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THE CASE FOR BEING RAPTURE READY
The Rapture may come sooner than most people think. As there is great increasing turmoil in today’s world, it appears that we may be living in the last days before Jesus’ return for His saints in the Rapture. Major conflicts and wars are developing, apocalyptic natural disasters increasing, major pandemics such as Ebola flaring up, and a major world financial collapse due to great indebtedness is on the horizon. Also gross immorality, debauchery, greed, corruption, violence, and wickedness are on the rise.
Jesus warned ‘For then shall be Great Tribulation, such as was not since the BEGINNING of the world to this time..’ Mt24:21. Jesus said ‘And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth DISTRESS OF NATIONS, WITH PERPLEXITY; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken’ Lk21:25,26.
Jesus also said ‘Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to Escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man’ Lk21:36, and ‘.. be ye also Ready; for in such an hour as you think not, the Son of man cometh’ Mt24:44. The apostle John wrote ‘..abide in (Jesus); that, WHEN HE SHALL APPEAR, we may have CONFIDENCE, and not be ASHAMED before Him at his coming’ 1Jn2:28. The Rapture will come as a sudden surprise, and many will be ASHAMED because they were not Ready. If so, they will be LEFT BEHIND to suffer in the coming Great Tribulation.
We must be Rapture Ready because ‘..the day of the Lord so COMETH AS A THIEF IN THE NIGHT’ 1Th5:2, furtively. Jesus said He is coming only for those who are Ready for Him Mt24:44; for a Church ‘without spot or wrinkle.. holy and without blemish’ Ep5:27; for a pure and holy people Ti2:14, for those that are watching and praying Lk21:36. Jesus said ‘..behold, I COME QUICKLY, and my REWARD is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be’ Re22:12. The apostle Paul wrote ‘waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall also CONFIRM YOU UNTO THE END, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ’ 1Co1:8.
Paul said ‘..unto them that look for Him shall he APPEAR THE SECOND TIME without sin unto SALVATION’ Heb9:28. After the Rapture, great tribulation, perplexities, anxiety, and suffering shall affect every living soul Mt24:21. He wrote ‘that day shall not come except there be a falling away first..’ of many church members falling into apostasy 2Th2:3-12; ‘God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain SALVATION by our Lord Jesus Christ’ 1Th5:9; ‘even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come’ 1Th1:10. Jesus said ‘..except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish’ Lk13:5 and ‘..except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved’ Mt24:22.
BE RAPTURE READY OR BE LEFT BEHIND
God has given many people visions and prophecies regarding the Rapture. A few years ago, Angelica Zambrano, an Ecuadorean girl in her early 20s, posted a riveting account of seeing heaven, hell, and the Rapture at http://www.testimoniesofheavenandhell.com/2011/03/angelica-zambrano-was-shown-the-kingdoms-of-heaven-and-hell-and-the-return-of-christ/ Angela said ‘Jesus is ONLY coming back for a holy people, and many of God’s children will not be ready on that day, and will be left behind in a world that will fall apart’. How can we be Rapture Ready and not be Left Behind? The Bible is our roadmap to Jesus and the Father. Jesus said ‘I am the way the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me’ Jn14:6; ‘I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee’ Heb13:5. Jesus said ‘.. the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life’ Jn6:63. By following Jesus words, we can become Rapture Ready and not be Left Behind.
THE RAPTURE- OUR ESCAPE, OUR SALVATION AND OUR REDEMPTION
The Lord said ‘My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee’ Hos4:6. Unless we have knowledge of the Endtimes and are preparing for Jesus’ coming, God will reject us and we will be Left Behind to live in a world that is falling apart! Jesus said ‘..I will come again, and receive you unto myself’ Jn14:3.
We must be Rapture Ready or we will all perish like the people in Noah’s days, or the 5 foolish virgins who were not ready Mt25:11. Many will be Left Behind, not prepared to escape ‘the wrath of God (that) cometh on the children of disobedience’ Co3:6. The Rapture is an ESCAPE from the Great Tribulation coming upon the earth. Paul wrote ‘..how shall we ESCAPE, if we neglect so great SALVATION’ Heb2:3. He said ‘..work out your own SALVATION with fear and trembling’ Php2:12. Jesus said ‘when these things BEGIN to come to pass, then look up, lift up your heads; for your REDEMPTION draweth nigh’ Lk21:28! Thus, we see that the RAPTURE in itself is our ESCAPE, our SALVATION, and also our REDEMPTION!
THE RAPTURE- JESUS, OUR BLESSED HOPE
Ti2:13,14 state ‘Looking for that BLESSED HOPE, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ,Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and PURIFY unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works’. Not to be ready, is to be Left Behind, to suffer in the coming Great Tribulation. Those not ready, who left their first love, the lukewarm, the fornicators Re2,3, those who love the world 1Jn2:15 will be Left Behind. While it is not certain when the Rapture will be, we are told to watch for the signs of His coming and to be ready. Jesus said ‘I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also’ Jn14:2,3.
