by Ike Reighard

Ike Reighard
1 Thessalonians 5:1
September 18, 1994


The early Christians had a familiar greeting for one another. It was summed up in a word, Maranatha. The word maranatha literally means "The Lord is coming," and I can guarantee you that we are 2,000 years closer than we have ever been before.

Last week, we looked in depth at the event we call the rapture. We focused on what would happen to the true believers of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Lord descends.
The shout is heard.
The archangel speaks.
The trumpet sounds.

Jesus said, "Marvel not at this; for the hour is coming in which all that are in the graves shall hear His voice." John 5:28

Whether they are in the seas or under the sod, their bodies will rejoin their souls. This is why Revelation tells us, "Blessed and holy is he that has a part in the first resurrection."

This first resurrection is for believers only!

I. The predictions concerning the rapture.

A. Secular society explanation of the event.
Hal Lindsey's Planet Earth A.D. 2000, pp. 291-293.

B. Scriptural explanation of the event.
1 Thessalonians 4
1 Corinthians 15

C. Scriptural examination of the event.

II. The power behind the rapture.

A. Jesus Christ.
"For our citizenship is in heaven from which we eagerly wait for a saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself." Philippians 3:20, 21

B. Justified by the Cross.
Jesus's death and resurrection is the power to transform. Keep in mind that Jesus laid down His life. It was not taken from Him.

III. The presentations during t ...

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