WEDNESDAY August 15, 2018
The Mystery of the Rapture
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible,
and we shall be changed.
I Corinthians 15:50-52
The Apostle Paul gave to us an incredible insight of a great event that is going to take place. In fact, he thought it would happen in his own time. It is the Rapture of the Church where, in a twinkle of an eye, at the last trumpet, believers in Christ will not physically die, but they will be taken to heaven. You would never find the word Rapture in the Bible, but we do find the Greek word Harpazo, the phrase meaning “caught up.”
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 speaks about the Rapture of the Church. It is a mystery where millions of people will disappear. Imagine, there is an entire generation that is not going to die physically. In that moment they will receive a new incorruptible body. I believe, as I read the Scriptures, that at the trumpet sound and in a twinkle of the eye, during the Rapture, the bodies of Christians will be immediately glorified. They will be instantly in the presence of the Lord.
The word changed in the Greek is allasso, meaning “to transform.” There is going to be an instant transformation of those raptured to heaven. It is just like a butterfly that comes out of its cocoon, but it will happen so fast that we will not see it.
If Jesus came today, would you be ready to go?
We shall be changed! The perishable raised imperishable; the mortal becoming immortal; weakness giving way to power; the natural to the spiritual. When Christ comes, we shall be changed!
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