In the Blink of an Eye The Doctrine of the Rapture In the Blink of an Eye God desires to: • glorify Himself • by establishing His kingdom on earth • through human representation. In the Blink of an Eye When and how will God finally establish His kingdom on earth? In the Blink of an Eye Major End-Times Viewpoints: 1. Premillennial – There will be a future 1000-year kingdom on earth. 2. Amillennial – The kingdom is spiritual only and present in the Church. 3. Postmillennial – The Church will usher in the kingdom through its evangelistic efforts. In the Blink of an Eye The Rapture: I. What is it? In the Blink of an Eye Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up (Latin = rapere) together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 4:17 In the Blink of an Eye Rapture ≠ 2nd Coming of Christ Before Trib. After Trib. We meet Jesus Jesus comes down in the air to earth Peaceful Vengeful In the Blink of an Eye And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. In the Blink of an Eye And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. Revelation 19:11-15 In the Blink of an Eye 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. 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 In the Blink of an Eye The Rapture: I. What is it? II. When will it happen? In the Blink of an Eye Timing of the Rapture: 1. Pretribulation 2. Midtribulation 3. Posttribulation In the Blink of an Eye Why Pretribulational? 1. The Doctrine of Imminence. In the Blink of an Eye Doctrine of Imminence: Jesus is expected to return at any moment. The early church lived with this expectation. In the Blink of an Eye You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. James 5:8 In the Blink of an Eye Why Pretribulational? 1. The Doctrine of Imminence. 2. The Restrainer in 2 Thess 2:1-8. 3. Daniel Prophecy. In the Blink of an Eye “Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place. So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress. In the Blink of an Eye Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined. In the Blink of an Eye And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.” Daniel 9:24-27 In the Blink of an Eye “decree to restore Jerusalem” = March 5, 444 B.C. “sixty-two and seven weeks” = 483 Jewish years 1 Jewish year = 360 days 483 Jewish years = 173,880 days In the Blink of an Eye 173,880 days = 476 Gregorian years (365 days) March 5, 444 B.C. + 476 years = March 30, A.D. 33! In the Blink of an Eye But where did the seventieth week go? -It will occur sometime after the destruction of Jerusalem (A.D. 70). -It must occur while Israel exists as a nation (post-1948). -Its purpose is to restore Israel. -It is after the Rapture. In the Blink of an Eye Why Pretribulational? 1. The Doctrine of Imminence. 2. The Restrainer in 2 Thess 2:1-8. 3. Daniel Prophecy. 4. Revelation 4-16: No mention of the Church. In the Blink of an Eye The Rapture: I. What is it? II. When will it happen? III. Why is it necessary? In the Blink of an Eye Why is it necessary? -To redeem the nation of Israel and allow God to fulfill His promises (Rom 11:25-27). -To provide all nations a chance to accept Jesus as Savior. In the Blink of an Eye The Rapture: I. What is it? II. When will it happen? III. Why is it necessary? IV. Why should we care about it? In the Blink of an Eye Why should we care about the Rapture? 1. Comfort in the face of death (1 Thess. 4:18). 2. Reason to praise God (Phil 3:20-21). 3. Motivation to pursue Christ’s Commission (James 5:8). In the Blink of an Eye If Jesus returns today, will He find us faithfully obeying His Commission?
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