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    Hey everyone,
    I don't post often, but I have been reading RR for a few years. Sometimes, it feels like you all are the only people that I can relate to. My mom went to be with the Lord 11 years ago, and her sister, just 2 years ago. They were both such strong women of faith, and I loved to talk with them about the Bible, and especially prophecy.
    My aunt died at the age of 91. She looked for the Lord's return and fully expected it to be in her lifetime. She used to go out on her porch at night, and look up at the stars and say "Lord, could it be tonight?" When she realized that she only had a short time to live, she expressed sadness that she would not be alive when Jesus returned, even though we assured her that she would have a better view from Heaven.

    Lately, I find myself sometimes feeling such sadness and despair at the state of the world in general. It just becomes more evident each day that this world is not our home. The other day, I was wondering "could it be so far away that none of us living now will see it?" Just the thought of that just seems almost unbearable. So my questions is- How many think there is a high probability that it could happen in our lifetime? (I am in my 50's)

    I hope I am not breaking any rules by asking this, but I guess I just hoped for some encouragement.

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    Hi emmajw. Well I'm 42 and I think there is a high probability but obviously it is not a guaranteed certainty. As you can see reading around these forums, we thoroughly track and cite various current events as signs and indicators that the tribulation period is drawing close and therefore the rapture. I think we are seeing so many signs today that it is incredible, a clear indication of the season we live in, only we don't know how long it will endure. How much longer can this current instability we see around the world socially, economically and geopolitically last before it unravels into major ME / world war, social and economic collapse? Was just reading an article written by Todd Strandberg published 24 June about the end times sneaking up on us and he said "we are drowning in a sea of end-time signs". I agree with him. I just hope and pray it is soon too.

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    Be encouraged! He is much nearer now than when you first believed (Rom 13:11).

    I trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ back in Nov 1972 when I read The Late Great Planet Earth by Hal Lindsey. It was in that book that I first learned about the Rapture, so I've been waiting a while. I led several family members to Christ. My two youngest brothers and I prayed long ago that God would allow all three of us to still be alive when the Rapture happened.

    I had a brush with death back in Sept 07 when I got "acute necrotizing appendicitis", which is the worst way you can have it. I nearly died from it. My doctor was surprised I survived, and said--more than once--that I had (you could hear the capital letters in his voice) "the Big One." But, I'm still here!

    God answers prayers. He is SO gracious!

    But, all that aside, I have been watching world events in light of Bible prophecy ever since that day in Nov 1972. Todd Strandberg's June 24 article was, as the British say, "spot on." I couldn't agree with him more.

    We are SO close to the great harpazo (the Rapture, for the uninitiated).

    However, my surprise is not that we are so close.
    No, rather, my surprise is that we are still here!

    Hey, I want to share an encouragement with you. Follow this closely. Jesus went to the tomb of Lazarus, his friend who had died, and spoke with his sisters Mary and Martha. It was to Martha the following passage applies:

    Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?" (John 11:25-26)

    In Revelation, Jesus said:

    "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end." (Rev 22:13)

    What is it that happens at the Rapture? The resurrection, of course. (1 Cor 15:42-58).

    Now, here is where we put that all together. Jesus is the resurrection. Jesus is the Alpha and Omega.

    The Greek word for the Rapture is Strong's g726 ἁρπάζω harpazō. That word begins with alpha, and ends with omega. The Rapture is the Alpha and Omega coming of Jesus to resurrect us!

    It's something to think about.

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    Was just reading an article written by Todd Strandberg published 24 June about the end times sneaking up on us and he said "we are drowning in a sea of end-time signs". I agree with him. I just hope and pray it is soon too.
    Luke 21:28
    But when these things begin to happen, look up, and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willowtree View Post
    Was just reading an article written by Todd Strandberg published 24 June about the end times sneaking up on us and he said "we are drowning in a sea of end-time signs". I agree with him. I just hope and pray it is soon too.
    http://www.raptureready.com/rap16.html

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    Thanks $teve
    Luke 21:28
    But when these things begin to happen, look up, and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near.

