Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Day of God

Temple Baptist Church - 6-27-2018
2 Peter 3:10-13


A.  As we get to the end of the Book of 2 Peter, we find the eminent Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and the impending judgement of fallen angels, the unsaved, and the removal of the curse placed upon God’s creation.  Two things:

1.  “Looking For” – As God’s children, we are excited in anticipation of eternity.  A new body, a new home, and a new heaven and earth.

2.  “Hastening Unto” – It will not be long until time is no more!  As we studied in Romans, chapter 8, we found the saved groaning, the creation groaning, and the Holy Ghost groaning.  The Lord told John, “Behold, I come quickly.”  This does not reference a set time but the suddenness of His coming.  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.

3.  “Righteousness” – Sin judged and the curse removed.

B.  I know that men of God have expounded these verses, but I have never personally heard a sermon preached on the subject.  I have never had a pastor who preached through the books of the Bible verse by verse.  I believe that this failure (I am not knocking my pastors but explaining the necessity of preaching verse by verse) has led to God’s people having a “lack of knowledge” that has hurt their spiritual growth. 

C.   I just want to take a few minutes and look at the sequence of the removal of the curse of sin.  The why, when, where, and time of sin’s curse removed from God’s creation.

1.  God’s creation in all of its purity and perfection. 

Genesis 1:31  And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. (Very-vehemence, a superlative; good-beautiful, bountiful, a very good thing, something very special.)

Genesis 2:1  Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.  (No theistic evolution: finished, all the host of them.)

Job 38:5-7  Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?  (6)  Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;  (7)  When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Psalms 19:1-3  To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.  (2)  Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.  (3)  There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

2.  Sin’s entrance and the curse of God’s creation implemented. 

Genesis 3:17-19  And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;  (18)  Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;  (19)  In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

Genesis 5:29  And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands,because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed.

Isaiah 24:4-6  The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish.  (5)  The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.  (6)  Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.

Job 25:5  Behold even to the moon, and it shineth not; yea, the stars are not pure in his sight.

3.  The creation’s curse removed, and righteousness restored.  There will be a two-fold judgement for sin taking place at the same time:

a.  The Great White Throne Judgement – Revelation 20:11-15  And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.  (12)  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.  (13)  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.  (14)  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.  (15)  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.  (God’s judgement for man’s sinfulness is Fire!)

2 Peter 3:7  But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.  (Peter, timewise, ties the judgement of ungodly men and the renewal of the universe together!)

b.  The Removal of the Curse of the Heavens and the Earth:

1)  The Time of the Renewal – Revelation 20:11  And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.  The key to know the time of the renovation is found in Revelation 21:1: “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.”

2)  The Method of the Renewal - 2 Peter 3:10-13  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.  (11)  Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,  (12)  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?  (13)  Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. (God’s judgement for sin in the heavens and the earth is also by Fire!)

Sunday, June 24, 2018

What Happens When You Sell The Farm

Temple Baptist Church - 6-17-2018
1 Kings 21:1-16


A.  We have just read an old familiar story about a man of integrity.  A man who thought that his heritage was of far greater worth than money.  Naboth died for his decision to not “sell the farm.”

B.  First, I want to give a little typology found in this story.

1.  Ahab, a wicked king, is a type of Satan and the world.

2.  Naboth is a type of the people of God.

3.  The vineyard is a type of church.

4.  The “inheritance of my fathers” is the antiquity of his forefather’s vineyard.

5.  Naboth’s death is a type of the price paid for the inheritance of the vineyard.

C.  A wicked King desired to buy an old vineyard that was adjacent to the palace. 

1.  I wonder how many times Ahab looked out at this beautiful vineyard and desired it.  Ahab was not a vine dresser!  There came a day when Ahab decided to make Naboth an “offer that he could not refuse.”  I do not think that Ahab offered him less than it was worth because money was no object to the king.  He thought that Naboth would certainly sell to him because he was the king and the offer seemed fair.  Naboth refused!  He refused because it was his inheritance of his family’s heritage. 

2.  Naboth’s refusal was a “slap in the face” Ahab.  Ahab was sad in spirit because of Naboth’s refusal.  Jezebel devised a plan to end Naboth’s life and take the vineyard.

