lecture 35 - The Rapture The Rapture and the Tribulation...

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Unformatted text preview: The Rapture The Rapture and the Tribulation Lecture 35 "Rapture" = Latin, raptus, Greek harpazo (I Thess. 4:17), meaning "to seize, to snatch, to catch up" The Rapture Coming The Second Prior to the Tribulation, Christ will return to meet his Bride, the Church. He will descend from heaven to meet the Church, which will be "caught up" in the air. The Rapture: Biblical Teaching The Rapture: Biblical Teaching Notice the following: Jesus ascended literally and bodily to heaven, and will return the same way. The promise was made to the disciples, who are the representatives of the church. He will "return to retrieve" his Bride, and take her to his Father's house. This is the first mention of the Rapture in the Scriptures. John 14:1-3 ! The Rapture: Biblical Teaching " # The Rapture: Biblical Teaching The Key Text: $ % & & $ ! 1 Cor. 15:51-53 1 The Rapture: Biblical Teaching & % ( ' We don't set dates! Nobody knows when the Rapture will occur. The Rapture is imminent: there are no signs or events that must take place first. ) " & * + When will the Rapture Occur? & 1 Thess. 4:14-17 , & ! - ( $ .! & * James 5:7-9 What will the Rapture Be Like? The inaugural sounds (v. 16): a shout the voice of the archangel the trumpet of God The location (v. 17): in the clouds in the air "caught up" The event itself (v. 17): to meet the Lord to go be with Him in the place He has prepared to escape wrath How Will the Events Unfold? 1. "The Lord Himself will descend..." "we who are alive and remain will be "to meet the Lord in the air" caught up together with them in the clouds..." 3. 2. "the dead in Christ will rise first..." of our salvation Completion How Will the Events Unfold? "...and so we shall always be with the Lord." The Purpose of the Tribulation is for Israel / % / " $ .0 1 2 # & Why is the Church Raptured Before the Tribulation? ! Jer. 30:7 % "we who are alive and remain will be "to meet the Lord in the air" caught up together with them in the clouds..." 3. ! Mal. 4:5-6 Resurrection of dead bodies "the dead in Christ will rise first..." Transformation of living Christians The Purpose of the Tribulation is for the Nations / 3 , , 4 2 , 2. ! Rev. 11:18 2 The Purpose of the Tribulation is NOT for the Church Why is the Church Raptured Before the Tribulation? The Church is not a nation. The Rapture is God's Promise to the Church It could happen at any time: BE READY! It is the body of Christ from "every tribe and tongue and people and nation." (Rev. 5:9) The Church is not Israel The prediction of the Tribulation in Daniel 9 is a prophecy that is exclusively Jewish. The Church will not face wrath. The Church is the object of God's love, not wrath, since Christ has borne God's wrath in our place. " # # ! Rev. 3:10 5 % + % $ ! 1 Thess. 1:10 The Great Tribulation Terminology "The Day of the Lord" (Joel 2:1) "The Great Tribulation" (Mt. 24:21) "Time of Jacob's Trouble" (Jeremiah 30:7) "70th Week of Daniel" (Daniel 9:24-27) + # The 70th Week of Daniel # 6 + # - ! ( 8 7 4 # 3 ! Dan. 9:24-26 # # # $ Definition An outpouring of the wrath of God throughout seven years, described as God's judgment and punishment over the whole earth, with the specific purposes of judgment and the preparation of Israel for her King. Source: Enns, MHT, 391 8 4 The 70th Week of Daniel Source: BKC, 1363 The Events of the Tribulation 3 # # # # # ! Daniel 9:27; cf. Mt. 24 Covenant with Israel broken Antichrist in the Holy Place Great Tribulation for Israel "Trumpets" of Rev. 8-9 "Bowls" of Rev. 16 The Climax: Armageddon Return of Christ Decree of Artaxerxes to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, March 5, 444 BC. The Jewish Year (360 days) 69 x 7 = 483 years 483 x 360 days an exact 173,880 days prophecy! Modern Calendar (365 days) counting ahead 173,880 days + leap years, 444 BC to AD 33 March 30, AD 33! 70th 173,880 days March 5, 444 BC 69 Sevens March 30, AD 33 ? Seven: Messiah cut off, The Great "has nothing." Gentiles dominate. Tribulation Restoration & peace for Israel Judgments on the Earth "Seals" of Rev. 6-7 Apostate Worldwide Religion Rev. 17-18 3 Years Abomination of Desolation 3 Years 3 Antichrist The Personalities of the Tribulation AKA "the little horn," "the man of sin" and "the Beast" A (human) world leader who enters into a covenant with Israel Later, he will demand exclusive worship of himself A religious leader who aids the Antichrist and forces humanity to worship him Jews from the Twelve Tribes who, after the Rapture, are sealed by God to do His work on earth Prophets to whom God gives miraculous powers The Antichrist slays them at the midpoint of the Tribulation False Prophet The 144,000 The Two Witnesses 4 ...
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2008 for the course TH 1110 taught by Professor Barbieri during the Fall '07 term at Moody Bible Institute.

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