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The Rapture of the Church

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May 22, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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The Rapture of the Church

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  • But what if we could visit such a place: a museum
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  • How would it change the way we live today?
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  • Though in truth, a museum of this kind
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  • will never be built, through the lens of God's Word,
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  • Come with me on a tour of Bible prophecy and we
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  • will discover the signs God has laid-out in Scripture,
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  • signs that assure us God has a plan: for the future
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  • and for eternity.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: On today's program we explore
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  • a future event that will be one of earth's most traumatic
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  • experiences for those who are left behind
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  • but a glorious experience for those who are taken.
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  • That is the day when millions of people will be evacuated
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  • from this world in the blink of an eye.
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  • Stay tuned for today's edition of "Turning Point,"
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  • "The Rapture of the Church."
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  • male announcer: From Huntsville, Alabama,
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  • this is "Turning Point" with Dr. David Jeremiah.
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  • Oh, yes, I'm leaning
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  • Oh, I'm leaning
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  • I'm safe and secure from all alarms
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  • Oh, I'm leaning
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  • Yes, I'm leaning
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  • I'm leaning on the everlasting arms
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  • Charles Billingsley: Yeah, all right, c'mon.
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  • Let's take it up with me, guys.
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  • C'mon, yeah, do the next verse now everybody.
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  • "Oh, how sweet to walk."
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  • Oh, how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way
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  • Leaning on the everlasting arms
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  • Oh, how bright the path grows from day to day
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  • Leaning on the everlasting arms
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  • Oh, yes, I'm leaning
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  • Oh, I'm leaning
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  • I'm safe and secure from all alarms
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  • Oh, I'm leaning
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  • Oh, yes, I'm leaning
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  • I'm leaning on the everlasting arms
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  • Charles: All right, now, y'all, we're gonna do
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  • one more verse, c'mon, here we go.
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  • Charles: Sing it with us, everybody,
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  • "What have I to dread."
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  • What have I to dread what have I to fear
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  • Leaning on the everlasting arms
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  • I have blessed peace with my Lord so near
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  • Leaning on the everlasting arms
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  • Oh, yes, I'm leaning
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  • Oh, yes, I'm leaning
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  • I'm safe and secure from all alarms
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  • Oh, I'm leaning
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  • Oh, yes, I'm leaning
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  • I'm leaning on the everlasting arms
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  • Yeah
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  • announcer: Coming up on "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: One day we'll be going through
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  • our motions, living our lives, and that sound will be heard.
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  • You say, "How will I know it?" Well, it's gonna be
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  • a sound like a trumpet, like the voice of an archangel.
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  • It's gonna be that kind of a sound,
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  • like you've never heard before.
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  • I promise you when you hear it, you'll know it.
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  • announcer: A timeless classic from Dr. David Jeremiah,
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  • Drawing from decades of experience
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  • as one of the world's most respected scholars
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  • of Bible prophecy, Dr. Jeremiah brings his signature wisdom,
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  • depth, and compassion to "The Book of Signs:
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  • his master work on prophecy.
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  • You'll come to understand the profound implications
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  • of 31 major signs of the end times;
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  • and most importantly, you will walk away
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  • with hope and confidence for the future
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  • Now, here is Dr. Jeremiah with his message,
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  • "The Rapture of the Church."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: The Bible tells us that there is
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  • coming a day when millions of people
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  • will be evacuated from this world in a moment.
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  • It will be a time of chaos never before experienced
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  • in this earth.
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  • Those of us who are watching what is happening in the world
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  • today believe that the time for that event is drawing near.
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  • The event that I am describing is what
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  • the Bible calls the Rapture.
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  • Before we look at the passage of Scripture that describes
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  • this event, I wanna answer a question
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  • that a little girl asked her mother after she heard me
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  • preach a similar truth at Shadow Mountain.
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  • Was a very insightful question and the mother told me as
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  • I was working out the next day in the gym,
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  • "Here's what my little girl asked me and you need to give me
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  • an answer so I can go home and tell her what the answer is."
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  • Here was her question.
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  • "Dr. Jeremiah keeps talking about all the signs
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  • that are developing concerning the Lord's return.
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  • And then in the next breath he says, 'And nothing needs to
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  • happen before Jesus comes back to take us home to be with him.'
