The Rapture

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The way this dispensation begins is very similar to the way it will end.

Mystery

  • Acts 9:1-7, 22:1-10, 26:12-18
  • Purpose of this dispensation (vss 16-18)
  • Paul had been given revelation of some mysteries God had not revealed in his plan previously.  So that means no one spoke about this prior to Paul’s revelation.
    • Romans 11:25 fulness of the Gentiles be come in

Change

  • 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 – bodily change is necessary for us to receive our inheritance
  • moment, twinkling of an eye
    • at the last trump, so there is a first trump found in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
    • This is not the last trumpet
    • 1 Thessalonians 1:10, 5:9
    • Voice of the LORD is like a trumpet
  • trumpet shall sound
    • Psalm 47:5
    • Revelation 1:10, 4:1
  • Genesis 22:17
    • stars of the heaven – heavenly bodies
    • sand of the sea – earthly bodies
    • Jude 6
    • 1 Corinthians 6:1-3

Comfort

  • 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
    • them which are asleep are in Christ
    • shall not prevent them or go before them or stop them from going up
  • the Lord himself shall descend from heaven
    • Compare with Matthew 24:31 where Jesus sends his angels
  • trump of God, the voice of God
    • first trump is the dead being raised
    • last trump is we which are alive according to 1 Corinthians 15:52
  • meet the Lord in the air

Type

  • Enoch Genesis 5:24
  • Removed before the wrath of God