Excellent treatise on pre-trib, mid-trib and post-trib by Dr. David Reagan, Founder, Lamb and Lion Ministries. Also a differentation between two set of saints, gentiles and Jews related to the resurrection of each.
What is it? Who will it affect? When is it most likely to take place?
The Rapture is a glorious event which God has promised to the Church.
The promise is that someday very soon, at the blowing of a trumpet and the shout of an archangel, Jesus will appear in the sky and take up His Church, living and dead, to Heaven.
The term “Rapture” comes from a Latin word, “rapio,” that means “to catch up, to snatch away, or to take out.” It is, in turn, a translation of the Greek word, “harpazo.”
So, “Rapture” is a Biblical word that comes right out of the Latin Vulgate translation of the Bible. The word is found in 1 Thessalonians 4:17. In the New American Standard Version, the English phrase, “caught up,” is used. The same phrase is used in the King James and New International Versions.
A Promise to the Church
The concept of the Rapture was not revealed to the Old Testament prophets because it is a promise to the New Testament Church and not to the saints of God who lived before the establishment of the Church. Jesus will return as a bridegroom for His bride, and that bride consists only of Church Age saints.
The saints of Old Testament times will be resurrected at the end of the Tribulation and not at the time of the Rapture of the Church. Daniel reveals this fact in Daniel 12:1-2 where he says that the saints of that age will be resurrected at the end of the “time of distress.”
Hello. My name is Rev. Terrence Fulsom and I want to share this exciting story that recently took place with my wife 72 hours ago. Put on your spiritual seat belts, because our redemption draweth nigh!
I work overseas and I call my wife at least twice a day. My wife told me she dropped off my oldest son to basketball practice and my two youngest sons and she sent to Denny’s to eat. As she approached the restaurant, two men were in front of Denny’s preaching the gospel of Jesus. The waitress can attest to this because she said that these men were creating a such a ruckus. This is a high traffic area in San Angelo, TX and they were screaming at the top of their lungs that Jesus is going to return and that we must be ready to meet Jesus!!
My wife asked them were they were from and they said Puerto Rico. She also told them that I was doing a work in the Far East and they said, “We know.” My wife offered to buy them lunch and they agreed. The restaurant was packed and she asked them what they wanted, they simply wanted two hamburgers. Nothing more, nothing less. If you know how Denny’s restaurants are set up, the cashier is usually in the front kind of like a deli style. Patrons were there sitting on the their bar stools drinking coffee and holding regular conversations. As the cashier was ringing up the order, she turned her back away from them and my wife had her back turned also tending with the kids. They both turned back to the men and they were gone!
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Heb 13:2