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Saturday, June 25, 2011

RAPTURE? REALLY?

RAPTURE? REALLY?

I base my belief on the Rapture on these scriptures:

The King James Version (Authorized)
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
4:16
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:
4:17
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.
4:18
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

The King James Version (Authorized)
1 Corinthians 15 1 Corinthians 15:51-57
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep (die), but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

The following verses pertain to the Rapture, the Antichrist, the Second Coming, and the Battle of Armageddon: The words "falling away" in verse 3 can be traced to the Greek word "Aphistemi" which has among it's definitions "cause to withdraw, remove", and "Histemi" with a definition of "to escape in safety". Using this definition the verse would read:

2 Thessalonian 2:3, 7, 8
2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a (removal to safety) first, and that man of sin (Antichrist) be revealed, the son of perdition; A removal of what? Christians.
Verse 7 and 8:
2:7
For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he (Christians) who now (letteth) (hinders) will (let) (hinder) , until he be (taken out of the way) (raptured).
2:8
And then shall that Wicked (the Antichrist) be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: (His second coming at the Battle of Armageddon).

The difference between the Rapture and the Second Coming of Christ is at the Rapture we will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air and at His second coming He will actually come back to the earth and at that coming He's here to stay.

11:52 am 


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