Message of the Day: The Rapture: Our Glorious Hope!

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. 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.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, NKJV)

Among the Thessalonians, some were worried that those in their church who had died would not share in the return of Christ and the final triumph of his kingdom. Paul assures them that they will share in his death and resurrection. Believers who have died, far from being at a disadvantage, will be raised to life first. Believers still alive will join them, and together they will meet Christ and be with him for ever.

This is the only place in the New Testament that a “rapture” (caught up) is clearly referred to. It is designated here as the immortalizing and glorifying of the bodies of the Christians alive on the earth when Jesus returns. Lack of need for the resurrection will necessitate such a change in their still-living but mortal bodies. Some believe that this will be secret, but Paul seems to be describing something open and public with loud voices and trumpet blast.

This is our glorious hope. We who are still alive when Jesus returns will be caught up with Him “in the clouds…and we will be with the Lord” forever!

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

The NKJV Bible

Gundry, Robert H. A Survey of the New Testament. Third Edition. Manila, Philippines: OMF Literature, Inc., 2002.

Zondervan NASB Study Bible. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1999.

http://www.biblegateway.com

Message of the Day: Whether Dead Or Alive, We Shall Be With The Lord! Be Comforted With This!

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. 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.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, NKJV)

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The apostles expected that Christ will return while they were still alive. Paul have the same notion in the early part of his ministry when he was rather young. The believers in Thessalonica held the same belief thus, when some of those in their church had died, they became anxious. They worried that those who died would not share in Christ’s return. Paul assured them that they will share in Christ’s return just as they share in his death and resurrection.

Believers who have died, are far from being at a disadvantage, for they will be raised to life first. And those who are still alive will join them, and together they will meet Christ and be with him forever. We have the same assurance today, whether dead or alive we shall be with the Lord. We should see death as the beginning of something new not a tragic end. This is Christian hope! Be comforted!

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Olive Tree Bible Software, 1998-2020

http://www.biblegateway.com