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  • Now, Mom, that doesn't make any sense to me.
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  • Either there are signs or there aren't signs.
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  • What does the pastor mean?" It's a very insightful question
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  • that demands an answer and the best way for me to answer it
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  • is to show you a little diagram on the screen behind me.
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  • This diagram will help you understand that there is coming
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  • a time when some events are going to take place and
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  • they're going to be sequenced.
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  • The first thing that you see on this chart is the First Coming
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  • of Christ and, of course, then after the First Coming
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  • of Christ comes the next event.
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  • The next event is the church age.
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  • That's where we are right now.
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  • We're living in the church age, the age between
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  • the Coming of Christ the first time
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  • and the Coming of Christ the second time.
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  • How many of you know what the next thing is?
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  • Right after the church age, what's going to change
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  • everything forever is this event we call the Rapture.
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  • Notice, the Rapture shows Jesus coming from heaven
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  • but he doesn't come all the way to the earth.
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  • The Bible says we're gonna be caught up into the heavens to be
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  • with him and then we're gonna go back to heaven with him
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  • in the Rapture.
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  • After the Rapture, a period of great Tribulation
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  • will take place on this earth for seven years.
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  • At the end of the seven-year Tribulation
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  • the Second Coming of Christ takes place.
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  • Now, here's where the disconnect is for most people who get
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  • confused about the future.
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  • The Rapture and the Second Coming of Christ
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  • are not the same thing.
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  • The Rapture is when Jesus comes back to take his people back
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  • to heaven with him.
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  • Then Tribulation on the earth takes place and then
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  • the Second Coming is when Jesus comes back
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  • and the Bible says he comes with all of the people of God and
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  • with all the angels and sets up his kingdom on this earth.
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  • Now, here's the answer to that young girl's question.
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  • There are no signs for the Rapture.
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  • The Rapture could happen at any time.
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  • But the New Testament is filled with signs
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  • for the Second Coming.
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  • But guess what?
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  • Every event casts its shadow before us so if there are signs
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  • for the Second Advent and they tell us that the Second Advent
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  • is coming, that means the Rapture is seven years
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  • before that so the Rapture's surely coming, isn't it?
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  • So when we study the prophecies of the Bible and we see the
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  • regathering of Israel and we see the collection of the nations of
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  • Europe and we see all the things that are happening
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  • on the prophetic scene, what we know is this:
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  • our redemption is drawing nigh.
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  • The Bible tells us that Jesus is going to come back and
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  • I know I might embarrass myself a little bit by saying this,
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  • but I tell people everywhere I go, "I expect to be here
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  • when Jesus comes back for the Rapture."
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  • I believe that things are so close that if the Lord
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  • lets me live out my life I'm gonna see the Rapture.
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  • And I've come up with a little slogan,
  • 00:10:02.160 --> 00:10:03.290
  • "I'd rather see the uppertaker than the undertaker,
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  • wouldn't you?" I'm really looking forward
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  • to that, I am.
  • 00:10:08.080 --> 00:10:13.190
  • Now, according to the book of Revelation,
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  • when Jesus comes back for the Second Advent,
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  • every eye shall see him.
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  • But when the Rapture happens, it's going to be very quickly,
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  • very quietly, happening.
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  • And it is the answer to the promise that Jesus made
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  • in John chapter 14.
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  • Do you remember when Jesus was about to go away after
  • 00:10:29.180 --> 00:10:32.220
  • his disciples had understood his death, burial,
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  • and resurrection a little bit, and Jesus was preparing them
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  • for what was to happen?
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  • And they didn't understand it and some of them said,
  • 00:10:40.060 --> 00:10:42.030
  • "Lord, where are You going and, Lord, how do you get there?"
  • 00:10:42.040 --> 00:10:46.020
  • And Jesus said to them in John 14,
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  • "Don't let your heart be troubled; you believe in God,
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  • believe also in Me.
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  • In My Father's house are many mansions;
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  • and if it were not so, I would have told you.
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  • I am going to prepare a place for you.
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  • And I go to prepare this place for you so that I can come again
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  • and receive you unto Myself; that where I am,
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  • there you may be also."
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  • And the Rapture is the fulfillment of
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  • that promise of the Lord Jesus.
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  • He has gone to heaven.
