What about the Rapture?
What rapture?
Will Jesus return to earth and reign for
1,000 years in Jerusalem?
March 13 - AM
It is everywhere
 Almost every denomination teaches some
form of the Premillennial doctrine
 Most of this teaching is a figment of man’s
imagination.
 Some of it seems to be supported by
obscure passages in Ezekiel, Daniel and
Revelation
It is everywhere
 What is this teaching all about?
 What does the Bible teach?
 How can I refute this confusing doctrine?
Several Difficulties
 There are so many forms and variations of
this doctrine
 Pre- mill, Post-mill, A-mill
 Rapture – Pre-trib, Mid-trib, Post-trib
 Resurrections – 3, 5, 7
 Judgments – 1, 5, 7
 What are the signs of Christ’s coming?
Simple Answers
 Trying to summarize this doctrine is
impossible – but I will try
 It is taught that:
– All the faithful will be raised (the rapture) and
taken to heaven
– A wicked anti-christ will rule the world
– Christ will come with his saints (army) and
overthrow the anti-christ
Simple Answers
 It is taught that:
– All Jews will be returned to Israel
– The temple will be rebuilt
– Jewish worship and priesthood will return
– Jesus will reign over all the earth on the
throne of David in Jerusalem
 How can I answer all of that in a few
minutes?
The Kingdom
 Didn’t John and Jesus preach and promise a
kingdom “at hand”? – Matthew 3:2; 4:17
 Was it promised in the lifetime of the apostles?
 Mark 9:1 - And He said to them, “Assuredly, I
say to you that there are some standing here who
will not taste death till they see the kingdom of
God present with power.”
 Did God Fail?
The Kingdom
 The kingdom was to come in the days of
the Roman Empire
 Daniel 2:44 - And in the days of these kings
the God of heaven will set up a kingdom
which shall never be destroyed; and the
kingdom shall not be left to other people; it
shall break in pieces and consume all these
kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.
The Kingdom
 Jesus prayed – “Thy Kingdom come”
 Did that prayer of Jesus fail?
 Has the kingdom planned from the
foundation of the world come?
 OR Did the Jews foil the plan of God and
cause the Kingdom to be delayed?
The Kingdom Is Here
 Colossians 1:13 - He has delivered us from
the power of darkness and conveyed us into
the kingdom of the Son of His love,
 Hebrews 12:28 - Therefore, since we are
receiving a kingdom which cannot be
shaken, let us have grace, by which we may
serve God acceptably with reverence and
godly fear.
The Kingdom Is Here
 Revelation 1:9 - I, John, both your brother
and companion in the tribulation and
kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was
on the island that is called Patmos for the
word of God and for the testimony of Jesus
Christ.
The Mission of Jesus
 Why did Jesus come to earth 2,000 years
ago?
 QUESTION: Did Jesus come to set up a
kingdom and reign forever?
 OR: Did Jesus come to die on the cross,
be raised the 3rd day and ascend to
heaven?
 NOTE: Both cannot be correct.
The Mission of Jesus
 Did Jesus come to set up a kingdom and
reign forever?
 What if Jesus has succeeded in becoming
king on David’s throne?
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Still under the Law of Moses
Still offer animal sacrifices
Not have remission of sins, salvation
No hope of eternal life, resurrection
Here is the Answer
Events
Die for our sins
Prophecy
Isaiah 53:5
Fulfillment
1 Corinthians 15:3
Here is the Answer
 Isaiah 53:5 - But He was wounded for our
transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
 1 Corinthians 15:3 - For I delivered to you first
of all that which I also received: that Christ died
for our sins according to the Scriptures,
Here is the Answer
Events
Die for our sins
Prophecy
Isaiah 53:5
Raised from dead Psalm 49:15
Fulfillment
1 Corinthians 15:3
Romans 1:4
Here is the Answer
 Psalm 49:15 - But God will redeem my soul from
the power of the grave, For He shall receive me.
 Romans 1:4 - and declared to be the Son of God
with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by
the resurrection from the dead.
Here is the Answer
Events
Die for our sins
Prophecy
Isaiah 53:5
Fulfillment
1 Corinthians 15:3
Raised from dead Psalm 49:15
Romans 1:4
Ascend to Father Daniel 7:13
Acts 1:9
Here is the Answer
 Daniel 7:13 - “I was watching in the night
visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man,
Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to
the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near
before Him.
 Acts 1:9 - Now when He had spoken these
things, while they watched, He was taken up, and
a cloud received Him out of their sight.
Here is the Answer
Events
Die for our sins
Prophecy
Isaiah 53:5
Fulfillment
1 Corinthians 15:3
Raised from dead Psalm 49:15
Romans 1:4
Ascend to Father Daniel 7:13
Acts 1:9
Receive a
Kingdom
Acts 2:33
Daniel 7:14
Here is the Answer
 Daniel 7:14 - Then to Him was given dominion
and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples,
nations, and languages should serve Him. His
dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall
not pass away, And His kingdom the one Which
shall not be destroyed.
 Acts 2:33 - Therefore being exalted to the right
hand of God, and having received from the Father
the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this
which you now see and hear.
What about the Rapture?
 Coming of Jesus will NOT be for a few – but
for all.
– John 5:28-29 – All will be raised at the same time
– Revelation 1:7 – Every eye shall see him
 All will be judged
– 2 Corinthians 5:10 – All will appear – good or bad
 Kingdom is already here
– Kingdom is the church – Matthew 16:18
The Bottom Line
 Here is the simple test:
 Did Jesus come to reign forever OR did He
come to die for our sins?
 You can’t have both.
 Jesus came to die, to be raised, to ascend to
heaven.
 There, in heaven, he was crowned as king of
His Kingdom.
The Bottom Line
 Are you a citizen of that kingdom?
 Today you can be a part of the great, eternal
kingdom of God, with Jesus now reigning as
King of Kings.
 The same faithful obedience that adds you to
the church (Acts 2:47) places you in the
kingdom.
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