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Who Will Be Taken During The Rapture? What Is The Rapture?

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What Is The Rapture Of The Church?

The rapture, described mainly in I Corinthians 15:50-55 & I Thessalonians 4:13-18, states there will come a time when the Lord will descend from heaven and remove all Christians from the earth in the moment in the twinkling of an eye.  From that day forward we will forever be with the Lord.  "Rapture" comes from the words "caught up".  In the Greek the word is harpazo ..."to seize upon by force" or "to snatch up".  

The Bible says this snatching up or catching away could talk place at any moment, but it will only happen to those who know the Lord as Savior. 

At this point and time, it is believed that once the rapture takes place, God will pour out His wrath upon mankind in a time period called the seven-year tribulation period. The Bible says the tribulation period will be the most horrible time in history.

Who Will Be Taken?

And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.  Genesis 5:21-24

In the Book of Genesis, we find a man named Enoch, of the line of Seth, that the Bible specifically points out as being a man that walked with God.  But there's more!  He was also taken by God.  Many Bible scholars have attributed this mysterious disappearance (taking) as a picture of the future rapture of the church.  Later, in the Book of Jude, this same Enoch would give us a glimpse of what will take place at the Second Coming of Christ:

And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.  These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage.  But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.  These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.  Jude 14-19

In Genesis 5:24, an important characteristic of Enoch's relationship with God is emphasized in that "Enoch walked with God".  If this is indeed a picture of the rapture, and I believe it is, is it possible that the same criteria to be taken in the future rapture will be determined by whether or not we are walking with God?  This is a sobering thought in light of today's liberal so-called Christian churches.  I'm afraid many church members are going to be shocked when they find themselves left behind to go through the most horrible time in world history. 

Neighbor, it's time to determine if we are truly walking with God!  Certainly, the Lord is at hand and if you expect to go with Him when He raptures the church, you will have to be walking with Him.  And you'll have be ready before He comes or you won't go!

You may say, what is the criteria for going?  I'm glad you asked that it is.  You're going to have to have a personal relationship (walk) with the Lord just as Enoch did if you expect to go.  That relationship has been given various names over the years, but the truth is, if you do not have Jesus as Lord of your life you will not go when the trumpet blasts.  On that day, it won't matter what religious affiliation you may have, only those who hear his voice will go.  Today is the day to examine your heart and determine if you truly are living for the Lord.

You may say, I'm not sure if I would go if the trumpet sounded...but I'd like to settle that today  Well, we can solve that problem right now by praying this simple prayer, repenting of your sins, and turning your life over to the Lord from this day forward.  

If you would like to accept Jesus as Lord pray with me right now:

Father, I know that I am a sinner and cannot obtain salvation in and of myself. I come to you in the name of Jesus asking that you forgive me of my sins, and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness and guilt. I trust and believe that Jesus died and rose again to pay my sin penalty. I accept this free gift of salvation, and from this day forward, turn my life completely over to the Lord. I thank you and praise you God for giving me a new life in Christ. Amen.

You may say, I've already prayed this prayer, but if you're honest, you are not living for the Lord and you're not really sure you would go when the Lord comes.  God has the answer for this as well.  Tell the Lord where you are at this moment in your life.  Ask Him to forgive you (repent) for not living for Him and commit your life to the Lord, and from this day forward, live for Him.  He will forgive you, all you need to do is ask.

Commit your life to Jesus today before it's too late! And if you have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, or committed your life to Christ, please send me an email.  The Bible says when you become a follower of the Lord you need to confess it (Romans 10:10).  I would be thrilled to hear about your confession.

Are you ready to meet the Lord?  If not, your time is running out!

Terry Malone

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