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    Thank you all for the beautiful responses. It would be nice to have a RR get together sometime, so we could talk in person. But in the meantime, I appreciate all of your answers so much.

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    Aaahh, but there WILL be a RR get-together--at the Rapture!

    But, I suspect we will all be so enraptured and in love with our Lord and King, Jesus, that we won't be concerned for lesser things.

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    I've been eagerly anticipating the rapture since 1986 when my Sunday School teacher started teaching us about our Blessed Hope She went on to be a precious friend and mentor until she passed (at age 54) 4 years ago. Jan was so excited about the Rapture and often is hard to imagine that she won't be here.

    As each day passes, I have learned to thank the Lord for his patience and great love that none should perish apart from Him. People are still being saved and that is

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    I have studied prophecy for almost 40 years and I feel strongly that the rapture is near, even at the door. Israel is the key to the times we are in as well as the whole middle east. The rebirth of the nation of Israel started the end times clock ticking and is counting down quickly. Read the book of Isaiah to see why what is happening in Syria and Egypt is very relevant to our day. Psalm 83 is also very relevant to our day. We can't know the day or hour, but Jesus said that those who watched would know when it is near. Look up , for your redemption draws near. I personally am looking up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Time4me2fly View Post
    I have studied prophecy for almost 40 years and I feel strongly that the rapture is near, even at the door. Israel is the key to the times we are in as well as the whole middle east. The rebirth of the nation of Israel started the end times clock ticking and is counting down quickly. Read the book of Isaiah to see why what is happening in Syria and Egypt is very relevant to our day. Psalm 83 is also very relevant to our day. We can't know the day or hour, but Jesus said that those who watched would know when it is near. Look up , for your redemption draws near. I personally am looking up.
    Couldn't agree more. Parents were born in 1948-49 and think that generation will be alive for the rapture.

    Jesus used the birth pain analogy. Matthew 24:8 sorrows is literally "birth pains"

    "Shall I bring to the time of birth, and not cause delivery?" says the Lord. "Shall I who cause delivery shut up the womb?" says your God. Isaiah 66:9

    He's not going to tarry or delay - Hebrews 10:37, Habakkuk 2:3

    We don't know the exact time but He said we would see the day approaching - Hebrews 10:25

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    I like to think I'm not the only one who is SO excited and ready. I imagine horses in heaven chomping at their bits!
    1 Thessalonians 5:4 (New International Version)

    4But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.

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    I am grateful GOD waited for me.


    It seems to me most of us on this board just go through the motions of life and try to be a light to this dark world.

    Twenty or thirty years ago we had one or two events a year to grab our attention. Today we have one or two a week.
    Yes we are very very close.

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    Indeed we are very close. Signs are happening faster and faster. I for one look forward to all of us meeting at the Rapture with Jesus!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Time4me2fly View Post
    I have studied prophecy for almost 40 years and I feel strongly that the rapture is near, even at the door. Israel is the key to the times we are in as well as the whole middle east. The rebirth of the nation of Israel started the end times clock ticking and is counting down quickly. Read the book of Isaiah to see why what is happening in Syria and Egypt is very relevant to our day. Psalm 83 is also very relevant to our day. We can't know the day or hour, but Jesus said that those who watched would know when it is near. Look up , for your redemption draws near. I personally am looking up.

    This is so encouraging to me!!
    I learned about the rapture when I was a kid, and to see events unfold in my adult life is amazing.
    While I mourn for the depth our world has fallen, I rejoice in the fact Jesus will not forsake us! His promise is true and I'm ready.

