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Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Rapture: Joyous, No Secret

"Rapture" is not a word that is found in Scripture, but it is a summary of an eschatological concept. ("Eschatology" meaning "the study of the end-times.") "Rapture" comes from a word meaning "caught up." Theologian R.C. Sproul defines "rapture" as "the miraculous transportation of all living Christians to Heaven at the return of Jesus."

A key biblical text for understanding the rapture is 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. Notice what this passage teaches about the rapture:

1. The rapture will not be secret: it will be announced with "a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, with the sound of the trumpet of God" (1 Thess 4:13).

2.  Again, there is no hint in this text that the glorified Lord will be invisible or concealed when He returns to rapture His people; also, compare Acts 1:11b, "This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into Heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into Heaven."

3. The historical background of this rapture passage seems to refer to the people of a city rushing out to meet their conquering king, joyfully joining him as he parades victoriously into the city.

[HT:: "What is the Rapture" by R.C. Sproul]



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