The blessed Hope.
1 Corinthians chapter15 verses 1-7; 1 Thessalonians chapter 1 verse 10 The death, resurrection, ascension, and the coming of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ is the hope of every believer. Revelation chapter 1 verse 18; John chapter 11 verses 25,26 Because He died, conquered death and rose up again, He is able to give life to those who believe in Him. 1 Corinthians chapter 15 verses 12-19 The resurrection of Christ from the dead is very important to us as believers, for if Christ is not risen then our faith is vain then we are yet in our sins, but thank God He is risen and lives forever. The things of this life is not what we hope for, but heaven which is our eternal home. Hebrews chapter 11 verse 10 The Patriarch,Abraham waited for the city which has foundations,whose builder and maker is God.What are you hoping for? In John chapter 14 verses 1-3 Jesus promised believers of His coming, the first time He made mention of the rapture of the Church. He said ‘’ I am going to prepare a place for you, and I will come back again ,to take you with me, and where am I there you shall be also.’’ Where Jesus is at the moment is heaven, so there, we shall be.
The Comfort of Christ’s Coming: 1 Thessalonians chapter 4 verses 13-18 Believers don`t die but rather sleep, because they will rise up again. Numbers chapter 10 verses 1-8 The sounding of the trumpet means calling together an assembly or gathering a people together.The nature of the rapture: 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 verse 1 The rapture is a gathering together of God’s people, the church to escape the wrath to come 1 Thessalonians chapter 5 verse 9. Those sleeping in Christ will rise first and those who are alive will be transformed and caught up together to meet the Lord in the air. Ecclesiastes chapter 1 verse 9.The rapture is being transported from one place to another. It`s not something new, It has happened before. It was something common in the old testament. 1 Kings chapter 18 verse 12 “And it shall come to pass,as soon as I am gone from you,that the Spirit of the Lord will carry you to a place i do not know..” Examples,(1)ENOCH. Genesis chapter 5 verse 24 (2)ELIJAH. 2 Kings chapter 2 verse 11; (3) PHILIP. Acts chapter 8 verses 39,40
Nature of resurrected body: 2 Corinthians chapter 5 verses 1-5; 1 Corinthians chapter 15 verses 35-44 It is Incorruptible, glorious,powerful and spiritual. Every man will have his own body not that of another. 1 John chapter 3 verse 2; Philippians chapter 3 verses 20,21; Luke chapter 24 verse 39 Such bodies will be like Christ, in the sense of immortality. Matthew chapter 22 verse 30 We will be like Angels of God in heaven for flesh and blood( terrestrial body ) cannot inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians chapter 15 verses 50-53
The hour and time of His coming unknown:Matthew chapter 24 verses 36-39; 1 Thessalonians chapter 5 verses 2,3 Don’t be deceived, for nobody knows the time, day or year the master is coming except the father alone.
Negative signs before His coming: (1) Perilous times 2 Timothy chapter 3 verses 1-5 (2) The apostacy of many 1 Timothy chapter 4 verse 1 (3) Increase in Ocults and Sorcery 2 Corinthians chapter 11 verses 13-15; Matthew chapter 24 verses 5,11; Acts chapter 8 verses 9-11; 2 Peter chapter 2 verses 1-3 (4) Wars ,Natural disasters ,Famine Matthew chapter 24 verses 6,7 (5) Increase in wickedness and spiritual coldness Matthew chapter 24 verse 12 (6) Great persecution Matthew chapter 24 verses 9,10 (7) Peace and Safety. 1 Thessalonians chapter 5 verse 3.( Global Security and a New World Order ). (8) The spirit of anti-Christ.( Rebellion and heresies ) 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 verses 7-10 ; 1 John chapter 4 verses 1-3
Positive signs before His coming: (1) An outpour of the Holy Spirit. Joel chapter 2 verses 28,29 (2) Gospel preached unto all nations Matthew chapter 24 verse 14 (3) Increase in knowledge Daniel chapter 12 verse 4 (4) Spiritual awakening 1 Thessalonian chapter 5 verses 4-8 ; Ephesians chapter 5 verse 14 (5) Manifestation of God`s manifold wisdom by the Church.Ephesians chapter 3 verses 10,11
Believers state of life in preparation of His coming:(1) Life of Purity. 1 John chapter 2 verse 3; Colossians chapter 1 verse 27 ( 2) Say no to ungodliness. Titus chapter 2 verses 11,12 (3) Love and look forward to His glorious appearance. Titus chapter 2 verses 13,14 (4) Pray and be Watchful. Luke chapter 21 verses 34-36; Mathew chapter 24 verses 42-43 (5) Be Ready. Matthew chapter 24 verse 44 (6) Walk Circumspectedly. Ephesians chapter 5 verses 15,16 (7) Living for Chrst. Galatians chapter 2 verse 20 (8)Comfort one another. 1 Thessalonians chapter 4 verse 18;(9)Forsake not the assembly and encourage one another. Hebrews chapter 10 verse 25 (10) Be sober and be watchful. 1 Thessalonians chapter 5 verse 6
In heaven there will be joy and celebration, the day of reward: 2 Timothy chapter 4 verses 7,8 ; 2 Corinthians chapter 5 verse 10
Romans chapter 15 verse 13 “Now may the God of hope, fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit”.