by Jim Henry

Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L.B. McLeod Rd.
Orlando, FL 32805
Reprinted from Radio Program, "WE BELIEVE"
Program #42, CT #1821

Acts 15:13

As the church of the living God, we want to understand the building blocks
teat God ia using preparatory to the Rapture and the Second Coming. Now, the
way most of us understand the scripture, t-he Church will not be here for the
Second Coming. t will 5o0- bring a message on the Rapture and the scripture
references that deal with just that subject. It is important to understand that
as clearly as we possibly can, you see, because people have set dates, time
schedules, "Christ is going to come in 1914," and 1958, and on and on they have
gone. It has only brought confusion.
I had a pastor-friend who told me just this week that his father had gone to
church where they had said that Christ was going to come on a certain date.
They had built it up so much, and the man had believed it so much that, when
Christ did not come he believed the church was preaching a false message. He
got out of the church and was lost to the cause of Christ for years. That is
why it is so important for us to teach and preach this correctly. We would not
encourage false hope, set dates or number people, like some said a few years ago
that Kissinger was the antichrist. We want to be sure that we do not go around
setting dates, and get so immersed in prophecy, the Second Coming of Jesus, and
looking up into the skies that we are no earthly good.
But the Bible teaches, in fact the Book of Revelations says in two places
that he who studies that book will be blessed. So apparently God believes that
it is important for us to have this hope. Realizing that He is coming we can
live a better, purer life and a more hopeful life now. We can have stability in
uncertain times. And yet there seems to be a great ground-swell in the
Christian community that God is up to something very special. Th ...

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