RAPTURE: How to get prepared for the Second Coming. Rapture is a “designed technology” by God to airlift the Christians to meet Jesus - an escape route from deadly tribulation. Rapture is derived from the Latin word ‘raptus’ and it means: “a carrying off”. There are different teachings about the rapture and its timing. The pre-tribulation, during-tribulation and post-tribulation doctrines are causing a lot of confusion.
Arius the leader of the Arians said that Christ did not share God 's nature but was the first creature God created. Athanasius said that Christ was fully God and at the Council of Nicea in 325, the Church Fathers came down on Athanasius 's side and made Arius 's belief become a heresy. Rubenstein 's brisk, incisive prose brings the councils ' 4th-century Roman setting fully alive, with riots, civil strife, and public debates. Rubenstein is also personally invested in the meaning of these councils for religious life today. Digging back in history, Rubenstein learns that before the Arian controversy, "Jews and Christians could talk to each other and argue among themselves about crucial issues like the divinity of Jesus.
• And, that those believers who will be alive when Christ comes like a thief in the night will exit the earth in mortal bodies that will instantaneously be changed into immortal, incorruptible and glorified bodies WITHOUT HAVING TO PASS THROUGH DEATH, IS DESCRIBED BY THE APOSTLE PAUL AS A MYSTERY OR PART OF DIVINE REVELATION THAT HAD NOT BEEN KNOWN BEFORE! (I Corinthians 15:51). The Controversy about the Rapture Event • As beautiful as the thought of rapture is, but the Church is divided on the exact timing of this beautiful event. • Some within the Christian circles hold the view that rapture will occur before the great tribulation. Undoubtedly, these have the best hope.
Moreover, when we study (Ps. 72:7-18). Solomon predicts the Messiah’s reign which will go beyond the geographical boundaries of Israel but to other nations also. This can only be fulfilled during the millennial reign of Christ on the earth and finally Let us also see (Zechariah 14:5-17) where the prophet
Some Christians say the rapture that some believe in is not where Christ will take the church. They believe it is the death of those who are taken and the left behind are those who will enter into the Tribulation as the church. The important differences between the rapture and second coming are as follows: 1) At the rapture believers meet the Lord in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:17). At the second coming, believers return with the Lord to the earth (Revelation 19:14). 2) The second coming occurs after the great and terrible tribulation (Revelation chapters 6–19).
Jesus does provide sign that reflects the claim regarding the end of the world and arrival of Christ. The sign is believed to help Christians in future to see when they are living with his presence as well as end of entire system of the earth. The apostles are very inquisitive. “Tell us,” they say, “when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your presence and of the conclusion of the system of things?” (Matthew 24:3). With the passage of time, Apostles perceives the prophecy of Jesus to be correct.
The 3-Day Resurrection Once again, we go back to our concept of using past historical events to unpack concealed future prophetic events. The Prophet Hosea spoke about the resurrection on the third day some 730 years before the birth of Christ. “Come, and let us return to the LORD; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us; on the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight. Hos 6:1-2 NKJV Jesus Christ, after His crucifixion rose from dead on the third day.
Many theories have been made concerning the story of creation and many scholars have come up with different views based on creation. One of the theories is the Gap theory which suggests that God created the world and after that there was a Pre-Adamic war that led to a catastrophe and as a result God had to destroy the world and recreate it again. The other theory that was made is the Day Age theory which suggests that each day represents an age. The Bible describes clearly the creation account and is the only source which is reliable. The bible authors regularly employed creation metaphors in order to put their subject matter within the context of God’s activity in creation.
CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION In Isaiah 65:17-25, Isaiah mentions the citation of YHWH that He is about to “create new heavens and new earth” and gives some details of the things that will occur in the new creation. One of the things that YHWH will do is that “the youth will die at a hundred years” (Isa 65:20). Isaiah reiterated this declaration of a new creation in 66:22-23. Isaiah‘s statement in Isaiah 65:20 has received a considerable amount of debate among scholars. Scholarship is divided on the interpretation of the creation of “new heavens and new earth,” where death will re-appear a phrase which is found in the Old Testament only in the book of Isaiah.
They get messages from God directly. The assignment of the prophets was to announce the present truth of their people. They spread-out the God’s messages to their contemporary people. The prophet of the Old Testament is the forerunner and model of the Christian preacher. D.W. Cleverly Ford stated that the preaching was a late comer in the history of