THE RAPTURE – GENERAL

By Rev. Dr. Jerry Schmoyer  jerry@schmoyer.net 

 http://india.christiantrainingonline.org/

 

Main idea: general about rapture, focus in impact on us

 

INTRODUCTION

World in turmoil, uncertain

Seems evil everywhere, nothing fair, right

God greater than it all, will protect us

Will come back to take us to heaven with Him

 

I. IMPACT ON OUR FUTURE

 

A. THE TRUTH OF IT

One day the next day will be the day He comes…..

So busy in life, etc., don’t think about it

“BLESSED HOPE” for us

Persecuted believers more in touch with this

PROMINENT TRUTH IN GOD’S WORD!

 

1 Thess 4:13-18  Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. 14 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 own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till 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 each other with these words.

 

ME NEW BELIEVER much talk, focus on rapture

TRANSITION

NOT JUST ESCAPE, though

            Jesus’ return far more than that!

 

B. THE HOPE FROM IT

SIN, SUFFERING, AGE, PAIN, SORROW GONE FOREVER

WITH GOD IN HEAVEN FOREVER more and more of a reality

 

We saw that in recent series on Jesus death and resurrection as well

            Came, died – ascended

            Next thing – COME AGAIN

 

Told the disciples:

John 14:1-5   “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”

 

Ascension

Acts 1:10-11 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

 

TRUTH of His coming reassuring, peace, HOPE (assurance)

 

TRANSITION

But song impacted me about more than just FUTURE assurance, event

Listen again and see what else God says to you through it:

 

 

II. IMPACT ON OUR PRESENT

 

A. WHAT WE WOULD DO TODAY

 

What else does that song convey besides what awaits us in the future?

ME impacted, implications for TODAY

            IF HE COMES TOMORROW, WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING TODAY?

If I knew tomorrow was the day, what would I do today?

This MIGHT be the day, am I doing/living as I should?

WHAT SHOULD I DO TODAY IF I KNEW HE WAS COMING FOR ME TOMORROW?

 

WHAT WOULD YOU DO TODAY IF YOU KNEW HE WAS COMING FOR YOU TOMORROW?

 

GET RIGHT WITH GOD

Confess sin, get victory over it

Remove anything between me and God

Recommit to relationship with Him

 

SPEND QUALITY TIME WITH GOD

Spend time with Him – pray, read Bible

 

GET RIGHT WITH OTHERS

Make up with any where things not right, as much can

Reconnect with those not talked to in a long time

 

SPEND QUALITY TIME WITH OTHERS

Reassure those closest to us that we love, appreciate them

Tell those who don’t know Jesus about Him

 

 

B. WHAT WE WOULDN’T DO TODAY

 

WHAT WOULDN’T YOU DO TODAY?

 

WHAT WE WOULDN’T DO

            Wash kitchen floor

            Work on stock portfolio

            Watch hours of TV

            Slip into that sin that seems to trap us

            Hang out at the mall

 

Why not?  Those things wrong? 

            NO – but not top priorities!!!

                        (do you see where I’m going with this?)

 

C. WHAT WE SHOULD DO TODAY

-if CAN do it if Jesus comes, then why not now?

Why put off?

    NOT sell everything and live on mt top

    BUT keep the most important things first

            It is doable, just face it and do it

            Procrastination one of Satan’s best weapons

            WRONG PRIORITIES keep us from being ready whenever He comes

Wouldn’t it be GREAT to be able to say we wouldn’t do

anything different today

Everything in order, everything ready for Him to come!!

                                               

IT CAN BE THAT WAY for us

            He WILL come one day

            If not come before we die, then know will die one

 

            True of me

            ALL of you, even really young – not guaranteed life

                        Rapture or die any time

 

CONCLUSION

-going to India, closer time comes more in touch with them, all ready

            Think about it more, more anxious to get there

Closer we get to heaven more ready, in touch

            Not just when get older

            But each day one day closer to DAY HE COMES

            One day the next day will be the day He come

 

 

C t O Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
jerry@ChristianTrainingOrganization.org
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