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THE APOSTLE PAUL TO THE THESSALONIANS. MOST PEOPLE ARE NOT EXPECTING JESUS AT ANY MOMENT, ARE YOU?. PAUL’S STEP-BY-STEP DESCRIPTION OF THE RAPTURE. FIRST, THE “LORD HIMSELF, ” WILL RETURN FOR HIS CHURCH. HE WILL NOT SEND ANGELS FOR IT.

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PAUL’S STEP-BY-STEP DESCRIPTION OF THE RAPTURE.

    • FIRST, THE “LORD HIMSELF,” WILL RETURN FOR HIS CHURCH.
      • HE WILL NOT SEND ANGELS FOR IT.
      • THIS IS NOT THE GATHERING OF THE ELECT THAT TAKES PLACE IN MARK 13.

“AND THEN SHALL THEY SEE THE SON OF MAN COMING IN THE CLOUDS WITH GREAT POWER AND GLORY. AND THEN SHALL HE SEND HIS ANGELS, AND SHALL GATHER TOGETHER HIS ELECT FROM THE FOUR WINDS, FROM THE UTTERMOST PART OF THE EARTH TO THE UTTERMOST PART OF HEAVEN.“ (MARK 13:26-27)

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SECOND, JESUS “WILL DESCEND FROM HEAVEN,” WHERE HE HAS BEEN SINCE HIS ASCENSION.

  • “AND WHEN HE HAD SPOKEN THESE THINGS, WHILE THEY BEHELD, HE WAS TAKEN UP; AND A CLOUD RECEIVED HIM OUT OF THEIR SIGHT.

AND WHILE THEY LOOKED STEADFASTLY TOWARD HEAVEN AS HE WENT UP, BEHOLD, TWO MEN STOOD BY THEM IN WHITE APPAREL;

WHICH ALSO SAID, YE MEN OF GALILEE, WHY STAND YE GAZING UP INTO HEAVEN? THIS SAME JESUS, WHICH IS TAKEN UP FROM YOU INTO HEAVEN, SHALL SO COME IN LIKE MANNER AS YE HAVE SEEN HIM GO INTO HEAVEN.“ (ACTS 1:9-11)

“WHEN HE HAD MADE PURIFICATION OF SINS, HE SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE MAJESTY ON HIGH.” (HEB. 1:3)

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THIRD, WHEN JESUS COMES DOWN FROM HEAVEN, HE WILL DO SO “WITH A SHOUT.”

    • THE GREEK WORD HAS A MILITARY RING TO IT, i.e., A COMMANDER CALLING HIS TROOPS TO FALL IN.
    • IT WILL BE SIMILAR TO THE RAISING OF LAZARUS,

“AND WHEN HE THUS HAD SPOKEN, HE CRIED WITH A LOUD VOICE, ‘LAZARUS, COME FORTH.”

(JOHN 11:43)

    • THIS IS THE HOUR SPOKEN OF IN JOHN 5:25,

“TRULY, TRULY, I SAY UNTO YOU, THE HOUR IS COMING AND NOW IS, WHEN THE DEAD SHALL HEAR THE VOICE OF THE SON OF GOD: AND THEY THAT HEAR SHALL LIVE.” (JOHN 5:25)

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FOURTH, “THE VOICE OF THE ARCHANGEL” WILL SOUND.

    • SCRIPTURE DOES NOT IDENTIFY WHO THE ARCHANGEL IS.
    • THE ONLY OTHER PASSAGE IN SCRIPTURE THAT MENTIONS AN ARCHANGEL IS JUDE 9,

“YET MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL, WHEN CONTENDING WITH THE DEVIL HE DISPUTED ABOUT THE BODY OF MOSES, DURST NOT BRING AGAINST HIM A RAILING ACCUSATION, BUT SAID, THE LORD REBUKE THEE.” (JUDE 9)

  • FIFTH, TO THE LORD’S COMMAND AND THE ARCHANGEL’S VOICE WILL BE ADDED THE SOUNDING OF “THE TRUMPET OF GOD.”

“IN A MOMENT, IN THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE, AT THE LAST TRUMP: FOR THE TRUMPET SHALL SOUND, AND THE DEAD SHALL BE RAISED INCORRUPTIBLE, AND WE SHALL BE CHANGED.” (1 COR. 15:52)

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SIXTH, “THE DEAD IN CHRIST WILL RISE FIRST.

    • THE “DEAD” SAINTS WILL NOT BE INFERIOR TO THOSE ALIVE AT THE RAPTURE.
    • IN FACT, THEY “WILL RISE FIRST,” THEIR GLORIFIED BODIES JOINING WITH THEIR GLORIFIED SPIRITS TO MAKE THEM INTO THE IMAGE OF CHRIST.

