'For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. '
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
You may be surprised but there are several schools of thought as regards to the coming of Jesus Christ.
One school of thought says that the rapture of the church takes place seven years before the actual coming of Jesus Christ and they have scriptures to prove it. Another says, the rapture takes place at the moment the Lord comes to the earth like the scripture above states.
Yet another group believes that Jesus has come already and we are currently in the millennial reign of Christ (a time when Jesus rules the whole world for 1000 years). I personally disagree with this group.
Another thought surrounding the coming of the Lord is how the church will be raptured and who will be raptured? By the way, the word 'rapture' according to the Merriam Webster dictionary means; "the final assumption of Christians into heaven during the end time according to Christian theology".
Jesus himself talked about the rapture. Luke 17
' I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. '
So definitely there will be a rapture. The question is how will it be? Some say we will disappear into skies others believe we will ascend like Jesus into heaven. One group says 'only serious Christians will be raptured' another says 'anyone who believes in Jesus will be saved'.
By showing you some of the debates that exist surrounding the coming of the Lord and the end of this world. I do not seek to support any group, although I have my opinions. What I seek to help you see is the definite truth that one, Jesus is coming again! Two, it is closer today than ever before!
Think about it, if close to 2000 years ago he was expected and he hasn't yet come, it should mean that we are closer to the time and maybe (like some of us believe) in that time.
If the above two statements (based on common sense) are true. Then we must examine our lives and that of our loved ones. If Jesus returned today would you be found in Him? Will you ascend to the heavens (whatever the means) or would you be left behind? Remember that Jesus Christ is the only hope for mankind.
The word says in Acts chapter 4;
'Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. '
Whatever your view is on the events surrounding the coming of the lord. At least ensure that you and those you love will be found in Him.
If you have not received Christ, if you are not sure if you will be found in Christ on that day. Please say these words.
O Lord God, I come to you in the name of Jesus.
I believe in Jesus Christ, the son of God.
I believe He died for me and was raised by God for my Justification.
I declare Jesus Christ as Lord of my life, from today henceforth. Amen.
If you have said that prayer, congratulations!
I leave you with these comforting words.
'Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. '