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When the Trumpet Sounds: Part 2
Monday, September 11, 2017 by Dr. Paul D. Norcross

What Will The Gathering Together/Rapture Look Like?

Our best clues come from Corinthians, Thessalonians, Ephesians, and the book of Acts. Our heavenly Father has the plan, and Jesus Christ heads the operation. To the gawking disciples, it looked like this:

 “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”  (Acts 1:8-11)

“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.”  (Revelation 1:7)

What an event to behold!  Notice that as Jesus rose up to be received into a cloud, we will do likewise to meet Him in the clouds:

“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”  (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

First Corinthians 15:52 declares that it will happen in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump.  Ephesians 1:10 shares resoundingly that in the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him and goes on to say that we have been sealed with the earnest of the Holy Spirit, the down payment of our inheritance until this redemption of the gathering together of the Body of Christ.  So with breathtaking suddenness, in just a moment of time, we will be caught up into the clouds to meet Jesus Christ face-to-face!

 

NOTE: This is the second of a 10-part series on this topic taken from Principles for Overcoming in Spiritual Warfare,   Copyright © 2016 Paul D. Norcross. 

Part 3 will look at what events precede the coming of Christ, and how we will know we are near!

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