D.  I want to give an analogy of our day that represents this story well.

1.  Harrison Bridge Road intersects with Fairview Road in Simpsonville.  Fairview Road has been one of the fastest growing in the upstate as businesses have jumped up everywhere.  There are quite a few new housing developments along the road:  homes, condominiums, and apartment complexes.  High dollar property!

2.  In close proximity to the intersection that I referred to, there was a huge farm.  Beautiful rolling hills, a pond, a home, completely fenced in with plenty of cattle.  For a number of years, I watched that farm with interest because of the rising price of acreage and the dwindling amount of open property for builders to buy and sell.

3.  I was thrilled every time that I took the back way home and passed that old farm!  I knew that numerous offers had probably been made and the price, no doubt, in the millions.  I knew that some older people probably lived there, and it was the homeplace that children were raised in and not grown children and grandchildren still visited.

4.  Every time I saw it, I thought, hold out!!  I made mention of it to Barbara more than once and I did not want the owners to “sell the farm.”  It was a constant reminder of a time now gone and a family home place that could be visited.

5.  Now, the farm is gone, and condos, apartments, and housing are on the land.  Home gone, pond gone, cattle gone, fences gone, and family gone.  Someone “sold the farm.”

E.  Just bear with me for a few minutes.  

1.  I was raised at 710 Railroad Street in Earlington, KY.   I little coal mining town nestled in the “heart of the coal fields.”  Our home was rundown when Dad bought it.  I remember Dad sitting on the floor joists working as he leveled the floors (as much as could be leveled) and put down beautiful hardwood floors. 

2.  In size, it was a modest home with just four rooms and a bath.  Dad took a walk-through closet and made a small bedroom.  It was home to Mom and Dad along with three boys and one special little girl.  The year that Barbara and I married, Dad sold the house and bought one in Morton’s Gap, KY but—to me—it was never home.  I never lived there. 

3.  I still go by the old house on Railroad Street that needs to be bulldozed, stop and try to look in the windows.  The memories of my childhood flood back but it is now just an old empty shell of a house that has become an eyesore.  To the world, it is just an old house that is no longer inhabitable because dad “sold the farm!”  But, while it stands, it will always be home.

4.  Around 1990, mom sold our little farm.  I now go back, and the old cabin is gone and all is in ruins.  The memories flood back with a bitter-sweet feeling of the glory of its past and the ruins of its present.  Mom “sold the farm!”

F.  Throughout the Bible, we find people who “sold the farm.”

1.  Adam and Eve sold out for the knowledge of good and evil.

2.  Esau sold out for a bowl of pottage.

3.  Achan sold out for a wedge of gold, a bag of silver, and a Babylonish garment.

4.  Samson sold out for a loose living woman.

5.  Judas sold out for 30 pieces of silver.

6.  Demas sold out for the love of this present world.

G.  Why can we not “sell the farm” at Temple Baptist Church.  Satan wants to destroy it and the world would love to have it!

1  Because of the Change.  Verse 2.  “that I may have it for a garden of herbs”  a “Herb Garden” instead of a fruitful vineyard.  I am not against herbs, but I believe that the change from a well dressed vineyard to a garden of herbs was a serious downgrade.  If Temple Baptist Church ever decides to accept the price offered by the world (more people, more money), there will be a swift—radical change. 

a.  The music will change.  There will be a “praise leader” and “praise band” to disgrace our pulpit.

b.  The Old Paths of our fathers will give way to the New Paths of this modern age. 

c.  Casualness will replace respectfulness and the sanctuary will become a place of multi-tasking.  The hallowedness of the church grounds will be gone.

d.  The “must” of worship in spirit and truth will become the worship of “another” spirit with little or no truth.

e.  The “Gold Standard” of the King James Bible will give way to the corruption of the new versions that add to, take away, and diminish the Word of God.

2.  Because of the Cost.  Verses 2, 6.  “Give me thy vineyard for money; or else, if it please thee, I will give thee another vineyard for it: and he answered, I will not give thee my vineyard.”  Money cannot buy what we have: the best church that I have ever been a member of. 

a.  A unity that have not found in any other.  The peace of God here that passeth all understanding.  A fellowship so sweet that we consider each other family with a bond that cannot be broken.  A love and fellowship that cannot be bought at any price.  If we ever “sell the farm,” what we now enjoy and take for granted will change.

