ARE YOU RAPTURE READY OR TO BE LEFT BEHIND?
A Message from
BIBLE BELIEVERS FELLOWSHIP
Behold, the BRIDEGROOM cometh; go ye out to meet him.
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 (KJV)
What is this all about?
For us, a Believer is a Christian that believes the Word of God wholeheartedly following the Message of the Hour prophesied to come in the last days in Malachi 4, “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.” It is our firm belief that the Church will very soon experience an event that has been foretold in the Bible commonly known as ‘The Rapture’. Before we even begin to explain, we admit that this leaflet might throw up more questions than answers to the reader about this unusual subject. Even though the Lord stated quite clearly that no man knows the day or the hour when this will happen (Matthew 25:13), some have dared to proclaim erroneous prophesies that have fallen flat, causing onlookers to scoff and the followers of these careless predictions to lose heart. We make no predictions when the Lord will come, but say only that we must be ready at all times, for we do not know the hour our Lord will come (Luke 12:36-37, 1 Thessalonians 5:2) .
What is the Rapture?
Simply put, it is a promise that God has placed in his Word that he has made provision for the Believers at the end of the ages, to catch them away (1 Thessalonians 4:17) into his presence having not experienced death (1 Corinthians 15:55). For the inhabitants of the earth though, there awaits three and a half years of Great Tribulation for those that are left behind and we pray that you will not be among that group. (Matthew 24:21, Revelation 11:2-3)
Get ready, Get ready!
World events are out of control and it seems that the media no sooner reports one disaster that another follows upon its back. You might remember the tsunami that hit Japan (March 2011) reporting a staggering death toll of some 40,000 lives.
The Word of God warns us of the last days when wars and earthquakes will strike at an unprecedented frequency (Matthew 25:7-8), which for the Believer is a sign that the Rapture is near. From the evidence we see before us, we must come to the conclusion that neither politics, science, organised religion nor education has the answer to make this world a better place. Consequently, despite their worldly wisdom and intelligence planet earth is surely slipping into an abyss.
The indictment that Christ placed against the religious leaders of his day was that they could discern the following day’s weather, but they could not discern the signs of the times. Thus, regardless of the numerous warnings and signs given them in the prophetic scriptures, they were sadly unaware of their own spiritual condition and what would befall them (Matthew 16:3). Jesus said of this end-time age, which he identified as the Laodicean Church; that it was poor miserable blind and naked and did not even know it, which is an uncanny and accurate description indeed of our day. (Revelation 3:14-22).
The World Glamorises the Great Tribulation
You might have heard of the popular books and Hollywood spin on the end-time such as Left Behind starring Nicolas Cage, Tribulation Force, 666 - Mark of the Beast, Omen and all the apocalyptic disaster movies that has captured the attention of the masses, but rather than prepare you for a victorious exit, these only serve to glamorise the group of the ‘good guys’ that lacked commitment in their faith and were thus left behind after the Rapture took place (i.e. These will be the Foolish Virgin of Matthew 25:1-13). You have to know that there is nothing glamorous about going through the Great Tribulation.
Our intention is to let you know that you can prepare to meet the Lord now if he calls and be in the group that overcomes by going up in the Rapture (Revelation 4:1-2). For the Believer, the Rapture is a much needed faith inspiring message of hope of being in the first resurrection rising above our troubled times. (Revelation 20:6)
The Rapture Sequence
The Rapture, contrary to the opinion of most denominations that believe in it, it does not take place all at the one time, but is in fact a sequence of events that results in the catching away of the Church in a moment and a twinkle of an eye (1 Corinthians 15:51). It is during this process that the Believers should prepare for it, as the scriptures tell us that the Wife (i.e. the Church) makes herself ready (Revelation 19:7).
A SHOUT, A VOICE AND A TRUMPET
A SHOUT: As outlined in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, the sequence begins with the Lord Himself descending with a SHOUT, which is a Message sent to the Church that finishes the mystery of God and re-introduces Christ (i.e. The Bridegroom) to the Church proving that he is yet alive and will return for his Bride (i.e. The Church). (Hebrews 13:8) (Revelation 10:7, Luke 17:30, Malachi 4:5-6).
A VOICE:Next comes the VOICE of the Archangel that calls forth the resurrection of the sleeping saints (John 11:43). Therefore, all those throughout the Church Ages that trusted Christ will come out of their graves in the resurrection to life eternal. (John 27:52)
A TRUMPET: Finally there sounds the TRUMP of God, which is the trumpet call for all the living saints to be set free from this earth and they are given glorified bodies to meet the Lord and the resurrected saints in the air.
To the reader…
If you are not a Christian and want to be, please contact us and we will help you by answering questions on how to become a Christian.
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