RAPTURE

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A definite event in the near future

  • For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will be the first to rise. After that, we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 BSB

Be Prepared Every day

  • (“Behold, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who stays awake and keeps his clothes, so that he will not walk about naked and people will not see his shame.”) Revelation 16:15 NASB
  • For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord is coming just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction will come upon them like labor pains upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness, so that the day would overtake you like a thief; for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; so then, let’s not sleep as others do, but let’s be alert and sober. 1 Thessalonians 5:2-6 NASB
  • But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be discovered. 2 Peter 3:10 NASB

No one knows when

  • No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Matthew 24:36 BSB
  • No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Mark 13:32 BSB

Why the delay?

  • The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise as some understand slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance. But the Day of the Lord will come like a thief.  The heavens will disappear with a roar, the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and its works will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to conduct yourselves in holiness and godliness as you anticipate and hasten the coming of the day of God, when the heavens will be destroyed by fire and the elements will melt in the heat. 2 Peter 3:9-12 BSB
  • A hardening in part has come to Israel, until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved Romans 11:25-26 BSB

How can we hasten the Rapture?

  • Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 2 Peter 3:11-12 NKJV
  • For I want to let you know about this secret, brothers, so that you will not claim to be wiser than you are: Stubbornness has come to part of Israel until the full number of the gentiles comes to faithRomans 11:25 ISV
COMMENT: Putting 2 and 2 together, we can hasten the coming of the Lord by evangelising. Read: EVANGELISM