All Scripture is taken from the NASB unless otherwise noted.
Enough has been stated in the Word of God that Jesus Christ will someday return for His Church, and soon. Granted, no one knows when ‘soon’ is, but we do know that He will come. There are three very important passages in the New Testament which are vital concerning the coming Rapture: John 14:1-3, 1 Corinthians 15:51-53, and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. We will look at each of them, but for this moment we must understand the importance of why we Must proclaim the light in the darkness.
“For this is contained in Scripture: “Behold, I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone, And he who believes in Him will not be disappointed.” 7 This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve, “The stone which the builders rejected, This became the very corner stone,” 8 and, “A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense”; for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed. 9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” 1 Peter 2:6-10.
From Darkness to Light
Light dispels darkness because without the presence of light darkness is simply present. Light always overcomes darkness because the light is the source of all things good. Darkness provides the opportunity for evil whereas light prevents the opportunity for darkness to prevail. John wrote, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” John 1:1-5. Notice that Jesus is the Light shining in the darkness, “and the darkness did not comprehend it.” This has been true from the beginning of time in Genesis 1:1, is true today and will be so until Jesus finally says in Revelation 22:20, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Until He comes our task is to proclaim salvation in the darkness; to those who walk in darkness. The Light has come, but that Light will soon go out and today is the day of salvation!! “And working together with Him, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain- for He says, “At the acceptable time I listened to you, And on the day of salvation I helped you.” Behold, now is “the acceptable time,” behold, now is “the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:1-2.
Because of His Light, I and you are able to walk in His grace, His blessed salvation. Because of His grace we have not the opportunity alone, but we have the command to make proclamation of His incredible free gift of eternal grace with Him. We find this gift extended in John 3:16, “”For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” and we have the command to disciple the nations in Matthew 28:18-20, “And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Jesus is Coming and Soon
Let us no look at the three very important passages in the New Testament concerning the Rapture: John 14:1-3, 1 Corinthians 15:51-53, and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. This is not an attempt to study these verses, but to mention them briefly because time is short for those who do not know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. For those of us who know Him we must become intensely animated to share the Gospel with the lost.
John 14:1-3, “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.”
1 Corinthians 15:50-53, “Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.”
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”
Our message must be proclaimed with great urgency just as Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians 4:13, “But we do not want you to be uninformed.” There are people all around who are walking in death, in darkness because they are uninformed about the imminent coming of Jesus Christ. We MUST tell them!! We do not know when He is coming and because we do not know we must tell!!
Jesus is Lord!