How to Prepare for the Rapture - Bible Study Lesson Outline
Have you ever heard a teaching about the rapture and wondered, "If the Rapture is so close, what should we do?" To answer that question, here is a list of Bible teachings.
1. Be sure you are saved. You can know you are saved by placing faith in the Messiah - the Savior - Jesus. (1 John 5:11-13)
"11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God."
- Eternity is "endless or everlasting duration in the future, dating from the present time". Where will you spend eternity?
- By "saved" we mean to be have salvation. Salvation from what? Sin, death, and hell - all things that go together. Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
- To believe in Jesus means to believe what the Bible teaches about Him: the only saviour of the world, God incarnate.
- To believe He did what the Bible says about Him: He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, was crucified, died and was buried, and rose again from the dead.
- To believe in Him means to trust Him to provide what He promised. John 20:31 "But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name."
Romans 10:9 "...if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."
2. Know Bible prophecy so you can live and wait with confidence.
- Many passages describe the events of the world that will happen.
- We don't need to be shaken, troubled, or deceived (2 Thess 2:1-2). "Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2 that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand."
- We shouldn't be surprised
3. Study, pray and hang out with believers. (Hebrews 10:24-25) - "let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching"
- When we are together we can help each other grow stronger - not weaker!
"We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves." (Romans 15:1)
"Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do." (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
- We are told to being strong! Ephesians 6:10-11 "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil."
- Being weak - or immature - is shameful. We are supposed to grow out of it! (1 Cor. 3:1-3) "And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. 2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. 3 For ye are yet carnal..."
- If we are weak and immature, we're helpless can't help others either. (Heb. 5:12-14) "For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil."
- Remember, to put on the armor of God you must be strong.
4. Beware of false prophets, because they will lead you astray. (Matthew 7:15) "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves."
- True prophets talked about repentance and obedience to God. (Jer. 35:15) "Return ye now every man from his evil way, and amend your doings, and go not after other gods to serve them". They were few, their messages weren't popular, and often stirred controversy. The focus of a true prophet is God's word and kingdom. Few prefer the true prophet.
- False prophets talk about pleasant things. They are numerous, they're message is popular, and they are loved by many. The focus of a false prophet is gain in this world. Many prefer the false prophet.
- Mat 24:11-12 "And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity [lawlessness] shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold."
- 1 John 4:1 "many false prophets are gone out into the world".
5. Don't love this world. (Col. 3:2) "Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth."
- It rules over people, shapes people, and influences people to follow their lowest desires.
- Live your life, but do it according to God's plan. This is practical; your earthly life will be better! 1 Peter 1:13-16 "Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 as obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 15 but as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16 because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy."
- Clear conscience, good reputation, uncomplicated relationships. No diseases.
- Remember: this world is temporary! 2 Pet. 3:11-13 "Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 12 looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness."
6. Don't live like the lost. (Romans 12:1-2) "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
- A life lived for yourself isn't even fulfilling.
- Set a high standard for yourself.
- Base your life philosophy on the Bible.
- Set your goals and your path in life according to God's will.
Most of us are rightly concerned about the salvation of others, but we really need to make a special effort to bring our own ways into compliance with the will of God before we die or the Rapture takes place - whichever comes first.