THE RAPTURE

“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;” Titus 2:13

THE BIBLE SAYS…

1 THESSALONIANS 4:13-18

“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”

ACT 1:9-11

“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 stedfastly 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.”

THEREFORE…

WE BELIEVE THAT BEFORE HE ESTABLISHES HIS KINGDOM ON EARTH, JESUS WILL COME FOR HIS CHURCH, AN EVENT COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS “THE RAPTURE.”: At that time the dead in Christ will be raised and living Christians will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air and be with Him forever.

“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 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. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.” 1 Corinthians 15:51-54

WE UNDERSTAND THAT IN THIS RESURRECTION, THOSE WHO HAVE DIED IN CHRIST WILL HAVE THEIR REDEEMED SOULS AND SPIRITS UNITED WITH A BODY SIMILAR TO CHRIST’S GLORIFIED BODY: Christians living at the time of this great event will not die, but will be changed, in the twinkling of an eye, to be like Christ.

“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” 1 John 3:2

WE RECOGNIZE THAT THIS EXPECTATION IS MOTIVATION FOR HOLY LIVING: It is also a source of great comfort.

“And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.” 1 John 2:28 

WE UNDERSTAND THAT THIS GLORIOUS EVENT COULD OCCUR AT ANY TIME: Therefore, we are watchful!

“But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” Matthew 24:36

WE BELIEVE THAT AFTER THE RAPTURE, CHRISTIANS WILL BE BROUGHT BEFORE THE JUDGEMENT SEAT OF CHRIST: He will judge our works, not our salvation.

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”  2 Corinthians 5:10

WE BELIEVE THAT THE RAPTURE WILL INAUGURATE A PERIOD CALLED “THE GREAT TRIBULATION”: This will be a time of unprecedented difficulty for the world.

“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” Matthew 24:21