Judging from all contemporary global occurrences such as the abomination of mass killings of helpless unborn babies (abortion), legalization of same sex marriage, the movement of the radical Islamic sects (ISIS), whose mission is to wage jihad and take over the world; the persecution of Christians, the economic tumults, the exit of Britain from the EU, among many other historical events that are happening simultaneously all over the world, we can see signs that the end of the world is near and the second coming of Christ is imminent.
No doubt, there will be scores of people who would be so quick to throw away this idea of the imminent return of Christ and the end of the world due to the fact that this same story has been circulating for many centuries now, yet, it has not happened. However, there are careful considerations from the Bible, in addition to the fact that many people these days are already seeing visions and having dreams about it, that points to the imminence of this particular events.
Last week we started this series on the topic of things that would happen before, during and after the rapture takes place. This week’s post contains both part 2 and 3:
THE RAPTURE OF THE SAINTS (CHURCH) – PART 2
(b) The genuine Christians still alive shall be transformed
1 Corinthians 15:51-52 says “Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.“
This change has to do with transformation of the true believers’ bodies into resurrected, glorious, incorruptible and immortal bodies.
1 Corinthians 15:53-54 says “For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.“”
Hallelujah!! Glory be to Almighty God in the highest!!! Our Lord reigns forever!! Amen!!!
At Rapture, “death” will be finally defeated by our Lord; because our Lord possesses the key of death and hades. It will be a great Victory for us saints. Whoever is not heavenly minded or conscious of the times and season we are in, be it Christians who are careless, disobedient, or unfaithful, would not hear or perceive the sound of the trumpet of God; let alone be transformed and caught up during the Rapture.
(c) They shall be caught up.
1 Thessalonians 4:17-18 says “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. Therefore, comfort one another with these words.”
Both the resurrected saints and the transformed saints shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air.
THE RAPTURE OF THE SAINTS (CHURCH) – PART 3
At Rapture, the force of gravity would be defeated by our Lord Jesus Christ once again; because both the resurrected saints and the transformed saints would fly or float up against the Gravitational Force (which will fail) on their way to meet the Lord in the sky. Our Lord Jesus Christ had similar experience when He ascended into Heaven before His disciples in Acts 1:9-11:
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.”
At Rapture, we will experience the complete or perfect salvation 1 Thessalonians 5:9:
For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
We will be rescued from the great tribulation coming upon this world 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10:
for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.
There will also be great reunion between the Old Testament saints and the New Testament saints. We will be reunited with our saved, loved ones that have been dead, on that day alive in Christ. That is the reason Apostle Paul enlightens us that we should not sorrow over our saved, loved ones sleeping in Christ because there is going to be a reunion at Rapture. There will also be massive reception; Our Lord Jesus Christ will receive all of us unto Himself in the air, before we proceed to Heaven with Him.
(d) We shall receive the reward of all the works we did for God.
2 Corinthians 5:8-10 says
“We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”
At the Judgment Seat of Christ, the believers’ works will be tested; the words, thoughts, motives, and secrets will also be tested.
In conclusion, here are the questions for you and me to answer:
1.Are you totally ready for the rapture of the saints?
2.Are you adequately prepared for the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ?
3.Do you watch and pray always?
4.Do you wash your garment of righteousness daily by ensuring that you’re not having unconfessed sins or unsurrendered areas in your life.
If you have not known Jesus Christ intimately (stubbornly unsaved), today is the day of your salvation, accept Him as your Lord and personal Savior now! If you have backslid, now is the time to re-dedicate your life to God! The next moment may be too late for you!