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When Will the Rapture Occur?

Matthew 24:36

No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

img_0063-2I first posted this devotional thought on May 21st – 2011. According to fundamentalist Harold Camping – that was the day he predicted for the Rapture. The Rapture is a even that some believe will happen when the saints of Christ – true believers – will be raised before the end of time arrives. A key passage some use in their teaching about the Rapture is 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17. I agree with this train of thought – Christ will return – Christ will receive His church (true believers) and the end times will unfold. I just wasn’t sold on Harold Camping’s prediction in 2011 nor of anyone’s ability to predict the date today. It will come like a thief in the night according to Jesus (see Scripture reference below).

1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 – 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.

The Rapture will occur as part of the end-time events. The question is – can we know when it will occur – by predicting the day and hour as some have tried – and been wrong in the past as Harold Camping was in 1994 and in 2011. Continue reading

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The Rapture: Are We Prepared?

Matthew 24:36

No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

82015 RayI first posted this on May 21st – 2011.  According to fundamentalist Harold Camping – that was the day he predicted for the Rapture.  The Rapture is a belief that the saints of Christ – true believers – will be raised before the end of time arrives.  A key passage some use in their teaching about the Rapture is 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17.  I agree with this train of thought – Christ will return – Christ will receive His church (true believers) and the end times will unfold.  I just wasn’t sold on Harold Camping’s prediction in 2011 nor of anyone’s ability to predict the date today.

1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 – 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. Continue reading

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See That No One Takes You Captive

Colossians 2:8

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.

RayBlogWhat sets believers apart from church goers?  Think about that for a moment.  Would you believe me if I wrote that not all church goers are believers – not all the baptized are born again (Christians).  I know that in some denominations – in some churches – that would be heresy.  I mean – there are some churches that believe when a baby is baptized they are saved – they become a Christian – but that just doesn’t stand the test of Biblical examination.  There are some so called Christian churches today that teach their traditions rather than Biblical truth.  There are some churches that believe their understanding of what is sin and what is acceptable supersedes what the Bible says. Today we begin a series – that will stretch over several weeks (not consecutive days) spending time debunking some myths in the church as we examine Scripture together.

biblePaul spent much of his time teaching true doctrine in the 1st generation of the church.  There were heresies at that time and there are heresies today.  Here is today’s passage in partial context.  Colossians 2:1-15 – 1 I want you to know how much I am struggling for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally. 2 My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments. 5 For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how orderly you are and how firm your faith in Christ is. 6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. 8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. 9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority. 11 In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

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