THE RAPTURE 001 – TEN TRUTHS ABOUT THE RAPTURE, PT 1

THE RAPTURE 001
 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Apr 5, 2020
Dr. Andy Woods

—SERMON NOTES—


THE RAPTURE
What and When? – Part 1
What is the Rapture?

  1. An important doctrine
  2. Distinct from the Second Advent
  3. Catching away of all living believers (1 Thess 4:17)
  4. Reunion (1 Thess 4:14‐16)
  5. Resurrection (1 Cor 15:50‐54)
  6. Exemption from death (1 Cor 15:51, 54‐56)
  7. Instantaneous (1 Cor 15:52)
  8. Mystery (1 Cor 15:51)
  9. Imminent (1 Cor 15:51; 1 Thess 4:15)
  10. Traditional doctrine now being recovered

1 Thessalonians 4:13‐18

1 Thessalonians 4:13 “But we do not want you to be uninformed,
brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will
not grieve as do the rest who have no hope.

1 Thessalonians 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep

1 Thessalonians 4:15 For this we say to you by the word of the
Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the
coming of the Lord, will not precede those who . . .

1 Thessalonians 4:13‐18
. . . have fallen asleep.

1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord Himself will
descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of
the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the
dead in Christ will rise first.

1 Thessalonians 4:17 Then we who are alive
and remain will be caught up together with them in
the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall
always be with the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 4:18 Therefore comfort one
another with these words.”
What is the Rapture?

What is the Rapture?

  1. An important doctrine
  2. Distinct from the Second Advent
  3. Catching away of all living believers (1 Thess 4:17)
  4. Reunion (1 Thess 4:14‐16)
  5. Resurrection (1 Cor 15:50‐54)
  6. Exemption from death (1 Cor 15:51, 54‐56)
  7. Instantaneous (1 Cor 15:52)
  8. Mystery (1 Cor 15:51)
  9. Imminent (1 Cor 15:51; 1 Thess 4:15)
  10. Traditional doctrine now being recovered

An Important Doctrine

  • Thessalonians were new believers (1 Thess 1:9)
  • Rapture (1 Thess 1:10) mentioned along with the
  • Holy Spirit (1 Thess 1:5) and conversion (1 Thess 1:9)
  • Rapture (1 Thess 4:13‐18) mentioned along with
  • sanctification (1 Thess 4:3, 18; 5:23)

What is the Rapture?

  1. An important doctrine
  2. Distinct from the Second Advent
  3. Catching away of all living believers (1 Thess 4:17)
  4. Reunion (1 Thess 4:14‐16)
  5. Resurrection (1 Cor 15:50‐54)
  6. Exemption from death (1 Cor 15:51, 54‐56)
  7. Instantaneous (1 Cor 15:52)
  8. Mystery (1 Cor 15:51)
  9. Imminent (1 Cor 15:51; 1 Thess 4:15)
  10. Traditional doctrine now being recovered

Matthew 23:37-39

Matthew 23:37 Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling.

Matthew 23:38 Behold, your house is being left to you desolate!

Matthew 23: 39 For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’”

John 14:1–4

John 14:1 “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.

John 14:2 “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.

John 14:3 “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.

John 14:4 “And you know the way where I am going.”

Different Truth

“But here in John 14 the Lord gives a new and unique revelation; He speaks of something which no prophet had promised, or even could promise. Where is it written that this Messiah would come and instead of gathering His saints into an earthly Jerusalem, would take them to the Father’s house, to the very place where He is? It is something new.”

What is the Rapture?

  1. 1.An important doctrine
  2. Distinct from the Second Advent
  3. Catching away of all living believers (1 Thess 4:17)
  4. Reunion (1 Thess 4:14-16)
  5. Resurrection (1 Cor 15:50-54)
  6. Exemption from death (1 Cor 15:51, 54-56)
  7. Instantaneous (1 Cor 15:52)
  8. Mystery (1 Cor 15:51)
  9. Imminent (1 Cor 15:51; 1 Thess 4:15)
  10. Traditional doctrine now being recovered

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

. . . have fallen asleep.

1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

1 Thessalonians 4:17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up [harpazō] together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 4:18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

Catching Away of All Living Believers
(1 Thess 4:17)

  • nHarpazo = seized or caught up by force
  • nHarpazo (Greek) = rapere (Latin) = rapture (English)

What is the Rapture?

  1. 1.An important doctrine
  2. Distinct from the Second Advent
  3. Catching away of all living believers (1 Thess 4:17)
  4. Reunion (1 Thess 4:14-16)
  5. Resurrection (1 Cor 15:50-54)
  6. Exemption from death (1 Cor 15:51, 54-56)
  7. Instantaneous (1 Cor 15:52)
  8. Mystery (1 Cor 15:51) 9.
  9. Imminent (1 Cor 15:51; 1 Thess 4:15)
  10. Traditional doctrine now being recovered

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

. . . have fallen asleep.

1 Thessalonians 4:13  For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

1 Thessalonians 4:17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 4:18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

1 Thessalonians 4:13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope.

1 Thessalonians 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 4:15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who …

Reunion
(1 Thess 4:14-16)

  • Thessalonians’ concern (1 Thess 4:13)
  • Dead “in Christ” (Christians) resurrected first
  • Alive “in Christ” (Christians) resurrected second
  • Both deceased and living Christians are taken to be with the Lord
  • Do not grieve as the world grieves (1 Thess 4:13)
  • Be comforted (1 Thess 4:18)

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

13 “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who . . .

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

. . . have fallen asleep.

16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

Conclusion

What is the Rapture?

  1. An important doctrine
  2. Distinct from the Second Advent
  3. Catching away of all living believers (1 Thess 4:17)
  4. Reunion (1 Thess 4:14-16)
  5. Resurrection (1 Cor 15:50-54)
  6. Exemption from death (1 Cor 15:51, 54-56)
  7. Instantaneous (1 Cor 15:52)
  8. Mystery (1 Cor 15:51)
  9. Imminent (1 Cor 15:51; 1 Thess 4:15)
  10. Traditional doctrine now being recovered
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