"WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN JESUS COMES AGAIN?"
"Are You Ready For The Rapture?"
Revelation 4:1-2; I Thessalonians 4:13-18
September 17, 1989
A Review of Revelations 1-3
Key Verse is Revelation- 1:19
This week look with me to the 3rd part of Revelation 1:19 by examining Revelation 4:1-2
"After these things" - What things? (The church age - Rapture of church)
Jesus sees door open in heaven
Jesus said "Come up here" and I will show you what will take place "after these
John saw the throne and Jesus sitting on the throne!
I. RELEVANT QUESTIONS:
1. Where is the church? (Heaven or earth?)
(Explain different views of church/tribulation)
2. Will the church ever come back to this earth?
Yes, to reign with Jesus for 1,000 years.
3. What is the Rapture?
The word is not found in the English text but is orginated in a Greek word,
"arpazien", which is the snatching away of believers. Latin word is
"rapere", where we get our word rapture.
"Arpazein" implies violent action taking place that will benefit its object.
Since violent action is implied we believe the church will be taken up
before the major violent action begins known as the Tribulation.
4. When will the rapture occur?
Before the tribulation begins!
II. A REAL BIBLICAL VIEW OF WHAT WILL HAPPEN AT THE RAPTURE.
1. Jesus will raise the dead (I Thessalonians 4:13-14)
(4:13) "dead in Christ" - 'About those who sleep' a common expression for
death. Greek word "Koimomenon" is sleep which is where we get our
(Term suggests that for believers death is temporary)
(4:14) "God will bring with him tho ...
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