The Rapture

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Did you know that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming again to take all who have been redeemed by His blood to be forever with Him in Heaven? We learn of this exciting event, known as the rapture, from the only authoritative source of information about the future – God’s Word, the Bible.

We also learn from this Book that certain conditions will exist in the world just prior to and following the rapture. Because we see these signs of the ‘last days’ (2 Timothy 3:1-5) so prevalent in our current society, we can say with assurance that Jesus is coming soon. All is in readiness for the rapture (Revelation 22:7, 12, 20).

The Rapture of the Believer

The purpose of the rapture is to take to Heaven every one who has believed on the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour. The first man, Adam, sinned and as a result all mankind is subject to the wages of sin, which is eternal death and judgment. But God provided a Saviour for man in His Son. The Lord Jesus took the sinner’s place when He died on the cross.

All who trust this blessed Saviour, believing He died for their sins and rose again, are cleansed by His blood from every sin, and have eternal life (John 3:15, 16). These are the ones who the Lord Jesus Christ will rapture when “The Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).

The Rapture and the Unbeliever

After the rapture, the unbeliever will be left on earth for judgment, and his eternal doom will be sealed. Many will then seek salvation, but the door to Heaven will be shut (Matthew 25:1-13). God says that all who have rejected Christ before the rapture will be sent “strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12).

Ultimately, all unbelievers will be brought to face Christ as their Judge, and will then experience eternal spiritual death as they are cast into the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:11-15).

The Rapture and You

Will the rapture be the greatest day of your experience or will it be the beginning of unspeakable horror and suffering for all eternity? It all depends on whether or not you have seen your need as a sinner, and trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31).

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