1 John 1:3-7  That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.  (4)  And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.  (5)  This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.  (6)  If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:  (7)  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

b.  A pulpit that will not be compromised.  Men who ascend into this pulpit are clean men, King James Bible men, God’s men!  I thank God for a people who will allow God’s man to preach the unsearchable, unchanging truth of an old King James Bible.  If we ever “sell the farm,” the pulpit will be gone!

c.  Missionaries that know, love, and pray for us will be gone.  We have supported many of these missionaries for over 30 years, many over 20 years.  We know them, and they know us!  Good missionaries will drop Temple Baptist Church if we ever “sell the farm.”

d.  If we “sell the farm,” the cost will be greater than we could ever imagine.

3.  Because of the Children.  Verse 3.  “The LORD forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.”  

a.  As the vineyard once belonged to the fathers, now belonged to Naboth, it also belonged to Naboth’s posterity!  “Fathers” is plural and is to be understood that the vineyard had been in the family for many generations. 

b.  Though they are young and have little or no say, Naboth would be selling “the children’s farm!”  The place of their childhood; the stability of their spiritual well-being; their roots.  Though some move off, some stay and will raise their children here.

c.  Thus it is with the church if we “sell the farm.”   When our children and grandchildren decide to visit, the church that they were brought up in will only be a memory.  I wonder what the little farm family’s children and grandchildren think when they drive by the old homeplace on Fairview Road? 

d.  Our church is not the most beautiful or the most expensive, but it is ours!  It is not only ours but also belongs to our children and grandchildren.

Conclusion:  The farm on Fairview Road is but a fading memory; our family home in Kentucky along with the little farm are but a fading memory.  Let us keep our church for ourselves, our children, and for a light along the highway.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Second Coming of Christ

Temple Baptist Church - 6-20-2018
2 Peter 3:3-8


A.  In these verses, we find those who scoff at the Second Coming of Christ.  Peter gives us hope through the analogy of God’s time found in the Bible.  To scoff is to mock or make fun of something.  Present day science falsely so-called is an enemy of God and truth.  Biblical creationism has been replaced by the Theory of Evolution which is an assumption based upon false information.  I do not want to write a book on this subject, so we will generally explore evolution and move on to preaching truth.

1.  The Bible says that our universe is only six thousand years old.  Evolutionists say that it is billions of years old.  Why do scientists talk of billions of years if it is so young?  They do so for a several of reasons. 

a)  One, they are God haters!  They do not want there to be a God, so they must come up with something plausible to explain Him away and explain the beginning of the universe.  Everyone knows that the universe must have had a true beginning, thus the Theory of Evolution. 

b)  Two, if there is no God, then the existence of the universe must have another beginning: thus, the Theory of Evolution.

c)  Three, for their theory to be plausible, there must have been billions of years to achieve the evolution of our universe from nothing to its present state.  Long expanses of time had to have occurred.  

1)  Theory - a supposition or a system of ideas intended to explain something, especially one based on general principles independent of the thing to be explained. 

2)  Supposition – a belief based upon suspicion, to surmise, a conjecture, speculation, guess, feeling, hunch, assumption, presumption.

d)  The Theory of Evolution is based upon speculation, not facts.  Enough of that crowd as they will never open their spiritual eyes and recognize God.

2.  God created a mature universe, not a baby one that must grow.  God created Adam as a grown man, not a baby.

B.  Peter speaks of God’s time.  God’s time is not our time.  He is always on time.  In verse 8, we see time as God sees it. The Second Coming of Christ will be in two distinct parts:  The Rapture of the Church and the Lord Coming in His Glory, separated by 1,007 years.


1.  THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH: THE CATCHING AWAY OF THE BODY OF CHRIST.  The next event on the prophetic calendar is the rapture of the Church. 

A.  The word Rapture is not found in your Bible.  Rapture comes from the phrase “shall be caught up” in 1 Thessalonians 4:17:  “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.”  These four words are one word in the Greek:  arpazw harpazo har-pad’-zo, which means to catch up, take by force, catch away, or to pluck, to claim for oneself eagerly.  Harpazo is the Greek equivalent of our word Rapture.

