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Are You Ready For The Rapture? (8 of 12)
Series: Living Ready, Vol. 1
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
If you have your Bible, please turn to 1st Thessalonians chapter 4. I want to speak to you tonight on this question: Are you ready for the rapture?
I heard a story about a little girl. Her name was Sarah Sugarbrown. And any time somebody at church would ask her her name, she always would tell them, ''I'm Mr. Sugarbrown's daughter.'' She was very proud of her dad and he was a prominent member of the church. And so people would ask her, ''What's your name, little girl?'' She'd say, ''Well, I'm Mr. Sugarbrown's daughter.'' Well, she would say that over and over. And her mother heard her one day and she said to her, ''Sarah,'' she said, ''why do you tell people „I'm Mr. Sugarbrown's daughter?' Don't do that anymore. You just tell them, „I'm Sarah Sugarbrown.''' And so next week at church, somebody saw her and they said, ''Hey, aren't you Mr. Sugarbrown's daughter?'' And she said, ''Well, I thought I was, but mother says no!'' (laughter).
There was a lot of confusion in that little girl's mind, also the peoples' mind. There's a lot of confusion when we talk about Bible prophecy, when we talk about things that the Bible says, things that are going to happen in the future.
Now I believe the next great prophetic event on God's prophetic calendar is the rapture of the church. It's the catching away of the saints. It comes in the clouds. We're going to read about that tonight in our study of 1st Thessalonians chapter 4. Now here's one of the reasons why there's a lot of confusion about it. Because, when the Bible talks about the Second Coming of Jesus, the Bible refers to two comings. Two comings that are part of this thing called the Second Coming. There is the secret coming that's phase one, and then there's the actual Second Coming. There is the return of the Lord in the clouds that we're going to read about in 1st Thessalonians chapter 4, and then the ...
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