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Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

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"THE RAPTURE"
Intro: Some who ridicule idea of rapture, they say the word "rapture" not in the Bible. Greek word "harpazo" translated "caught up" means "to be snatched way by force".
In Latin it is "raptus". So the word is in one of the oldest Bibles in existence, the Latin Vulgate.
I. WHAT IS MEANT BY RAPTURE?
A. That event when the Lord, Jesus Christ snatches His church out of the world.
B. It shall happen suddenly without a moment's notice. "Behold I show you a mystery..."
C. We the church shall be changed "meta-morphisus".
1. "For our citizenship is in heaven..."
2. Phl 3:20 "This corruption must put on..."
3. 1Cr 15 "Beloved, now are we the sons of God..."
4. 1Jo 3:2 One moment, maybe on my way to work, maybe sleeping at night, the next moment with the Lord.
II. WHEN IS THIS EVENT TO TAKE PLACE?
A. No man knows the day or the hour.
1. If we say we do we are boasting to superior knowledge than even Christ had on earth.
2. It could happen at any time.
B. For years Bible scholars have been waiting for the re-establishment of the nation of Israel.
1. O.T. prophecy concerning Israel.
a. Cast out, scattered, gathered again.
b. The gathering again was to be the sign of the end.
1. "When the Lord shall build up Zion..."
2. "And in the last days when I shall gather them..."
2. Since this took place in 1949 we are now looking for the rapture of the church which will be the next great fulfillment of Bible prophecy.
a. Jesus said, "When these things begin to come to pass look up..."
III. WILL THE RAPTURE PRECEDE THE GREAT TRIBULATION?
A. My personal opinion is that it will.
1. 1Th 5:9.
2. In Luk 21:36, Jesus told the disciples to pray that they would be counted worthy to escape all (these things)and to stand before the Son of Man.
3. The order of the Book of Revelation.
a. Three divisions (messages to churches).
b. Chapter 4:1.
c. Song of church, Chapter 5.
B. Why the confusion?
1. Reference to beast making war on saints.
2. Mat 24, gathering together of His elect after His return.
3. Attempts to equate "last trump" of ICor.15 with 7th trumpet of Rev. In I Cor. a military allusion, the absence of the article precludes an association with "the 7th trumpet."
IV. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
A. Quit my job? Sell my house?
B. "Occupy till I come."
C. Watch, wait, be ready.
Sermon Notes for 1 Thessalonians 4:13 ← Prior Section
Sermon Notes for 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Next Section →
Sermon Notes for Colossians 1:9,10 ← Prior Book
Sermon Notes for 2 Thessalonians 1:3 Next Book →
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The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry.

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