What can you tell me about the Doctrine of the Rapture? ( Part 6 of 6 )

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(Q)  What can you tell me about the Doctrine of the Rapture?  ( Part 6 of 6 )

 

Written by Robert C. Brock

(A)   (58)  2 Tim.4:8, “Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness,
which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and
not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.”

There are two future events for the Body of Christ in this verse: (1)
‘His appearing’ refers to the Rapture; (2) ‘that Day’ refers to the Judgment
Seat of Christ.

The Apostle was not looking for the Second Corning of Christ to the earth
to rule and reign for 1000 years. Neither was he expecting the Rapture to
take place somewhere in the Tribulation Period. Rather, he had a continual
love in his heart for the glorious manifestation that will take place in the
AIR at the Rapture (1 Thess. 4:17).

The word ‘love’ is not in the aorist tense as the NKJV translated it.
“Love.’ is in the Greek perfect tense, which is quite different from the
aorist tense. The aorist tense tells of a one time act in the past, while
the perfect tense relates to the PAST and to the PRESENT, indicating a
‘continuous’ situation. Paul LOVED His appearing in a continual, constant
way, which is proved by this study on the Rapture. Since Paul is our pattern
(1 Tim. 1: 16), all those who desire to win this crown must also have a
continual love for His appearing. It is unfortunate that this has not
always been the case with most believers.

As a matter of fact, the use of the perfect tense here leaves out a large
part of the Body of Christ when it comes to the crown of righteousness,
because the doctrine of the Rapture has been mainly thought of as being
either a minor doctrine or a false doctrine during this Age of grace. Not
many will receive this crown of righteousness, which also might be true of
the ‘crown’ mentioned in 1 Cor.9:25. Rules NEED to be obeyed by the
believer in order to win a crown from our risen Lord,

Our Lord is called ‘the righteous Judge’ because as God He alone knows
all our hearts and the attitude each believer has had and now has in relation
to the Rapture. Therefore, the Lord Jesus will not make a mistake in His
decisions affecting believers. The rewarding of this crown to believers is not
automatic. A certain condition has to be met, that of loving the doctrine of
the Lord’s coming at the Rapture all through one’s Christian life. This would
make the Rapture one of the major doctrines of Christianity.

TITUS

(59) Titus 2:13, “looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our
    great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ.”

This verse teaches two important truths:

1.The Deity of Christ. The Lord Jesus is called ‘our great GOD and Saviour.’
The Deity of Christ is one of the main teachings of Titus, being found in
Titus 1:2-4; 2:10,13; 3:4,6. This truth is so important that if Christ
were not God, everything He said and did would be absolutely worthless.
He would be branded as the biggest liar who has ever lived. ALL false
religions and cults HATE the doctrine of the Deity of Christ.

2.The Rapture. The phrase ‘the blessed hope’ occurs nowhere else in the New
Testament. It is a reference to Christ Jesus, Who is our hope (1 Tim. 1:1;
Col. 1:27). We are to be looking, waiting, and expecting the glorious
manifestation of the GLORY of our great God arid Saviour, Christ Jesus.

Non-dispensationalists and Dispensationalists try to emphasize the glory of
God in their teachings. They are to be commended for this, but their theological
assumptions tend to limit their understanding of this great subject.

However, a Pauline Dispensationalist can be dogmatic in his assertion that
the Revelation of the Mystery is all about the glory of God for this present
Dispensation of His grace and about the glory of God in the future of the
spiritual realm of the Fourth Dimension. Just as this Dispensation of the grace
of GOD BEGAN with a great manifestation of the GLORY OF GOD in the salvation of
Saul/Paul in Acts 9 on earth (Acts 9:3-7 with Acts 22:11), so this Dispensation
will END with another great manifestation of the GLORY OF GOD in the air with
the appearance of Christ Jesus, the Head of the Body of Christ.

In addition, the Gospel message we are to preach today involves the glory of
God. Two names for this Gospel contain the word ‘glory’ in these titles:

1.The Gospel of the GLORY of Christ – 2 Cor. 4:4

2.The Gospel of the GLORY of the blessed God – 1 Tim. 1:11

This is the way our risen Lord is glorified now when His ministers are obedient
to the Word of God rightly divided in their preaching and teaching of the
Gospel message for today.

(60) 1 Tim. 3:16,”And without controversy, great is the mystery of godliness:
 God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached
 among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory.”

Verses 15 and 16 refer to the Body of Christ, the church of the living GOD
 (verse 15). In verse 16, it is the risen Lord Jesus Christ who is God, and He
 is seen as being manifested in our flesh (2 Cor.4:10-11); the Body is justifi
ed
 in
the Spirit (1 Cor. 6: 11 ); the Body is a testimony to the angels (Eph.3:10);
the risen Lord is preached among the Gentiles in Paul’s ministry (1 Tim. 2:7;
 2 Tim. 1: 11 ); the risen Lord is believed on in the world (Acts 16:31); and we
 are going to be taken up into glory, which refers to the Rapture. Colossians
 3:4 states, “When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear
 with Him in glory.”

The word ‘received’ also means ‘to take up,’ and is similar to the phrase in
1 Thess. 4:17, ‘caught up’ together ••• to meet the Lord in the air. The past tense
 shows that as far as our God is concerned, it is as good as done.
This passage does not refer to the Lord’s earthly life on this earth for 33 years.

