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PSALMS 55:1-6/I Thess. 4:16-17

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In these verses written by David, he is being oppressed by his enemies. He is tired of persecution and wickedness all around him. Thus, in his prayer to God, he says “I wish I could fly away to a place of rest and get away from it all.”

Have you ever felt like that? Well one day we will get away, for we will literally fly away. If it is in death, we fly away in our soul, to be later joined by our bodies at the rapture. If it is at the rapture, we fly away to heaven with the Lord in body and soul.

A farmer had an old clock that just about was gone. One night it struck 16 times. He woke up and said, wife get up, it is later than it ever has been before. IT IS TRUE TOO CONCERNING THE COMING THE LORD

[closer today than ever before in human history!][not looking for undertaker, but uppertaker! Ronald Reagan went a hard way…I’d like to take that rapture flight!]


I THESS. 4:17 Then 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.

D L Moody was asked, why did he look up when he prayed? He said, because heaven is up where my Jesus is.

Another man said, Heaven is not up, it is all around us?

[song: “Ooo, Heaven is a place on earth”?]

Wrong-for the Bible says: Gen. 3-God went up from Abraham, John 3- Jesus came down from Heaven, Acts 1-Jesus which is taken up from you unto Heaven. HEAVEN IS UP

[what’s up? Yes, gas prices, but also heaven!

New soft drink: Heaven-Up?]


I THESS. 4:1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren…

Jesus is coming after the saved, those who have made themselves alive in Him. He will not be coming for the lost, and those still dead in their sins.

Will you be among those lifted up that day? You say I hope so Preacher. That is like if I asked you if you are American? And you say, I hope so. Brother you know if you were born in America or not, and you know if you are born again by Jesus.

Did Job say, I guess my Redeemer liveth? No! He said, I KNOW. You either got Him or you don’t.

Christ isn’t returning for anyone who thinks they are saved, but for those who know it! [If you’re saved and you know it, clap your hands!]



No one will make it to heaven on their own. None can climb that ladder…there is no stairway to heaven, or highway either!

Not you, yourself…but the Lord, Himself!

3 yrs. ago, Dale Earnhardt, “The Intimidator," was approaching the last turn of the last lap of the Daytona 500 when his car was sent head-on into the wall at 180 mph. An autopsy revealed that he died from the force of his head whipping back and forth on his neck, and by the force of his chin hitting the steering wheel. It has been suggested by some that had he been wearing a device designed to support the head and neck in a collision, he may have survived. But Earnhart, like many other NASCAR drivers, refused to wear the device because it interfered with his ability to drive the car. That choice cost him his life.

Those of you who have not placed your faith firmly and fully on Jesus Christ are headed for a terrible collision; a collision with God’s Judgment. A safety device is available—but you’ll have less control!

Like Dale Earnhart and all the other NASCAR drivers, you must decide to make use of what God has offered in Jesus Christ, no matter what it may cost you. It may save your life!

[he went w/ the undertaker…now here’s a man looking for “upper!”]

Roger Bennett wrote yesterday in his daily online journal: “One word of encouragement to you, TRUST! Sometimes during this valley of mine I’ve tried so hard to "grab the wheel" so to speak and do the driving myself…always with terrible results. I’ve found that God is well aware of my needs and has both hands on the wheel. His vision reaches much farther down the road than mine ever could. So I’m letting go. This is not something that happens overnight. After a lifetime of trying to be the designated driver, it’s difficult to let go, but time after time He has proven that He is a much more experienced driver than me. He knows the road of my life like the back of His hand so I’ve determined to sit back and enjoy the trip!”

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Ovidiu Radulescu

commented on Jul 29, 2008

I appreciate you and your sermons, so much, Pastor Shirley. But this time I was sad reading your sermon. You have to give away unbiblical doctrines, such as rapture and immortality of the soul, in order to be aproved by God. Are you afraid that your congregation will put you at the door? Does not matter, God will find you another one, ready to receive His Word, unaltered by human traditions. May Lord bless you. Ovidiu Radulescu

Rule Digal

commented on Aug 27, 2008

I cordially disagree Bro. Ovidio in his comment here about Pastor Shriley''s sermon on rapture and immortality of the soul.

Stan Lobin

commented on Jan 10, 2010

Ovidiu- I have to wonder why you would call the rapture and and the immortality of the Christian Spirit to be unbiblical doctrine. Granted that the bible never uses the word rapture but in this scripture in 1 Thess. and in the Gospel of Matthew-chapter 24 the event that has become known as the rapture is described and Jesus is the one doing the describing in Matthew and have you never read John 3:16 which plainly states that we are offered eternal life throught the grace of God. I have to wonder if Seventh Day adventist have created their own version of scritpure. I think that Rev. Shirley has done a very fine job of rewriting this sermon in an encouragement to prepare for Christ''s return.

Gene Beezer

commented on Nov 20, 2011

Tremendous message. How can this message be consdiered "unbiblical" when its built solidly on the the Word of God. Thanks, Pastor Shirley for good insights to great truth. Gene Beezer

Michael Johnson

commented on Apr 27, 2012

Tremendous sermon Pastor Shirley. Beautifully illustrated, and scripturally accurate. I appreciate your stand on the Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church. Pastor Mike Johnson

Larry Stines

commented on Aug 17, 2013

Enjoyed your insight and illustrations! I also believe in a pre tribulation raptur of the church.

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