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  • He is preparing a place for us and one day soon he's gonna come
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  • back and he's going to take us up to meet him in the air
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  • and we're gonna go to the place that he's been preparing.
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  • Now, if the Lord created the earth in six days
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  • and rested on the seventh, he's been working on heaven
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  • for several thousand years.
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  • Can you imagine what kind of place that's gonna be?
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  • I mean, it is going to be a place like anything
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  • you have ever seen in your life.
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  • And the hope of the believer is this.
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  • That before Tribulation breaks out on this earth,
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  • the Lord Jesus Christ is going to return.
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  • The real text that teaches this truth is found
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  • in 1 Thessalonians chapter 4.
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  • The writer of this passage begins by giving to his readers
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  • a preview of what's gonna happen in the future, sort of a little
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  • overture of these events.
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  • And he begins by trying to dispel their ignorance.
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  • He begins in verse 13 by saying, "I do not want you to be
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  • ignorant, brethren," and I've observed
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  • that whenever that passage is referred to in the Scripture,
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  • whenever that little phrase is in the Scripture,
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  • you know what it means?
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  • They're ignorant brethren.
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  • It means they don't know what they need to know.
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  • In fact, J. Vernon McGee once said that
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  • the largest congregation in the world was the congregation
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  • of the ignorant brethren.
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  • Now, I don't know if that's true or not.
  • 00:12:31.230 --> 00:12:32.250
  • He was a little more edgy than I would be.
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  • But the apostle begins by using this phrase that shows that
  • 00:12:36.270 --> 00:12:39.260
  • the Thessalonians didn't understand what was going on.
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  • So he's writing this to dispel their ignorance and, you know,
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  • one of the reasons we study the Bible is so we can learn
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  • things we don't know.
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  • So we need to open our Bibles and ask God
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  • to help us understand what the Scripture says.
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  • The first thing that he does after he dispels their ignorance
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  • is he describes a believer's death.
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  • This is a very interesting thing.
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  • Notice what he says.
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  • He says, "I don't want you to be ignorant concerning
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  • those who have fallen asleep."
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  • The word that is used of Christians who have died in
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  • the text of the New Testament is a word which is--the meaning
  • 00:13:13.100 --> 00:13:18.010
  • of the word is to sleep but to sleep in death.
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  • "But now Christ is risen from the dead,
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  • and has become the firstfruits of those
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  • who have fallen asleep."
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  • Did you know that if you're a Christian death is
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  • just like falling asleep.
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  • Just like falling asleep.
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  • That's what the Bible says.
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  • And we're gonna learn why in just a moment.
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  • The early Christians had this wonderful word for the
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  • burying places of their dead.
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  • The Greek word is koimeterion.
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  • Don't get caught up in that word but it means a rest house
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  • for strangers, a sleeping place.
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  • Now, hang on.
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  • It is the same word from which we get our English word
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  • "cemetery."
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  • The same word was used in that day for inns or hotels
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  • or motels, like the Ramada Inn or the Holiday Inn,
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  • the same word that was used for cemetery
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  • was used for hotels.
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  • And you expect to get up the next day when you go to a hotel
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  • and continue your journey.
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  • And this is the picture of the place where you bury
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  • your believing loved ones,
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  • the body of the believer has just been put into a hotel
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  • until the Resurrection.
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  • Isn't that an interesting thought?
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  • So where's my loved one?
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  • "Oh, they're in the hotel down here at the cemetery."
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  • I mean, that'll open some people's eyes.
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  • It'll start a conversation for you if you want one.
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  • One day the Lord is going to come back and that body
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  • is gonna be raised up.
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  • And the main truth here that we need to remember is
  • 00:14:42.240 --> 00:14:45.070
  • just as physically we sleep and we expect to awake tomorrow
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  • in the hotels where we're staying,
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  • so as Christians when we die we can be assured that one day
  • 00:14:51.150 --> 00:14:55.050
  • we'll be awakened by the return of the Lord.
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  • We'll come out of those hotels and we'll go to be
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  • with the Lord in the heavens.
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  • What a great truth.
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  • Now, after he dispels their ignorance and he describes
  • 00:15:03.200 --> 00:15:08.050
  • their death, he defends the believer's hope.
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  • And this is what he says: "Lest you sorrow."
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  • He says, "I want you to know this truth
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  • so you won't sorrow like others who don't have any hope.
