The Rapture (Part 7) – The Last Trump

As we continue to explore the Rapture and the many aspects of it, in part 4 we learned that the text in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 has a military style. The underlying Greek words hint at military-style orders being given. It is with that in mind that we shall explore the idea of the last trump. …

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The Rapture (Part 6) – Why a Change?

In the last installment, we learned the mystery was revealed by Paul. We will explore the need for change. Now this I say, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does corruption inherit incorruption.1 Corinthians 15:50 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014) A Change to …

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The Rapture (Part 5) – The Mystery

Now that we understand who the rapture is for in part 1, what the rapture is in part 2, and in part 3 how it will happen; we discover that a change is necessary for those raptured to enter the kingdom of God. These flesh and blood bodies cannot enter there. This is an important …

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The Rapture (Part 4) – How It Will Happen

The previous post helped us to understand the myriad of ideas people attempt to use to debunk the rapture. Though it was not exhaustive, hopefully, it provided enough of an impetus for your own study. We also discussed some parts of the Olivet Discourse and Jesus' teaching. Let's now explore how it will happen. For …

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The Rapture (Part 3) – What it is Not

The previous post attempted to explain what the rapture is. We know the rapture is a catching away of church saints. It helps to have an understanding of what the rapture is not, and the other things people say about the rapture. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with …

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The Rapture (Part 2) – What it Is

From the previous post we learned for whom the rapture is inended tobenefit. It is a body called the church. A proper ecclesiology is a necessary foundation to understanding the rapture. Let us now explore what the rapture is. "Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God. Believe also in Me. In My …

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The Rapture (Part 1) – Ecclesiology

To deviate from the normal posts, I want to offer some clarity on an important doctrine. To do that requires some foundational understanding. But I would not have you ignorant, brothers, concerning those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and …

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Pray Toward the Temple, Part Two

“When Your people go out to battle against their enemies, in the way that You send them, and when they pray to You toward this city that You have chosen and the house that I have built for Your name, then hear from heaven their prayer and plea and act for their cause.2 Chronicles 6:34–35 …

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Pray Toward the Temple, Part One

And he said:“O Lord God of Israel, there is no God like You in the heavens or on the earth, who keeps covenants and mercy with Your servants who walk before You with all their heart. You have kept what You promised Your servant David my father. You have both spoken with Your mouth and …

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Surely Goodness and Mercy

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.He makes me lie down in green pastures;He leads me beside still waters.He restores my soul;He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil;for You are with me;Your rod …

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