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Summary: A sermon about the Rapture, with a focus on "are you ready?"

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September 7, 2003

Title: As It Was in the Days of Noah

Text: Matthew 24:36

Introduction

A priest and pastor from the local churches are standing by the side of the road pounding a sign into the ground that reads: ’The End is Near! Turn yourself around now before it’s too late!’

A car sped by and a guy yelled out the window, "Leave us alone you religious nuts!’

As the car disappeared around the next curve, the priest and the Pastor heard the sound of screeching tires and a big splash.

The pastor turns to the priest and asks, ’Do you think the sign should just say ’Bridge Out?’

The rapture is quite the topic of interest nowadays.

The "Left Behind" series of books by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins have been very popular.

I haven’t read them yet, but I plan to.

Just the fact that there is so much interest in these books is proof that there is great interest in end times events.

I can remember as a child, seeing movies like:

"A Thief in the Night" and

"A Distant Thunder"

And I’ve heard the songs...

"there’s no time to change your mind...the Son has come and you’ve been left behind"

There’s a great many different opinions on the Rapture and when it will occur.

And I will share my opinion this morning...

But like I said last week, the most important thing isn’t arguing over when certain events will take place...

the most important thing is...

ARE YOU READY?

Read Text: Matthew 24:36-44

Body

1. When (Timing)

First of all, let me briefly explain the sequence of end times events

First of all, there is the 7 year tribulation

The Rapture

(depending on your interpretation of Scripture, this will occur before, after, or during the tribulation):

The Rapture is when Jesus returns...PART WAY..

And those people who are saved will be caught up to meet with Him.

Sometimes, Christians think about this as Jesus’ second coming...

but His TRUE second coming, when He actually sets foot on earth again, will be...

Following the Tribulation and the beginning of the Battle of Armageddon

After Armageddon, Satan is chained and cast into the bottomless pit for 1000

This institutes a 1000 year period of time called the Millenneum

this is a wonderful time of peace on earth...

Scripture says, "The lion will lay down with the lamb"

Following the Millenneum, Satan is loosed from his chains for a short time...

before he is cast into hell for all eternity

I will be covering each of these event in more detail as the weeks go by.

But as for the Rapture...there are different opinions as to when it will occur in relation to the Tribulation...

and to be honest, I haven’t studied it enough to come up with a firm belief...

but I lean toward the "mid-trib" camp.

let me tell you why.

Scripture says, "as it was in the days of Noah"

Noah was a righteous man...

and he was living at a time when the world was going to be judged.

Prior to the flood, while he was building the ark, he spent 120 years preaching to the people...and no one responded...because it was just Noah and his family on the ark.

During this 120 year time...Noah faced ridicule...(show video)


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