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Summary: Deals with the Rapture of the Church

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Gone Without Warning

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:15-4:18

ILL. While on a South Pole expedition, British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton left a few men on Elephant Island, promising that he would return for them. Later, when he tried to go back, huge icebergs blocked the way. But suddenly, as if by a miracle, an avenue opened in the ice and Shackleton was able to get through. His men, ready and waiting, quickly scrambled aboard. No sooner had the ship cleared the island than the ice crashed together behind them. Contemplating their narrow escape, the explorer said to his men, “It was fortunate you were all packed and ready to go!” They replied, “We never gave up hope. Whenever the sea was clear of ice we rolled up our sleeping bags and reminded each other, ‘The boss may come today.’”

I. What Is the Rapture?

A. What is the Rapture? “What is the rapture?”

1. It is one of the most compelling prophetic

events in the Bible yet some claim it is not

taught in the Bible because you cannot find the

actual word "rapture in the Scripture.

2. This is a very poor argument. Actually there are

several words found in the Bible that describe

Christian dictrines which no one would argue are

not taught in the Bible.

3. The word “Trinity” is never actual found in the

text of the Holy Word, but very few people

will fold Godhead of Father, Son, and Spirit is

not taught in the Bible.

4. The word homosexual is not found in the

Bible, but the Bible clearly teaches that a

man is forbidden to lie with another man as he

lies with a woman. The meaning behind that

teaching is pretty clear.

a. In fact the Bible is often made simple

enough that even fools can understand it.

b. Just because the words trinity or

homosexual don’t appear in the text,

doesn’t mean the Bible is silent about these

topics.

B. The word rapture is not found in the actual text

of the Bible. But that doesn’t mean that Scripture

is silent about this subject. It actually describes he

future event quite clearly.

In 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, where the apostle Paul

provides us with most of the available details. Let’s

read this passage:

But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep [died], lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore, comfort one another with these words.

C. The rapture of the church is when believers will

be taken out of the world to meet their Lord and


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