Rapture - Means

"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."

 

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

Showing the situations around the world, the bible teachers preach that Jesus Christ may come at any time to rapture the church, or to end the world. From the passage in Matthew 24:4-12 Jesus Christ said in verse 6, when such things happen, "the end will not come." So, Jesus Christ says and it is proof that the end will not come. Preachers take verses like "I come quickly" to say that Jesus may come any time for rapture. But, this verse was written 2000 years ago and Jesus has already come.

The Bible refer rapture as "caught up." But, we use the word rapture and rapture is well known with Christians. According to the Bible, the rapture will not happen for another 300 years and the end of the world will not come for another 2100 years. Let us study it from the Bible. First let us look back at a previous prophesy and its fulfillment from history. "Daniel 8:11 he (Roman Empire) magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. 12 An host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, etc." God has given Israel to Rome because of her transgression, then the destruction of Jerusalem, the temple, sanctuary, daily sacrifice, etc. This prophesy was fulfilled in 70 A.D. "13 How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? 14 he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed." The specific question her is, how long Jerusalem will be trodden by others. Answer is 2300 days, a symbolic number. If we use the symbolic equivalent one day as one year, it will be 2300 years from the day of destruction. Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 A.D. If we add 2300 years to it, it will be 2370 A.D. Now the year is 2017. 2370-2017=353. So in another 353 years, Jesus Christ will cleanse the host and begin his Millennium reign in the land of promise that God promised to the Seed of Abraham, who is Jesus Christ. When will be the rapture? The great tribulation to churches and to Israel will happen at the same time and it will be for seven years even though it is divided in two. Rapture is just before tribulation and it is just before Millennium. So, 353 years to Millennium - 7 years of tribulation = 346 years from now to the rapture. But, we cannot know the exact dates of God's doings. So, if we give 46 years as margin, that is, 346-46 = 300 years. So, we may safely say that Jesus Christ will not come at least for another 300 years to rapture his holy church.

According to Acts 3:26, Jesus Christ is turning people away from their sins and iniquities. Ephesians 5:27 says Jesus Christ "might present to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." So, Jesus Christ is converting them to be holy, spotless, without any blemish for himself. Ephesians 2:6 he "hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:" That is, Jesus Christ, pulls them out of sin and have their spirits seated in himself in heaven. As they die, they will sleep in him. Jesus Christ is doing this work for the last 2000 years. "1 Thessalonians 4:14 them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 16 the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then, we which are alive and remain shall be caught up with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air:" So, Jesus Christ will raise and rapture them who were in him. But, the tragedy is, most Christians are taught to say that they are in Jesus Christ, while they are in sin. But no sin can enter Jesus Christ in heavenly places. If we are in sin, we are not in Jesus Christ. It is deception to say we are in Jesus Christ while we are in sin.

A few links for more information: "Second Coming", "Millennium", "Rapture video". Thank you.

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