The Rapture of Christ’s Church. Good Biblical truth to revisit from time to time. What a wonderful hope. And I do believe that the Rapture is the next thing in prophecy to happen in this world. Jesus promised that “for the elect’s sake” time of suffering will be cut short. For those who twist Scripture to say we will not be “caught up” to meet our Lord in the air until during or after this Tribulation, I would ask you this, “Since the tribulation time is to convince and draw unbelievers to the truth in Christ,” how can you even think God would put His children who HAVE NOT rejected His Son through those coming times that this world has never seen?!
NOTE: The word “Rapture” does not appear in the Bible. It is a word we have chosen to describe something Biblical. Other words like “Bible,” “Sovereign,” “Trinity,” or “Missionary” also do not appear, but nevertheless they describe some truth. The word “Rapture” is from a Latin word “rapio” which means “to snatch away.”
A. Specifics of the Rapture
1. Biblical Synonyms:
a. “Translated” – “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” (Hebrews 11:5)
b. “Caught Up” – “I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven… How that he was caught up into paradise, and…
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