by Kerry Shook

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Rising Tide (4 of 4)
Series: Mysteries of the Deep
Pastor Kerry Shook

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The two phases of Christ's return:
• The Rapture
• The Reign

• 1 Cor. 15:51-58 (MSG)


• 1 Thess. 4:16-18 (NIV)

The word "rapture" comes from the Greek word harpadzo which means "caught up"

• Jesus Christ Himself will come back in the clouds
• 1 Thess. 4:16a (NIV)

• 1 Thess. 4:16b (NIV)


Hundreds of airplanes suddenly fall out of the sky as they no longer have pilots to control them. Thousands of driverless cars careen out of control and crash. Millions of children vanish from their beds. Panic-stricken masses wander in shock through the streets searching for missing family members who were just there moments ago. Sounds like a scene out of one of the cliff-hanger television series like Lost or The Event, but the vanishing act that I just described is talked about in the Bible 380 times in the New Testament alone. It's part of what is called the return of Jesus Christ. We are in a series I am calling Mysteries of The Deep as we are diving into some of the deepest mysteries in life, and today we are talking about a mystery that many people are asking questions about because of all the current events in our world today. I'm talking about the mystery of the second coming. Now when the mystery is used in the Bible, it always talks about a mystery that has now been revealed by God, because God wants us to know these mysteries. He wants us to understand them. So mystery doesn't really mean something that can never be known. A mystery is something that was once hidden, but it is a truth that is now being revealed for the first time by God. And we have been looking at these mystery passages in scriptures; these truths that have been hidden, but they are now being revealed by God for the first time in the New Testament, and so God wants us to know about this mystery of the second coming. He wants us to understand that it is going to happen. He wants us to know about it and learn about it. In fact, it is all through the Bible. The last book in the Bible, the Book of Revelation, is all about the second coming of Christ. A whole book on the subject. Now the word revelation is a Greek word apokalypsis ... apokalypsis, and that is where we get our word apocalypse from. Now when we use the word apocalypse, we usually are talking about some end of the world destruction, or we use it for the title of a movie, or we say that is apocalyptic, meaning that's leading to end of the world type of destruction, massive destruction, but that's not really what the word means. Apokalypsis simply means to reveal, to uncover, to make known. Revelation - reveal. So God wants us to know what this is all about. He doesn't want it to be a mystery forever to you.
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