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This article is for the express purpose that as of the time of this writing we who hold to The Rapture as the blessed hope know that it is an imminent event.  It is undeniable that the end time signs are everywhere.  Israel is the key to understanding this.  We continue to receive many questions concerning the “Rapture” of the church and its apparent contrast with the “Second Coming” of Jesus Christ. Where does this strange view come from? Is the term “rapture” even in the Bible?  Did it happen?  There will be great confusion and many lies have been prepared to explain this evnet.  Dr. Ed Hindson gives clear concise advice shoul you have missed this event.

What to do if you miss The Rapture

 

Rapture Series. For more related teachings & info.  Also the coming deceptions that will be presented after the rapture of the Church.

 

What To Do If You’re Left Behind

“For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not precede them who are asleep. 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 who 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. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18

Amazing words from the Word of God. But what do they mean? This passage foretells an amazing event we have come to call the Rapture of the Church. It is the time when God will take all living, believing Christians out of the Earth instantaneously:

“Behold, I show you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we all shall be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye…” 1 Corinthians 15:51

When will this amazing event take place? It will take place at the onset of a terrible 7-year period of time the Bible calls the Tribulation. During those gruesome days, over half the population of the world will die amidst wars, natural catastrophes, plagues, as the result of economic manipulation, and especially at the nefarious hand of an evil world ruler known in the Bible as the Antichrist.

Are we close to that event even now? Well, if you are a Christian, the answer is “Happily, yes!” The Bible is full of signs that indicate the approach of the Tribulation. Globalism, a united Europe, interlaced economies and mounting technology all point to the nearness of that time.

However if you are not a Christian, the answer for you is “Sadly, yes!” Sadly, because if you do not move quickly and come to believe in Jesus as Savior before the Rapture, you will be left behind after the Rapture to take your chances with the Antichrist and the world of his oppression. Your chances of survival will be less that 50/50, and most of those who will survive will be forced to join the new Satanic world economic system. But beware, the Bible says that joining that economic system (called the Mark of the Beast) will involve aligning yourself with the Antichrist, which will erase any chance you have to come to salvation.

But there is hope! Now, before the Rapture, you can believe on Jesus and become a Child of God. And even after the Rapture, you will have an opportunity to become a Tribulation Saint, enduring plagues and persecution, and probably being beheaded for the testimony of Christ.

The Imminent Gathering

Clearly, the Bible teaches us to expect Him at any moment. This is called the Doctrine of Imminency: it is next on the program and may take place very soon.

(The word “imminent” should not be confused with “immanent,” which, in theological contexts, means that God is not only transcendent, or far above us, but that He is always with us and active on our behalf. Nor should it be confused with “eminent,” which is a title of honor reserved for persons of outstanding distinction.)

Imminency expresses hope and a warm spirit of expectancy, 3 which should result in a victorious and purified life. 4 Believers are taught to expect the Savior from heaven at any moment. 5

Paul seemed to include himself among those who looked for Christ’s return. 6 Timothy was admonished to “keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 7 Jewish converts were reminded that “yet a little while, and He that shall come will come, and will not tarry.” 8

Some have concluded that the expectation of some were so strong they had stopped work and had to be exhorted to return to their jobs, 9 and have patience. 10

Two Events?

There are many that hold to the view that emerged in the Medieval church (Catholic and Protestant) that the “Second Coming” of Christ and the “Rapture” are somehow the same. Yet there seems to be a number of indications that these are distinct and separate.

In contrast to the imminent gathering of His church, there are numerous passages that deal with precedent events which must transpire prior to the “Second Coming” to establish His kingdom on the earth. Some of the passages referring to the Rapture and the Second Coming are summarized at the the table below.

Rapture

Second Coming

John 14:1-3

Dan 2:44-45

Rom 8:19

Dan 7:9-14

1 Cor 1:7-8

Dan 12:1-3

1 Cor 15:1-53

Zech 14:1-15

1 Cor 16:22

Matt 13:41

Phil 3:20-21

Matt 24:15-31

Col 3:4

Matt 26:64

1 Thess 1:10

Mark 13:14-27

1 Thess 2:19

Mark 14:62

1 Thess 4:13-18

Luke 21:25-28

1 Thess 5:9

Acts 1:9-11

1 Thess 5:23

Acts 3:19-21

2 Thess 2:1-3

1 Thess 3:13

1 Tim 6:14

2 Thess 1:6-10

2 Tim 4:1

2 Thess 2:8

Titus 2:13

2 Peter 3:1-14

Heb 9:28

Jude 1:14-15

James 5:7-9

Rev 1:7

1 Peter 1:7, 13

Rev 19:11-20:6

1 John 2:28-3:2

Rev 22:7, 12, 20

Jude 1:21

Rev 2:25

Rev 3:10

Why So Many Views?

There are, of course, many differing views, especially regarding matters of eschatology – the study of “last things.” This diversity derives from several factors: the disciplines associated with hermeneutics – the theory of interpretation – as well as the need to integrate an understanding of the entirety of God’s revealed plan of redemption: “the whole counsel of God.”

The need to relate the various elements of end-time events, such as the Great Tribulation, the events surrounding the Seventieth Week of Daniel, the Millennium, and other related issues, requires precise definitions and diligent study. We will address many of these in our subsequent articles in the hopes that they will prove helpful in understanding these issues and assisting you in formulating your own views regarding these challenges. (We will discover that some of the principal controversies are more an issue of ecclesiology than eschatology! But more of this next time.)

These are not “peripheral” issues (as they may have seemed in the past). We believe we are being plunged into a period of time about which the Bible says more than it does about any other period of human history-including the time that Jesus walked the shore of the Sea of Galilee and climbed the mountains of Judea! It is the most exciting time to be alive! But if we are to be diligent stewards, we need to carefully revise our priorities to match His!

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