Giving Serious Thought To The Rapture
by Sharon McClean
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Are we looking for Godís will? Or are we looking for the rapture? There is one very important scripture in 1 Tim.1:2 we should look at--Therefore I EXHORT FIRST OF ALL that SUPPLICATION, PRAYERS, INTERCESSIONS, and GIVING of THANKS be made for ALL MEN, (2) for kings and ALL MEN who ARE IN AUTHORITY, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. (3) For this is GOOD and ACCEPTABLE in the sight of GOD our Savior. (4) WHO DESIRES ALL MEN to be SAVED and to COME to THE KNOWLEDGE of THE TRUTH. (5) For there is ONE GOD and ONE MEDIATOR between GOD and MEN, the MAN CHRIST JESUS, (6) who gave Himself A RANSOM FOR ALL, to be testified in DUE time, (7) for which I was appointed a PREACHER and an APOSTLE--I am speaking THE TRUTH IN CHRIST and NOT LYING--a teacher of THE GENTILES in FAITH and TRUTH. (Do you not think we should pray towards this end instead of the other?)
Then we read in Pro.13:12--Hope DEFERRED makes the heart SICK, but when THE DESIRE comes, it is A TREE OF LIFE. (who is the tree of life?) And then as we look to the Book of JOB we read. Job 36:20--DO NOT DESIRE THE NIGHT WHEN PEOPLE ARE CUT OFF IN THEIR PLACE. And in the Book of John we see where JESUS HIMSELF SAYS! John 17:15--I DO NOT PRAY that YOU SHOULD TAKE THEM OUT of THE WORLD, but that You should KEEP THEM FROM THE EVIL ONE.
So as I see it, as we seek Godís will and not our own things start to become very clear. Just WHAT is GODíS WILL. Well first of all letís look to the Book of Hebrews. Heb.10:7--Then I said, ĎBEHOLD, I HAVE COME--IN THE VOLUME OF THE BOOK (not just the end of the book) it is written of me--TO DO YOUR, WILL, O GOD. Letís see if we can find some clarity on that in the Book of PS. Ps. 40:7--Then I said, BEHOLD, I COME; IN THE SCROLL OF THE BOOK, it is written of me. (8) I DELIGHT TO DO YOUR WILL, O MY GOD, and Your law is within my heart. (9) I have PROCLAIMED the GOOD NEWS of RIGHTEOUSNESS in THE GREAT CONGREGATION; in deed I do not restrain my lips, O Lord, You Yourself know. I have NOT HIDDEN YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS within my heart; (Rom 10:3--For they being IGNORANT of GODíS RIGHTEOUSNESS, and SEEKING to ESTABLISH THEIR OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS, have NOT SUBMITTED to THE RIGHTEOUSNESS of GOD. (6) But the RIGHEOUSNESS of FAITH speaks in this way, DO NOT SAY IN YOUR HEART, WHO WILL ASCEND INTO HEAVEN? (7) or, ďWHO WILL DESCEND INTO THE ABYSS? )
Returning to Ps.40:10--I HAVE DECLARED YOUR FAITHFULNESS and YOUR SALVATION; I HAVE NOT CONCEALED YOUR LOVINGKINDNESS and YOUR TRUTH from THE GREAT CONGREGATION. Then looking to Ps.22:25--My praise shall be of YOU in THE GREAT CONGREGATION. I will PAY MY VOWS before those who FEAR Him. (27) ALL THE ENDS OF THE WORLD SHALL REMEMBER and TURN to THE LORD, and ALL THE FAMILIES of the NATIONS shall WORSHIP BEFORE YOU. (28) for the KINGDOM is the LORDíS and HE RULES OVER THE NATIONS.
Now whoís will is going to overtake Godís will? Is it ours? Is it Satanís? I think not for NO ONE CAN OVERTAKE THE WILL OF GOD. God created this world and He loves it dearly just as we read in John 3:16--For GOD so LOVED the WORLD that HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, that whosoever believes in HIM should NOT perish but have everlasting life. (17) For GOD DID NOT SEND HIS SON INTO THE WORLD to CONDEMN the WORLD, but that the world THROUGH HIM MIGHT be SAVED. (That looks like to me some of the responsibility falls on our shoulders.) So then just WHO is the only BEGOTTEN SON of GOD. (The second Ps. Tells us.) Ps.2:6--Yet I have set MY KING on MY HOLY HILL of ZION. (7) I WILL DECLARE THE DECREE: The Lord has said to me, ďYOU ARE MY SON, TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU. (8) ASK OF ME, and I WILL GIVE YOU, THE NATIONS FOR YOUR INHERITANCE, and THE ENDS OF THE EARTH for YOUR POSSESSION. (So it looks like all we have to do is ASK!)
