Daily Distinctives January 23, 2015 (Rapture)

January 23, 2015

Daily Reading:

[Rev 4:1 NKJV]
After these things I looked, and behold, a door [standing] open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard [was] like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.”

[1Th 4:13 NKJV]
But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.

[1Th 4:14 NKJV]
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.

[1Th 4:15 NKJV]
For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive [and] remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.

[1Th 4:16 NKJV]
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.

[1Th 4:17 NKJV]
Then we who are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

[1Th 4:18 NKJV]
Therefore comfort one another with these words.

[1Co 15:50 NKJV]
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.

[1Co 15:51 NKJV]
Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed–

[1Co 15:52 NKJV]
in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

[1Co 15:53 NKJV]
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality.

[1Co 15:54 NKJV]
So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

[1Th 4:16 NKJV]
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.

[1Th 4:17 NKJV]
Then we who are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

Daily Distinctive:

As far as I know there are only a few ways to get off this rock called earth; you can be an astronaut, you can die and go to heaven, or you can be raptured. But I am not here to talk about the NASA program today, what I would like to talk about is the rapture. The rapture of the Church has been the focus of much debate as to when it will occur. Not so much the time and day but at what point as it relates to the Great Tribulation. I personally hold to what is called a pre-trib rapture, others hold to a mid-trib rapture while others believe in a post-trib rapture. Very few serious scholars would deny the rapture based on the Scriptures above, still there are some that do not believe in the rapture at all.

The word “rapture” cannot be found in the Bible at all. The term is actually derived from the Latin word which means to be “caught up” or “snatched away.” This is certainly something that is revealed to us in the WORD of God.

There is coming a day, according to Scripture, when the LORD will resurrect all believers who have died in the past and give them new glorified bodies. Then we see that those who are alive presently at this point in history, they too will receive glorified bodies in what will be an instantaneous transformation.

Now we don’t want to confuse the rapture of the Church with the Second Coming of the LORD. The rapture will precede the Second Coming. At the Second Coming, the LORD will descend, but this time He will actually touch down. In the rapture we will meet the LORD in the air.

While we don’t find the rapture in the Old Testament, I do believe we see a kind of rapture or a type in the person of Enoch. Enoch walked with God and was no more. Pastor Chuck writes:

You do find the Rapture in type in the Old Testament. Enoch is a type of the church who was translated before the judgement of the flood.

We know that Christ came to fulfill the law and the prophets, and so it is not surprising that Christ will be the one who comes to rapture the saints of the Old Testament along with those of the New Testament times. Personally, I am just hoping to make it that point. I am hard pressed to decide which I would prefer better. To experience death and resurrection, or to be translated like Enoch. Hmmmmm…I think I will go with the Rapture on this one. Not that I am afraid to die, but I just want to be alive when it happens.

With regard to the debate as to the pre, mid, and post arguments, I am not sure that it really matters. The point is that there will be a rapture of the church. The reason that I lean towards a pre-tribulation rapture is based on a passage of Scripture found in Luke 21:36 for starters, but I will leave that for better minds than mine to debate. Personally, I am just excited about the LORD coming back for me. How about you?

Daily Muse:

I am thinking about what I want to ask the LORD when I get to heaven. I truly believe that I won’t have to ask any dumb questions like: why did you create the platypus, which came first the chicken or the egg, why didn’t you just keep Adam and Eve from sinning to begin with, why did you allow so-and-so to be the President of the United States, etc… I believe that we will know the answers to these questions the instance that we are raptured. It is quite amazing to think that we will have these supernatural bodies and the things that we will know will doubtlessly be endowed with supernatural minds. And so I think that the first question I would like to ask Jesus when I get there is, “why me?”

Daily Prayer:

LORD, not that any of it matters, the questions that we have as mere men, but I would pray that You would allow us to glean the truth that we can know from Your WORD to its fullest. I don’t have to know how the Trinity works, or how the scientific explanation of how the universe is held together. I trust that you have all of that in Your perfect control. I only want to know what You want me to know, and I want to know that to the fullest. Enlighten my mind LORD and help me to know Your WORD so intimately that there is nothing uncovered left for me to uncover in Your WORD when I have breathed my last. I do pray that You will return soon LORD. I am looking forward to the day when I stand before You. I do hope that is by way of Rapture, but should you tarry and I live a life and my body wears out and stops working altogether, give me wisdom LORD. I love You Jesus. Thank You for giving us all that we need to live lives of godliness before You. It is in Your name that I pray, the name of Jesus.  -Amen

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