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The Rapture of the Church
To Meet The Lord in The Air
“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.” (1Thessalonians 4:17)
The Rapture of The Church
As we have previously stated, the Rapture of the Church is going to be the greatest event in human history, at least as far as the attention of world is concerned. It will be eclipsed only by the literal Second Coming of The Lord, which will take place about 7 years later. The Rapture of the Church will sure get the world’s attention. The dead in Christ, being given glorified bodies and being reunited with the spirit and the soul, will attract no attention whatsoever because they will not be seen, known, or understood. However, when every living saint of God on the face of the earth instantly leaves this mortal coil, that is going to be the event of all events. On the one side of the world, it will be night, while on the other side, it will be the opposite. This means that Christian pilots, who are at the time flying airplanes, whether airliners loaded with people or cargo, will instantly leave the cockpit to go to be with The Lord. Consequently, that particular situation will spell real trouble for those in the planes who are left behind. Business transactions will be in process when, all of a sudden, one or some of the participants will instantly leave the scene and actually vanish before the very eyes of the other participants. An unsaved husband will be speaking to his redeemed wife, and she will no longer be there.
What will happen with all of the children when the trump sounds? We are speaking of those children below the age of accountability. First of all, I believe that the soul and spirit of every child who dies below the age of accountability, irrespective of the spiritual condition of the parents, instantly go to be with The Lord Jesus Christ “…Suffer the little children to come unto me,… for of such is the kingdom of God.” (Mark 10:14) But yet, I believe that when the trump sounds, if one or both of their parents are saved, all children below the age of accountability will go as well. If neither one of the parents is saved, I do not see that the little children below the age of accountability will go in the Rapture. It must be quickly understood that to not go in The Rapture does not mean the person is spiritually lost. When that child reaches the age of accountability, whatever that age might be, he can give his heart to The Lord. There’s no doubt many will. Many erroneously think that when we say this, we are meaning that little children are eternally lost. No. It is true that, if after reaching the age of accountability that child refuses to give his heart and life to The Lord, when he dies, he will be eternally lost. However, upon reaching the acceptable age, he can give his heart to Christ at any time, and he will be saved.
The Attention of the World
As stated, if one wants to get the attention of the world, it should definitely be understood that the Rapture will accomplish that fact. If we think this through, this will be something of earth-shattering proportions, even far beyond what we can begin to imagine. The idea of millions of people instantly disappearing, leaving only their clothing on the floor, shall boggle the mind. Most of these people will disappear right before the eyes of others. Some have claimed that the news will be put out that this is some type of hoax. However, that is silly. How can one explain the instant disappearance of millions of people before untold millions of eye witnesses and try to claim that it’s a hoax? That’s exactly what’s going to happen, that they will instantly disappear. Two things will happen at that time:
No, the world is going to know in no uncertain terms that the Rapture of the Church has taken place.
What Will the World Do At That Time?
It’s not so much what the world will do as to what the world will become. With all believers taken out, who constitutes salt (preservative) and light (illumination), satan is pretty much left with free reign. While there will be millions at that time who will then give their hearts to Christ, still, there is a vast difference in a new convert and one who is mature in The Lord. As to what will happen at that time, the world will begin a vortex of evil, a cascade of evil, and a Niagara of evil such as it has never known in all of its history. In this climate, the antichrist will make his debut. For a while, the world with think that he actually is the true Jewish Messiah, especially considering that the Jews will claim him as such. However, that will not be the case, but rather, the very opposite. Jesus said of this seven years, “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” He then said,“And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.” (Matthew 24:21-22) The idea is that the first part of this seven year period will be relatively peaceful but with the second half, or approximately so, witnessing the most horrifying evil and destruction the world has ever known. It is that time of which Jesus speaks as being shortened, otherwise, there would be no one left alive on the earth. However, the real reason for this terrible time of bloodletting being shortened is for Israel’s sake, who is referred to here as “the elect.”
Why Seven Years?
