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Prepared to Stand
AND to Depart

Having the desire to be faithful to Scripture rather than popular teachings.

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The Resurrection: DOES the Bible Say What you've been told?

If you've been saved for long, you've heard about and event that some call "the rapture."  Or, perhaps like me, you heard about the rapture even before you came to Christ.  Some dislike the term "rapture" since the word isn't in Scripture, but I'm not here to debate the use of the word that some use to describe the resurrection that takes place when Jesus catches away His own people and we (whether living or dead) will be instantaneously re-clothed in immortal bodies (like His).  I believe that this event (regardless of the term used) WILL happen, that Jesus and the apostles explicitly said so.

What I want to ask Christians is: What else does the BIBLE say about this event? Not what does your denomination, pastor, favorite teacher/author say... what does the Bible actually say?  Have you personally read the passages on the resurrection (in context!) and the the other passages Jesus and the apostles referenced on this topic?

 

If you can't HONESTLY say you want to know what the Bible says MORE than you want to be right or MORE than what popular teaching says, is God smiling on your choice? Do you really mean it when you pray, "Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven"?  Are you as ready to stand (and hold up the Light for future generations) as you are to depart?  Are you truly prepared to depart?

It must grieve God as He looks at so many of us who don't think it matters what we do today, that if "the End is Near" why bother to think about long term works/plans or being salt and light (since it's all doomed anyway)?

WHAT IF Jesus isn't coming back until your great-grandchildren are old? What happens if Christians today make no provision for the Christians who might come after them?

Point #1

The word, "Keep."

Many Western  Christians are willing to place their hope (of leaving this earth before any real persecution) in the word "escape" in Revelation 3:10:   Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.

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