Did you know that the Lord JesusÂ Christ is coming again to take all whoÂ have been redeemed by His blood toÂ be forever with Him in Heaven? WeÂ learn of this exciting event, known asÂ the rapture, from the only authoritativeÂ source of information about theÂ future â€“ Godâ€™s Word, the Bible.
We also learn from this Book thatÂ certain conditions will exist in theÂ world just prior to and following theÂ rapture. Because we see these signsÂ of the â€˜last daysâ€™ (2 Timothy 3:1-5) soÂ prevalent in our current society, weÂ can say with assurance that Jesus isÂ coming soon. All is in readiness for theÂ rapture (Revelation 22:7, 12, 20).
The Rapture of the Believer
The purpose of the rapture is to takeÂ to Heaven every one who has believedÂ on the Lord Jesus Christ as theirÂ personal Saviour. The first man, Adam,Â sinned and as a result all mankind isÂ subject to the wages of sin, which isÂ eternal death and judgment. But GodÂ provided a Saviour for man in His Son.Â The Lord Jesus took the sinnerâ€™s placeÂ when He died on the cross.
All who trust this blessed Saviour,Â believing He died for their sins andÂ rose again, are cleansed by His bloodÂ from every sin, and have eternalÂ life (John 3:15, 16). These are theÂ ones who the Lord Jesus Christ willÂ rapture when â€œThe Lord Himself shallÂ descend from Heaven with a shoutâ€ (1Â Thessalonians 4:16-17).
The Rapture and the Unbeliever
After the rapture, the unbelieverÂ will be left on earth for judgment,Â and his eternal doom will be sealed.Â Many will then seek salvation, but theÂ door to Heaven will be shut (MatthewÂ 25:1-13). God says that all who haveÂ rejected Christ before the raptureÂ will be sent â€œstrong delusion, that theyÂ should believe a lie: That they all mightÂ be damned who believed not the truth,Â but had pleasure in unrighteousnessâ€ (2Â Thessalonians 2:11-12).
Ultimately, all unbelievers will beÂ brought to face Christ as their Judge,Â and will then experience eternalÂ spiritual death as they are cast into theÂ Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:11-15).
The Rapture and You
Will the rapture be the greatest dayÂ of your experience or will it be theÂ beginning of unspeakable horror andÂ suffering for all eternity? It all dependsÂ on whether or not you have seen yourÂ need as a sinner, and trusted the LordÂ Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour.Â â€œBelieve on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thouÂ shalt be savedâ€ (Acts 16:31).
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