The Rapture - What does the Bible say?
A. Once we come to faith in Christ our task is take a close look at the Scripture and begin to line our thinking up with the teaching of the Bible.
A. John's readers are undergoing tremendous persecution. Some have even been put to death
B. Rev 11 begins to describe some of the events that will take place in the Great Tribulation
a. At that very hour - everyone will profess the glory of God. Some through faith. Others terror.
C. John writes to encourage his readers to "overcome" - even to the point of death (Rev 2:10)
III. The pre-trib rapture idea
A. Rapture: Christ will come quietly, secretly, and invisibly to take the church out of the world before the tribulation.
B. After Christ raptures the church the world will continue on and people will have a chance to repent and come to faith.
C. The rapture is stage one in the second coming of Christ. He will return again another time (and maybe another).
A. Mt 24:42-44 - The thief analogy is that a thief comes "unexpectedly".
B. I Thes 4:16-5:3
C. I Cor 15:51 - trumpet soundD. Rev 3:3 - Wakeup - you don't know what time.E. Mt 24:30-31 - Visible to allF. Mt 24:36-512 - Two taken; one left
C. I Cor 15:51 - trumpet sound
D. Rev 3:3 - Wakeup - you don't know what time.
E. Mt 24:30-31 - Visible to all
F. Mt 24:36-512 - Two taken; one left
a. Mt 13:28 - He lets the hypocrite stay for now. But a day of separation is coming.
G. There is only one second coming. And when Christ returns (Rev 11:15) The kingdom of the world becomes the kingdom of our Lord. When he returns it will be once in victory and in judgment.