The Rapture

My birthday is in two weeks and I am looking forward to it because all my kids, son-in-laws, daughter-in-laws and 27 grandchildren will be here. It is going to be a wonderful time. But more than any other event I am looking forward to the Rapture. The word rapture comes from the Latin word raptura which is the Latin translation of the Greek word translated “caught up” in 1Thessalonians 16-17.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.

The Rapture as an event is also described in 1 Corinthians 15:51-53

Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.

The Rapture is when Jesus comes and takes us to heaven. If I am alive when it happens the first thing that will happen is I will hear a loud trumpet sound coming from heaven. Then my physical body will be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. I wii receive a body like Jesus, no more aches and pains, no more weariness. Then I will hear a loud voice say, “Come up here,” and then I will rise from the ground and meet Jesus in the air with other believers and off we go to heaven.

Every day I think about that event and I plead with Jesus to make it today. Most people are going to be left behind on that day because they aren’t following Jesus as their Savior and Lord.

My confidence in my being part of this great Exodus is what makes all the current events bearable.

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