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Rapture exposed

Rapture exposed

Lots of Christians look forward to a rapture, but not all of them do seem to understand the same thing. They consider the RAPTURE of which the Biblical term is "caught up" or "translation" to be a term used to describe the removal from the earth of all living people that have been born-again, as evidenced by their fruits. Just prior to the Tribulation coming about, the Rapture will take place. The number that will be raptured will be far fewer than most people might think they say. According to them the Bible unmistakably portrays the raptured saints in heaven before the throne of God, prior to the Antichrist coming forth and the Tribulation beginning.

Though most agree that the word "rapture" does not appear in the King James Version of the Bible, they say however, that it is a word that symbolizes such biblical terms as the translation, caught up, our gathering together unto Him, and some other terms which are used in God’s Word. Or they say the words, "translate" or "translation" mean to carry away, remove, transport, change sides, transferral; thus, translation or rapture.[1]

Are it spirits or bodies and bride who will unite with members already in Jesus or in God His presence, for ". . .them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him" (1 Thessalonians 4:14)[2]. Some Christians do believe only the Church shall be taken up by Christ. While others take it that all the church is investigated and prepared or that all who believe in Jesus shall be gathered ". . .as a chaste virgin to Christ" (2 Corinthians 11:2)[3] to enjoy the Marriage Supper and honeymoon.

In any case we may be sure that there shall be a gathering with Christ. It shall come in the near future. Signs shall be noticeable before the worst moment of the last and biggest tribulation. Millenniums God had given people time to prepare themselves, but it could not last forever. But those who want to follow God who would survive Armageddon or those who died but had already in their life here on earth chosen for Christ and for God, have something to look forward.

When the moment shall come that people shall be gathered to come in front of the judgment seat shall you be able to pass in good circumstances that Last Judgment? Are you ready? Have you been washed in the blood?

On the Belgian Christadelphian Website you can find some articles on the subject of the Rapture, what it means, how denominations look at it, how biblical it is or just not. What do we have to understand of it?

1.      Rapture what does it mean?

2.      The Rapture or admittance with Christ.

3.      Gather together with Jesus Christ.

4.       Raptured in clouds.

In Dutch you can find:

De Rapture of Wegvoering blootgelegd:

1.      Hoofdstuk 1: Wat betekent”Rapture” of “vervoering”?

2.      De vervoering of de toegang met Christus.

3.      Verzamelen met Jezus Christus.

4.      Vervoering in de wolken.

[1] The Encyclopedia of Bible Prophecy (The Latter Days), Copyright © 1998, Bible Prophecy—Rapture and Gospel Truth Publishing

[2] “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will also bring with Him all those who have fallen asleep through Jesus.” (1Th 4:14 MKJV)

[3] “For I am jealous [over] you with godly jealousy. For I have espoused you to one Man, to present [you as] a pure virgin to Christ.” (2Co 11:2 MKJV)