Friday, January 3, 2014
What If The Rapture Happens in 2014?
My Bible and book readings lately have led me to think about what if Jesus would return in 2014. I’m not saying He will…but just saying “what if?” Jesus said himself in Matthew 24:36 that “no one knows the day or the hour” of His return.
The term “rapture” generates numerous debates. There are proponents of a pre-tribulation rapture, some a post-tribulation rapture, and others believe there will be no rapture at all.
What do Paul’s Thessalonians writings really mean?
“Don’t you remember that I told you about all this when I was with you? And you know what is holding him back, for he can be revealed only when his time comes. For this lawlessness is already at work secretly, and it will remain secret until the one who is holding it back steps out of the way.” 2 Thessalonians 2:5-7.
“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
I think that whether you're a “pre-tribber”, a “post-tribber”, or a “no-tribber”, there is little doubt in the statement Paul made in 1 Thessalonians 4:18, “So encourage each other with these words.” I think Paul means that thinking about meeting Jesus gives us very much encouragement at ANY time…but what if it happens in 2014?
See you next time,