“The Order Of Coming Events” Part 1

Posted: February 7, 2014 in Bible Prophecy, Crowns, Hell, Rapture, Resurrection, Salvation

As Jesus predicted, many false teachers, using an allegorical method* to interpret the Scriptures, and especially Bible prophecy, have caused a great deal of confusion in the minds of many people. Other “Bible teachers” tell their people to ignore the subject even though over one fourth of the Scriptures were prophetic in nature at the time of their writing. Using the normal rules of interpretation (literal, historical, grammatical), we come up with the following order of things to come.

Rapture.  It’s true, the word “Rapture” isn’t to be found in the Scriptures. This word is taken from a Latin word that conveys the idea of one’s being taken by force from one location to another. The Apostle Paul used the words “‘caught up’ together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air” to convey this idea to us (1 Thessalonians 4:17). This event is –

Sure.  It is the “word of the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:15). Our Lord first referred to this event on the night of His betrayal by Judas (John 14:2, 3). His disciples were disturbed by His announcement that He would be leaving them for awhile. But He assured them that He would come back for them. If Jesus doesn’t come back with the same resurrected, glorified body, He is a liar and unworthy of our trust. Jesus is the only way to God, the absolute truth, and the One who gives eternal life to those who place their faith in Him alone for their deliverance from hell to heaven (John 14:6). Those who don’t believe in the bodily resurrection of Christ and His return in the flesh are Antichrists (2 John 1:7). His glorified, resurrection body had/has flesh and bones but no blood (Luke 24:39; 1 Corinthians 15:50). All true Christians will receive one like His at the Rapture (1 John 3:2). But we will not become gods.

Sudden.  In the Apostle Paul’s letter to the believers in Corinth, he told them that he was unveiling to them a mystery (1 Corinthians 15:51) that was hidden in the Old Testament times but is now revealed to us in the New Testament (Romans 16:25, 26). This event will take place “in the twinkling of an eye” (1 Corinthians 15:52). Obviously it is a miracle that circumvents the normal laws of nature. Since God made the laws, He can change them whenever He wants to do so. While He was here on earth, Jesus performed many sign miracles to prove that He was/is God manifested in human flesh (John 20:31; 1:1-18).

Silent.  One might have difficulty accepting this fact since it comes with a shout, the voice of an archangel, and the trumpet of God (1 Thessalonians 4:16; 1 Corinthians 15:52). The shout seems to be directed toward the dead New Testament believers and will be heard by them. This may be illustrated by the Lord’s shout specifically to Lazarus to come forth from the tomb when he was resuscitated from the dead (John 11:43). The other dead people in the vicinity didn’t hear the Lord’s shout. We believe that Michael, the archangel instructs the fallen angels to step aside as the saints pass from earth to heaven. The trumpet of God seems to be directed toward living New Testament believers instructing them to come up from earth to heaven. This trumpet is not to be confused with the trumpets in the book of Revelation. We believe that the unsaved people, who are left behind at the Rapture, won’t hear these things but they will soon recognize that many Christians are no longer around.

Selective.  There are five orders of resurrections mentioned in the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:22-24; Revelation 11:11). The resurrection that takes place at the Rapture will involve only New Testament believers (the true Church) that began of the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) and will be complete at the time of the Rapture (John 6:37). These believers are said to be “in Christ” (1 Thessalonians 4:16). When a sinner believes on the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior today, he is immediately taken out of the devil’s family and domain (Colossians 1:13; 1 John 3:10) and placed into the “Body of Christ” by the baptizing work of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:12, 13). Christians who are alive when this event takes place will be transformed instantly and will be given bodies like Christ’s resurrected, glorified body (1 Thessalonians 4:17; 1 John 3:2).

Satisfying.  This New Testament truth concerning the Rapture can be a source of great comfort to those who fear death (1 Thessalonians 4:18). When the devil held the keys of death the Old Testament, people feared death (Hebrews 2:14). But when Christ rose from the dead and ascended back to heaven, He took those keys from Satan (Revelation 1:18). Jesus is the One who determines the timing of our physical deaths (1 Thessalonians 4:14).

Sanctifying.  Do you know that you have potential years and actual years (James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16)? A Christian can hasten his physical death by habitual sin (1 Corinthians 11:30). But those who love the Lord and His imminent return will purify themselves (1 John 3:2) and will also receive the crown of life (James 1:12) and the crown of righteousness (2 Timothy 4:8) on judgment day (1 Corinthians 3:12-15).

Savior.  You could know and accept the facts of the Gospel that Christ died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day from the dead and still not go to heaven (1 Corinthians 15:2-4). Many people believe in vain by trying to add good works to their faith while hoping to earn their own way to heaven. It can’t be done lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). We must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone for our deliverance from hell to heaven (Acts 16:31). Yes, heaven and hell are real according to Jesus (John 14:1-6; Matthew 25:41, 46). Unlike the fallen angels (demons), there is hope for human beings who are still living physically on this earth. Once you die, you can’t change your eternal destiny (Hebrews 9:27). If you need further help on how to be saved or need assurance of your salvation from the Scriptures, contact us at 805-238-3549 or visit our website www.kelseypeach.com.

*Regarding allegorical interpretation see http://www.gotquestions.org/preterist.html.

To be continued – “The Tribulation,” “The Second Coming,” “The Eternal State.”

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