GOD’S GOOD NEWS IS THE RAPTURE
“Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall indeed not all sleep, but we shall all be changed” (I Cor. 15:51).
“For the Lord, himself will descend from heaven, with a war cry and the voice of the archangel and with the trump of God, and the dead in Christ will first arise. Thereafter we who live and remain over will at the same time as they are caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we will be at all times with the Lord” (1 Thess. 4:16, 17).
THE RAPTURE: A promise or rescue from God’s wrath on earth: It is a catching “away,” a taking out of all distress of soul and body. (II Cor. 5:2,4; Phil. 3:21), out of all persecution and oppression by the foe, out of the entire sphere of sin (comp. Rom. 6:6), and of death (Rom. 7:24). Thus it is rest with all saints (II Thess. 1:7) in “the day of the (coming) redemption” (Eph. 4:30: Rom. 8:23).
DEMONSTRATION OF GOD’S GRACE: “The grace which will be brought to us by the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter. 1:13), and which will free us from all sin – God’s mercy, the mercy for which we wait unto eternal life (Jude 21) and which will free us from all misery.” (Bengel).
DEMONSTRATION OF GOD’S POWER: The omnipotence which transfigures us into conformity with the Redeemer and elevates us to the most glorious spiritual body. At that time the same power which moves the whole universe will act upon our body! “He will change our body of humiliation that it may be fashioned like unto His body of glory, according to the power by which he is able to subdue the whole world” (Phil. 3:21).
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