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  • For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again,
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  • even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus."
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  • Listen to me, ladies and gentlemen,
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  • the Lord Jesus came into this world to take
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  • the sting out of death and what that means is that though we do
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  • sorrow when we lose somebody we love, we don't sorrow like
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  • the other part of the world who doesn't know him because we know
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  • that death is not the end.
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  • In fact, it's the beginning of something much better than
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  • we've ever experienced before.
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  • Now, here's why we don't have to sorrow.
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  • Here's where our hope is.
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  • Notice what he says in verses 13 and 14.
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  • He says if we believe that Jesus died
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  • and he rose again, is it too hard to believe that
  • 00:16:01.220 --> 00:16:04.170
  • he can perform the same miracle in your life and in mine?
  • 00:16:04.180 --> 00:16:08.040
  • I mean, this explains how Christ took the sting
  • 00:16:08.050 --> 00:16:10.210
  • out of death for believers.
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  • He's changed what would have been death into sleep
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  • by his own death.
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  • This then, is the cause for not grieving.
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  • I'm not afraid to die.
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  • I don't wanna die.
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  • I'm like the little boy in the class who the teacher said,
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  • "How many of you wanna go to heaven when you die?"
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  • Everybody raised their hand but one little boy
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  • in the back row.
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  • And she went back and she said, "Son, don't you want to go
  • 00:16:31.050 --> 00:16:32.140
  • to heaven when you die?" "Oh," he said, "yeah, when I die
  • 00:16:32.150 --> 00:16:34.270
  • but I thought you were getting up a load for tonight, you know,
  • 00:16:34.280 --> 00:16:37.200
  • and I don't wanna go to heaven tonight,
  • 00:16:37.210 --> 00:16:39.100
  • you know what I'm saying?" I wanna go to heaven
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  • when God's ready to take me to heaven and
  • 00:16:41.060 --> 00:16:43.040
  • I'm not afraid to go to heaven because I know that there is
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  • something far better awaiting us because of our faith in Christ.
  • 00:16:46.250 --> 00:16:52.110
  • Now, in the next part of this section of Scripture, verse 15,
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  • we've already seen the careful
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  • preview of the Rapture.
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  • Now we're gonna see the promise of the Rapture.
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  • Notice verse 15: "For this we say to you
  • 00:17:01.170 --> 00:17:03.270
  • by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain
  • 00:17:03.280 --> 00:17:07.010
  • until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede
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  • those who are asleep."
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  • And he begins
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  • in verses 16 and 17 to outline how things
  • 00:17:14.050 --> 00:17:17.050
  • are gonna happen when the Rapture occurs.
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  • So let's go through this little chronological--this little
  • 00:17:19.140 --> 00:17:22.040
  • chronological program of the Rapture, verses 16 and 17.
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  • Notice first of all, first thing,
  • 00:17:25.270 --> 00:17:28.010
  • there's gonna be a return.
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  • Verse 16: "For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven
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  • with a shout, with the voice of an archangel,
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  • and with the trumpet of God."
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  • The Bible says the next thing that's gonna happen for everyone
  • 00:17:38.020 --> 00:17:40.160
  • who's a Christian is the skies
  • 00:17:40.170 --> 00:17:42.160
  • are gonna be parted and Jesus Christ
  • 00:17:42.170 --> 00:17:44.030
  • is gonna come back.
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  • He's gonna return to take those who have trusted in him
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  • to heaven.
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  • And notice, it's the Lord himself who is coming.
  • 00:17:52.150 --> 00:17:55.060
  • He's not sending the Holy Spirit.
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  • He's not sending his angels.
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  • He's not sending any of the disciples
  • 00:17:58.230 --> 00:18:00.210
  • who've gone on ahead.
  • 00:18:00.220 --> 00:18:02.020
  • He himself is coming.
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  • In fact, you'll remember when he was taken up in the Ascension
  • 00:18:04.100 --> 00:18:07.110
  • that the angels said, "Men of Galilee, why do you
  • 00:18:07.120 --> 00:18:10.160
  • stand gazing up into heaven?
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  • This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven,
  • 00:18:12.240 --> 00:18:15.280
  • is going to come in the same manner
  • 00:18:15.290 --> 00:18:18.010
  • as you saw Him go into heaven."
