Summary: Today if the Lord be willing, I'm going to talk for a few minutes about coming events on Gods Prophetic calendar and the order their to come in according to the Bible.
#1~ Acts 15:18 STILL TO COME 6-22-13
Today if the Lord be willing, I'm going to talk for a few minutes about coming events on Gods Prophetic calendar and the order their to come in according to the Bible. -- We'll go as far as we can today and take up again next time Lord willing.
Let me say that there are many calamites and disasters that have happen and will happened that are not foretold in His Word so I'm not referring to them.
* For our text today we'll read;
>Acts 15:18Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.
~ God is never surprised by any thing, He knows all things, He often allows things to happen for reasons that only He knows, and He can cause certain things to happen today that may cause or even prevent certain events later on, perhaps many years later.
~ The very death of His Son Jesus on the cross over 2000 years ago is a great example, what He did then can and will get us to heaven one day.
>Isaiah 55: 8-9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
* #1~~ RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH:
~ The next scheduled event on His Prophetic calendar is the rapture of the True Church, what I mean by "true church" is every one that's been born again of the Holy Spirit of God, every one that claims to be saved are not really saved at all, they don't understand what being born again means, they have a good dose of religion.--they might belong to some kind of organization, they'll say that they've been confirmed, been baptized, signed a card or any number of religious activities, just never have been born again.
~ There's not any thing now that must come to pass before the rapture, it's next, it could happen now at any hour of any day, only God the Father knows when that day will be, nothing can hinder it or postpone that set time.
>Hebrews 10:37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.
> 1 Thess. 4: 13-17 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, *(dead) that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14For 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.
"Will God bring with Him,-vs.14" means, people that died saved, their bodies are buried some place but their saved soul went up to be with the Lord in Paradise, these will God bring with Him, at the rapture.--this is not the 2nd coming.
~ Picture your self standing at the grave side of your saved deceased loved one and the trumpet call is sounded, our loved one will quickly, "in the twinkling of an eye" suddenly before you can decipher what just happened, and at the same instance your self, both will be in glorified bodies and will go up to gather.
* LISTEN- The certainty of the resurrection of Jesus is the basis for our confidence in a future resurrection.
The rapture ("catching up") of the true church (all believers in Jesus) is the next great event in the redemptive plan and purpose of God.
At the return of Jesus for His Church, the rapture, those who have died in Christ will come with Jesus (souls)
Those who are still living at that time will not have any advantage over those who have died in the Lord.
Those living will not "precede" the dead in Christ to heaven. These dead saints will rise first indicating the resurrection of the physical body and the rejoining of soul and body.
>1 Cor. 15:51-53 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep,* "die" but we shall all be changed, 52In 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. 53For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.