Sunday, June 12, 2016

The Rapture Paul's Epistles - I Thessalonians - Part 5

The Rapture
Paul's Epistles - I Thessalonians - Part 5
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
House of Faith Church | |


We began looking at the basics of Christianity and the foundation of the church. How it was constructed, how it is to operate, and the instructions we as followers of Christ are given.

We looked at the Book of Acts, which shows the ups and downs of the Apostles and the early church. Many of the issues they had then, we still deal with today. So it is good for us to read these books and keep an eye on ourselves.

After Acts, we looked at the first few chapters of Revelation to read what the letters Jesus sent to the churches consisted of. We learned where the church were doing good, where they were messing up, and in all cases, how they were “supposed” to be.

We took those letters, compiled them and read them as if it were Christ’s instructions to us, as individuals, and as a church.

From the letter’s of Christ, we turned then to Paul’s letters, or epistles.

First looking at the Book of Romans, then to I and II Corinthians, from there to Galatians, and now we are looking at his letter to the Thessalonians.

This letter is believed to be Paul’s first letter.

We will now look at Paul’s ministry in Thessalonica.

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE I Thessalonians 4:13-18

Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.
15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.
18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

    I.      BROTHERS AND SISTERS (Instructions to the saved)
a. We do not want you to be uninformed (ignorant) about those who sleep in death
                                                                                  i. Sleep simply refers to those who have already died.

                                                                               ii. So that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind

b. They (the unsaved) have no hope
                                                                                  i. This is specifically referring to those who do not know the Lord

                                                                               ii. They will have no part in the first Resurrection of Life

                                                                            iii. Therefore, no hope of Heaven

c. However, we do
                                                                                  i. Why? Because we believe Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen died in Him.

                                                                               ii. This is proof of life after death, when Jesus returned in a Resurrected and Glorified body.

                                                                            iii. This is the future of all Saints, a Glorified body and a new life that will never end

d. This IS the Rapture of the Church!
                                                                                  i. Or the Resurrection of Believer’s

1. Both meaning the SAME THING

2. Both are SCRIPTURAL

                                                                               ii. Paul describes in I Corinthians 15

1. At death, the Soul and Spirit of a child of God instantly go to be with Jesus (Philippians 1:23)

a. Soul is who we are

b. Spirit is the completion of God and us

c. Without God’s Spirit, our soul would not go to Heaven

2. While our physical body returns to dust.

a. We are 3 parts, created in God’s image.

b. Father, Son and Holy Spirit
                                                                                                                                                                                                            i.      Body, Soul and Spirit

3. At the Rapture, God will replace what was the physical body

a. With the Glorified Body

b. United with the Soul and Spirit

II.      ACCORDING TO THE LORD’S WORD (presents Doctrine of Rapture as Word of the Lord)
a. We who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord
                                                                                  i. Meaning those who are alive during the time of the Rapture

                                                                               ii. Will certainly NOT precede those who have already fallen asleep in Him

1. Thos who have already died will receive their Glorified bodies first.

b. For the Lord Himself will come down from Heaven
                                                                                  i. With a loud command (Acts 1:11)

                                                                               ii. With the voice of an Archangel (Jude 9)

                                                                            iii. And with the trump call of God

c. And the dead in Christ will rise first
                                                                                  i. To be ready for the Rapture, one must be “in Christ” which means that you are truly Born-Again.

a. We who are still alive and left
                                                                                  i. Will be caught up (Raptured) together

b. With them (those who already died in Christ) in the Clouds (Heaven)

c. To meet with the Lord in the air
                                                                                  i. The Greek word used here refers to the lower atmosphere

1. The Lord will NOT come all the way to Earth at this point, but stay in the atmosphere.

2. 7 years later the Lord will come all the way to Earth, which will be the Second Coming.

                                                                               ii. And so we (those already asleep in Christ, and those Raptured up) will be with the Lord forever

CONCLUSION Therefore encourage one another with these words.

Encouraging because the IS the future of every child of God!

There is no death, but New Life!

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