Understanding End Times: The Rapture

The End Times series can be found HERE. In Part 2 of this series discusses the difference between the Rapture and the Second Coming, and focuses on specific details of the Rapture.

THE RAPTURE SERMON SLIDES

THE RAPTURE

THE RAPTURE V. SECOND COMING

The Rapture is the time Jesus returns to earth FOR His people.

Believers will meet Jesus in the air. (1 Thess. 4:17)

It will occur before the Tribulation period. (Rev. 3:10; 1 Thess. 5:9)

It’s the removal of believers from eart has an act of deliverance. (1 Thess. 4:13-17; 5:9-11)

It will be in secret and instant. (1 Corin. 15:50-54)

It is imminent, and could happen at any moment. (Titus 2:11-13; 1 Thess. 4:13-18)

The Second Coming is the time Jesus returns to earth WITH His people.

Believers return with the Lord to the earth. (Rev. 19:11-14)

It will occur after the Tribulation period. (Rev. 19:11-16)

It’s the removal of unbelievers from earth as an act of judgment. (Rev. 20:11-15)

It will be visible to the entire world. (Rev. 1:7; Matt. 24:29-30)

It will not occur until certain events happen. (Matt. 24:15-20; Rev. 6:18)

PERSONAL TAKEAWAYS

  1. God has made a way out; we must choose to take it.
  2. If, in the end, we have not chose Jesus, it will not matter what we have chosen instead.

THREE TRUTHS FROM JESUS ABOUT THE RAPTURE

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God ; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

John 14:1-3

TRUTH: THE RAPTURE IS A GREAT SOURCE OF HOPE FOR US.

When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.

Luke 24:50-52

After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

Acts 1:9-11

TRUTH: THE RAPTURE IS FOR HIS CHURCH.

Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth. I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.

Revelation 3:10-11

TRUTH: THE RAPTURE IS AN INTENTIONAL RESCUE.

WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN FOR US TODAY?

  • Our greatest comfort comes from knowing that God is in control.
  • Our greatest compassion comes from telling other about God when lives are out of control.

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