The Order Of End-time Events by Jesse Hendley

THE ORDER OF END TIME EVENTS
Jesse M. Hendley
Ephesians 3:11

God has a plan for this world. He is operating
according to plan, and neither devils nor man can
divert God from executing His plan. We read in
Ephesians 3:11, "According to the eternal purpose
which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord." More
literally, it says, "The purpose of the ages, which He
purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord." Right now, as you
read these words, God is on schedule. His train is
running on time, and nothing can delay or alter His
plan.

The Rapture of the Church

The next event in God's prophetic plan is the Rapture
of the Church. The word rapture is from the Latin
rapto, which means, "to take, seize, capture, take
away by force." It is the exact equivalent of the
Greek word harpazo, and it is used in 1 Thessalonians
4, where we read that we shall be "caught up" together
to meet the Lord in the air.

"For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a
shout, with the voice of the archangel and the trumpet
of God. And the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then
we who 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"
(vv.16-17).

One day every Christian will suddenly disappear from
the earth. We don't know the date nor the time when
this will occur. There are no specific signs for this
event. The Lord has warned us that it may happen at
any second. Before this day is over, the Lord Jesus
Christ may have come! The great preacher G. Campbell
Morgan used to keep on his desk the little motto:
PERHAPS TODAY. He believed that Jesus could come at
any time.

This is not the Second Coming. Rather, it is the
moment when the Lord descends into the air and the
first resurrection takes place. Our departed Christian
loved ones' bodies will come up out of the graves.
Jesus will reunite spirit, soul, and body, when we are
caught ...


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