Christ is Coming Again
I Thessalonians 4:13
Concerning prophecy, Jim Boyce said that a lot of times people are either afraid of it, or they feel that they’ve got a corner on it and therefore have something over other people. Prophecy is a wonderful thing, but I think it’s both sides of the sword. I believe there’s a sense of bitter-sweetness in knowing future events. The Apostle John found such an experience in his own life in Revelation 10:6 when the angel spoke to him.
I. A Clear Prophecy
You see, to understand and to begin to get into your heart those things which are to come, as far as this world and eternity is concerned, is to a Christian a sense of joy, and at the same time a sense of awe. We, as evangelical Christians, believe that Jesus Christ is coming again. We believe in the Rapture of the Church. We believe in the battle called Armageddon. We believe in the millennium. We believe in the Great White Throne Judgment. These are very, very sacred to the Christian.
Now I want to preach a message spelling out just one of these events. There are several of these, and as I preach through the Book of Revelation at a later time we will deal with each of these events in themselves. I want to bring a message on the first of those future events called the Rapture of the Church. In I Thessalonians 4, we see, first of all, a clear prophecy about this event called the Rapture. Now let’s understand what that is. It is described in other places in the New Testament. In Titus 2:13, Paul said, “Looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus; who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His own possession.”
Now if you are looking for the word, rapture, in the New Testament, you are not going to find it, because that word is not found there anywhere. We get the word “rapture” from the passage where it says the Christian sha ...
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