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August 19, 2015

The Rapture and the “Day of the Lord”

I submit to you that these are two different events, though people often muddle them up. "the day of the Lord" or "coming of the Lord" and rapture. Please spare the time as we go through the scriptures together copiously.

The Rapture
That word "rapture" is not found in the bible, just as "trinity". It is because the two are theological terms created by us to describe concepts, concepts that took its roots from the bible.

The rapture is used in various terms.

It is the day of the "manifestation" or "revelation" of us believers.

Romans 8:19 KJV
For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the MANIFESTATION of the sons of God.
1 Peter 1:5 KJV
Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be REVEALED in the last time

Also 1John 3:2

It is called the day of "redemption", of our body; "adoption".
Romans 8:23 KJV
And not only [they], but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, [to wit], the redemption of our body.
Ephesians 1:14 KJV
Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
Ephesians 4:30 KJV
And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

It is the day when ALL believers will have their mortal bodies "changed", and death will be "swallowed up".
1 Corinthians 15:51-54 KJV
(51)  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall ALL be CHANGED,
(52)  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be CHANGED.
(53)  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality.
(54)  So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is SWALLOWED UP in victory.

What did Jesus say about the rapture?
Unfortunately, Jesus did not speak 'too much' about the rapture as about the "coming of the Lord". (There's a reason for it)

John 11:25 KJV
(25)  Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
John 6:39 KJV
(39)  And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should RAISE IT UP AGAIN AT THE LAST DAY.

What about Matthew 25 "ten virgins"? That's not the rapture!
See it yourself…

Matt24:3
And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what [shall be] the sign of THY COMING, and of the END OF THE WORLD?

So the question was very definite. It was not about "signs of the resurrection day", or "sign of the day of redemption"… they could not have asked that anyway. (One who have not even had his spirit redeemed, how can he be looking forward to the redemption of his body?) This question is what continued to Matthew 25 "ten virgins"

Mat 25:1 THEN shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins…

"Then…" means "at that time". At what time?
At the time of "thy coming" or at the time of "the end of the world"
just as they rightly asked.

Let's study Paul's writings on these.
1 Thessalonians 4:14-18 KJV
(14)  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
(15)  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive [and] remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent {precede} them which are asleep.
(16)  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
(17)  Then we which are alive [and] remain {on the earth} shall be caught up {raptured} together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we {for} EVER be with the Lord.

So wherever Jesus will be, all of us who have believed will also be, and that FOREVER.

Note how the prerequisite for rapture is always very simple: "them that believe". It is never "them that work", not "them that are keep the law" etc. As for the rapture, it requires NOTHING. Only believe. It is the condition for "the day of the Lord" that is works.

(18)  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
The news about the rapture is supposed to be to "comfort one another", but it is sad to know that it has become a weapon to distress, spoil and oppress the saints of God today.

1Thess 5:1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

Wait!
Paul wants to talk about another event here… note the use of "but".

About the first story he said "…I would not have you to be ignorant…" (verse 13),
but here he says "ye have no need that I write unto you"
It thus cannot be the same matter. You cannot want to teach someone about a matter and also say "I don't need to teach you" on the same matter. This chapter 5 "of the times and seasons" is another matter, though closely related to the former.

1Thess 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that THE DAY OF THE LORD so cometh as a thief in the night.

Hence, the previous story that you must not be ignorant of (the day when we shall be caught up) – rapture, is NOT "the day of the Lord".

The rapture is NOT what comes "as a thief in the night".

Matthew 24 and 25 "ten virgins", don't forget is "as a thief in the night" (See Mat_24:42-44, Mat_25:13; Mar_13:34, Mar_13:35; Luk_12:39, Luk_12:40)

Peter speaks concerning this too.
2 Peter 3:10 KJV
But THE DAY OF THE LORD will come AS A THIEF IN THE NIGHT; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

Does this look like rapture? Does it look like our being changed? Like redemption? No.
It is all about judgment, not resurrection of saints. And that is what Paul is saying too.

1Thess 5:3 For when they…
Wow! He has changed his pronoun. It is no longer "we", but "they"

For when THEY shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon THEM, as travail upon a woman with child; and THEY shall not escape.
1Th 5:4  But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
1Th 5:5  Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

We are counted out. Alleluia!
We are counted out of wrath. We're not part of the tribulation (study 2Thess 2 yourself)
1Th 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ

That is why we have hope. We are not for 666. We are not for everlasting destruction. None of us believers can go to hell. We are appointed to salvation, not to wrath. And salvation is not of works, but of grace (Eph 2:8-9). Thanks be to Jesus who loved us and gave himself for us.

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