I am leading my church family through the New Testament book of Revelation this year called “The Revelation of Jesus Christ: Learning to Hope in the King and the Kingdom.” We started last fall and we’re going verse by verse, week by week through this final book in the book God wrote. Now that we are really into it, I see that the timing of this study could not be more perfect in light of the current events of our day.
Yesterday, I preached on Revelation 7: 1-17. And to set it up, we looked at the four most commonly held views about the Rapture of the church:
• Pre-Tribulation Rapture
• Mid-Tribulation Rapture
• Post-Tribulation Rapture
• Pre-Wrath Rapture
Please take a moment to read Matthew 24:29-31 and compare it Revelation 6:12-17. Wow!
I have friends that are students of God’s Word and followers of Jesus Christ, who hold to each of the views listed above. And scholars have debated for years over who is right and who is wrong. It is an issue that we will not solve on this side of the Rapture.
But listen, Loved Ones, what I want us to get right is that Jesus will return! I am not as concerned about when the moment will be as I am about the fact that the moment is coming. I want to encourage you to get off the “Planning” Committee and get on the “Welcoming” Committee.
Are you ready for Jesus’ return?
Here’s a chart of the End Times that I am going through with the church family at Harvest. I trust it will be helpful to you in your personal study of the book of Revelation. And if you want to hear the whole message, “The Rapture Question,” follow this link to the Harvest Bible Chapel Web site.