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Beyond Today Is the Rapture Real
Gary Are you a Christian who believes thatJesus is going to save you from a time of horrendous global troubleé Are you waitingfor Him to whisk you away into heaven in what is called the Raptureé You imagine pilotless airplanes plummetingto earth. empty cars crashing into each other. and those quot;left behindquot; anxiouslysearching for their loved ones who disappeared. Preachers, books and movies teach this! But,is it even biblicalé How devastated would you be when you and otherChristians aren't rapturedé That could undermine your entire faith and belief in God. So, weneed to ask: What does the Bible actually
teach about the raptureé You know, the Bible does teach of a futuretime when supernatural trumpets will announce God's intervention in human history. Do youexpect to hear the blast of a trumpet and immediately rise to meet Jesus in the cloudsé Well, today we'll explore four biblical passagesto see if the Bible can actually answer the question, quot;Is the Rapture Realéquot; Announcer Join our host Gary Petty, andhis guests, as they help you understand your future on Beyond Today!
Gary Many Christians believe that we arefast approaching a time of massive war, disease epidemics and natural calamities. Now, someChristians believe that they will be saved from these worldwide calamities by what iscalled the quot;Rapture.quot; The rapture is the teaching that Christ comes to take away Christiansinto the clouds before the prophetic time of the Great Tribulation. The book of Revelation tells of a time whenseven angels will blast seven trumpets, each one heralding great events during the timeleading to the return of Jesus Christ as King of Kings.
A careful study of these seven trumpets showsthat the preTribulation rapture teaching is based on a misunderstanding of these prophecies.There are few who are Christian who believe in the rapture. About this time, I know whatyou're saying: quot;I know this guy is wrong. I mean the rapture is mentioned in the Bibleby the apostle Paul in 1 Thessalonians.quot; Well, we're going to explore that passage,along with three other biblical passages that concern the return of Jesus Christ, and whatthe Bible actually teaches. Now if you are waiting for the return of JesusChrist, then what we're discussing today is very important in helping you understand God'splan of salvation. Don't be devastated when
you and other Christians aren't raptured.Don't let an unbiblical teaching undermine your entire faith and belief in God. Okay. So let's begin by turning to 1 Thessalonians4. And here the apostle Paul writes to the first century church in Thessalonica. He wrote: quot;But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren,concerning those who have fallen asleep.quot; Now, in the Bible you're going to find bothin the Old Testament and in the New Testament, especially in the writings of Jesus and Paul,where what we have is death described as sleep. So he is talking about people who have died.
He says: quot;.lest you sorrow as others whohave no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bringwith Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, thatwe who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lordquot;â€”Okay, those who are alive atChrist's comingâ€”quot; will by no means precedequot;â€”or have some kind of benefit overâ€”quot;those whoare asleepquot;â€”or dead. quot;For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, withthe voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God.quot; And listen to this next statement, becausewe are going to come back to it: quot;And the
1 Thessalonians 5 Bible Study on the Tribulation Rapture and End Times
1 Thessalonians chapter 5 verse number 1,the Bible reads, quot;But of the times and the seasons brethren, you have no need that Iwrite unto you, for yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thiefin the night.quot; When we look at this verse, it's obvious that we're continuing somethingthat was just being spoken, because it says, quot;But at the times and the seasons brethren,you have no need that I write unto you,quot; and the obvious question is, the times and theseasons of whaté What are we talking abouté If you remember, we just finished up in 1Thessalonians chapter 4 with the run down of Jesus Christ coming in the clouds and allthe believers being caught up together in
the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, whatis commonly known as the rapture. In fact 1 Thessalonians chapter 4 is the most famousrapture passage that people would point to as being they clearest description of thetrumpet sounding, quot;The dead in Christ rise first, and we which are alive and remain shallbe caught up together with them in the clouds.quot; Look at the end of verse 17 there. quot;To meetthe Lord in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Therefore, comfort one anotherwith these words, but .quot; You see that at the beginning of chapter five. That's whatwe're connected to. quot;Comfort one another with these words, but of the time and the seasonsbrethren, you have no need that I write unto
you.quot;So, the times and the seasons of whaté The times and the seasons of when the rapturewill take place. The times and the seasons of Jesus Christ coming in the clouds and thetrumpet sounding. He says, quot;Of the times and the seasons brethren, you have no need thatI write unto you, for yourself know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thiefof the night.quot; This sentence only makes sense if the day of the Lord and the rapture areboth happening at the same time. If those two things had different timing, then thiswould make absolutely no sense for God to say, quot;Here's what's going to happen at therapture, but of the times and the seasons
brethren, you have no need that in write untoyou, because let me tell you about a totally unrelated event and when it's going to happen.quot;That wouldn't really make any sense, would itéObviously this is a continuation. He describes rapture, and here's the thing. In chapter4, there is no discussion of the timing, because it's all just a discussion of where your departedloved ones are, and how they are going to be brought with Christ, and how we're goingto be caught up together with them. There's no timing given. In Chapter 5, he gets intothe timing and he says, quot;You don't need me to write it to you, because you already knowthe timing.quot; You already know that the day
of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.Verse three, quot;For when .quot; When has to do with the timing, quot;when they shall say peaceand safety then sudden destruction cometh upon them as travail upon a woman with childand they shall not escape, but you brethren are not in darkness that that day should overtakeyou as a thief.quot; So, this day is clearly bad for some peopleand good for others. For those that are not saved, he said it's going to come upon themas a thief in the night, and it's going to be sudden destruction coming upon them, buthe says unto us, we're not in darkness that that day should overtake us as a thief. So,Christ is not coming as a thief in the night
to those that are saved. He is coming as athief in the night to the unsaved. Notice when he says here, that that day should overtakeyou as a thief. Notice, he doesn't say, quot;You're not even going to be here for that day, you'realready going to be gone.quot; He doesn't say that, does heé No. He just says, it's notgoing to take you as a thief because you are of the light. You are awake. You see thiscoming, and we'll get in to that a little bit later, but what I want to point out hereis that the timing of the rapture is the same timing as the timing of the day of the Lord,and the day of the Lord is a major event that the Bible talks a lot about in both the OldTestament and the New Testament.