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Are you saved? Are you going to heaven? What is the rapture?

Are you ready? Are you saved?

What is the Lord's coming?

The Rapture - This is when Christians (the true Church) are taken out of this world

The Lord Jesus Christ will descend from heaven with a shout with the voice of the archangel (to wake the dead in Christ) - this is the rapture: 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18.

At this time:

  • The Lord comes for His saints (Christians) - John 14:2-3
  • The Lord comes secretly (the heathen will not see Him) in the twinkling of an eye - 1 Cor 15:52

He comes to deliver the Church - Christians do not experience the wrath of God poured out at the last days (Revelation 5-19) - 1 Thessalonians 1:10

  • Christ comes in the air - 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18, 2 Thessalonians 2:1
  • He takes believers out - John 14:2-3
  • He comes as the Bridegroom (the Church is the Bridge of Christ) - Matthew 25:6, 10
  • He comes as the morning star - Rev 22:16
  • He comes with no signs - Christians walk by faith, we do not know when He comes - 2 Cor 7:7

The final appearing of Christ: The Day of the Lord

In God's final dealing with apostate man, Christ is sent, as the Judge.

  • He comes with his saints (those saved by Jesus Christ) - Jude 14, Zechariah 14:5 (note - we do no fighting)
  • Christ comes publicly - every eye will see him - Revelation 1:7
  • He comes for Israel - Psalm 6:1-4 (the first 6 Psalms are highly symbolic to the Jews)
  • He comes to the Mount of Olives (in Jerusalem) - Zechariah 14:4-5
  • He sends angels to gather the elect (true believers) of Israel - Matt 24:30-31 (also Rev)
  • The wicked are taken for judgement (tares in field who are burned) - Mat 25:41, 13:41
  • He delivers wrath Revelation 19:15, to judge Matt 24:27-28
  • He comes as the Sun of Righteousness - at day break - Malachi 4:2
  • He comes with signs (7 years of them!) Luke 21:11, 25-27, 1 Corinthians 1:22
  • He is the thief - 1 Thessalonians 5:2, 2 Peter 3:10, Matthew 24:43, Rec 16:15

Do you have peace - or - do you know you are going to heaven?

Are you assured that you are going to heaven?

Do you have peace in this fact?

The assurance is established in six elements, outline in Gospel of John

  1. The Bible's Authority
  2. Christ's Work
  3. Your faith in Christ
  4. The Holy Spirit's assurance
  5. Obedience to Christ
  6. Love in Christ
1.The Bible's Authority

The authority of the Bible is the foundation. If you do not accept the Bible as being the solid - the truth and foundation you will never have peace.

2.Christ's Work.

The sole foundation of peace is Christ's work. There is absolutely nothing man can do to gain peace with God - "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

Christ makes peace with God, though his sacrificial death. "Having made peace through the blood of His (Christ's) cross" - Col 1:20. Because of this we CAN have peace.

3.Faith

Knowing that Christ died for my sins requires one attribute - belief. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life".

If you believe this, then I tell you that you have "settled" peace with God. He demands nothing more. "Therefore being justified by faith (and you say you do believe), we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ". To do so you will confess that you are a sinner, admitted you need a saviour, and sought forgiveness from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Do you enjoy this settle peace? A constant peace in your soul is by faith. "..Whoever confesses that Jesus us the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God" (1 John 4:15).

We have peace when we have acknowledged our sin, admitted we needed forgiveness, and asked Jesus Christ to save us, believing that Christ paid the penalty for our sins.

4.The Holy Spirit's Assurance

"And by this we know that He (Jesus) abides in us, by the Spirit who He has given us" (1 John 3:24). Further, no one can say that Jesus is Lord "except by the Holy Spirit" (1 Corinthians 12:3). We know its the Holy Spirit (not some other) because the Bible says "you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh (ie as a man) is of God" (1 John 4:2).

The Spirit is the "guarantee" (Ephesians 1:14) that we have had our sins paid for (by Christ).

5.Obedience to Christ

Faith cannot be just "lip service", while "doing things" or works, is not faith. The Bible says "Now by this we know Him, if we keep His commandments" (1 John 2:3). Keeping his commandments will not save us - the entire Old Testament proves this - "the heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked". He who says he doesn't sin is a liar - hence sins! - 1 John 1. Our love for Christ leads us to obey him. If you are worried about your faith, apply the test - "Do I keep God's commandments?" (Faith without works, is dead" (James 2:17)). BUT REMEMBER - "if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9).

6.Love

"My little children let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him" (1 John 3:18,19).

We love because he first loved us. "By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us" (1 John 3:16).

A believer (Christian, saint, saved soul) has perceived his wretched state before God, confessed his sins (repented), accepted Christ's atoning sacrifice, by faith, and is assured by the Holy Spirit HE or SHE is SAVED. Salvation is from eternal separation from God - in Hell. The Christian is reborn when his or her sins are washed away by Christs blood. They are to be "remembered no more".

David L Simon (Bible Study Dec 2008)
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Updated 5 January 2017