081109PM WNS-8 Rapture.doc WNS-39 Seven Big Events on God’s Calendar for Earth: #1 The Rapture I Thessalonians 4:17-18 Jesus enclosed a snapshot of what life on earth was like–just before He touched down on the Mt. of Olives, the Ground Zero of His Second Coming. Those snapshots are in Matthew. So please open with […]
971019pm WFJ-29 57.27 Snatched up Caught up to be with Christ I Thessalonians 4:13-18 I Thessalonians Sermon Series # 27 On March 9, 19791, nine satellites stationed at various points in the solar system simultaneously recorded a bizarre event deep in space. It was, in fact, the most powerful burst of energy ever recorded. Astronomers […]
971102pm WFJ-28 Rapture 101: When Jesus Returns I Thessalonians 4:13-14 The climax of all human history is coming. The purposes of God long hidden in His eternal counsels are now made clear. Jesus will soon step back into history, no longer the suffering servant, He is Lord of All. Look closely as God pulls back […]
971019pm WFJ-27 57.27 Snatched up Caught up to be with Christ I Thessalonians 4:13-18 I Thessalonians Sermon Series # 27 On March 9, 19791, nine satellites stationed at various points in the solar system simultaneously recorded a bizarre event deep in space. It was, in fact, the most powerful burst of energy ever recorded. Astronomers […]
NR5-34 920126PM The End Times Rapture Tribulation: the purpose is to reconcile Israel to Christ Israel in national unbelief Ezk 37-38 Northern Army strikes Ezk 38 Anti Christ appears as hero mid point temple worship Mat 24:15; 2 Th 2:3-4; Rev 13 wrath of God Armageddon Rev 16:14-16. Second Coming: Mt. 24/25; Rev. 19.11-21 One […]
We all need a good dose of old-fashioned “living hope”, the kind that the teaching of Christ & His Apostles caused to overflow through the hearts, minds and lives of early New Testament believers.
When Peter addressed the most heavily persecuted saints of the 1st Century living all around the area of the seven churches we are studying in Revelation, he told them a foundational truth. He told them that salvation opens to us life-long lives of hope. Look at 1 Peter 1:3.
Jesus taught such a comforting, hope-filled message of His return to rescue His Church before the Tribulation, that His disciples went everywhere teaching this same truth. When Paul had only a month in a pagan city where he planted a church, the Rapture was central to their doctrine.
The Rapture was First Taught by Jesus
The Rapture is a doctrine started and taught by Jesus, continued and spread by His disciples, and believed and passionately lived out by His Church. The early church heard and understood this doctrine of Christ’s any moment return, and radiantly lived, looking for ways to please Him when He came to rescue them.