Ps.66:3--Say to God, HOW AWESOME are YOUR WORKS! THROUGH THE GREATNESS of YOUR POWER YOUR ENEMIES SHALL SUBMIT THEMSELVES TO YOU. (4) ALL THE EARTH SHALL WORSHIP YOU and SING PRAISES to YOU; (Ps. 67:5-- Let the peopleís PRAISE YOU, O GOD; let all the peoples praise You. (6) Let all the peoples praise You. THEN the EARTH SHALL YIELD HER INCREASE; GOD OUR OWN GOD shall BLESS US. GOD SHALL BLESS US, and ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH SHALL FEAR HIM. Then looking at Ps.82 8 we see! ARISE, O GOD JUDGE THE EARTH; for YOU SHALL INHERIT ALL NATIONS.
Is.45:22--LOOK to ME, and be SAVED, ALL YOU ENDS of THE EARTH! FOR I AM GOD and THERE is NO OTHER. (He said it and I believe it!) Ps.115:16--The HEAVEN, even the heavens ARE THE LORDíS. But THE EARTH HE HAS GIVEN TO THE CHILDREN OF MEN. (17) The dead do not praise the Lord, nor any who go down into SILENCE. (18) But WE WILL BLESS THE LORD FROM THIS TIME FORTH and FOREVERMORE.
So you see, He has not given the earth over to Satan but to US, and it is up to US to see that it obtains salvation for ALL. John 3:17--For GOD DID NOT SEND HIS SON into the WORLD to CONDEMN the WORLD, but that the WORLD THROUGH HIM MIGHT BE SAVED. (Because GOD LOVES THE WORLD, HE CREATED IT!) If only we could all just remember! Eph.2:8--For by GRACE you have been saved through FAITH, and THAT NOT OF YOURSELVES; IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD. (9) NOT OF WORKS, lest anyone should boast. (10) For WE ARE HIS WORKMANSHIP, created in Christ Jesus for GOOD WORKS, which GOD PREPARED BEFOREHAND that WE SHOULD WALK IN THEM.
Luke 6:35--But LOVE your ENEMIES, do GOOD and LEND, hoping for nothing in return; and your REWARD will be GREAT, and you WILL BE SONS OF THE HIGHEST. FOR HE IS KIND TO THE UNTHANKFUL and EVIL. (36) Therefore be MERCIFUL, just as your father also is MERCIFUL. (37) JUDGE NOT and you shall NOT be JUDGED. CONDEMN NOT and you shall NOT be CONDEMNED. FORGIVE and YOU WILL BE FORGIVEN. (38) GIVE, and it will be GIVEN to YOU; GOOD MEASURE, PRESSED DOWN, SHAKEN TOGETHER, and RUNNING OVER will be PUT INTO YOUR BOSOM. For WITH THE SAME MEASURE THAT YOU USE, IT WILL BE MEASURED BACK TO YOU.
I only write as I understand it. I hope and I stand in the MERCIES of GOD for HE IS TRULY MERCIFUL!!!
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Dear Sharon, This was a very powerful message. I believe that all Christians place the HIGHEST priority on reaching out to save all of God's children. Our fervant hope is that all will be saved before Christ comes. I totally understand what you are saying about the Rapture and wanting all to be saved instead of a few chosen being whisked away without having to endure the tribulation. From what I understand, even IF there is a rapture, there will STILL be opportunities for those remaining on earth to be saved. So, a Rapture is not the 'end all' for those remaining. But, above all of these thoughts, I believe the bottom line for Christians is to try to share Christ with as many people as we can and allow God to use us in all ways. We really don't need to know if there will be a rapture or not... our focus needs to be on doing whatever we can to bring people to the Lord. You, my precious friend do this every day of your life by the way you live your life and interact with others... and by your gift of writing! With great love, Peggy
Oh Lucian bless your heart, we are all looking for that last soul. But America has many lost souls and the nations of the world have many lost souls. (2Tim.2:26) Shouldn't we be looking and praying for them to be loosed of Satan and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will? (Eph.2:8--For by grace you have been saved through faith,and THAT NOT OF YOURSELVES; it is THE GIFT of GOD. May God give this most precious gift to ALL.I am looking to God to make this happen, no one else! Is.45:22"Look to me, and BE SAVED, ALL YOU ENDS OF THE EARTH! For I AM GOD and THERE IS NO OTHER.
So glad you're back up and running again. You still make me smile! I really do know what you base your theology on and it is sound.Fact is, their is some support for all theories of Pre. Mid, and post trib eschatology. I adhere to the pre-trib with great hope and expectations.However, I am all about preaching the Gospel message and believe our departure will take place when the last soul to be saved is brought into the family of God. That's why my flock goes into the highways and by-ways inviting our neighbors to come learn of Christ and His plan for all to have eternal life. All who will ca;; upon His name. Looking for that last soul is exciting! (Where you hiding buddy? We're looking for you!)The exercise is great also! <3
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