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October 29, 2018 at 8:30 pm #11953Bruce McKerras Website: www.logostelos.infoParticipant
The Bible does tell us about people going to live in heaven. There has been a few special cases; like Elijah and just before Jesus Returns, the two witnesses will be resurrected and taken to heaven.
But any prophecy of a general ‘rapture to heaven’ of the Church in the end times, cannot to be found in the Bible.
The prophecy of Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17, is about the Return of Jesus, when He will gather those faithful Christians who remain alive then. Proved by Matthew 24:30-31 It will be a transportation from where they are on earth, to where Jesus is: in the clouds, then to Jerusalem. NOT a spiritual change for them as yet.
There is no scripture that says there will be a ‘rapture’, but there is plenty saying such a thing is impossible:
John 3:13 No one goes to heaven, except the One who came from there.
John 7:34 Where I go, you cannot come….
John 8:21-23 Your home is on earth……
John 17:15 I do not pray for You to take My followers out of the world, but keep them from the evil one.
Revelation 2:25-26 Hold fast to what you have until I Return. To those who are Victorious, to those who persevere in doing My will until the end, I will give them authority over the nations. Revelation 5:9-10
We will all be here to face the great and terrible Day of the Lord’s wrath:
Luke 21:35….that Day will come upon everyone, the whole world over.
Jeremiah 25:29…I am summoning a Sword against all the inhabitants of the earth.
1 Corinthians 1:7-8 There is no gift you lack, while you wait expectantly for Jesus to Return. He will keep you firm in your faith until the end…….
We Christians will be the people God always wanted in the holy Land:
Psalms 37:29 The righteous will possess the Land and will live there forever.
Zechariah 8:7-8 I am about to rescue My people and bring them back to Zion. They will be My people and I will be their God.
Ezekiel 34:11-16 I will search for My sheep from where they are scattered on the Day of cloud and disaster. They will settle in Israel and become prosperous.
Romans 9:24-26 We [Christians] are God’s people, called out of Jew and Gentile.
You were not My people, now I call you My people and the unloved; beloved. In the same place, [in the holy Land] where Israel was told; you are no longer My people, you will be called; the Sons of the Living God.
I know how the teaching of a ‘rapture’ has permeated the Church, For many, it is the only end times scenario they have heard, so for those Christians, it is very difficult to consider another outcome.
But serious thought must be given to the scriptures presented above and know that many pastors and Bible scholars dispute the validity of a ‘rapture.
Why want to go to heaven? We have an incredible destiny awaiting us here, where we belong.
Bruce McKerras October 2018 Ref; logostelos.info
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