Will You Be Caught Up?

Will_You_Be_Caught_Up-When you look into your distant future, do you see things to get excited about? I do! And one of those things I am very excited about is the Rapture.

The word “rapture” is not found in Scripture, but is taken from the Latin word “raptus” that is used to translate the phrase, “caught up,” in 1 Thes. 4:17. It is the translation of the Greek word “harpazo,” which means “to be grabbed by the collar and taken up with force.”

When we speak of the Rapture, we are speaking of a day in the future, known only to the Father, when in the twinkling of an eye, all born-again believers will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. Instantly, we will be removed from this world and taken to our heavenly home to be with Jesus. Millions will simply vanish from the face of the earth.

And as we do, our bodies will be changed. Mortality will put on immortality. We will receive glorified bodies.

Paul writes: “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.” (Philippians 3:20, 21 NKJV)

That means, we will be given bodies just like that of Jesus. Bodies that do not age, get tired, sick, or die! Bodies that transcend gravity and travel at the speed of thought! In fact, according to C.S. Lewis, we will become so much like Jesus at the time of the Rapture that if we were to see our glorified selves walking down the street, we would be tempted to fall at our feet and worship ourselves.

Are you ready to be caught up? If not, you can be, simply by believing the promise and asking Jesus to be your Savior and Lord, right now. Then all of your sins, past, present, and future, will be freely forgiven. A glorious body will be prepared for you. And you will be ready for your appointment with Jesus in the air.

Wow, what a promise! This is something to get excited about. It makes me want to shout. “Maranatha! O Lord, come!”

10 Comments on “Will You Be Caught Up?”

  1. Hello Bishop,
    Nice post but I will have to disagree with you in one thing, one can only be saved by believing this:

    1 Corinthians 15
    Moreover, brethren, I declare to you THE GOSPEL which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

    3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that CHRIST DIED for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that HE WAS BURIED, and that HE ROSE AGAIN the third day according to the Scriptures.

    Be blessed!

  2. Thank you for writing this piece, Bishop. Its a timely reminder to the Global Church! There is so much happening around us and now we must be focussed…. lest we forfeit the goal set before us! Thank God for Jesus!

  3. The issue is God requires complete holiness to be taken up in the rapture which is very imminent,bishop when will you preach on this topic(complete holiness ),what does God require?

    • If “complete holiness” is the result of man’s efforts and not a gift from God received by faith in Jesus, then we can all forget the Rapture because none of us will ever be holy enough! “By the deeds of the law shall no flesh be justified in his sight.” (Rom. 3:20)

      Salvation is not earned or merited by us.

      “By grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Eph. 2:8-9)

      “If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not His own Son but delivered him for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifies. Who is he that condemns? It is Christ that died, yea rather that is risen again…who also makes intercession for us. Rom. 8:31-34)

      All who have Jesus living in them by faith have been made holy by His blood which has cleansed them of all their sins.

      Jesus is our righteousness and our sanctification! (1 Cor. 1:30)

      Let’s not disqualify those whom God has qualified through Jesus. Let’s believe the Gospel that the blood of Jesus has cleansed us before God. Our faith in the blood is what gets us ready for the Rapture and for heaven.

      Jesus + Nothing = Everything

      Thank God for Jesus. We go to heaven only because of Him!

  4. Thank you Bishop,
    May God keep, guide and protect us till the rapture in Jesus name. This is indeed food for thougth.

    PHN Jackson.

  5. This is soooooo great and soooooooo much timely, thank God for you, a colleague of mine is a regular reader of these blogs, (JEHOVAH WITNESS) and I make sure to circulate.them every 7 a.m. (LST).

    He does not believe in the ressurection and he tried to bitterly oppose one of the blogs I sent on last friday, entitled “THE REAL REASON JESUS DIED FOR YOU” , this one is so timely to back that up, thank God for you

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