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The Rapture : Reasons for a new creation of man

What a glorious day
What a glorious day
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For centuries people had been talking about the Rapture. Some denied that there is such a thing called the Rapture. In second Peter chapter three verse three and four the Scripture says, "Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation." The word "Rapture" is not in the Bible, but other words such as "caught up" and "translation" is. The word rapture comes from the latin verb "rapto" which means to capture and carry off.

In Revelation chapter three verse ten the Scripture says, "Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth." This is a precious promise given to the church of Philadelphia, that it will not go through the Great Tribulation. Revelation chapters two and three describe seven actual churches that were in Asia Minor (where modern Turkey is today). John the apostle while exiled on the island of Patmos likened seven churches in Asia Minor to conditions through which the churches would pass during their stay on planet earth. When we come to this sixth church, which is the Philadelphia Church (which portrays most magnificently the true born again believer on the earth at the present time), we find that there is a promise by God that this church will not endure any of the Great Tribulation. Difficulties? yes. Troubles? yes. But not the Great Tribulation. This view is called the "Pretribulation Rapture View".

The Scriptures in I Corinthians 15:51-57 tells us that the born again Christian's body will be transformed from a mortal body to an immortal glorified body. "Behold, I shew you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."

What a glorious day this will be when we receive our new immortal body. The word immortality means deathless, endless existence. We are only mortal now. We die. In Psalm 90:10 the Scripture says our physical life is short. Our Lord Jesus Christ is coming back for us and will change our mortal bodies into glorified immortal bodies. What a glorious day that will be when I receive my glorified immortal body that will live forever.

Phiippians 3:20-21 says, "For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself."