Sign #20:  The Rapture of the Church

Sign #20

The Rapture of the Church

Matthew 24:30-31 (NIV)
30 "At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory.

31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

1 Corinthians 15:51-52 (NIV)
51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed--  52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

What it looks like

The Bible describes this moment as a gathering of a Great Multitude of saints from all tribes, tongues, and nations that "come out of the Great Tribulation." This Great Multitude is comprised of all believers who will arrive in heaven as a group, marking the end of the Great Tribulation. With a great trumpet call, God will send His angels to gather His elect, whether they are living or dead.

Matthew 24:29-31, as well as in other places within the New Testament, Jesus revealed about 2000 years ago that he will return in the future to judge the living and the dead. This is a core Christian belief that is reflected in the Apostles' Creed, which is a summary of Christian beliefs that was written many centuries ago. The Apostles' Creed is recited by Christians during Christian worship services.

I hope I am wrong, but based upon my studies of the Scriptures for over 35 years, I do not believe the Church will be spared the suffering of the Great Tribulation. In fact, I believe it is our destiny. During the Great Tribulation, the Church will remain God’s faithful witness to Jesus Christ and the saving power of His blood. We will persevere as the power of our testimony is demonstrated through our filling and total dependence upon the Holy Spirit. The Rapture of the Church will be one of the last signs indicating Jesus’ return and kingdom are about to take hold.

Current Status

NOT FULFILLED

 

See Prophecy Sign #1

George Eldon Ladd, in his 1956 classic The Blessed Hope explains, "Redemption is not completed until we are delivered from the very effects of sin in our mortal bodies.  The Biblical doctrine of the resurrection is a redemptive truth: it means salvation of the body.  This salvation will be realized only by the second coming of Christ... God will not permit Satan to exercise his power in human history forever.  Man will not destroy himself from the face of the earth, nor will this planet become a cold, lifeless star.  The day is surely coming when the knowledge of God shall cover the earth as the waters cover the sea, when peace and righteousness shall prevail instead of war and evil.  The day is surely coming when God will take the reigns of government into His hands and the kingdom of God will comeon earth and His will be done even as it is in heaven.  This glorious destiny for man will be achieved only by the personal, visible, glorious return of Christ.  He is destined to be Lord of lords and King of kings.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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