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Are you ready for the Rapture?
You may be hearing this question more frequently than usual lately. Why so?
First, let’s talk about what the Rapture is. The English word “rapture” as used in this instance comes from the Latin word “rapio” which means “to seize, snatch, or carry off; to be caught up or taken out of; to remove in spirit and/or in body from one place to another.” The Rapture of the Church means the removal of the church from earth to Heaven. In other words, the Rapture is the rescue of the Church from the realm of earth–where the wrath of God will be poured out during the Tribulation
–to the realm of Heaven where the Church will be safe and secure.
The Greek translation of the Latin word for rapture is harpazo, which means to snatch away or to take away. The Apostle Paul uses the word harpazo in 1 Thessalonians 4: 17 where he writes: “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.”
This same word harpazo is used in other places of the Bible as well. For example, in Acts 8: 39 when Holy Spirit “caught up” Philip near Gaza and brought him to Caesarea or in Paul’s recounting of his experience in “being caught tup to the third heaven” in 2 Corinthians 12: 2-4. So, in the case of 1 Thessalonians 4: 17, we can be sure that the word harpazo means the actual removal of born-again Christians from the earth to Heaven.
So, we are settled that when the Lord returns for His Church, if we are still on the earth, we who are born again will be removed from the earth and taken to Heaven.
That said, we need to ask ourselves why we must be ready to be removed and what we need to do to get ready.
The answer to the reason we must be ready to be removed from the earth at the time of the Rapture is simple: in order to escape the wrath to come. Paul describes this reason in 1 Thessalonians 1: 10: “…to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.”
There is a time of wrath coming upon the earth. It will be a time of the worst terror, suffering, persecution, and hardship the world has ever seen. It will occur under the brutal rule of the AntiChrist. Only those who have accepted Christ as their Savior and Lord will be spared from this wrath by being taken out of the earth by God Himself. All others will be left behind to experience this most horrific of times.
What about you? Are you ready for the Rapture? If not, you need to get ready right now. How do you get ready? By repenting of your sins and acknowledging that Jesus Christ is the Only One Who can save you. Receive Him now as Your Savior and Lord by praying this simple prayer:
Lord Jesus, I acknowledge that I am a sinner in need of Your mercy and grace. I choose to turn from my sin and to receive You now as my Savior and Lord. I want to live with You forever. Amen.
If you sincerely prayed this prayer from your heart, you are now born again and will be raptured with the rest of us who are born again. Now, tell others about what you have done and encourage them to do the same.
In my next few posts, I will be discussing more about the end-times and what we, as Christ-Followers, can expect. Meanwhile, I refer you to two videos recorded at the recent “Understanding the Times Prophecy Conference” hosted by Jan Markell of Olive Tree Ministries. These videos are not pleasant to watch, but we need to know the signs of the times as prophesied in the Scriptures in order to live and to minister in these last days. So, I urge you to watch them. WARNING: They are not for children!
Here are the links to the two videos:
“Home Invasion: The Rise of the Surveillance Society” by Eric Barger
“Artificial Intelligence and the Coming Apocalypse” by Pastor Billy Crone
Prayer for Today: Lord God, we thank You that through Christ, we can have eternal life. We praise You for the gift of salvation through Christ. Guide us as we share this truth with those whom You bring across our paths. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.
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