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  • How did they see him go?
  • 00:18:19.180 --> 00:18:20.280
  • They saw him go physically,
  • 00:18:20.290 --> 00:18:22.280
  • they saw him go personally.
  • 00:18:22.290 --> 00:18:24.170
  • So how should we expect him to come back?
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  • Physically and personally.
  • 00:18:27.010 --> 00:18:27.290
  • Jesus Christ is coming back very soon.
  • 00:18:28.000 --> 00:18:31.090
  • Now, the detail of this passage is very complete.
  • 00:18:31.100 --> 00:18:34.040
  • In fact, we're even given the sounds that we're
  • 00:18:34.050 --> 00:18:36.080
  • gonna hear before this happens.
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  • It says: "The shout, the voice of the archangel,
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  • and the trump of God."
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  • Three sounds.
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  • We should be listening for these sounds, the Bible says.
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  • One day we'll be going through our motions, living our lives,
  • 00:18:48.190 --> 00:18:50.270
  • and that sound will be heard.
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  • You say, "How will I know it?" Well, it's gonna be a sound like
  • 00:18:52.120 --> 00:18:54.150
  • a trumpet, like the voice of an archangel.
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  • It's gonna be that kind of a sound,
  • 00:18:56.280 --> 00:18:58.080
  • like you've never heard before.
  • 00:18:58.090 --> 00:18:59.090
  • I promise you when you hear it, you'll know it.
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  • There's gonna be a return.
  • 00:19:03.030 --> 00:19:04.070
  • And then the Bible says there's gonna be a Resurrection.
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  • And the dead in Christ shall rise first.
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  • In a split second the Lord is going to call all believers
  • 00:19:10.230 --> 00:19:14.250
  • to himself to share his glory.
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  • Not one will remain behind.
  • 00:19:16.240 --> 00:19:20.170
  • The Bible says that we are going to be changed in a moment,
  • 00:19:20.180 --> 00:19:23.220
  • in the twinkling of an eye.
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  • The Bible says we shall not all sleep
  • 00:19:27.070 --> 00:19:30.020
  • but we shall all be changed.
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  • So there's gonna be a return.
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  • Jesus is gonna come back.
  • 00:19:33.230 --> 00:19:34.260
  • What's the second thing?
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  • The dead in Christ are gonna be raised and they're gonna go up
  • 00:19:36.040 --> 00:19:38.080
  • first.
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  • Then we who are alive and remain,
  • 00:19:39.080 --> 00:19:40.230
  • we're gonna be caught up to be with them in the heavens.
  • 00:19:40.240 --> 00:19:45.010
  • We're gonna meet our loved ones who've gone on before us
  • 00:19:45.020 --> 00:19:47.250
  • who are in the grave.
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  • They're gonna check out of their motel and they're gonna be
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  • caught up with us, and the Bible says we're
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  • gonna meet together in the air.
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  • So there's not only a return, a resurrection, and a rapture
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  • but there's gonna be a reunion.
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  • I remember as a little boy growing up in my daddy's church,
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  • we used to sing this song, "There's gonna be a meeting
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  • in the air in the sweet, sweet bye and bye."
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  • You remember that?
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  • Well, that's not just a good lyric for a good hymn.
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  • That's the truth of the Word of God.
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  • The Bible says that "we who are alive and remain shall be
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  • caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord
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  • in the air.
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  • And so we shall always be with the Lord."
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  • Ladies and gentlemen, that's our final place.
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  • Our final place where we're gonna be forever and
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  • ever with the Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • Now, I want you to notice that the passage doesn't end with
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  • this chronological organization of the Rapture.
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  • The passage says that there's a purpose for us to know
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  • this truth.
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  • Verse 18 says: "Therefore comfort one another
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  • with these words."
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  • The word "comfort" is the same word that is translated
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  • elsewhere in the Bible by the word "encouragement."
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  • So we could read that text this way:
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  • "Therefore encourage one another with these words."
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  • Because how many of you know you can't go through life
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  • without hope.
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  • You can't go through life without faith.
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  • If you don't believe God has a plan for your life,
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  • you're gonna have a miserable life.
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  • And it's not just think so, hope so, whomp up your faith.
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  • The Bible says: "Faith is the bedrock truth of life."
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  • Hebrews 10 says: "The just live by faith."
