Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Timing of the Rapture Pt.1

What are your thoughts on how close we are to the catching away?  Is there any scripture that clues us in as to when that event will occur?  I’m ready to go home!

That is two different issues.  Praise the Lord that you’re ready to go home and see the Lord.  I have dealt with saints who, as they see the world getting worse and worse, are setting their attention where Paul say we should not – the things of this earth. Rather...

Colossians 3:2
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

If you are ready to go home because you’re tired of this world, that is okay; but if you’re ready to go home because you’re discouraged because of the things happening in the world and you’re worn out and faint because of the things of this world, then you need some spiritual comfort.

2 Corinthians 4:1
Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

The mindset of Christ is that we redeem the time.

Ephesians 5:16
Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

We want to take advantage of all the time we have here because we understand what the Father is doing.

2 Corinthians 5:8-9
We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.  Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.

God left us here so that all men could be saved and come unto the knowledge of the truth.

1 Timothy 2:4
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

He left us here so that we could go through the curriculum that our Father has given us as sons; and, that is to build up the doctrine within us, aka, a work of faith

Philippians 2:15
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

Colossians 2:7
Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

2 Timothy 3:10
But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,

…and also to do a labour of love to see other people saved and come unto the knowledge of the truth…

1 Thessalonians 1:3
Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;

...and to suffer with and for Christ so that we receive a full reward.

Romans 8:17
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

1 Corinthians 3:14
If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

When we talk about the rapture – looking for that blessed hope…

Titus 2:13
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

...it is not just so that the Lord can come and deliver us from this present evil world.  That is good, but there is something more there.  What is associated with the rapture/catching away/resurrection is the glory – the judgment seat of Christ. 

Romans 8:18
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

To be continued…

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