventsVerse 16A#1It will be with the Shout of the LordShoutGRK 2752 keleusma (kel'-yoos-mah)a cry of incitement. To rally an Army. To issue a commandJoshua 6:20So the people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets. And it happened when thepeople heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, thatthe wall fell down flat. Then the people went up into the city, every man straight beforehim, and they took the city.#2It will be with The voice of the archangelWhat Will That Be Like? - I do not Knowand #3with the trumpet of God.(the world will probably not hear or see a thing in relation tothe rapture proper - just the after effects)3.) The Rapture is Our Expectancy9

Revelation 3:1-2"And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, 'These things says He who has theseven Spirits of God and the seven stars: "I know your works, that you have a namethat you are alive, but you are dead. 2 "Be watchful, and strengthen the things whichremain, that are ready to die, for I have nota.) We Long For His Appearance !Rapture! - Now You See Me, Now You Verse 17aThen we who are alive and remain.THIS IS EXHORTATIONNUMBER 4 AS IN EACH CHAPTER OF THE BOOKPaul used the “We” Personal Pronoun4 times in 6 verses Paul uses the “We” statements concerning the Lord’s return are made. Inthe year 51 AD.Paul believed that he would be alive to see this event - The Rapture take place. InEschatology, these verses are responsible for giving birth to the “Doctrine ofImmanency” meaning that the Bible said Jesus could come without warning and at anymoment for the church.Paul put himself in this rank of the waiting believerswho expected and anticipated Jesus’ call Verse 17bThe Rapture ItselfWe shall be (caught up) together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in theair. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.10

Caught up GRK har-pad'-zoto catch-away, to pluck or pull out by force anInstantaneous removal(Harpadzo Appears 18 Times in the new Testament)1.2.3.4.5.To Take away with Great SpeedTo Seize By ForceTo Take as One’s Sole possessionTo Move to a New PlaceTo Rescue From DangerMatthew 13:19 the seed being stolenJude 1:23 saving by pulling them from fireActs 8:39 Philip & Ethiopian2 Corinthians 12:2 Paul’s vision of HeavenJohn 10:28 Jesus’ handsYes It is The Great Escapeb.) The Rapture is Final, Finally !v.17c“And thus we (a collective we) shall always be with the Lord.”1 John 3:2-3Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shallbe, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Himas He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.THEN OUR CHANGE SHALL FINALLY BECOMPLETEc.) The Expectancy Makes Us Tell the Worldv.18:18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.11

the return of Jesus Christis an exclusive event for His chosen fewMatthew 7:13-14"Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads todestruction, and there are many who go in by it. "Because narrow is the gate anddifficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.Therefore we go about it with ourutmost passionIt Prioritizes LifeHave You Noticed When IN a DifficultTime - How quick we are to forget the struggle and the pain(Delivery Birth Baby Joy)For the Christian it can be said (Death Life Jesus Joy)2 Corinthians 4:17For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternalglory that far outweighs them all.1 Thessalonians 5:23Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit,soul, and body be preserved blamelessat the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.12

1 Thessalonians 2:19For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence ofour Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?2 Timothy 4:6For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for mydeparture. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteousJudge, will award to me on that day-- and not only to me, but also to all who have lovedhis appearing.Paul Didn’t See The Lord’s Return.But Told us what to Listen for.- That Shout of His !!!There’s a story that comes out of children’s hospital at USC where Tony, a beautiful, little, black 5year old boy had been faithful to undergo his chemotherapy treatments to fight off the cancer that invaded him.His mother was all that he had - his dad left home when he found out that Tony’s mom had become pregnant with him.The doctor had broken to mom the news that see had long dreaded to hear “Ms. Robert’s he said rather direct but with alook compassion, Little Tony has 3 to 5 days at best. He’s lost the war Ms. Robert’s. He’s fought longer and harder thenany of us could have. Ms. Robert’s, his pain will unbearable increase, his memory will begin to fail and He will soonassume the fetal position and from that point it will not be long. Ms. Robert’s, Tony needs to be going soon. And in yourway, the only way that you his mother can do, you need comfort him the best you can! And with that he turned andwalked away.So mustering all the strength that she had inside of her and calling out to God for some extra - she walked into his hospitalroom that had become his home and held his bony little body and kissed his head that was once crowned with theblackest, curliest hair ever and she told him honey. Jesus is coming soon! Sweet heart and he’s coming for you you don’t worry about mama cuz I’ll be right behind you. “But Mama, Tony asked “How will I know it’s Jesus?”“You just listen for the Bell” she said - Jesus will be ringing a bell when He comes for you” and with that little Tonyfell asleep in her arms.Two days later, very early in the morning her phone rang with the news “Ms. Robert’s Little Tony’s in distress and we’relosing him”Quickly she drove the 30 minute drive only to have arrived to late. Tony had slipped in to eternity just as she pulled intothe parking lot at USC. Asking the nurse who was with him at that moment how his night was - she told of a very difficultstruggle and terrible pain that kept him crying most of the night but she hesitated to tell that just when the battle seemed tobe at it’s worst, right before he died, he became unusually calm and he opened his eyes and said to me “Ms. Betty. doyou hear em’? Do you hear those bells? Ms. Betty. I can hear the bells” and at that he went away!13

“Christ and the Rapture of the Church” . The Truth was - Harry Couldn’t Pay His Bill. 4 1.) The Rapture is the Hope of the Church v.13a . and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, .