When will the believing be leaving?

matthew 24 14 great commission endfrom dallasseminary Dr. Mark Hitchcock, Senior Pastor, Faith Bible Church, Edmond, OK, urges believers to live with a sense of urgency and anticipation of the rapture because it could happen at any time.

I am afraid that this attitude of anticipation is missing from the lives of many believers, and that’s sad to me because believing in the rapture, and believing it can happen any moment should dramatically impact how we live. It ought to translate into every day life. It should affect how we live each day. In every rapture passage, there’s always practical application, and there are 4 daily influences the rapture should have:

  1. It should have a calming influence on stirred hearts.
  2. It has a controlling influence on serving hearts
  3. It should have a comforting influence on sorrowing hearts
  4. It should have a cleansing influence on sinning hearts

1 Thessalonians 4:12-18

  • Since so much of the Bible is prophecy, you have to love Bible prophecy.
  • Paul wasn’t like so many today, who avoid the subject of prophecy.
  • Exemption from wrath- One of the arguments for the pretrib view is that Christ’s believers will be exempt from God’s wrath. In all 4 eschatological views this view is held. The difference comes from when each view believes the wrath of God will be unleashed. So the question becomes: Are we going to be protected from wrath, or are we going to be removed? And, when does the wrath start?
  • Another argument is ‘imminency’- the fact that Jesus could come at any time. 1 Thessalonians 1:10 and to wait for his Son from heaven,whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath Titus 2:13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,
  • We should be ready anytime, because Jesus can come at any time.

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