One of the most popular prestidigitators in the history of the world was Harry Houdini. His claim to fame was his ability to get out of anything. He could escape strait jackets, hand cuffs, chains, but his Chinese Water Chamber or Upside Down was probably what he was most noted for. Of course, Harry would always escape, depending on, of course, slight of hand. The one thing he could not escape came upon him on Oct. 31, 1926, when death overtook him at the age of 52. And that is something we all must face.
Hebrews 9:27 (KJV)
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
We all must face death, in one way or another. The question is, what will be the condition of your soul when death comes upon you? Without Christ, there is no hope for you and you can expect to face eternal death as the judgment for your sins. Or you can accept Christ and be forgiven of all your sins. The choice is yours. Once this life is over on this earth, it is too late. But you will confess the Lordship of Christ.
Phil 2:10 English Standard Version
so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
1 Corinthians 15:55-57 (KJV)
55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
There no power of death or the grave over believers. There is one group of believers that will not taste physical death as we know it, but will be ‘translated’ or ‘raptured’ in the twinkling of the eye. Those that are truly saved by the blood of Jesus will be snatched away just prior to the AntiChrist will be revealed and the 7 year tribulation begins.
Critics of the Pre Tribulation Rapture ideology say that we are practicing ‘escapism’. That we just want to avoid the coming judgment and tribulation. My answer to that is.. .You Betcha….
1 Thessalonians 5:9 For God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Paul wrote the 1st letter to the Church at Thessalonica as his FIRST Epistle. The Epistles of Paul are not in chronological order. In this Epistle he addresses many things but the coming of Christ is of the utmost importance in this letter.
1 Thessalonians 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain to the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 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: 17 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. 18 Why comfort one another with these words.
1 Corinthians 15:50 Now this I say, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 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. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be you steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for as much as you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
I. God has never brought judgment on a nation or a people without first allowing the ‘righteous’ to be taken out. He has always given warning and ample time before He cast judgment. But when judgment comes, it is final.
For the sin of abortion, the sin of giving credence to homosexuality, for the sin of stealing ones property, for the sin of fostering laziness, for the sin of condoning murder of policemen, America will be judged.. and judgment is coming soon.
A picture of the rapture not usually preached that is found in the Old Testament, and there are several, is found in
1 Samuel 1-7
1 Samuel also said to Saul, The LORD sent me to anoint you to be king over his people, over Israel: now therefore listen you to the voice of the words of the LORD. 2 Thus said the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. 3 Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass. 4 And Saul gathered the people together, and numbered them in Telaim, two hundred thousand footmen, and ten thousand men of Judah. 5 And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and laid wait in the valley. 6 And Saul said to the Kenites, Go, depart, get you down from among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them: for you showed kindness to all the children of Israel, when they came up out of Egypt. So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites. 7 And Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah until you come to Shur, that is over against Egypt.
Saul was about to annihilate Amalek. Before he went in to do that command of God, he told the Kennites, you are good people, leave so you don’t get killed in the massacre that is about to happen. Saul actually ‘snatched away’ the Kennites before bringing God’s judgment on Amalek.
Other examples include:
Noah and the Ark
Lot and Sodom and Gomorrah
Many other parts of the Old Testament..
Here is a really good article on them..
II. The Church is the Bride of Christ.
III. To be ‘caught up’ then to turn around an come back to Earth makes no sense.. No where else in Scripture has God ever wasted effort or time on this scale.. there is no scriptural evidence to support this.
IV. No reference to the tribulation in the Old Testament or New Testament ever mentions the Church.
V. We will be in Christ’s army when he returns to earth. Rev. 20.
VI. From Revelation 4 to Rev 19, there is NO mention of the Church whatsoever except a brief mention in chapter 11, half way through the tribulation period, just prior to the Great Tribulation.
As we have seen, there are several examples both in the Old Testament and the New Testament of The Rapture. The Rapture is revealed in Scripture to be an imminent event, that is, there are no predicted events that precede the Rapture, in contrast to the Second Coming before which many important world-shaking prophecies must be fulfilled as seen in Revelation 6-18.
The Rapture and Second Coming are two different events. The Rapture is a blessed hope, a happy expectation, which could take place at any time, in contrast to the Second Coming, which can be realized only after the Great Tribulation when the majority of the earth’s population will have perished in one disaster or another.
The Rapture is a comforting hope (John 14:1-3; 1 Thess. 4:18), in contrast to the Second Coming, where the hope of survival is realized only by a few. Your condition at the time of death or the rapture will determine your fate for eternity. Heaven or Hell, that is your choice.
Here is how to know.. https://faithstudies.wordpress.com/how-to-know-christ-as-your-saviour/
Don’t delay, the rapture or death could come at anytime..
Luke 12:16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, “The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:” 17 “And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?” 18 “And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.” 19 “And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.” 20 “But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?” 21 “So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
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