There is every indication by events which have taken place in the recent past, and which are taking place right now, that the Rapture of the Church is imminent. Jesus said that the generation which witnessed the rebirth of Israel as a nation would not have had time to fully pass away (meaning to die naturally) before he returned. Israel was reborn as a nation in 1948.
Your best guide for prophecy and its fulfilment is The Bible, backed up by prayer and fellowship with other believers in a Bible-believing church. But these news articles and opinion pieces may help you see how prophetic events are taking shape around the world at a startling pace. There is no cause for believers to be afraid, but we must do all we can to bear witness to others with the time remaining.
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The rapture is an event that will take place in the near future. Jesus will come in the air, catch up the Church from the earth, and then return to heaven with the Church. The Apostle Paul gave a clear description in his letters to the Thessalonians and Corinthians.
"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words." (1 Thess. 4:16-18).
"Behold, I shew you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump. For the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this, the corruptible must put on incorruption, and the mortal must put on immortality." (1 Cor. 15:51-53).
The word "rapture" comes from Paul's "caught up" remark. The words "caught up" are translated from the Greek word harpazo, which means "to carry off", "snatch up", or "grasp hastily". The translation from harpazo to "rapture" involved two steps: first, harpazo became the Latin word raptus; second, raptus became the English word "rapture".
There is every indication by events taking place in the world right now that the Rapture is imminent. Read more...