JESUS WILL RETURN


THE RAPTURE OF CHRIST’S CHURCH

Below in the video “Are You Ready?” it gives you one scenario that might take place. This video depicts a church setting where believers are gathered during a sermon .. Hence the Rapture takes place ..    but not everyone is raptured. “Why?” you ask? The answer is, that not everyone was ready or prepared, so they were left behind.

(Please see related scripture near the bottom of this page)

CLICK ON THE BUTTON to the right, for a short Good Reading: “Left Behind”

(A testimony from the Webmaster)

In May 2004, I was sick in bed with pneumonia for 9 days. I stayed in bed like the doctor told me to, but had this consuming energy to do something, but wasn’t quite sure of what. I decided to take advantage of the down time away from work, and read a book that I had always wanted to read: Left Behind.** This book stirred something up in me to go on a quest searching through my Bible.
**NOTE: I am not trying to sell anyone on the Left Behind books (there is also a movie and sequels called the Left Behind Series) as it is fictional, but I, like many of you, have heard and wondered and became very curious about “The Rapture” of Christ’s faithful followers.

left behind book cover

Many believe that this day will come after certain events have taken place, some believe not at all in our lifetime. After much study, my own personal belief is that the Rapture will take place at the middle/end of the Great Tribulation, but definitely before the bowls of God’s wrath are poured out on all mankind. “The Great Tribulation” is an event referred to in the New Testament of the Bible in Revelation 7:15:  And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore, “they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them.”
After much searching through scripture and other media, there is one absolute conclusion I came to: That regardless of who is right and who is wrong about the Rapture**,  NO ONE should wait another moment to accept Jesus Christ or put it off until the “time is right” to tell your loved ones the Good News which is …

 

… That by one’s accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and by asking for forgiveness of their sins, the Gift of Salvation is there and waiting for them. No one knows the day or the time that our Lord Jesus will come to take up His Church. But wouldn’t you want your loved ones and yourself to be ready – whether it is in this lifetime or not? Whether we have to suffer through the tribulation or not? Why take the risk? Do you understand the risk of not accepting the Gift of Salvation? I will tell you: “YOU RUN AN ETERNAL RISK OF BEING SEPARATED FROM GOD FOREVER.” The Bible tells us that God is Love. Try and think of a world where no Love exists. Wouldn’t that be awful? So, in actuality, a world without God or the Holy Spirit, is a world without Guidance and Love. And being separated from God is like being lost and separated from Love.

When I was a baby, I was baptized and grew up in the Methodist Church. I was confirmed in the Lutheran Church at the age of 30 and then water-baptized in the Pentecostal Church at the age of 44. If you understand what I am saying about being separated from God, no matter what religion you are – but do not share this wisdom with your loved ones, you run the risk of THEM being separated from God FOREVER.  Please, I beg of you, open your heart to God and listen, and/or open your Bible and read His powerful Living Word.

 

MY READING SUGGESTIONS FOR NEW BELIEVERS:

FIRST: Study the book of John, then Romans and then Matthew. If you have trouble understanding the Bible, try reading the New International Version (NIV)

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Scripture Indicating the Return of Jesus Christ:

Matthew 24: 23-31 (NIV)
23 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect if that were possible. 25 See, I have told you ahead of time. 26 “So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the desert,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27 For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28 Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather. 29 “Immediately after the distress of those days ” ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 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.

 

Matthew 24: 36-44 (NIV)
The Day and Hour Unknown
36 “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
(Click here to view the entire chapter of Matthew 24)

1 Corinthians 15: 51-57 (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.
53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” 55 “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

(Click here to view the entire chapter of 1 Corinthians 15)

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (NIV)
Believers Who Have Died
13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.



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