    I'm so thankful for my brothers and sisters here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Time4me2fly View Post
    I have studied prophecy for almost 40 years and I feel strongly that the rapture is near, even at the door. Israel is the key to the times we are in as well as the whole middle east. The rebirth of the nation of Israel started the end times clock ticking and is counting down quickly. Read the book of Isaiah to see why what is happening in Syria and Egypt is very relevant to our day. Psalm 83 is also very relevant to our day. We can't know the day or hour, but Jesus said that those who watched would know when it is near. Look up , for your redemption draws near. I personally am looking up.
    That makes us two of a kind. I trusted in Nov '72 in Jesus Christ through the Late Great Planet Earth by Hal Lindsey, and have been a student of Bible prophecy ever since, almost 41 years. I am amazed at the rapidity with which things are now moving these last few years, more than perhaps everything else since my time of salvation.

    It has been said that a diamond shines its best against a pure black background like black velvet at the jewelers. We are God's "diamonds-in-the-rough", and He is showing us off against the dark background of our current days.

    Here's a passage that I think qualifies us as "diamonds-in-the-rough":

    1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 3 And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. (1 John 3:1-3)

    But, I digress. To summarize, it is exciting to think we are finally at the verge of our Lord's return. I've been waiting a long time, as have many of you, beloved brothers and sisters.

    To use the cry of children on a long auto trip, "Are we there yet?", it seems appropriate to cry out to our Heavenly Father regarding the Rapture trip we are anticipating taking shortly, "Are we there yet?"

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    There's much turmoil and crises in various parts of the world. If we don't see any major prophetic war this side of the rapture, I do think we'll see continued deterioration and systemic breakdown of the socio-economic-political apparatus.

    It is this which I think is the beginnings of a seeming very slow motion global demise that would have the world embrace the anti-christ when this current system finally collapses into an irredeemable heap (war and economic collapse being the full maturation of that demise).

    While I haven't found anything recently in the news media, there does appear to be a fierce remonstration against the current leadership that resonates around the world with a kind of unspoken cry for new leaders.

    If we look carefully at what is happening here we can see that in the midst of broad discontent and even desperation, there is a simultaneous leadership vacuum growing, not because of any shortage of so called leaders, but because of the disconnect between those leaders and their constituents.

    There's also the issue of apparent global problems requiring global solutions. Isn't it funny and yet so coincidental that every problem and crisis is fast becoming a global issue?

    As such some form of world government and its conductor surely cannot be for off. The world is increasingly yearning for it.

    With that though neither can the sound of the trump and the Lord be far off as well. What we see around us are merely signs and indicators (Luke 21:28).

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    Quote Originally Posted by emmajw View Post
    So my questions is- How many think there is a high probability that it could happen in our lifetime?
    It's imminent.
    Rom. 8:19 For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.
    Rom. 8:28 God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EarsToHear View Post
    It's imminent.
    Technically speaking, it's always been imminent.

    But, in the sense you meant, yeah, baby, any day now!

    Bring it on!

    ("Da-a-d, are we THERE yet?")

    ("Just a little longer, children.")

    He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. (Rev 22:20)

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    When Will We Be Raptured?

    The question of when we will be raptured is also tied closely to when Armageddon or the end of the world as we know it, will occur. So lets consider first when Armageddon will occur.

    • Armageddon Clues
    Since Adam and Eve were driven out of the garden, man has been trying to figure out when the end of the world would occur. God has spoken through the Prophets in the Old Testament to give us clues. Jesus Christ himself and other biblical authors have also given us clues in the New Testament. Jesus also warns, that no man knows the day or hour of the end, this is known only to (God) the Father in Heaven. So why then should Jesus and other biblical authors give us clues?

    The reason for the clues is, so that we gain some understanding of how close or far we are from the end. As Armageddon approaches, we should be motivated to do more to spread the Gospel. As the end draws near, we should also better prepare ourselves by reading, listening to and sharing the Word of God. One example of what I mean by this is Jesus states that we (believers) should gather together more often as we see the day approaching. This instruction is to help us fight against the increase in evil and deception in the latter days.

    • Sodom & Gomorra
    There are two times in history when God poured out his wrath due to sin and evil in the world. The first was the “Great Flood” and the second was the destruction of Sodom & Gomorra. I believe that Sodom & Gomorra is a clearer example as to why God was forced to pour out his wrath.

