The Disciples asked the Lord when they
could expect the end of the world to come, v. 3. Jesus tells them of the many things which will transpire in the last days,
v. 4-35. Then, in verses 36-51, Jesus makes a plea for men to be ready to meet Him when He does come.
Now, the second coming of Jesus is not
one but two parts. Part one is an event that has come to be called the "Rapture". At this time, Jesus will call all those
who have received Him as the Savior to come home to Heaven. At this time, He will raise those believers who have already died,
and He will take those who are living on to Heaven to be with him forever.
Part two will take place around seven years
after part one. This event will see the return of Jesus in glory and power. He will descend upon the world an will defeat
all of His enemies and will establish His Kingdom upon the earth. He will personally rule in peace and harmony for 1,000 years.
Of these two events, neither can said
to be more important than the other, in the eternal scope of things. However, to those of us who are alive today, the Rapture
is of the utmost of importance. Why? Because it is the next event on the prophetic calendar of God and it will happen. In
fact, it could happen tonight, tomorrow, or at any time! Therefore, it is imperative that men understand the great need of
being ready to meet the Lord when He comes.
My desire this evening is to tell you
what the Bible teaches us about this event known as the Rapture. And, in doing so, I hope to show you the importance of being
ready to meet the Lord Jesus. Because, just as sure as we are waiting here, He will return! Now, let's take a few minutes
to look into this matter of the Rapture and talk for a while about the need to Get Right For The Flight.
I. IT WILL BE SUDDEN (1Cor.15:51-58)
1. The Rapture will take place in a moment
in the “twinkling”
of an eye.
2. There will be absolutely no time to
prepare. Either a person
will be ready
at that instant, or he will not be ready.
3. Bible is clear in its teaching that
we not count on there be
another day in
which to get ready, (Pro. 27:1,2)(Cor.6:2.)
4. There will be no announcements made,
posted, the Lord
will "Come in an instant.:"
5. May I remind you that right now is
the only time you have.
time you are guaranteed. Yesterday is a canceled
is a promissory note, today is the only
spend able time
II. IT WILL BE SOLEMN (Luke 17:34-36).
1. Solemn because all those who do not
know the Lord Jesus,
those who have
not been saved, born again will be left
A. Mother's will
be separated from their children, husbands
from wives, etc.
2. Solemn because many will
not be ready (Lk12:34-40)
3. It will be a solemn time because the
rapture will signal the
beginning of the Great
II. IT WILL BE SHOCKING (Matt.7:21-23).
1. Many will expect to go with the redeemed,
but will instead
be left behind,
2. Many have false hopes for Heaven, but
do not be deceived,
God knows our
3. There is only one way of
salvation this evening,
new birth can only come about through one Person,
when it is obtained, it carries with it a priceless
guarantee, (John 14:1-3).
4. Don't be shocked after
the Rapture, be sure tonight
IV. IT WILL BE SATISFYING (1Thes.
1. There will be a glad reunion at that
A. Loved ones,
saints of old, Jesus, the Heavenly Father
will all be there.
2. There will be eternal blessing,
(Rev.21:4). There will be
only good things there!
3. There will be a new body,
(1Cor.15:51-53). No more
death, disease, aging,
4. There will be a new home. (We are pilgrims
5. It is satisfying to know that I have
been made ready through
faith in Jesus
A young man applied for a job as a farmhand. When asked for
his qualifications, he said, "I can sleep when the wind blows." This puzzled the farmer, but he took a liking to the young
man and hired him. A few days later, the farmer and his wife were awakened in the night by a violent storm. They quickly began
to check things out to see if all was secure. They found that the shutters of the farmhouse had been securely fastened. A
good supply of logs had been set next to the fireplace. The farm implements had been placed in the storage shed, safe from
the elements. The tractor had been moved into the garage. The barn had been properly locked. All was well. Even the animals
were calm. It was then that the farmer grasped the meaning of the young man's words, "I can sleep when the wind blows." Because
the farmhand had performed his work loyally and faithfully when the skies were clear, he was prepared for the storm when it
broke. Consequently, when the wind blew, he had no fear. He was able to sleep in peace.