End Times - Rapture


19/07/2006
There is some division in the Christian world about the rapture being Pre-, Mid- or Post-Tribulation and I just wanted your thoughts on that. Is there a quick nutshell answer?

I have one. I think that based on 1 Thessalonians chapter 4 and based on the first four chapters of the book of Revelation, I believe that it is as clear as it can be that the church, the body of Christ, those that are truly believers are raptured or caught away, caught up with Jesus and meeting Him in the air before the full tribulation of Satan and the antichrist manifests in the earth. Now, there is tribulation in the earth right now. Jesus said, “In this world, you’re going to have tribulation.”

But the tribulation that is going to be unleashed is written about in 1 Thessalonians and 2 Thessalonians where the Bible says that He that restrains the man of lawlessness is going to be removed and that’s when the man of lawlessness is going to be fully revealed in the earth. And who is that man, or who is that person that is taken away so that the man of lawlessness can be revealed? That person that is restraining that man of lawlessness right now is the body of Christ. Because the Bible says that we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world and the gates of hell cannot prevail against the church.

So as long as the Christians, the church, are in the earth, then the antichrist cannot fully reveal himself because we are the restraining force of the antichrist, preventing him from fully manifesting himself. When we are removed, he fully manifests himself. So, built into the system is an inability for the antichrist to fully reveal himself until the body of Christ is removed from the earth according to 1 Thessalonians and 2 Thessalonians.


End Times - Rapture


13/04/2006
How do we get ready for the rapture?

Jesus said, “Watch and pray so that you will be ready when the Son of Man returns.” So the first thing that we need to do is we need to be watchful. We need to be opening our eyes and expecting His return.
Secondly, we need to be praying, praying for others, praying for people’s salvation, praying for the grace of God to touch the lives of other people.

Thirdly, the Bible says in 1 John chapter 3 that we need to long for His coming. And as we long for His coming and desire His coming, we will purify ourselves just as He is pure. So you will experience purity as you pursue a love for the Lord’s return and an expectation for the Lord’s return.

Another thing we need to do as we get ready for the rapture is we need to tell others about Jesus. We need to preach the gospel to our loved ones, our friends, our neighbors and get them to hear the gospel.

I think those are the things. We need to be watchful; we need to pray; we need to be expecting; we need to love and look forward to His return and we need to be sharing our faith with others. And those are the best ways that I could tell you how to be ready for the rapture.

Jesus also in Luke chapter 17, “When the Son of Man returns, will He find faith in the earth?” So, I would encourage you to make sure that you build up your faith because that’s what He’s looking for when He returns; for us to have faith, confidence in His Word and for us to also share our faith in the Lord with others around us. And that’s the best way to get ready for the rapture.