    Most people simply think that Sodom & Gomorra was filled with sinners, as if to say that other areas of the world were not. The truth is that we are all sinners and so were all of the people at that time, no matter where they lived. I will not go into it at this time, but if you read the New Testament you will soon realize that there are really only two categories of people. You are either a sinner with your sins washed away (a believer), or a sinner with no covering for your sins (an unbeliever). Either way you are still a sinner. Whether you commit small or large sins, you are still a sinner!

    So if we can conclude, as I believe we can, that all of the people at that time were sinners, then why did God choose to only destroy Sodom & Gomorra. One reason is because there were no laws against sinning there. Worse and more importantly, the people of Sodom & Gomorra did not feel that what they were doing was wrong. Therefore there was no condemnation or remorse for their sins. Without remorse or condemnation no one would ever be motivated to “Repent”. Without repentance, no one would look for a savior to cover his or her sins.

    Why is this important? Well just look at how the laws and people’s opinions have changed about abortion, homosexuality, fornication, pornography and the list goes on and on. If God judged Sodom & Gomorra for lack of condemnation and remorse, won’t he also judge us? I believe he will and it won’t be too long from now.

    • The Tower of Babel
    Another interesting time when God was forced to intervene in human history was the “Tower of Babel”. This was man’s attempt to build a tower high enough to reach God. What’s wrong with that, you might ask. Well if God wanted man to reach him in that manner he would have provided a tower, or would have instructed man to build one. At that time in history the method of reaching out to God was through a High Priest. It’s kind of like someone climbing your fence in order to see you, rather than ringing the bell that you provided at the gate.

    In order to prevent man’s attempt to reach God or any other plan that man might come up with, God decided to cause man to speak in different languages, so they could not understand each other. This was because man’s ability to work together made him too powerful. Too powerful for God, absolutely not, but maybe I should say more powerful than God had intended man to be in his fallen state.

    Why is this important? Well it’s interesting that in all countries today, English is either spoken as the primary language or is a required course in school. The driving factor for speaking and understanding English is money, but everyone will soon speak and understand English. The other interesting thing of late, is the Internet. This is a technology that allows the whole world to work together in real time.

    One example of something man is attempting to do that I believe God will not allow, is human cloning. If God did not want man in his fallen state to work together before, why would he accept it now? I believe we are becoming too powerful and God will soon intervene.

    • What Does the Bible Say?
    The Bible say’s that we will know the time is near when we see; wars and rumors of wars, an increase in natural disasters, people becoming increasingly selfish, children no longer respecting their parents or other adults, people having little regard for human life, sin abounding.

    If you haven’t noticed these things, you have either been asleep, or live alone in a hut somewhere.

    • Other Signs
    Scientist are stating that unless something drastic happens, we will soon see the end of the world due to things like overpopulation, pollution, reduced food supply, depletion of the ozone layer or a cataclysmic war.

    The Bible states that we will have a “Mark” in our hand or in our forehead that includes some reference to “The Beast” (The Antichrist world leader). It also states that we will not be able to buy or sell anything, or be employed without it.

    Technology which includes things like; increased computer power, the Internet, bar codes and such, has now progressed to the point where we could easily keep track of everyone in the world via a number imbedded in the skin.

    • When Will We Be Raptured
    Let’s look at what God did the two times that he was forced to evoke his vengeance. In the case of Sodom & Gomorra, God first warned Lot to leave before he destroyed the cities. In the case of the “Great Flood”, God first warned Noah to build a boat before flooding the earth. In both cases God allowed “The Righteous” to be spared from his vengeance. I think it reasonable to believe that he will also spare “The Righteous” from Armageddon.

    As all signs point to the tribulation and Armageddon coming soon and as the Rapture must happen before that, then the rapture must be soon. How soon will it be? As I stated in the beginning of this writing no one knows exactly, but I am 59 and unless I die unexpectedly, I believe it will definitely be in my lifetime.

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