The Last Days Part II
By: Woody Godbey
Believe it or not, there are people who still ask what the rapture is. I will take today and next week to answer that question. According to the Bible, there is a generation that will not see death (Mark 13:30). Instead, they will be caught up, removed from the earth. And that my friends are what is known as the rapture of the church. This morning I am going to give you some Scripture to ponder on and tomorrow I will continue with more detail.
"Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep (die), but we shall be changed (at the rapture) in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed" (1 Corinthians 15:51–52).
We will be "caught up."
The passage 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18 is full of wonderful hope and promise: "Then we who are alive and who remain shall be caught up together with them (those Christians who have died) in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord" (1 Thessalonians 4:17) Matthew 24 has more to say, "Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and the other left. Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming" (Matthew 24:40–42).
We will "meet the Lord. "The Greek word for "meet" carries the idea of meeting a royal person or a person of great importance. That is because when the Lord calls us to Himself, we will meet the King of kings. Before Jesus went to the cross, He told his disciples "In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, you may be also" (John 14:2–4). "Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure" (1 John 3:2–3).
I will continue the rapture next week. God Bless