The angel, Gabriel, appeared to Daniel and told him that “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city,…” (Daniel 9:24) In the Hebrew language, seventy weeks literally means seventy-sevens i.e., seventy sevens of years which is 490 years. Without going into detail at this time regarding what that means, suffice it to say that sixty-nine of these weeks, 483 years, have already been fulfilled. The only thing remaining to be fulfilled is the one week, or seven years, which is actually the time of which Jesus spoke in Matthew 24:21. Concerning this one week of years, or seven years, Daniel also prophesied and said, “And he (referring to the antichrist) shall confirm the covenant with many (this speaks of nations) for one week (seven years): and in the midst of the week (3 ½ years) he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,...” (Daniel 9:27) The antichrist will stop the Jews from offering their sacrifices in the newly reconstructed temple in Jerusalem, which actually refers to him declaring war on Israel at that time. This will then show his true colors with Israel going into the worst time of conflict and trouble it has ever known, even as Jesus said. In fact, they will be saved only by the Second Coming according to Revelation 19. So, when we say “seven years” as it refers to the coming Great Tribulation, that is why the number seven is used.
Then We Which are Alive and Remain
The heading refers to the second phase of the Rapture which will, no doubt, take place moments after the resurrection of the dead bodies of saints. As we’ve already said, the sudden disappearance all over the world of millions of believers actually vanishing into thin air, and even before the eyes of untold numbers of onlookers, is going to create the spectacle, a sensation, and an absolute phenomenon such as the world has never known. Due to the proliferation of the Gospel by television and radio, there are many in the world who have heard of the Rapture of the Church. In fact, just a short time ago, I overheard part of a song (not a Christian song) that mentioned the Rapture but in a very sarcastic and derogatory way. In other words, they were making fun of this that the Bible teaches. That is the spirit of the world. Concerning believers, will there be any warning that this is about to take place? Actually, the Bible does not say. We are, rather, told to expect this event at any time and thusly, to live close to The Lord. In fact, John said “And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.” (1 John 2:28) He then said, speaking of the Rapture “And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he (Jesus) is pure.” (1 John 3:3) So, the very idea of the imminent return of The Lord Jesus Christ for His saints has a strong tendency, even as The Holy Spirit said through John, to keep one close to The Lord. That is, if one is truly watching and waiting for that coming. And here’s the reality, few are. Much of the modern church does not even believe in the Rapture. Worse yet, most in the church are actually not saved, so what can be expected?
Shall Be Caught Up Together with Them in the Clouds
The heading refers to the dead in Christ rising first and then all of those alive being instantly changed as well and then catching up with them to meet The Lord in the air. “Caught up” in the Greek is “harpazo” and means the following:
The short phrase “with them” implies a meeting of sorts even before meeting Jesus. The change that will take place in the believer at the Resurrection or the Rapture pertains, first of all, to the physical body being glorified, with The Lord changing those who are alive according to 1 Corinthians 15:51-52. And the dead body given a new body as well as changed (1 Corinthians 15:38, 44), However, this change that will take place will not only be in the physical realm but in the mental realm also. Paul said concerning this present time “For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.” He then said concerning the Rapture “But when that which is perfect is come (the Resurrection), then that which is in part (the old way) shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” (1 Corinthians 13:9-11) The apostle is likening the difference in now and then (after we are resurrected) as the difference in a child and an adult. This is how increased the mental ability of the child of God will be at that time.
Then Shall I Know
The apostle went on to say, “For now we see through a glass, darkly (not clear at all); but then face to face (will see clearly): now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known (which implies perfect knowledge).” (1 Corinthians 13:12) As well, this great change also involves the spiritual. In our present state, the physical body pretty much dominates the human being with the spirit of man answering to the physical body. In the coming resurrection, this will no longer be the case. The spirit of man, then energized constantly by The Holy Spirit, will dominate the individual, giving man a completely new dimension. Jesus said, “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41)
The Spirit of Man
In other words, the Master is saying that the spirit of man cannot function as it ought due to the weaknesses of the flesh. As stated, that will all change in the Resurrection, when the spirit of man will then have dominion even as God originally intended. Before the fall in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were controlled by their spirits which was energized by The Holy Spirit. At the fall, however, and because of that sickening degeneration, the flesh became the dominant factor. The reason was that the spirit of man is that which worships God. After the fall, man, being spiritually dead, could not worship God, so the spirit became moribund. After conversion (the born again experience), the spirit of man, of course, is no longer moribund (lifeless) but now can worship God. However, even though the believer is sanctified and justified, he still isn’t glorified and will not be such until the coming Rapture or Resurrection. Therefore, the physical body, although not now dominant, or else it’s not supposed to be, still plays a great part in our existence due to it being the weak link. Although spiritually neutral, still it presents the believer with great problems. Thank The Lord that will be changed at the Resurrection.