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  • And I wanna tell you something.
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  • The Rapture of the church and the coming of Christ is
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  • the most encouraging doctrine you can ever preach to people
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  • who are going through trouble.
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  • You know, we're living in some pretty difficult times
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  • right now, are we not?
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  • And people having kinds of problems they
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  • never had before in their life.
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  • So in light of what Paul has presented, here's
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  • the question we need to ask.
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  • How shall we live?
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  • If we believe that Jesus is coming back to take us to be
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  • with him, how shall we live?
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  • Well, first of all, we should be looking for the Lord,
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  • shouldn't we?
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  • If we believe that, we should be looking for him.
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  • We should anticipate it.
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  • When was the last time you even thought about the fact
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  • that Jesus was coming back?
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  • The Bible says in Titus 2:13 we're to be "looking for
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  • the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God
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  • and Savior Jesus Christ."
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  • Philippians 3:20 says: "For our citizenship
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  • is in heaven, from which we also
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  • eagerly wait for the Savior."
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  • And 1 Thessalonians 1 says: "We wait for His Son
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  • from heaven."
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  • Are we looking for Jesus?
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  • You know, one of the things that helps you deal with life
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  • on earth is to remember that there's life elsewhere.
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  • It's life in heaven that God has provided,
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  • and keep your eyes on Jesus.
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  • Not only should we be looking for Jesus but the Scripture says
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  • we should be living for Jesus, shouldn't we?
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  • In fact, one of the interesting things about prophecy is
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  • wherever you see a prophetic truth in the Bible,
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  • almost inevitably married to it is some practical admonition
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  • that has been given to us to tell us what to do.
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  • For instance, "For the grace of God that
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  • brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that,
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  • denying ungodliness and worldly lusts,
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  • we should live soberly, righteously,
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  • and godly in this present age, looking for that blessed hope
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  • and glorious appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ."
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  • Somebody said, "Well, if you believe Jesus
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  • is coming back you can just live any way you want."
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  • No, you can't.
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  • If you really believe that Jesus is coming back, you don't wanna
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  • be ashamed at his Coming.
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  • The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is coming back
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  • for all those who have placed their faith in him.
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  • If you have not done that, you will be left behind.
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  • Today, you can get your name on the list.
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  • You can say, "Lord Jesus, I want to receive
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  • you as my Savior.
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  • I don't wanna be left behind.
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  • I wanna go to heaven.
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  • When you come back for your own, I wanna be included
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  • in that number."
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  • You say, "Well, Pastor Jeremiah, that's a strange thing that
  • 00:23:57.260 --> 00:24:01.240
  • you say, that you need to trust Jesus Christ so you can go
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  • to heaven."
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  • I'm not saying that.
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  • I'm just reporting to you what Jesus said.
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  • Do you remember what he said?
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  • He said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life.
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  • No man comes to the Father except through Me."
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  • Do you wanna go to heaven when you die?
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  • The only way you're gonna get there is through Jesus Christ.
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  • There's not plan A, plan B, and plan C.
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  • There's only one plan; it's God's plan.
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  • And the Bible says God has a plan whereby you can go to
  • 00:24:32.110 --> 00:24:37.090
  • heaven and spend eternity with him forever and ever and ever,
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  • and you can execute that plan right here, right now,
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  • right here in this place.
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  • And when the Rapture comes, you will hear the call,
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  • the voice of an archangel,
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  • the shout, and the trump of God.
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  • And you will be called up to be with him.
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  • announcer: And now, with one last word
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  • for today's program, here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Paul's purpose in writing to the Thessalonians
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  • about the Rapture is expressed in his final words: "Comfort
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  • one another with this truth."
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  • So I have to ask you, were you comforted
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  • by this message about the Rapture?
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  • If you're a Christian, you should be assured
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  • about the future.
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  • But perhaps the idea of death and Christ's return
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  • was a bit discomforting.
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  • If so, I hope you'll exchange discomfort for comfort
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  • by putting your eternal trust in Jesus Christ
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  • as your Lord and Savior.
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  • announcer: Next time on "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: There is a wonderful truth
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  • that God loves us and he's able to save us and even
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  • in the midst of the stress of this world we can live
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  • a positive, Christ-honoring, productive life that
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  • will bring joy to our hearts and glory to his name.
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