RAP'TURE, n.  [L. raptus, rapio.]

1.  A seizing by violence.  [Little used.]
2.  Transport; ecstasy; violence of a pleasing passion; extreme joy or pleasure.

2.  The Rapture is that event in the future when the Lord Jesus Christ will as a thief in the night  and will catch away all  the saved people of the world.  It is a time, known in the Bible as the blessed hope of the believer - Titus 2:13  Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

A.  It is eminent (Brand New Feeling In The Air!  1 Thessalonians 5:1-2  But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.  For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

B. It is encouraging (hard times almost over forever)   1 Thessalonians 4:18   Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

C.  It is exciting (just watching the Lord work and prophecy fulfilling)  Revelation 22:20- He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

3.  The “last trump” holds tremendous Scriptural truth concerning the rapture.  John heard “as it were of a trumpet talking with me” in the Revelation.  The first mention of trumpet speaks volumes concerning its meaning and use. 

Exodus 19:13  There shall not an hand touch it, but he shall surely be stoned, or shot through; whether it be beast or man, it shall not live: when the trumpet soundeth long, they shall come up to the mount.  (It was used to gather Israel into the presence of God.)

A.  In Roman days, when a Roman legion moved, there would be three blasts from the trumpets:

B.  The first trump would tell the troop to take down their tents, and to prepare to move.

C.  The second trump would alert them to fall in and line up.

D.  The last trump would be the signal to move out.

E.  We are leaving at the "last trump"

4.  The Rapture will be in fulfillment. of His promise.

A.  Before Jesus went to the cross, He promised His disciples that He would return for them - John 14:1-3   Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.  In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

B.  He later reaffirmed this promise to the Apostle John - Revelation 22:20  He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

C.   When Jesus ascended back into Heaven, angels told His disciples that He would return Acts 1:9-11  And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.   And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;   Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

5  The Rapture will be in fulfillment of His purposes.

A.  His purpose was that we might be with Him - John 14:3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

B.  His purpose was to receive His bride unto Himself - Ephesians 5:25-27  Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;   That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

6.  The Procedure of the Rapture.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17  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.

A.  The Dead in Christ (saints of God who have gone one before) will rise first.  Their spirit and soul is already with the Lord and coming with Him but their bodies will come forth, changed into a body like His glorious body – 1 Corinthians 15:51-52   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.

Philippians 3:21  Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

1 Corinthians 15:22-23  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.  But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.

B.  The Alive in Christ - 1 Thessalonians 4:17  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.

7.  The Rapture In Truth – We are premillennial, pre-tribulation rapture saints.

A.  The Denial of The Millennium - 2 Peter 3:3-4  Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,  And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

1)  Post Millennialism

a)  In Christian eschatology, postmillennialism is an interpretation of chapter 20 of the Book of Revelationwhich sees Christ's second coming as occurring after or post- the thousand year "millennium".  Although some postmillennialists hold to a literal millennium of 1,000 years, most postmillennialists see the thousand years more as a figurative term for a long period of time (similar in that respect to Amillennialism). Among those holding to a non-literal "millennium" it is usually understood to have already begun, which implies a less obvious and less dramatic kind of millennium than that typically envisioned by premillennialists, as well as a more unexpected return of Christ.  (These teach that the world will get progressively better, revival will break out, and then the Lord will return to sit upon the throne of David.)

b)  Postmillennialism also teaches that the forces of Satan will gradually be defeated by the expansion of theKingdom of God throughout history up until the second coming of Christ. This belief that good will gradually triumph over evil has led proponents of postmillennialism to label themselves "optimillennialists" in contrast to"pessimillennial" Premillennialists and Amillennialists.

2) Amillennialism

a)  Amillennialism teaches that the Kingdom of God will not be physically established on earth throughout the "millennium", but rather that Christ is presently reigning from heaven, seated at the right hand of God the Father,  that He will remain with the Christian church until the end of the world, as he promised at the Ascension.

b)  Amillennialism also teaches that at Pentecost, the millennium began, as is shown by Peter using the prophecies of Joel, about the coming of the kingdom, to explain what was happening, and that, therefore theChristian church and its spread of the good news is Christ's kingdom.