“WE KNOW THAT WHEN HE APPEARS, WE WILL BE LIKE HIM, BECAUSE WE WILL SEE HIM JUST AS HE IS.” (1 JOHN 3:2)

    • THOSE WHO WERE “IN CHRIST” IN LIFE WILL BE SO IN DEATH; DEATH CANNOT SEPARATE BELIEVERS FROM GOD.

“FOR I AM PERSUADED, THAT NEITHER DEATH, NOR LIFE, NOR ANGELS, NOR PRINCIPALITES, NOR POWERS, NOR THINGS PRESENT, NOR THINGS TO COME, NOR HEIGHT, NOR DEPTH, NOR ANY OTHER CREATURE, SHALL BE ABLE TO SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF GOD , WHICH IS IN CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD.” (ROM. 8:38-39)

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FINALLY, THOSE BELIEVERS “WHO ARE ALIVE AND REMAIN WILL BE CAUGHT UP TOGETHER” WITH THE DEAD SAINTS “IN THE CLOUDS TO MEET THE LORD IN THE AIR, AND SO WE SHALL ALWAYS BE WITH THE LORD.

    • RAPTURE ‘HARPAZO’ “CAUGHT UP”.
    • IT IS WHEN LIVING BELIEVERS ARE “CAUGHT UP” THAT THEY ARE TRANSFORMED AND RECEIVE THEIR GLORIFIED BODIES.

“WHO (JESUS) SHALL CHANGE OUR VILE BODY, THAT IT MAY BE FASHIONED LIKE UNTO HIS GLORIOUS BODY, ACCORDING TO THE WORKING WHEREBY HE IS ABLE EVEN TO SUBDUE ALL THINGS UNTO HIMSELF.” (PHIL. 3:21)

    • BELIEVERS WILL ALL BE CHANGED,

“IN A MOMENT, IN THE TWINKLIING OF AN EYE.

(1 COR. 15:52)

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SECOND COMING CONFUSION:

    • THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST WILL OCCUR IN TWO PHASES.
    • PHASE 1 IS THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH WHICH TAKES PLACE BEFORE THE TRIBULATION PERIOD. (PRETRIBULATION RAPTURE)
    • PHASE 2 IS THE REVELATION OF CHRIST WHICH COMES AT THE END OF THE TRIBULATION PERIOD.
    • THESE TWO EVENTS ARE SEPARATED BY SEVEN YEARS.
    • THE RAPTURE INCLUDES THE SUDDEN AND SUPERNATURAL TRANSFORMATION OF ALL LIVING BELIEVERS AND THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD IN CHRIST.
    • THE REVELATION OF CHIRST IS EXCLUSIVELY A RESURRECTION OF ALL THE SAINTS WHO DIED DURING THE OLD TESTAMENT AND THE TRIBULATION PERIOD.
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THE RAPTURE COULD TAKE PLACE AT ANY MOMENT. (IMMINENT)

  • THE REVELATION OF CHRIST CAN ONLY TAKE PLACE AT THE END OF THE TRIBULATION PERIOD.
  • THE CHURCH IS THE ONLY BODY OF THE SAVED WHO WILL EXPERIENCE TRANSLATION/TRANSFORMATION. (1 THESS. 4:17; JOHN 14:1-3)
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FIRST COMING

  • VIRGIN BIRTH
  • LIFE & MINISTRY
  • DEATH
  • RESURRECTION
  • ASCENSION
  • SECOND COMING
  • RAPTURE
  • RESURRECTION OF CHURCH SAINTS (1 THESS. 4:15-16)
  • TRANSLATION OF CHURCH
  • (1 COR. 15:52-55)
  • JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST
  • (2 COR. 5:10)
  • MARRIAGE WITH THE LAMB (REV. 19:1, 7-8)
  • TRIBULATION
  • ANTICHRIST (2 THESS. 2:6-8)
  • TREATY WITH JEWS
  • (JOHN 5:43)
  • WORLDWIDE PERSECUTION (REV. 11:7)
  • SALVATION OF MILLIONS
  • (REV. 7:9-17)
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SECOND COMING (CON’T)

  • REVELATION OF CHRIST
  • ARMAGEDDON
  • (REV. 16:16)
  • RESURRECTION OF OT SAINTS (REV. 20:6)
  • RESURRECTION OF TRIBULATION SAINTS (REV. 6:9-11)
  • JUDGMENT OF ISRAEL (MATT. 24:31) & GENTILES (REV. 19:11-21)
  • USHERING IN OF MILLENNIAL KINGDOM (MATT. 24:30; 25:31)