While in the garden of Gethsemane Jesus prayed, ‘Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, BE WITH ME WHERE I AM..’ Jn17:24. Jesus is now in heaven Ac1:11! Paul said ‘..For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words’ 1Th4:16-18. This is the Rapture of the Saints. Jesus himself shall descend from heaven and cause the dead and those alive in Him to arise up, to be caught up together to meet Him in the air and to be with Him forever.
We are told to comfort one another with these words. But unless pastors and leaders prepare people for Jesus’ coming and the Rapture, many believers, including themselves, will be Left Behind. Sadly, many pastors don’t believe in a Rapture or that we are living in the Endtimes. They give no comfort as they were told. Thus, many believers will also be duped and unprepared for the Rapture and will be Left Behind.
Signs of Jesus’ Coming
There are many signs in the Bible which prophesied the soon coming of Jesus Christ to earth. 1. The rebirth of the nation Israel Is66:8, 2. The worldwide preaching of the gospel of the kingdom to all nations Mt 24:14, 3. Great earthquakes in divers places; famines, pestilences, and diseases; fearful sights and great signs from heaven Lk21:11, 4. Increasing immorality, corruption, and violence 2Pe2:6, 5. Many false prophets deceiving many Mt24:11; 6. Great apostasy in the churches 2Ti3:5, and a falling away of believers 2Th2:2-12, 7. Wars and rumors of war Mk13:7, 8. Distress of nations with perplexity Lk21:25, 9. The rise of the Antichrist in the New World Order- a One World gov’t, religion, society, economic and monetary system Re13:1-18, 10. Great tribulation such as the world has never known before Mt24:21. Other signs describe people in the last days as being very greedy, wicked, immoral, proud, arrogant, hedonistic, homosexuals, and false worshippers 2Ti3:5.
The book of Revelation also gives many more Endtime signs before Jesus returns. It speaks of the 4 horsemen of the Apocalypse– of war, famine, death and destruction, worldwide pestilence and desolation Re6. One third of the earth will be affected, and many killed Re8,9. Today there are over 10 nations with nuclear weapons, so a catastrophic nuclear war is very likely occur. Jesus said ‘Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to ESCAPE all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man’ Lk21:36. We must endure till the end to be to be saved Mt24:13 from the terrible things coming upon the earth; to escape death and to take part in the Rapture. To be Rapture Ready requires revelation on what is happening today and what God is doing, to know that we are nearing the end, and to be prepared for Jesus’ coming.
Parables Regarding the Rapture
Jesus spoke many parables regarding how we should live, and what the kingdom of heaven was liken to. The Parable of the 10 Virgins is a good example of the coming Rapture Mt25:1-13. Five virgins were wise because they had sufficient oil in their lamps, and five were foolish, not having enough oil. They all went forth to meet the Lord, but slumbered and slept while waiting for the bridegroom. At midnight, there was a shout ‘..Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him’ v6. All the virgins trimmed their lamps, but the foolish virgins ran out of oil and asked the wise for some for their ‘lamps are gone out’ v8. The wise virgins told them to go and buy their own oil.
Meanwhile ‘the bridegroom came and they that were READY went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut‘ v10. The foolish returned and said ‘Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I KNOW YOU NOT. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh’ v11-13. Many have speculated what the oil symbolized– the Holy Spirit or the Word of God, but in this parable Jesus flatly said ‘I KNOW YOU NOT!’ Here ALL WERE VIRGINS waiting to meet the Lord, but Jesus disclaimed knowing the 5 foolish virgins even though they did return later with some oil. Jesus disclaimed knowing them and they were Left Behind. The foolish virgins names were not found in ‘the Lamb’s book of life’ Re21:27; ‘And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire’ Re20:15. We must be wise and not remain foolish to be taken up in the Rapture and to be with the Lord forever 1Th4:17.
Another is the Parable of the King Son’s Wedding Feast Mt22:1-14. MANY were invited to come, but they refused, and some even killed the King’s messengers. The King ‘was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city’. Then he sent his servants saying ‘The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as MANY as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as MANY as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.
And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a WEDDING GARMENT? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For MANY are called, but FEW are chosen’ v7-14. Could this mean only a FEW will be chosen to partake in the Rapture? Here we see that this guest was not clothed properly ‘not having a wedding garment’. He was cast into outer darkness (hell) and in torment. We need the right garments on to be taken in the Rapture.
The apostle Peter said to ‘..be clothed with humility’ 1Pe5:5. Paul wrote ‘Put on the whole armour of God.. having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God’ Ep6:11-17. We must be clothed properly with humility, holiness, truth- the word of God, righteousness and faith in order to partake in the Rapture.
