Many who are new to the Faith want to know, “Is there really a ‘Divine Escape Plan‘ in these Last Days? One that will get us out of these Perilous Times that we are suffering in here on Earth that is recorded in the Bible?” To find out, Brethren, it is Imperative to Seek God’s Word to Discover the Truth concerning this ‘Divine Escape Plan‘ that our Lord has in Store for us!
1 Thessalonians 4:17 “Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
1 Corinthians 15:52 “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
The Rapture Deniers
As many well know, the ‘Rapture Deniers’ tend to say that there is ‘no Divine Escape Plan‘ for Believers. In some views, this is a ‘recently concocted concept’ of one being ‘Snatched Up, Taken by Force, or Whisked Away‘ just in time before the Prophesied Catastrophic Destruction is to take place. Some also deny that the concept of the Rapture is even found anywhere in God’s Holy Word.
Needless to say, the ones who deny this Biblical Truth need to actually ‘crack open’ and study their Bibles before they speak so presumptuously!
1 Thessalonians 5:3 “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.”
Titus 2:13 “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.”
New Believers want to know, “Is there a Redemption Day coming for us that we can look forward to? Is there any Hope for ‘Physical Salvation’ from the ‘Encroaching Evilness’ that is our World? Will we have to stay here and suffer God’s Wrath with the Unbelievers?” The Good News is that, according to God’s Word, there is a Divine Escape Plan for us; and no, this is not a ‘newly concocted concept’ in recent years either!
Luke 21:28 “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”
Revelation 3:10 “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.”
The Pre-Trib View
The ‘Pre-Trib Rapture Deniers’ tend to say that we will all be here during the Tribulation to suffer alongside everyone else. The ‘Mid-Tribbers’ tend to say that we will be here for at least half of this 7- year period, which is also known as the ‘Time of Jacob’s Trouble.’ The ‘Post-Tribbers’ tend to say that we will be caught up at the End of the Tribulation, then quickly come back down with Christ to Begin the start of the Millennium; basically, we do a ‘U-Turn,’ if you will.
Conclusion to this is that upon closer examination and study of the scriptures, we find that the Pre-Trib View is the Most Literal, Accurate, and Biblically Correct View!
1 Thessalonians 5:9 “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Psalm 45:15 “With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the king’s palace.”
The KJV New Testament Greek Lexicon
Harpazo: Strong’s Number 726
Definition: 1. to seize, carry off by force 2. to seize on, claim for one’s self eagerly 3. to snatch out or away
King James Word Usage – Total 13
catch up 4, take by force 3, catch away 2, pluck 2, catch 1, pull 1
Comfort One Another With These Words
Bottom line is to ask yourself this, “How can we ‘Comfort One Another With These Words‘ if we do not have the Hope of the Great Catching Away?!” Also, how comforting would it be to know that we would have to endure God’s Wrath for even part or all of the Time of Jacob’s Trouble?! Nothing about the Time of the Tribulation sounds comforting in the least, so how or why would Paul give us such an Admonition or Command?!
The Final Verdict is this: We can take comfort, Brethren, in the Promise of our (Blessed Hope, Harpazo, Rapture, Snatching, Catching Away) Because: 1) It is the Truth! and 2) It is Nearer now more than ever before! Hallelujah for God’s Divine Escape Plan for us!
Even So, Come Quickly Lord Jesus!
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”
Until next time… Maranatha!
(JESUS = THE WAY, THE TRUTH, & THE LIFE!