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The Tones of the Second Coming (9 of 17)
Series: Sign Posts on the Road to Armageddon
James O. Davis
I Thessalonians 4:16-18
This message is entitled, "The Tones or the Sounds of the Second Coming." Paul called the Rapture of the Church a Blessed Hope; it is so because Jesus is coming back for the Church. Every true child of God anticipates glory, not the grave. The old preacher, Alexander McClaring, used to say, "I'm not looking for a cleft in the ground called the grave, but a cleavage in the sky called glory." I want you to understand that Jesus is literally, not figuratively, getting ready to come back for the Church. The great hope of the Church is that Christ will come and rapture us to heaven before death intervenes. However, if death comes first, then we shall be resurrected and given glorified bodies like Jesus on the day He does return.
There are two future comings of Jesus mentioned in the Bible. The first coming will be to meet the saints in the air; the next one will be with the saints to rule on the earth. One is called the "Rapture" and the other is called the "Return." His first coming in the air is to catch away the saints into heaven. Seven years later, He will return with the saints to set up His millennial rule upon this earth.
In verse 16, Paul launches a discussion on what we call the "Rapture". Now, the word "Rapture" is not found in the Bible. Nor are words like "Trinity" and "Millennium." But, the concepts are taught in the Word of God. The Trinity God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are all identified together at certain instances in the Bible. And several times, the thousand-year period is referred to in the Book of Revelation. The actual words may not appear, but their concepts are taught in the Bible.
The word "Rapture" is not there, but the word "perusia" is, which means "to literally snatch away," "to catch up," "to come down and remove forcefully" those who are ready to meet the Lord in the air. The r ...
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