The Rapture - The Next End-time Event
These are some (somewhat rough) lesson notes for a lesson on the Rapture - the Next End-Time Event which will occur. This event will probably occur very soon, and almost definitely within our lifetimes. There are signs indicating it's close proximity, time-wise, to this present time.
On the election: Psalm 75:6-7 and Daniel 2:21
Wrath is coming, but God never pours out His wrath without warning.
Jesus said He would return like a thief in the night (Matthew 24:42-44). But we are not to be in darkness - 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 .
God does not wish that any should perish, but that all should be brought to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9. God always warns before He executes His wrath. He warned the world through Noah for 120 years. He warned Sodom and Gomorrah through Abraham.
God is alerting believers of the soon return of His Son through what are called "signs of the times."
Other end time events that have happened or are happening.
1. Reformation of Israel & the Jews will be in the land Is 11:10-12, (Isaiah 66:7-8), Ez 38:8
Another end time miracle will be the revival of the Hebrew language (Zephaniah 3:9). Most people are not aware of the fact that when the Jews were dispersed from their land in 70 A.D., they ceased to speak the Hebrew language. The Jews who settled in Europe developed a new language called Yiddish a combination of German and Hebrew. The Jews who migrated to the Mediterranean basin created a language called Ladino a combination of Hebrew and Spanish.
- the re-focusing of world politics on Israel (Zechariah 12:3).
-Regathering of the Jews. (Isaiah 11:10-12)
-Re-establishment of Israel. (Isaiah 66:7-8)
-Reclamation of the land of Israel. (Ezekiel 36:34-35)
-Revival of Biblical Hebrew. (Zephaniah 3:9; Jeremiah 31:23)
-Re-occupation of Jerusalem. (Luke 21:24)
-Resurgence of the Israeli military. (Zechariah 12:6)
-Re-focusing of world politics on Israel. (Zechariah 12:3)
2. Signs of nature. Luke 21:11, birth pangs Matthew 24:8. What are characteristics of birth pangs? Increase in intensity and frequency. http://research.dlindquist.com/quake/. Signs in nature have always been used by God to foretell things.
3. Apostasy (revolt, falling away, abandonment) in the Church. 2 Timothy 4:3-4, 2 Thessalonians 2:3, Rev 3. Whisky preacher, Chrislam,
4. An evil society. Matthew 24:12,37-39
2 Timothy 3:1-5. He says it will be characterized by three loves the love of self (humanism), the love of money (Materialism), and the love of pleasure (hedonism).Men's minds will become depraved (Romans 1:28), and people will call evil good and good evil (Isaiah 5:20).
5. Spiritual signs.
- False Christs and cults (mid-1800s), Christian apostasy (early 1900s), satanism (mid-1900s), secularism (early 2000s)
6. Technological signs.
7. Political signs.
The generation that sees these things. Matt 24:34
Christ has gone to prepare a place for us - John 14:3
for our citizenship is in heaven - Philippians 3:20
we await the Savior's return to take us there - Philippians 3:20, John 14:3
until the full number of gentile believers comes in - Romans 11:25
knowing that not all believers will pass into death - 1 Corinthians 15:52
although those dead in Christ will rise first - 1 Thessalonians 4:15
then the bodies of those living will be transformed into His likeness - Philippians 3:21, 1 Thessalonians 4:17
in a miraculous instant - 1 Corinthians 15:52
as we are caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet our Lord in the air - 1 Thessalonians 4:17
whereafter we will all go together to the Father's house - John 14:2-3