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The Resurrection And The Rapture by R H Clark

Both the resurrection and the rapture are future events which are part of the return of Jesus Christ.

First, you must understand that the resurrection is for those people who have died as believers in Jesus.

Paul writes in 1 Thess. 4:15-16, “According to the Lord’s own word…For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, …the dead in Christ will rise.”

Also, Mark 12:25 records a statement by Jesus, “When the dead rise.”

Both Statements are directly from the Lord Jesus so we can be confident in it as truth.

This was also seen by Old Testament prophets such as Job, Isaiah, and Daniel.

Job 19:26 says, “And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God.”

The prophet Isaiah (Isa. 26:19) said, “But your dead will live; their bodies will rise.”

Daniel (Dan. 11:1-13) recorded, “Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake.”

You see this promise predates the earthly birth of Christ.

So what happens with those who are still alive?

In 1 Thess. 4:17 it says, “…we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep…the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.”

Jesus tells us how this will look in Luke 17:34-35, “I tell you on the night two people will be in one bed: one will be taken the other left. Two women will be grinding together; one will be taken and the other left.”

It will be sudden, in the twinkle of an eye, and it will be totally unexpected. Jesus says more in John 5:28-29, “…a time is coming when all who are in their graves…will come out-those who have done good (accepted Christ) will rise to live, and those who have done evil (not accepted Christ) will rise to be condemned.

This is the final accounting, it is the beginning of the end of time.

At some time after the rapture, the Anti-Christ will make his appearance and there will be seven and a half years left before the final return of Jesus.

How soon can we expect this to happen, just know that every prophecy that comes before the return of Jesus has been fulfilled except one. The resurrection and the rapture are still to come so this could happen at any time. That should encourage us to be prepared by accepting Jesus Christ as our savior now!

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Ron is a retired pharmacist with 42 years of experience. He and his wife Kitty have been on mission trips to Thailand and Columbia. Ron lives in Rockport, TX and enjoys fishing, hunting, and riding motorcycles.

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