The Rapture

Written by Michael Bradley


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2. This next verse talks about that those who are "alive" will be "caught up" to meetrepparttar Lord inrepparttar 140648 "air". Here isrepparttar 140649 verse:

"Forrepparttar 140650 Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, withrepparttar 140651 voice of an archangel, and withrepparttar 140652 trumpet of God. Andrepparttar 140653 dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be CAUGHT UP together with them inrepparttar 140654 clouds to meetrepparttar 140655 Lord inrepparttar 140656 air. And thus we shall always be withrepparttar 140657 Lord." (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
This verse really seems to be implying that there will be a group of saints who are going to "caught up" or pulled up to meetrepparttar 140658 Lord inrepparttar 140659 air while we are still alive! Those words spell possible "Rapture" to me.

3. The next verse tells us a "mystery"- that not all of Godís saints are going to "sleep" - and that this group is going to be changed in a moment, inrepparttar 140660 twinkling of an eye, and that this event will occur atrepparttar 140661 last trumpet. I believerepparttar 140662 Last Trumpet is Godís last call to His people, and that it implies that whoever is saved and born again when this trumpet sounds off, will be Raptured and spared going throughrepparttar 140663 horrors ofrepparttar 140664 Tribulation.

I believe thatrepparttar 140665 word "mystery" is being used to let us know that God is keepingrepparttar 140666 possibility of a Rapture a "secret," a "mystery" torepparttar 140667 rest ofrepparttar 140668 world. That is why all ofrepparttar 140669 Scripture verses pertaining to this event do not "perfectly" spell it out or state it without any shadow of a doubt. There is enough of a "hint" in these verses for His own people to pick it up, but not torepparttar 140670 rest ofrepparttar 140671 unbelieving world. Here isrepparttar 140672 verse:

"Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall be changed - in a moment, inrepparttar 140673 twinkling of an eye, atrepparttar 140674 last trumpet." (1 Corinthians 15:51)
I believe thatrepparttar 140675 words "last trumpet" tells us this event will occur atrepparttar 140676 end of times. The words "shall be changed in a moment, inrepparttar 140677 twinkling of an eye", really do describe what could be a Rapture -repparttar 140678 immediate vanishing or disappearance of Godís people fromrepparttar 140679 face ofrepparttar 140680 earth inrepparttar 140681 "snap of a finger."

4. The next verse is from Jesus Himself out of Revelations. Here isrepparttar 140682 verse:

"Because you have kept My command to persevere, I ALSO WILL KEEP YOU FROM THE HOUR OF TRIAL WHICH SHALL COME UPON THE WHOLE WORLD, to test those who dwell onrepparttar 140683 earth." (Revelations 3:10)
This verse could be literal translation - that Jesus will keep His Body of Believers that are living at this time out ofrepparttar 140684 hands ofrepparttar 140685 Antichrist. He obviously will either do it by Rapturing them offrepparttar 140686 face ofrepparttar 140687 earth or by providing some kind of physical protection for them if there is no Rapture. My guess is that He will do this by Rapturing them off ofrepparttar 140688 earth.

5. Here is another verse from Jesus stating that we watch and pray that we be counted worthy to escape allrepparttar 140689 things that may be coming our way. The verse is:

"Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be COUNTED WORTHY TO ESCAPE ALL THESE THINGS THAT WILL COME TO PASS, and to stand beforerepparttar 140690 Son of Man." (Luke 21:36)
This verse really seems to be hinting or implying once again that God is going to allow some of us to escape or be prevented from having to go throughrepparttar 140691 events ofrepparttar 140692 Tribulation.

6. Now here are some additional verses that are not quite as strong asrepparttar 140693 above verses, but do suggestrepparttar 140694 possibility that God will keep us from these events.

