The word ‘rapture’ is not in the Bible but the word ‘caught up’ which the Bible mentioned in verse 17 of 1 Thessalonians 4 is from the Greek word harpazo which is translated into ‘rapture’. Harpazo means to seize by force/snatch up; to catch in an ecstasy; caught up.
There is an individual dimension to going with the rapture. You will have to make up your mind if you would be going. If the rapture takes place today, you should be up there and not be looking around here. Our text, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12, refers to the coming of Jesus (which is the Second Advent) and our gathering together unto Him (this is the rapture of the Church).
The rapture is when Jesus will come for His bride, the Church, which is those people who are ready, waiting, looking, and expecting Him to come. The Second Advent is when Jesus will come with His bride for Israel. Understand that and don’t mix them. It will be separated by a period of seven years. When the rapture takes place, everyone should know that seven years from that time, Jesus will come back physically. We must teach everything that has to do with the Second Coming of Christ in case some people are careless and miss the rapture.
During those seven years, everyone that missed the rapture will have to live by their energy and not on the grace of God, to keep themselves from accepting the mark of the anti-Christ. If you miss the rapture, you should know that Jesus will come seven years after the rapture, but before then you must make sure you don’t accept the mark of the anti-Christ. The people that will be saved after the rapture will be saved by their blood because the Blood of Jesus is available for salvation only before the rapture.
PRAYER: Help me Lord to live out each day of my life rapture-ready in Jesus’ name. Amen!
BIBLE IN A YEAR: 2 Samuel 20:14-21:22; Acts 1:1-26; Psalm 121:1-8; Proverbs 16:18
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