Thursday, April 21, 2011

FHCO: Your Future in the Rapture (Part 4)

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Nathan Jones
Nathan Jones
Evangelist & Web Minister
Lamb & Lion Ministries


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Another great GodTube video that provides a visual example of what it might be like when the Rapture happens is "Everyday Life."

[See second video illustration in video above or on GodTube.]

The people were just doing everyday things, as the video is titled. What I particularly like about this wonderful Rapture video is the people's faces when they realize what is happening. Some of them look terrified like, "What is that?" Others, oh, they know what was happening. Isn't it amazing to think that when the Rapture finally happens it will be for some like, "Wow, finally, it is what I've been waiting for all this time!" And, for others, they will be puzzled and wonder, "What's going on?"


Other Resurrections

In previous segments we covered those people who will be resurrected at the Rapture — both the dead and alive in Christ who have lived from Jesus resurrection to the Rapture. But, what about the faithful from the Old Testament? Don't they deserve to be part of the Rapture? Well, the Bible reveals in Daniel 12:1-2 that those Old Testament people who by faith believed in God and then upon Jesus' death had His blood cover their sins, they will be resurrected at the end of the seven year Tribulation. And, for those who die believing in Jesus as their Savior during the Tribulation, they too will be resurrected at the end of the Tribulation.

The Church was created upon Jesus' Resurrection and covers all who accepted Christ up until the day He returns for the Rapture. The Rapture is for the Church alone.


Works While Waiting

We are told to do three things while we wait upon the Lord.

1) Be Watchful
The first is, as we wait on the Lord we need to be watchful. Over and over in scriptures we are told that we need to be watching for the appearance of the Lord. For instance, Jesus in Matthew 24:44 says, "So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you don't expect Him." Many are just not expecting Him. Or, later in Matthew 24:42, "Therefore keep watch because you don't know on what day the Lord will come." There are no signs preceding the Rapture to tell us when it will happen, so we have to be watchful.

Another passage that tells us to be watchful is Luke 12:35, "Be dressed ready for service, and keep you lamps burning." Isn't that neat, to be dressed for readiness? Do you all remember back in American History the Minutemen? They were the ones during the Revolutionary War when the British were coming could jump out of bed, get dressed, grab their guns, and be on the battlefield in just a minute.

Isn't it interesting Luke records to keep our lamps burning? Today, we keep the front porch light on when a guest is coming, or your wife is coming home from work, or your uncle is coming to visit, or someone really important. You keep the light on. You are anticipating that somebody is coming. That is what the Bible is sayings here. We need to be watchful. We need to keep an eye out and living expecting that our King will come at any moment.

2) Do Good Works
The second thing that the Lord tells us to do is to do good works. Ephesians 2:10 states, "For we are God's workmanship." We are God's creation. He created us. We were "created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do." Have you asked that age old question we hear all the time, "Why am I here? What is my purpose in life?" Isn't it great the Bible tells us what our purpose in life is? It says that while we are here during our brief little lifespan, we are to do good works which God already created for us to do. Somewhere out there before time God created me to tell you about the Rapture. This is one of the works that He has given for me to do, and I praise the Lord for it.

Also, 1 Corinthians 15:58 states, "Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord because you know that your labor is not in vain." The hard work we put into serving the Lord and sharing the Gospel with other people — it has a purpose. It's not for no reason. There is a reason for everything the Lord does and sets up, even if we cannot yet see the why or any fruit from our labors.

3) Have Hope
Third, this to me is the most important — we can have hope knowing that Jesus will catch us up, that He will rescue us, from the worst time in human history that is coming soon. While we wait for the blessed hope of the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, Titus 2:13 tells us, "Set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed." 1 Peter 1:13 states, "set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed." And, "We know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure," as 1 John 3:2-3 encourages.

We gain hope from the Rapture. We can have hope in God. Isn't that amazing? If you have accepted Jesus as your Savior, you are now a child of God. You are part of the big title "the Church," not an individual or a church building or a location, but a generational body of believers who are brothers and sisters in Christ and children of God.

Since you have hope in the Rapture, this means that you are going to beat death. You will avoid the horrors of the Tribulation to come by the Rapture and you will live forever in new bodies in Heaven in perfect love and fellowship with our Savior. Now, if that's not hope, I don't what is.


Grab Hope

So, I ask you, have you taken hold of that hope? Have you asked Jesus to be your Savior? Do you know that God loves you so much that He will rescue you from His wrath, that He will bring you to Heaven with Him, and that He cherishes and loves you? Because, He does. If you haven't accepted Jesus as your Savior, then what are you waiting for? You are probably waiting for something, but it is not worth waiting for, for you could die at any moment. Accept Jesus's gift of salvation and say, "Dear, Lord, please forgive me of my sins and be my Savior." You will be transformed inside and you will have a new life and a much better life to come.


4 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is the best invitation to Christ I have ever heard.

Child of God said...

wOOt, amen!

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Billy said...

Have a blessed Easter everyone!

Talia said...

Happy Easter!