My friend, I hope and pray that you understand what is taught in the pages
of this Bible study. If you do believe in the truth of the Rapture, you should
take a stand for it, and associate with those who believe this very important
doctrine of Christianity. You should belong to a Grace church that sets forth
Pauline doctrine that glorifies our risen Saviour and Lord. The Holy Spirit
will surely bless you in a spiritual way as you grow in grace and become a
mature believer in the Body of Christ.

CONCLUSION

Instead of writing four or five paragraphs as a conclusion, it would
be profitable to present a full outline on the teaching of the Rapture,
based on all of the 60 verses involved with it. This will definitely
show that the Rapture is indeed a major doctrine of Christianity.

FULL OUTLINE OF THE RAPTURE

A.  IT IS BIBLICAL AND SCRIPTURAL

1. The Word of the Risen Lord Jesus Christ – 1 Thess. 4:15

2. It is identified as a Mystery – 1 Cor. 15:51

B. THE DESCRIPITION OF TRUTH BEFORE THE RAPTURE TAKES PLACE

1. It has a number of Names

a. The Day – Rom. 13:12

b .The Day of Christ – Phil. 1:10; 2:16

c. The Day of the Lord Jesus – 1 Cor. 5:5;- 2 Cor. 1:14

d. The Day of Jesus Christ – Phil. 1:6

e .The Day of our Lord Jesus Christ – 1 Cor. 1:8

f. The Day of Redemption – Eph. 4:30

2. It will take place at God’s own time – 1 Tim. 6:15

3. It is a visible coming for His own – 1 Cor. 1:7; 4:5; 11:26; 16:22;
Col. 3:4; 1 Thess. 2:19; 3:13; 4:15; 5:23; 2 Thess. 2:1; 1 Tim. 6:14;
2 Tim. 4:1; 4:8; Titus 2:13

4. The restraining power of the Body of Christ, the Holy Spirit, and
the Pauline message of grace – 2 Thess. 2:6

5. The fulness from the Gentiles – Rom. 11:25; Eph. 4:13

6. Our salvation is nearer than than when we believed – Rom. 13:11

7. It is a deliverance from this world system – 2 Cor. 1:10; Gal. 1:4

8. Christ is our hope- Rom. 5:2; 12:12; Gal. 5:5; Titus 2:13

C. THE BELIEVER’S ATTTITUDE TOWARD THE RAPTURE

1. We are to eagerly wait for it – Rom. 8:23; 8:25; 1 Cor. 1:7; Gal. 5:5;
Phil. 3:20; 1 Thess. 1:10

2. We are encouraged to live holy lives – Rom. 13:11; 2 Cor. 1:9; Eph. 4:4;
Eph. 4:30; Phil. 1:10; 2:16

3. We are to rejoice in this hope – Rom. 5:2; 12:12

4. We are to follow the teachings of the Apostle Paul – 1 Tim. 6:14

5. We are to love His appearing – 2 Tim. 4:8

6. We are to be looking for His return – Titus 2:13

7 .We are to know about this hope – Eph. 1:18

D. WHAT TAKES PLACE AT THIS EVENT

1. The Resurrection of the Body of Christ – 2 Cor. 4:14; Phil. 3:11
2. Believers will be changed – 1 Cor. 15:51-52
    a. Suddenly – 1 Cor. 15:52
 

3. Each believer will receive a resurrection body – 1 Cor. 15: 52-53

   a.will become immortal – 1 Cor. 15:53

   b.will become incorruptible – 1 Cor. 15:52

   c.will be a body of glory – Phil. 3:21

   i. glorified together – Rom. 8:17-18
   ii. victorious over death – 1 Cor. 15:54

4 .Caught up together to be with Jesus – 1 Thess. 4:17; 1 Tim. 3:16
   a. taken out of the way – 2 Thess. 2:7

5. Jesus will descend into the air from His spiritual home –
    1 Thess. 4: 1 6

6. A shout from our Lord – 1 Thess. 4:16; Phil. 3:14

   a. for believers who have died, those who are asleep

7.   The trumpet will sound – 1 Cor. 15:52; 1 Thess. 4:16
   a. for living believers

8. Soul and spirit united with our resurrection body – 1 Thess. 4: 1 4

9. A meeting in the air – 1 Thess. 4:17

   a. gathered together – 2 Thess. 2:1

10. We will see Him face to face – 1 Cor. 13:12

11. We will gain full knowledge – 1 Cor. 13:12

12. Salvation will be completed – Rom. 8:23; Eph. 1:14; 1 Thess. 5:9

When the Body of Christ, in all of its glory, meets with its glorified
Head in the air, the Lord Jesus will triumphantly escort His Church into
the spiritual realm of His Domain, the Fourth Dimension. There He will
exhibit the Body of Christ to all of His creatures in that spiritual
realm (Eph. 2:7).

THE BEST IS YET TO COME

It has been a number of years since this article about the Rapture
 was written. Now as we look at the world situation we can see that
 the Rapture is just around the corner. We cannot set dates but it may
happen at any time! I hope you want to be part of it as I do.

( END OF PART 6 OF 6 )

MARANATHA,

John

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Reply to “What can you tell me about the Doctrine of the Rapture? ( Part 6 of 6 )”

  1. Steeltec

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