March 25, 2020
The second coming of Christ- We believe that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will come in the clouds to raise the dead and the living in Christ prior to His coming to earth again to reign for a 1,000 years and this resurrection occurs before the Tribulation.
1 Thessalonians 4:14-18;
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:17 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.18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
Rapture from Latin translation of 4:17—rapior—snatch, carry off, seize
Read literally as much as possible. Don’t be too adamant because the Bible shows we typically get prophetic revelation completely wrong!
Examples of God’speople getting out of judgment first—Noah’s ark, Sodom
Examples of people going to heaven—Enoch, Elijah, possibly Moses
1 Thessalonians 5:9
For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ
Titus 2:13—this is the next thing to occur
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ
Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
Churches in first three chapters of revelation, then no more mention of them
Many mentions in OT about regathering Israel to their land, keeping covenant with Abraham.
Daniel’s time, times and half a time, 70th week
And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.