RAPTURE IN THE FOUR GOSPELS? By Joel Finck
: Matthew 24:40, Luke 17:36, 37 … The very thought of the Rapture brings excitement to the child of God, for it offers the blessed hope of meeting the Lord “in the air” without suffering the pain of death. But for the lost, it means facing the horrors of tribulation as God pours out His wrath on this earth. Truly, the rapture will separate the saved from the lost, as one is taken and the other left. It is easy to see how many Bible students have concluded that the Lord was referring to the Rapture when He said, “Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left” (Matthew 24:40, confer with Luke 17:36). Yet, we need to ask the questions, which one is taken, and which one is left? At the rapture, it is the believer who is taken (I Thessalonians 4:14-17).
When the disciples asked the Lord where the one would betaken in Luke 17:37, Christ replied, “Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.” This refers to the great feast which the fowls will have when the Lord destroys all unbelievers at His Second Coming (Revelation 19:17, 18). You see, Christ was not referring to the Rapture while He was on earth, but rather to the “revelation” of Himself as conquering King, It will not be the believers who are taken in that day, but the unbelievers who will be taken to death and judgment. The believers of the tribulation period will be left to enter the kingdom.
Dear friends, God the Father chose you long ago and knew you would become His children.” (1 Peter 1:2 LB)
Discouragement will come; it always does. Maybe you feel discouraged because of a struggling relationship, stalled career, or failing health.
When discouragement comes, you can rest assured in one thing: God chose you to be a part of his family. Long before you chose God, he picked you!
The Bible says in 1 Peter 1:2, “Dear friends, God the Father chose you long ago and knew you would become His children” (LB).
God didn’t choose you because of something you’ve done. It’s all because of who he is. You weren’t good enough, smart enough, or spiritual enough for him to save you. He saved you because he loves you.
And that’s good news — really good news! That’s the good news that your whole life should be built upon.
“God will surely do this for you, for He always does just what He says, and He is the one who invited you into this wonderful friendship with His Son, even Christ our Lord” 1 Corinthians 1:9.
You and I do not always prove faithful, but the apostle Paul wants us to know, by way of his letter to the believers in Corinth, that our God will surely do what He has promised; in this case, make us “blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ” (verse 8).
The apostle wants the Corinthians to know that they can depend upon the faithfulness of God, who had begun a good work among them, and certainly would see them through to the end. He did the inviting; He would do the keeping.
Christians are able to participate with Christ in several ways. First in His trials and sufferings, for we are subjected to temptations and trials similar to His: “But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings” (1 Peter 4:13, KJV).
“But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and THE MINISTRY WHICH I HAVE RECEIVED OF THE LORD JESUS, TO TESTIFY THE GOSPEL OF THE GRACE OF GOD.” —The Apostle Paul in Acts 20:24.
“GRACE to you, and peace” (Rom.1:7);
“Being justified freely by His GRACE” (Rom.3:24);
“we have access by faith into this GRACE wherein we stand” (Rom.5:2);
“the GRACE of God, and gift by GRACE…is by one Man” (Rom.5:15);
“the abundance of GRACE and of the gift of righteousness” (Rom.5:17);
“where sin abounded, GRACE did much more abound…that GRACE might reign”(Rom.5:20,21);
“for ye are not under the law, but under GRACE” (Rom.6:14);
May God arise, may his enemies be scattered; may his foes flee before him. May you blow them away like smoke— as wax melts before the fire, may the wicked perish before God.
– Psalm 68:1-2”HOPE ALL ARE WELL THIS SUNDAY ,,PRASIE THE LORD”’HI,,DOT