Aug 15, 2011

The Rapture

The Bible knows numerous raptures:
– The first recorded rapture in human history happened to Enoch – According to Genesis 5 “all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty-five years. Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him.”
– Then Jesus’ Transfiguration: According to Mark 9 “Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus.”
– Most prominently Jesus Ascension – you may have heard the Apostles’ Creed’s concise summary of Jesus’ mission: “he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.”
– At some point it is going to happen to all of us: The Second Coming also includes a rapture: According to 1. Thessalonians 4 “The Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call and with the sound of God’s trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord forever.”

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