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Questions About The Rapture
I Thessalonians 4:16-17


1- Is the Rapture Scriptural and is the Terminology Proper ?

There seems to be considerable confusion about the word; "Rapture" and it's usage to define the Second coming of our Lord for his Bride-The Church. The old English usage of the word implies; "a Carrying away or Transporting".

The Webster's dictionary makes note of it being an obsolete usage in that sense. For that reason many people are puzzled at the terminology when used to identify The Second Coming of Christ. Even though the scripture doesn't contain the specific word Rapture; we see quite often a word that means Rapture. "Ascension" is used in scripture both in the Old and New Testaments and means virtually the same thing as rapture. We will look at some of them later.

In all reality there is no Doctrine of the rapture but there is the Doctrine of the Second Coming of Christ even though many Christians use the word Rapture in their speech. That terminology doesn't present a problem for me but we are seeing more and more of the fulfilling of the Prophesy: "In the last days, Knowledge shall be increased" and for that reason many good people are having a problem with reasoning the importance of a word that isn't translated into English in our Bibles. The translators of the King James Bible used the word "Ascension" or "Going up" or "Caught up" to identify the transportation of both the dead in Christ and those who are alive at His Second Coming to remove them from Earth and join Christ in the air so if the word, "Rapture" is a problem for you; replace it with "Caught up".

2- Was Rapture Mentioned In The Old Testament?


The answer to that question is Yes, many times. For instance we see Enoch being Raptured or Taken up by the Lord.

(1)- Genesis 5:24- "And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him".
Enoch
lived on this earth for 365 years serving God and when it came time for him to die, God said it would be proper for him to just come on home without tasting death. My what a servant of God this man must have been. Most of us would like to leave on those terms. But the word Took him in Genesis 5:24 is the Hebrew word Law-kakh' which means to snatch away. This is exactly the same meaning as the word Rapture.

(2)- Another example of God rapturing an Old Testament Saint was in second Kings where Elijah was removed by Divine intervention.

2- Kings 2:1-"And it came to pass, when the LORD would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal."

2- Kings 2:9-"And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me."

You know the story how a Chariot of fire swept down and snatched Elijah away to heaven.

2- Kings 2:11-"And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven."
2- Kings 2:12-"And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces."

In 2- Kings 2:11 "Elijah went UP by a whirlwind into heaven". The word UP is the Hebrew word: Law-kakh' which means to snatch away and means exactly the same as the word Rapture. Numerous times in God's word we find the same Hebrew words used for the transition from earth to Heaven that has the same meaning as our word Rapture.


3- Was Jesus Raptured?

Yes, the scripture tells us so in Mark 16:19: The word RECEIVED UP has the same meaning as the word Rapture.

Mark 16:19-"So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God."

He was received up into Heaven, and sat on the right hand of God which is exactly the same terminology as Raptured.

I- Peter 3:22- "Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him."

Hebrews 10:12-"But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;"


4- Is The Rapture Something Christians Can Look For ?
(1)- Jesus verified it.
John 14:3-  Jesus said, "I will come again and receive you unto myself".

(2)- John heard it from God.
Rev.
11:12-  "And I heard a voice from heaven saying come up hither".

(3)- The apostle Paul proclaimed it.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17-
" 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, so shall we ever be with the Lord".


You can rest assured it is going to happen if you are a Child of God:

(4)- Peter spoke about it.
2- Peter 3:13-
"Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness."


(5)- John described it.
Revelation 21:2-
"And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband".
Revelation 21:3-"And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God".


5- When Can We Expect The Rapture To Take Place ?

(1)- Signs of the end time show us that it is very near.
In Matthew 24:3-8 Jesus gives us insight concerning events leading up to the Rapture. "when shall these things be and what shall be the sign of thy coming and the end of the world?"


(A)- Deceivers who say they are Christ makes us know that it is near.
Matthew 24:3-
"And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?"

Matthew 24:4-"And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you."
Matthew 24:5-"For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many."

(B)- Wars around the world becoming more frequent verify it is close at hand.
Matthew 24:6-
"And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet."

Matthew 24:7-"For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places."
Matthew 24:8-"All these are the beginning of sorrows." I think we are living in the beginning of sorrows as these verses indicates the imminent second coming of Christ!

CONCLUSION:

Jesus is not going to send for His Church, He is coming for it in person. Jesus said in John 14:3- "I will come again and receive you unto myself that where I am you shall be also". Listen up children the Trump of God might be the next sound that you hear!

(1)- We will hear the Lord call for us.
I-Thessalonians 4:16-
"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:"

(2)- We will be raptured.
I-Thessalonians 4:17-
"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."

(3)- We are comforted.
I- Thessalonians 4:18-
"Wherefore comfort one another with these words."


(4)- We are waiting.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-
The scripture states:
"The dead in Christ shall RISE first"-The
word Rise is the Greek word, An-is'tay-mee which literally mean To stand forth prepared for a journey. I get excited just thinking about it but we need consecrated lives in order to stand ready!

(5)- We are ready.
1 Thessalonians 4:17 gives us another Greek word we need to look at where scripture states:

" Those which are alive and remain shall be CAUGHT UP together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air". The word caught up is the Greek word: har-pad-'zo which means TO SNATCH OUT OR AWAY. Brothers and Sisters in Christ, it is going to be so fast that you will wonder how it happened! We might not even taste of death and we won't if Christ comes in our life time!

Get ready; Pack up- Pray up- because we are Going up soon!


By James Tyson Sr.