3)  Premillennialism

a)  Premillennialism in Christian eschatology is the interpretation of chapter 20 of the Book of Revelation in the Bible which sees Christ's second coming as occurring before or pre- his literal thousand year reign on earth (Revelation 19) which some envision to be centered literally on King David's throne in Jerusalem.  This is a fulfillment of the Davidic Covenant.

1 Kings 9:5  Then I will establish the throne of thy kingdom upon Israel for ever, as I promised to David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man upon the throne of Israel.

b)  Premillennialism is distinct in that it usually interprets these "thousand years" literally; other views often interpret this as a figurative term for a long, undefined period of time (particularly, Amillennialists and manypostmillennialists). Premillennialism also holds this period of one thousand years is eschatological, and has not yet begun.

4)  The correct position is Premillennialism.

B.  The Denial Of  The Pre-tribulation Rapture

1)  Mid-tribulation Rapture – Matthew 24:15-21  When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16  Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 17  Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 18  Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 19  And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 20  But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 21  For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.   (Antiochus Epiphanes, B.C. 175-170  – greatly persecuted the Jews and offered a sow on the altar.)

2)  Pre-wrath Rapture - Zephaniah 2:2-3  Before the decree bring forth, [before] the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, before the day of the LORD’S anger come upon you. 3  Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger.  (A relatively newer version of the mid-tribulation rapture theory.)

1 Thessalonians 1:10  And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

1 Thessalonians 5:9  For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

3)  Pre-tribulation Rapture – 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53; Revelation 3:10; Revelation 4:1 (At the end of the Church Age and prior to Revelation 6:1 and the revealing of the Antichrist.)

4)  The correct position is Pre-tribulation Rapture.  The Church of Believers is absent in Revelation 4-18.  The Church is mentioned 17 times in the first three chapters of Revelation, but after John (a member of the Church) is called up to heaven, at the beginning of chapter 4, he looks down on the events of the Tribulation, and the Church is not mentioned or seen again until chapter 19, when she returns to earth with her Bridegroom at His glorious appearing. Why? The answer is obvious: she isn’t in the Tribulation. She is raptured to be with her Lord before it begins!  (The Church will be at the Judgment Seat of Christ and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.  They will then return to earth in Revelation chapter 19 with the Lord.)

8.  The Rapture In Type 

A.  Manifested In Enoch -  Genesis 5:24  And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

B.  Manifested In Lot - Genesis 19:22  Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.

C.  Manifested In Elijah - 2 Kings2:11  And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

D.  Manifested In Paul - 2 Corinthians 12:2  I knew a man in Christ above  fourteen years ago, (whether in the  body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God  knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.

E.  Manifested In John - Revelation 4:1  After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.  And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.

9.  The Rapture In Time

A.  The Analogy of God's Time -  2 Peter 3:8  But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

Psalms 90:4  For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

B.  The Allotment of God's Time -  Exodus 20:9  Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

Exodus 20:11  For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.  (Six thousand years from the beginning to the Rapture and the seventh one thousand years is the Millennium or Sabbath Rest.) 

C.  The Achievement of God's Time -  Matthew 17:1-2  And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.

Hosea 6:2  After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.

D.  The Acknowledgment of God's Time - Luke 17:26-29  And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.  They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;  But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.

Matthew 24:4-8  And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.  And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.  All these are the beginning of sorrows.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-4   But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.  For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.  For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.  But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-3  Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and [by] our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

2 Timothy 3:1-5   This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,  Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

10.  The Rapture In Triumph

A.  A Wonderful Change - 1 Corinthians 15:52  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.

B.  A Wonderful Reward- 2 Corinthians 5:10  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

C.  A Wonderful Wedding - Revelation 19:7-8  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

11.  The Rapture In Hope.

A.  Expectancy should produce watchfulness - Mark 13:34  For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.

Mark 13:37  And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

B.  Expectancy should produce comfort – 1 Thessalonians 4:17-18  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.

C.  Expectancy should produce abiding – 1 John 2:28  And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

D.  Expectancy should produce patience - James 5:7-8  Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord.  Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.

E. Expectancy should produce service – 2 Timothy 4:1-2  I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

F. Expectancy should produce purity – 1 John 3:3  And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.