Is it possible to find hope in our world today? It seems like all is negative and our expectation has become one of only bad news. However, God has given the Christian church wonderful hope, not only in this world but more importantly, in the next. This hope is Christ’s coming for the church, at the Rapture. It is a beautiful and unique teaching applicable to the Body of Christ. The word Rapture is not in the English Bible because it is a Latin word. The Greek equivalent of the word is harpazo which means to be “snatched away” or “plucked out of.” Christ will return in the clouds and “snatch” all believers away to be with Him. Why will He do this? Because seven years of tribulation is prophesied to hit this planet called earth when the world will face hardship like never before. A storm is coming!! During this time God will judge the world and bring Israel and her people to their knees so that they turn to Him. As Christians we are not part of this judgment and therefore will not be present to face this time of turmoil. God did not appoint us as believers to face this wrath for it is not our appointed time of suffering.
For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:9
We have this hope, not just to be saved from this difficult time but also to see our loved ones again who have gone on to be with the Lord. What a truly blessed hope we have. May we joyfully anticipate and rejoice in His coming. Amen