To Meet The Lord in the Air
The heading presents the greatest meeting that humanity has ever known. However, only those who are washed in the Blood of The Lamb will participate in this meeting. As we’ve already stated, the Greeks have two words for air. The first is “aer” which refers to the lower, denser atmosphere. And the second is “aither” which speaks of the atmosphere above the lower atmosphere. Actually, the Greeks, at least in their thinking, separated these two to the very foot. They used the summit of Mount Olympus, which is 9570 feet high, as the limit of the lower atmosphere and refer to that as “aer.” Anything above that, they refer to as “aither.” Paul used the Greek word “aer”, referring to the lower atmosphere or from 9570 feet down. Consequently, knowing that The Holy Spirit inspired the apostle to say these words, even giving him the exact words to say, we know that Jesus will come at least within 9570 feet of this earth and perhaps lower. At this particular height, whatever it will be, 9570 or lower, this great meeting will take place. Those who go to meet Jesus will be those for whom He died. Of course, He actually died for the entirety of the world according to John 3:16, but most of the world, sadly and regrettably, rejected Him. It was and is the most foolish decision they will have ever made. For all who have accepted Christ and what He did at The Cross on our behalf, that was the greatest move we ever made. The absolute glory of it all, the splendor of it all, and the wonder of it all, absolutely defies description. As someone has said, “all of this and Heaven too.”
And So Shall We Ever Be With The Lord
The heading presents unparalleled glory, a Rapture absolutely beyond expression, which is the actual reason and purpose for all that we are and all that we hope to be, to be with The Lord. As well, we will be with Him forever and forever. This does not mean that the saints will always remain with Christ in the air, but rather to be with Him wherever He is. At that moment, all of the saints will go to Heaven with Jesus with the Judgment Seat of Christ then taking place as well as the marriage supper of The Lamb. Then, The Lord, along with every saint, will come back to the earth. Actually, it will be during the middle of the battle of Armageddon, when He will defeat the antichrist and then set up His Millennial Kingdom. He will reign on the earth for a thousand years with all the saints of God reigning with Him. Israel will once again become prominent during this time. At the end of the 1,000 years, satan will be loosed from the bottomless pit for a short period of time, but he will not be allowed to remain loosed very long. He will then be consigned to the Lake of Fire along with all of his fallen angels and demon spirits plus every lost soul who has ever lived. He will remain there locked away forever and forever according to Revelation Chapter 20. At that time, the end of the Millennial Reign, The Lord will renovate the Heavens and the Earth with fire cleansing them totally and completely from their defilement of the previous time. After that, John said, “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth (refurbished) for the first heaven and first earth were passed away and there was no more sea.” (Revelation 21:1) John then said that he saw the New Jerusalem coming down from God out of Heaven, then being relocated on planet earth, where it will remain forever. In fact, God will transfer His headquarters from Heaven to earth according Revelation 21-22. John then described how this New Jerusalem will look, giving some information concerning that coming time, which presents it as glorious beyond compare.
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***Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Pastor Michael is conducting a Bible Study of End Times Prophecy and wishes to share this insight by The Holy Spirit with all of our faithful servants in Christ. Every week, we will add a new page of prophecy taken from Scripture. We started with the Book of Revelation, moved on to the Book of Daniel, then Ezekiel Chapters 47 and 48. Now, we are studying The Rapture of the Church. The Scripture verses are in black font, the words of Jesus Christ in red, and the notes in blue. The audio and video clips have been temporarily moved to the bottom of this page***
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