The Rapture is not an escapist scheme-it is a REDEMPTIVE EVENT. Whereas the Lord’s people are regenerated spiritually in the new birth by the Holy Spirit through the Word, at the Rapture we will be BODILY redeemed from weakness, sin, & death. Our physical bodies will be transformed immediately, and be clothed in immortality. It’s one of the benefits of our identity and union with Christ in His death, burial, & resurrection. See 1 Corinthians 15:42-43

Now the Scripture also says this:

For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
(2 Thessalonians 4:14-17). 

This is Paul’s most detailed treatment of the event. What is often missed is how this rapture scheme is surrounded by instruction on how to live in light of Jesus’ calling up of his saints. We are expected to be holy, self-controlled and leading quiet lives. 

We’re not to be working out end-time expectations. We know that the Day of the Lord is going to begin suddenly on an unprepared world. They will perish in their sins. Our duty is to live holy lives, preparing for our new body. This Gospel we believe prepares us. We live in the knowledge that our judgment is rendered at the Cross. We now live in expectation. 

We are not told to withdraw from life because of the Rapture. Go into the world, into all the places where sinners are. Talk about this Life to people. Be about the Father’s business. Jesus is going to build his Church, and it’s built on real people out there.

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