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In the Twinkling of an Eye (3 of 8)
Series: Countdown to Armageddon
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
In 1995 Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins wrote a book it was called "Left Behind" it was the first in a series of books about the 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ, it was wildly successful. The series sold 65 million copies it made 650 million dollars. And the first book was simply titled "Left Behind" and it talked about this thing called the rapture and what happens to those who are left behind. I want to leave you an excerpt from that book "Local television stations from around the world reported bizarre occurrences, CNN showed via satellite the video of a groom disappearing while slipping the ring onto his bride's finger. A funeral home in Australia reported that nearly every mourner disappeared from one memorial service including the corpse while at another service, at the same time, only a few disappeared and the corpse remained. Morgues also reported corpse disappearances at a burial three of six pallbearers stumbled and dropped a casket when the other three pallbearers disappeared when they picked up the casket it was empty. Now we read that in "Left Behind" and we think wow that's just a novel that's just fiction but that is fiction that is going to be a reality that's going to be fact one day. We've been in a series called "Countdown to Armageddon" and we've today we want to focus our attention on the awesome event known to Bible students as, the rapture of the Church, the rapture of the Church. Now it's very important to know when you talk about the rapture of the Church that you don't confuse it with the return of the Lord. See when the Bible talks about the Coming of the Lord, there are really two comings that are talked about. There is the rapture and there's the return. Now what's the difference? The rapture takes place in the air, we are gathered up in the air to meet the Lord, we are caught up. The word rapture, some people say "Well you know rap ...
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