HOW TO BE RAPTURE READY- THROUGH SANCTIFICATION OF THE SPIRIT 2Th2:13
We must love God, abide In Jesus and in His Word and be filled, be led, and be SEALED with the HOLY SPIRIT OF PROMISE Ep1:13. We must ‘love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, thy soul, thy mind.. love one another as thyself‘ Mt22:37,39, and abide in Jesus and His Word in us Jn15:7. We must be ‘filled with the Spirit’ Ep5:18 and be led by the Holy Spirit: ‘For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God’ Ro8:14.
Paul wrote ‘.. grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are SEALED unto the day of REDEMPTION!’ Ep4:30. We must depend on the Spirit of Truth to teach and guide us Jn14:26,16:13. We must have revelation- ‘meat in due season’ Mt24:45 from the Holy Spirit to know what God is doing in these last days. Paul wrote ‘But if the Spirit of (God) that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, (God) that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you’ Ro8:11. It is the Holy Spirit of God who SEALS us and will Raise us up in the Rapture on the day of our REDEMPTION!
Repent- Be Pure and Holy
Jesus said ‘Repent and believe the gospel’ Mk1:15. ‘Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of REFRESHING shall come from the presence of the Lord’ Ac3:19. Ask God to ‘forgive us our sins and to cleanse us of all unrighteousness’ 1Jn1:9. Forgive one another Mt6:12. Confess our faults Jas5:16. Do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with thy God Mic6:8. Paul wrote ‘.. if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new’ 2Co5:17. We must deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Jesus; also lose our lives for His sake Mt16:24,25. ‘Purify ourselves’ 1Jn3:3.
Only the PURE in heart shall SEE God Mt5:8, and be like Jesus 1Jn3:2. Paul wrote ‘LOOKING for that Blessed Hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and PURIFY unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works’ Ti2:13,14. Peter said ‘Be ye HOLY; for I am HOLY’ 1Pe1:16. He said ‘Follow peace with all men, and HOLINESS, without which no man shall SEE the Lord’ Heb12:14. God has called us unto HOLINESS 1Th4:7.
Watch and Pray
Jesus said ‘Watch ye therefore, and Pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man’ Lk21:36. ‘Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come’ Mt24:42. ‘Pray without ceasing’ 1Th5:17. Pray ‘in the Spirit’ Ep6:18. Pray in the Holy Ghost Jude20, for ‘the Spirit maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered’ Ro8:26.
Have Faith in God- Know the Word of God
Faith is needed to please God He11:6. We must have faith in God Mk11:22. No Faith, no Rapture! Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God Ro10:17. Believe God and doubt not Mk11:23. We must increase our Faith Lk17:5. We must study the Word to be approved unto God, to be able to rightly divide the Word of truth 2Ti2:15. We must ‘live.. by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God’ Mt4:4. We must be sanctified by thy Word Jn17:17; be ‘sanctified and cleansed by the washing of the water by the Word’ Ep5:26. ‘Thy Word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee’ Ps119:11. Know Jesus, and the power of his resurrection Php 3:10, etc.
Know Your Spiritual Authority Over the Devil
Satan is the enemy of our souls Re12:12, but we can have spiritual authority over him. Peter wrote ‘Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour’ 1Pe5:8. Know the ‘weapons of our warfare’ 2Co10:4; the blood of the Lamb, the word of our testimony Re12:11; the name of the Jesus Christ Mk16:17; the Word of God 1Jn2:14; even our faith 1Jn5:4; ‘..be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might Ep6:10.
Put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil’ Ep6:10,11; Know your power over the enemy. Binding and loosening Mt16:19,18:18. Stand on the Word of God for ‘..greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world’ 1Jn4:4. God has given us the Spirit of Power, of love, and of a sound mind 2Ti1:7. Jesus said ‘Behold, I give unto you Power to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the Power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you’ Lk10:19.
The Rapture Is An Elective One- You Make the Choice
Finally, like accepting Jesus Christ in order to be saved, only you alone can make the decision to be taken in the Rapture by making yourself Ready as Jesus said to do so! If you love the Lord’s appearing 2Ti4:8, are looking for that BLESSED HOPE Ti2:13 and for your REDEMPTION Lk21:28; if you are watching and praying to be accounted worthy to ESCAPE the coming evil Lk21:36; want to please God Heb11:5; are led by the Spirit of God Ro8:14, seeking God’s kingdom and His righteousness Mt6:33, are PURE and HOLY Mt5:8,1Pe1:16, then Jesus will return to receive you unto Himself in the Rapture to heaven Jn14:3.
Regarding the Rapture, King David wrote ‘Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart..’ Ps24:3; and ‘who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart..’ Ps15:1,2. Thus, if you want to participate in the Rapture , then you alone must prepare for it for yourself. If you are not Rapture Ready, you will be Left Behind. Thus, the Rapture is an elective and selective event! Only you alone can decide by the way you live your life, and it is God who will select those worthy to be taken in the Rapture! Maranatha, the Lord Cometh 1Co16:22.
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