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The Rapture: Fact or Fiction

Post by Tryphosa on Wed Feb 17 2016, 11:04

Encouraging read!

The Rapture: Fact or Fiction
By Dean Olson


The rapture is one of the greatest gifts that God has promised the faithful. So great in fact it is often referred to as the "blessed hope:" "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ;" ([url=http://biblia.com/bible/kjv1900/Titus 2.13]Titus 2:13[/url]). The promise is that someday soon, at the blowing of a trumpet and the shout of an archangel, Jesus will appear in the clouds and take up believers to Heaven.
  
At the rapture Jesus will physically transform us in a fraction of a second from our aging, achy, disease-prone bodies to new, glorified and immortal bodies suitable for eternity. The Bible describes this transformation as occurring in "the twinkling of an eye" ([url=http://biblia.com/bible/kjv1900/1 Corinthians 15.52]1 Corinthians 15:52[/url]). Some sources estimate that is as fast as eleven one-hundredths of a second.
 
It is unclear what unbelievers will see or hear when the rapture occurs. Some scholars believe that the trumpet of the Lord, and his appearing in the sky, will only be sensed by believers being raptured. The unsaved may only see the vanishing of believers in a fraction of a second and hear a loud thunder clap, "...in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed" ([url=http://biblia.com/bible/kjv1900/1 Corinthians 15.52]1 Corinthians 15:52[/url]). Jesus tells us that it will be sudden, "For just like the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so the coming of the Son of Man will be ([url=http://biblia.com/bible/kjv1900/Matthew 24.27]Matthew 24:27[/url]).
 
The rapture is one of the most controversial topics in Christian eschatology. Much of that controversy stems from Satan's deceit in his attempts to keep believers ignorant of God's prophetic timeline. Satan knows Bible prophecy ([url=http://biblia.com/bible/kjv1900/Revelation 12.12]Revelation 12:12[/url]). He recognizes the significance of world events as signs of the times that Jesus is coming soon. Because Satan does not want anyone else to be aware of that fact he does everything possible to discredit or obscure God's prophetic word. That is why we are seeing a growing number of self-proclaimed experts criticizing the rapture, especially the pre-tribulation rapture. Criticism ranges from claims that the word "rapture" never appears in the Bible to it being a hoax stemming from a satanic vision.

Many criticisms of the rapture stem from legitimate disagreements over its timing. Others are part of Satan's fog of evil designed to keep believers from understanding God's plan. Perhaps the most common criticism is that neither the word "rapture," nor the rapture concept appears in the Bible. By that logic, the word Bible is also missing from scripture but that doesn't prevent people from referring to its 66 books as the Holy Bible.
 
In fact, the term rapture comes from a Latin word Harpazo which means to catch up, to snatch away, or to take out. It is a Biblical word that comes right out of the Latin Vulgate translation of the Bible. The word is found in [url=http://biblia.com/bible/kjv1900/1 Thessalonians 4.17]1 Thessalonians 4:17[/url]: "Then we who are alive, who are left, will be suddenly caught up together with them [dead believers] in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord always." In the New American Standard Version, the English phrase, "caught up," is used. The same phrase is used in the King James and New International Versions.
 
The first clear mention of the concept of the rapture is found in the words of Jesus recorded in [url=http://biblia.com/bible/kjv1900/John 14.1-4]John 14:1-4[/url]. Jesus said, "I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also." The most detailed revelation of the actual events related to the rapture is given by Paul in [url=http://biblia.com/bible/kjv1900/1 Thessalonians 4.13-18]1 Thessalonians 4:13-18[/url]. He says that when Jesus appears, the dead in Christ, also known as the Church age saints, will be resurrected and caught up first. Then, those of us who are alive in Christ will be translated "to meet the Lord in the air." Paul then exhorts us to "comfort one another with these words."

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'Pre-Tribulation Rapture Deception'?

Post by Tryphosa on Wed Jul 06 2016, 21:20

'Pre-Tribulation Rapture Deception'? Video Response by Pastor Richard Jordan



Published on Jan 16, 2015
There is biblical proof that the Lord will gather His Body before the tribulation starts. However, if you stop at Matthew 24, you will never find it. Has Satan blinded your eyes to the Mystery?

We are saved by grace through faith in the blood and finished work of Christ alone.

The Gospel:
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 (KJV)
Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures:
And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures.

Romans 4:25
Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

Ephesians 1:13
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

2 Corinthians 5:18-21
And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Ephesians 2:8,9
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
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