THE GOOD NEWS MINISTRY AND MISSIONS OUTREACH PROCLAIMING THE SOON RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST!
Revealing The Rapture and The Revelation
"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 Lord Jesus Christ is coming back again. 'The New Testament speaks of His coming in two ways.
First He will come to evacuate His church from out of the world. His coming for the church is called the Rapture because the church is to be caught up- evacuated, removed from the earth.
Second He will come and reveal Himself as a mightily King to the whole world, which is called the Revelation.
What is The Rapture?
The Rapture Can be described as God's evacuation Plan for true 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: (I Cor. 15:52)
The other references to "The Blessed Hope" are referred to in: (cf: Matt. 24:42, Matt. 25:13, Luke 12:36-48, Acts 1:11, 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 Jeremiah: 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 living 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?
We have the evidence of the removal of Enoch, Elijah and Christ.
*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. (2Kings 2:11)
*Christ - Taken up in His resurrected body (Translated) to be with the Lord. (Acts 1:9-11)
First is His coming for the church - the Evacuation or the Rapture - The Catching Away-
Several wonderful New Testament Passages refer to this first aspect of His coming.
"When I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will receive you to myself, that where I am, there you may be also" (John 14:3)
Jesus made this promise before He was crucified. Later the Apostle Paul reminded the believers in Thessalonica about the rapture.
"For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and so we shall always be with the Lord". (I Thessalonians 4:16-17) C.E. 1: 10; 2:19; 3:11-13; 1 John 3:1-3)
When He comes all who have trusted in Him as their personal savior our will be evacuated from a dying planet earth and taken up to heaven. All who have His nature will go to be with Him. In Chapter six and seven we have already seen how to receive this divine nature. It is given to us by the miracle of the new birth when we receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior. (John 1: 12-13; 3:5-8)
After Christ has taken away those who believe in Him, there will be a time of very great trouble in the world. When the Lord Jesus described it He said:
"For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever shall" (Matthew 24:21)
It will be a time of such suffering that unless the days were shortened, no life would survive. (Matthew 24:4-28; Mark 13:5-23; Revelation 6:1-19:21)
At the time of the Rapture the Lord Jesus will come and the church will meet Him in the air. (I Thessalonians 4:17).
He will not come to earth then, but at the time of the Revelation He will come to earth to reign. (Zechariah 14:4)
Second is The Revelation
"The time of trouble, will end when Jesus Christ comes down from heaven in power and great glory." (Matt. 24: 25:31; 2 Thess. 1:7-10; 2:1-12)
He will appear as a conquering King. He will destroy His enemies, those that destroy and defile the earth and judge those who obey not the Gospel.
Christ will then reign on earth for a period of a thousand years. (Revelation 19:11-21; 20:6)
His 1,000 year reign is called the Millennium a word meaning one thousand. (Isaiah 11: 6-9; 32: 1; 35:1-7; 65:17-25).
Following Christ's 1,000 year reign all unbelievers will judged at the Great White Throne Judgment. (Revelation 20:11-15)
The earth's surface will be renovated. All the works of men and Satan will be destroyed and removed. (2 Peter 3:10-13)
The Old world infrastructure passes away and a new world infrastructure created.
There will be new heaven (Atmosphere) and a new earth (surface). (Revelation 21:1-8).
For believers the "great evacuation", known as "The Rapture" is the next event to occur in God's plan.
The Bible teaches we should live holy lives in view of His soon coming for the church.
"Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as is. And ever one who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. " (I John 3:2-3)
Before the coming of Christ people will sin more and more Some will even give up what they believe. "But realize this that in the last days difficult times will come. For foreigners will be destroyers of the earth, lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revelers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God; holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; and avoid such men as these. But the Spirit explicitly says that in the "later times" some will fall away from the faith paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons." (2 Timothy 3:1-5; 1 Timothy 4:1)
Are you saved? Would you be ready if the Rapture took place today? If you are a believer, are you living a life of holiness and fellowship with the Lord?
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!