KEY SCRIPTURE: Mat 24:44 KJV Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
The Lord Jesus is definitely coming back to receive the church unto himself. There are two forms or aspects of His return. The first of these is the rapture of the church. 1Th 4:17 KJV. “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord”.1st Corinth 15:51-58, The second advent or coming is when, the heavens and earth melt away for a new heaven and earth. The Lord will come to reign on the new earth. (Revelation 22:1–3). In this study, we are considering the rapture.
The Bible states, His coming shall be like how a thief surprises his victims. (Matt 24:43,1st Thess. 5:2). We are not of darkness, so His coming should not be like a thief to us. (1st Thess. 5:4&5) The Bible teaches that, there is a lawless one called the antichrist in Revelations 13, who would be revealed. (2nd Thessalonians 2:8–11). The following is what the Bible says about when the antichrist would be revealed. 2Th 2:7 NET “For the hidden power of lawlessness is already at work. However, the one who holds him back will do so until he is taken out of the way”. (Read 2 Thess 2:8) The rapture of the church is what would allow the full revelation of the antichrist. This man called the antichrist would terribly torment the Saints that would be left on the earth at that time. REV 13.
The question is would you make it at the rapture of the church? Are you ready to be raptured? What are the conditions that make one ready?
1. Be a sincere lover of Jesus and live to please Him always. (1st Corinth 2:9)
2. Be keenly involved in serving Him. Luke 19:13.
3. Put away any besetting sin. A common one is unforgiveness. There are many more. (Heb 12:1)
4. No secret sins. (2nd Corinth 4:2)
5. Be constantly filled with the Holy Ghost. Eph 5:18
Lord I pray for all Christians to be mindful of the rapture of the church. I pray every Christian would turn away from every sin and commit themselves to living to glorify the Lord.
1Thess 5:6 & 7 NET “So then we must not sleep as the rest, but must stay alert and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night and those who get drunk are drunk at night”.
Hebrews 12:1 NET “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, we must get rid of every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and run with endurance the race set out for us”,