Jesus is Coming!

The current events of this world are no coincidence. Wars, famines, disease, earthquakes major weather events, economic distress, cosmic signs, etc.,are prophesied in God's word! With these events comes the promise of God's Son, Jesus Christ catching away His people in an event known as the Rapture. This event will mark the beginning of another event called the Great Tribulation, which will be a time of trouble greater than this world has ever known. The only way to escape the things that are to come is to prepare for the Rapture. Claiming Christianity and attending a church alone does not make one ready for the Rapture. God's Word tells us how to be ready.

Many today argue that the Rapture of the church is not a Biblical teaching, but sincere study of the Word of God shows this is not true, as there are a number of scriptures that affirm the doctrine of the Rapture (Scriptural references are from the King James version of the Bible): Matthew 24:32-51, 25; Mark 13:4-37; Luke 11:29-32, 12:35-59, 17:20-37, 21:5-36; 1 Corinthians 1:7,15:23; 1 Thessalonians 2:19, 3:13, 4:14-17, 5:1-24; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-16; James 5:7-8; 2 Peter 3; 1 John 2:28.

The Rapture is taught throughout the Bible, both in Word and Principle. The above list is not extensive, and we are encouraged to search the Scriptures to find the Truth. In Matthew 24:32-51(see also Mark 13:5-37, Luke21:8-27) Jesus warns of what the time of his coming will look like: "deceit, false 'saviors', wars, and rumors of wars, famine, disease, earthquakes; persecution, offenses, hatred, betrayal, false prophets, increased wickedness (iniquity), a cold, nonchalant spirit and attitude; the Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in all nations" In verses 23-26 we are warned against following false prophets. Verses 27-28 gives us a picture of the Rapture, and verses 29-31 give us a picture of the Tribulation and Second Coming (following the Rapture and Tribulation). In verses 32-41, Jesus tells us that even though all of the things in verses 4-15 are taking place, the majority of the population will be going about their lives as usual but his coming will be sudden and with no additional warning.

 

Are You 'Rapture Ready'?

God's Word (The Bible),is given for our instruction (2 Timothy 3:16-17). God has given us directions on how to prepare for the Rapture. The very first step is to invite The Lord Jesus Christ into our lives and become "born again". (If you do not know the Lord Jesus but would like to know more see our Meet Jesus article) The following scripture passages give us directions on preparation for the Lord's return:

  1. Watch: Matthew 24:42-46 (See also Mark 13:35, Luke 21:36) We are to be spiritually 'awake'. In the Bible, being spiritually 'asleep' is likened to being spiritually dead, and spiritually 'awake' to being 'alive' (Rom.6:11-13, Rom.7:9, I Cor.15:22) In the Parable of the Ten Virgins in Matthew 25, all of them fell asleep, even those who had enough oil (a picture of the Holy Spirit) in their lamps. In verse 6, "At midnight, a cry was made, Behold the Bridegroom cometh, go ye out to meet him." The cry was made by the Bride; she was already awake, watching and waiting for her Bridegroom to appear.
  2. Pray: Mark 13:33, Luke 21:36 The word "pray" means "To cry, to beg, to plead". To be ready means asking him desperately to 'count us worthy to escape the things that are coming on the earth'.
  3. Take heed to yourselves: Mark 13:33; Luke 21:34 The words "Take heed" mean to pay attention to what you are thinking and doing.We are to avoid: a) Surfeiting- This does not mean just 'over-eating' but over doing' something, whatever it may be, even if it 'seems right', God wants us to be balanced in all aspects of our lives. b) Drunkenness means not only drinking too much naturally but being 'overcome with something'. The Lord is coming only for those who are 'overcoming'. Are you an overcomer, or are you being 'overcome'? c) Cares of this life- means worrying about something. If our time and energy are being spent on any of these things, we cannot be ready for the Lord's return.
  4. Faithful Servants: Matthew 24:44-46 We see that those who are ready have been given responsibilities in the "lord's household, to give them meat in due season". To be ready means being faithful in whatever the Lord has given us to do. Giving meat in due season, means we are spiritually feeding appropriately those that the Lord has put under our care, whether we are church leaders, parents, (naturally or spiritually) or the only Christian in our work place. In Matthew 25, in the Parable of the Ten Talents, we see a picture of faithful servants.They are using what they have been given.
  5. Love His Appearing: 2 Timothy 4:6-8- To love the Lord's appearing not only means to long for His coming at the Rapture but to desire His appearance now, in whatever people or circumstances and situations that come our way.
  6. Alive and Remain:1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 states, "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: 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." The word 'remain' means to be overflowing. An overflowing relationship with Jesus Christ will allow one to be ready for the rapture. It will allow one to: take heed to their lives (so that they will not be overcome with surfeiting, drunkenness, and the cares of this life); to watch or be spiritually awake; to always pray or be in constant communion with Jesus; to love or long for the appearing of their Savior.

 

Is your life a reflection of one who is preparing for the rapture?

  1. Are you watching? Mark 13:32-37 tells us that if we are not watching we will miss Him.
  2. Are you praying always? Jesus is only coming back for those who are.
  3. Are you taking heed or are you so caught up in and overcome with the cares of this life and self indulgence that you are not doing all you should to be ready?
  4. Are you loving His appearing? This is proof to Him that we are more in love with Him than this world and that we want to go with Him.

 

You are encouraged to take heed to what the Word of God and the Spirit of God is telling you.

If you are a Christian, please let the Lord begin to work these things into your life.

If you do not know Jesus, please accept Him and His plan for your life today. (If you want to learn more see our 'Meet Jesus' and 'God's Growth Plan' articles).

If you have any questions or would like to know more about a personal relationship with Jesus Christ please contact us!