Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Author: Pastor Chidi Onyesonwu

There is every indication by events taking place in the world right now that the Rapture is about to happen.

The Rapture is an event that will take place in the near future. As promised by the Bible, Jesus Christ will come in the air, catch up the Church from the earth, and then return to heaven with the Church. The Apostle Paul gave a clear description in his letters to the Thessalonians and Corinthians.

"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." (1 Thessalonians. 4:16-18).

"Behold, I shew you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 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. For this, the corruptible must put on in corruption, and the mortal must put on immortality." (1 Cor. 15:51-53).

The word "rapture" comes from Paul's "caught up" remark. The words "caught up" are translated from the Greek word harpazo, which means "to carry off", "snatch up", or "grasp hastily". The translation from harpazo to "rapture" involved two steps: first, harpazo became the Latin word raptus; second, raptus became the English word "rapture"

Numbers 23:19 says, “God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfil?” Beloved, the Bible is our supreme guide and we are expected to accept the word of God and His beautiful plans for mankind.

At an unknown hour and day the Lord Jesus will descend from heaven, while remaining in the air, he will snatch his Bride, the Church (THE TRUE BELIEVERS), out from among this sinful world. The earthly reason for the removal of the Church is to make way for the rise of Antichrist and to fulfil Daniel's final 70th week. (Mat 25:13; 1Thesesalonians 4:16-18; 1st Cor 15:51-54)

Many people want to know if the rapture is as near as some people are predicting. The timing of the Coming of Jesus has been described as being much like a woman in labour. Just like a birth follows a very precise set of events, and a woman has many warnings that her baby is on the way, so it is with the return of the Lord. We have been given very precise signs to watch for that will signify Christ's return. There has never been a time in history when the return of the Lord has been so near. Prophecies are fulfilled at an astonishing rate.

The devil is seriously preparing for the post rapture events. We are confirming all that God Had revealed. The information is for us to understand that the rapture is nearer! This will enable us to prepare. We are not supposed to be afraid! “But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief... ” 1ST Thessalonians 5:4-5.

In Matthew 24:37, Jesus says, "As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man." Before God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, men were having sex with fellow men; women were having sex with fellow women (See Genesis 19). Before the Flood, similar things were happening (See Genesis 6).

Noah warned his people about the FLOOD. They mocked him! Today, worse things are happening. Many countries have legalized same sex marriages! Homosexuality and lesbianism are no longer news. Men are marrying men; women marrying women! Trusted men and women are encouraging immorality-deceiving the saved ones! Several places of worship have turned to club houses (the sinking Titanic). However, few people have refused to board the sinking Titanic.

Are you on the Lord's side? Prepare for the Rapture. The true Christians will suddenly be taken out of this world to stay with the Lord Jesus Christ forever! This world has expired. Come to Jesus Christ today. Tomorrow may be too late. Remember, it is a personal race. It is not a family thing. It is not a church thing. Only Jesus Christ can save. Anyone who misses rapture will definitely remain here with the wicked anti-Christ, the devil/ the great enemy of your soul and all other wicked beings including those that hate you!

It is important to live as though we will not have another chance to get our hearts right with God. We need to preach to our loved ones and to the unsaved across the globe. And we need to hold the things of this world: money, homes, or ambitions with an open hand, ready to drop it all at the beckoning of our Lord. But, we also need to realize that we will never fully understand God's timing or His perfect plan, we continue to go to work, we continue to get educated; basically, we continue to wait patiently for His return. Jesus said, "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father" (Matt. 24:36). What is important about the timing of the rapture is not wishing that we would know when Jesus is coming so we can get ready, but being ready at every moment. "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour" (Matt. 25:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 and 2 Peter 3:3-15).

•Pastor Chidi Onyesonwu is the Presiding Pastor, Saving Ark Christian Ministry Arab Road Kubwa Abuja.