"... and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised fromrepparttar 140695 dead, even Jesus who DELIVERS US FROM THE WRATH TO COME." (1 Thessalonians 1:10)
This verse either means Jesus will deliver us beforerepparttar 140696 wrath comes, which would line up with a Rapture, or it may mean when He comes down forrepparttar 140697 second time atrepparttar 140698 battle of Armageddon to put an end to all ofrepparttar 140699 carnage withrepparttar 140700 Antichrist.
"FOR GOD DID NOT APPOINT US TO WRATH, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Thessalonians 5:9)
This verse could be implying that His Body will not be appointed or be subject torepparttar 140701 events ofrepparttar 140702 Tribulation - orrepparttar 140703 "wrath" could simply be pointing to people going to hell for refusing to accept Jesus and His gift of eternal salvation.

Article written by Michael Bradley of Bible Knowledge Ministries. Their website is a resource of Bible commentary and teaching. If you do not want to wait for the next article, you can go to our end times section. Copyright © 2005 by Michael Bradley. All Rights Reserved.


Are We Saved By Works?

Written by Stephen Kingery


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It is sort of likerepparttar old saying, "Put your money where your mouth is." It is one thing to say that we believe something, and another to conduct ourselves in such a manner as to demonstrate our belief. I have a friend who is a pilot. I may say, "I believe that he is an excellent pilot." But my refusal to fly with him indicates that I do not really believe that. My actions disprove my statement. In respect to salvation and saving faith, our actions after we have been saved proves or disproves our faith.

If we haverepparttar 140647 kind of faith which will save us (not just intellectual assent), that faith will produce repentance, confession, baptism, and faithful living. So then we ask, "Are these (repentance, confession, baptism, and faithful living) works?" The answer is, no they are not works. Now I would berepparttar 140648 first to agree that these four items could be perverted into works. One might say, "I want to go to heaven (or maybe avoid hell) so I will do those things which he has taught that I need to do." He might say "I'm sorry forrepparttar 140649 sins I've committed."; he might confess that Jesus isrepparttar 140650 Christ; he may permit himself to be baptized; and he may go through allrepparttar 140651 "acts" of being a Christian (faithful living). He is then trying to work his way to heaven. Real salvation is different.

When one has real saving faith that Jesus isrepparttar 140652 Christrepparttar 140653 Son ofrepparttar 140654 living God, and gives his life to Him, a transformation takes place. He becomes truly remorseful of his sinful nature and strives to eradicate sin from his life. He is happy and please to proclaim Jesus as his Lord and Savior. He willingly submits himself torepparttar 140655 watery grave of baptism so his sins can be washed away. And he strives to live a life which is pleasing to God by committing himself to daily prayer, Bible study, and fellowship with his brothers and sisters in Christ. These then are not works, butrepparttar 140656 manifestation of saving faith in his life.

There are several other Scriptures inrepparttar 140657 Bible that discusrepparttar 140658 subject of works. Again, these seem to indicate that works are important to salvation. Here are some examples: ". . . each one's work will become clear; forrepparttar 140659 Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; andrepparttar 140660 fire will test each one's work, of what sort it is. If anyone's work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone's work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet as through fire." (1 Corinthians 3:13-15); "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding inrepparttar 140661 work ofrepparttar 140662 Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain inrepparttar 140663 Lord." (1 Corinthians 15:58); and "And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work." (2 Corinthians 9:8) See also: Ephesians 2:10, Colossians 1:9-10, 1 Thessalonians 1:2-4; 5:12- 13, Titus 1:16; 3:8; 3:14, and James 1:25.

Do these Scriptures teach that we must "work" our way to heaven. Again,repparttar 140664 answer is no. If we are truly saved, and have abiding faith in Jesus as our Lord and Savior, these works are a natural result of our desire to please Him. Because we are a child of God, saved by His grace through our faith in Him and His Son, we want to dorepparttar 140665 works mentioned here. And really it is more than just a "want to", it is a deep burning desire which cannot be extinguished.

I hope that I have given my readers a better understanding ofrepparttar 140666 subjects of faith, works, and salvation and howrepparttar 140667 three work perfectly together. We are saved by faith, repentance, confession, baptism, and faithful living; but these produce in us and through us good works forrepparttar 140668 kingdom of God. May God bless you as you continue in His good work.

All scriptures quoted are fromrepparttar 140669 New King James Version unless otherwise noted

Are We Saved By Works?

By: Stephen Kingery



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