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A Sneak Preview of the Rapture (1 of 8)
Series: A Sneak Preview of Coming Attractions
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1. A couple had their first baby. The time came when the father had to change his first diaper. Well, this new father dreaded it like the bubonic plague, but gritted his teeth, took a deep breath and took off the diaper. He breathed a huge sigh of relief when he found that it was not all that dirty. He said, ''This is not that bad.'' His wife looked at the diaper and then at her husband and said, ''If I were you, I wouldn't be too happy because that is just a sneak preview of coming attractions.''
2. For a few weeks I want to take a sneak preview of thinks to come. The opening verse of the Book of Revelation says, ''The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him, to shew unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass.''
3. It is those things that will come to pass that I want us to consider. As we stand on the threshold of a new millennium, there are many questions about what the future holds.
4. Over the past couple of years, we have heard much about the year 2000. We are constantly hearing about Y2K. There is something about the year 2000 that has made people wonder what the future holds.
5. Paul said in I Thessalonians 4:13, ''But I would not have you to be ignorant brethren.''
6. I heard about a preacher that was voted out of his Church and for his last sermon he chose this verse as his text and preached on the subject, ''I would not have you ignorant brethren.''
7. That's not quite what Paul said. Paul was stating that he wanted believers to have an understanding of things to come. When it came to the future, he did not want us to be ignorant or lack understanding.
8. The first coming attraction that we find on God's prophetic calendar is the ''Rapture.'' The word ''rapture'' is not found in the Bible, yet the concept is there.
9. Paul said in I Thessalonians 4:17 that believers will be ''cau ...
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