End-Times Author Asks, 'Is the Rapture Imminent?'
Charisma - Is the rapture imminent?
The idea of an imminent rapture portrays a weak Lord. I find it difficult to comprehend how Christianity could ever accept God as weak. If true, any possible perceived weakness would be a projection by mankind, based on our own weaknesses; this saddens God.
When I share that the rapture is designed by God to be a grand visual event, to be witnessed by the entire world, I am often told I am wrong. Some even reject me out of hand without the courtesy of hearing me out. This is not my story; it is God's! The Bible shares dozens of verses confirming the rapture is not coming in secret at any moment.
In Episode 1, I explained how Isaiah 61:1-2 and Luke 4:16-21 tell us the shout Jesus will make at His next arrival, which occurs in the clouds according to 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. It is not the rapture; it is something far more spectacular. The Lord's main purpose for returning is for His Jews! The Lord's shout will then immediately trigger the rapture's "calling up" by the second entity that we are told arrives with Jesus.
The Lord's return in the clouds will be the most incredible day the world will have ever witnessed to that point. For born-again Christians, this day will be awesome, for a larger group, terrifying!
Nothing in the Bible indicates the rapture is designed to arrive secretly and—poof—we are mysteriously gone. God tells us....READ MORE
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