Are You Rapture Ready?

There is a great world event coming called the rapture. The word "rapture" is not mentioned in the Bible scriptures, but it is clearly mentioned in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. This is the day the that Jesus Christ will come down from heaven to snatch His church who are still alive and those born again Christians who have died. His church are not buildings, but is made up of people who have been born again of the Spirit of God. This rapture event is the hope, which is mentioned over and over in the New Testament scriptures.


Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again,and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord,will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven,with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God,and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17


Let's break down these verses above...


"Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope."


Paul want's the born again Thessalonians, to be informed, that Jesus is coming back to take their loved ones who chose to be born again during their lifetime. Even though they have lost a loved one to death, they will meet them again in the air, when Jesus comes back. The Apostle Paul is referring to the "the rest of mankind" to those who are lost and have not made the choice to be born again. Those who are lost have no hope because they did not have the Spirit of God living in them, and will not be snatched to meet the Lord in the air. Lost people without Christ only have hope in temporary things, which Paul refers to as "no hope".


"For we believe that Jesus died and rose again,and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him."


Since Jesus died and was rose again, the Thessalonians loved ones, who chose to be born again during their lifetime, will also rise again from their graves to meet Jesus in the air. Their bodies will not be rise physically, but spiritually. That is because our flesh is inherently corrupt, and only our Spirit will rise. "I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable." (1 Corinthians 15:50).


"According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first."


So it appears that those who have died as a born again Christian, will first be risen to meet the Lord in the air. Notice how Paul mentions this twice. This could be a just nano second. "Those who are left" is referring to those born again Christians who are still alive when Jesus comes back. The whole world will hear his loud command and know that the end is near.


"After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words."


"After that" refers again to the born again Christians, who have already died to meet the Lord in the air. Notice that this is the third time Paul is mentioning to the Thessalonians that their loved ones will be risen first. This is great encouragement to family members who are grieving for their loved ones. Paul doesn't say you shouldn't grieve, but that you don't have to grieve like those do not know God and have no hope. Don't worry, you will see them again soon! And better yet, when this happens, we will all be with the Lord forever. Does it get any better than this? Is there anything better than this to look forward to?


Paul then writes "Therefore encourage one another with these words."


Since the rapture event is going to happen, are you ready? Have you accepted Jesus Christ in to your heart to be born again? If you have praise God. If you have not or are not 100% sure then pray this prayer...


Lord Jesus I need you.

Thank you for taking away all of my sins at the cross.

I realize that I came in to this world spiritually dead and condemned for hell.

I am asking you to come in to my life so that I can be born again so that I will be with your forever.

I now thank you for giving me new life and coming to


I will see you soon!




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