“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.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
Jesus is returning! He is coming back for His Bride, the Church, and we will be caught up – harpotso (Greek), rapturo (Latin) – to meet Him in the air. Notice that Jesus is not setting foot on the earth when He comes to take the believers home with Him. This is NOT the Second Coming. This is NOT the Day of the Lord, when God’s wrath will be poured out. This is the Rapture!
I know a few Christians who believe we as the Church will be on the earth to suffer through at least a portion of the coming seven year Tribulation. While I do not want to argue eschatology with anyone, I would like to gently point out that the Bible tells us repeatedly that Jesus took the wrath of God on Himself when He died on the cross for us. If by grace through faith we believe on Jesus and are born again, God’s wrath is no longer on us. His wrath is to be poured out on sin. Our sins are forgiven and washed away in the blood of Jesus. Why would we be put back under wrath when we are living under grace?
Comfort one another with these words. 🙂
“…to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 1:9b-10
“But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:8-11
” ‘He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.’ ” ~ John 3:36
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” ~ Romans 5:8-10
“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” ~ Ephesians 2:1-10
Once the Church is caught up and away from the earth (see Revelation 4), the Holy Spirit will be caught up and away from the earth as well, for He is our promise, our Helper. The Church Age, the age of grace, will end, and then will begin a great and terrible time on this earth, as God pours out His wrath and judgment on a world that has chosen to reject Him.
” ‘Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.’ ” ~ Matthew 12:31-32
“The Holy Spirit’s main ministry is to testify of Jesus (He will testify of Me, John 15:26). When that testimony of Jesus is fully and finally rejected, one has truly blasphemed the Holy Spirit and essentially called Him a liar in respect to His testimony about Jesus…
To reject Jesus from a distance or with little information is bad; to reject the testimony of the Holy Spirit about Jesus is fatal.”
~ from David Guzik’s commentary on Matthew 12 (BLB)
Have you accepted Jesus as your Saviour? The blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is only fatal if you reject His message of Jesus until your death. You still have time to make your choice! Choose Jesus! Choose God’s grace ~ His unearned, undeserved mercy and love and kindness and forgiveness.
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” ~ Hebrews 4:16