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Time To Prepare For Rapture

Is this the time for all Christians to start witnessing about being Born Again and Recieving the HolyGhost and the Rapture? Acts 2:38

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What about all the peoples before Christ and for 2014 years>? Were they raptured when war came?

Stand and fight for the Faith!

The time of the worldwide commerce warfare implemented by gog the false prophet is written at 1335 days or 44 1/2 months or 3.655 years. He will rule along with 10 leaders after going to war with the nations on the earth is written.
---johannes_davsidon on 4/14/14


Christians are to be witnessing all the time period. We are to be praying for the HOLY SPIRIT daily and if you are not Born Again then you are not a Christian and are not ready to face death which can happen at any time.

We also must receive the HOLY SPIRIT to be Born Again because that is who we need to be Born Again. Today is the day of Salvation.
---Samuelbb7 on 10/9/13


Time Is Now, Acts 2 v 38, Matt. 24 v 13 !

The trinity, the gods buddha, mohammed, hindu etc & those that worship such & other etc. Are like those that made fun of Noah & his sons while building the ark. When all was done the animals Noah & family members on the ark, the rains & flood came, those out side of the ark perished. It'l be the same when the rapture takes place! Such Good people, But So Spiritually Impaired.
---Lawrence on 10/9/13


Yes, Michael all the signs point toward these being the last days(the closing of the the Church/Holy Ghost Dispensation). For those who doubt this, CN has a end-times signs Bible Quiz for you to take. The Word says the harvest is plenty but the workers are few(Luke 10:2). God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 4/21/08


Its interesting and definitely worth checking into. I've heard the argument both ways. Ultimately, I still believe our time is short ( but what is short to me & the Lord may be different). We should be ready to go through the trib - if its our lot I'm sure it will be an exciting time. Not necessarily a good excitement. Be blessed, thanks.
---Andrea on 8/11/07




If interested in how the rapture was born 177 years ago, Google "Pretrib Rapture Diehards." It'll blow you away. Flossie
---Flossie_Banks on 8/11/07


That time began 2000 years ago and it still applys.
---Andrea on 8/7/07


It's been time since Peter made His speech on the day of Pentecost.
---OK on 8/7/07


It is the time to witness to everyone about JESUS. Salvation is in Jesus alone.
---Susie on 8/7/07


The bible tells us to "BE YE WITNESSES" unto all generations. Two people here at work told me that they never see me get upset and I am the same stable person day in and day out. I waited for them to ask me "what's your secret" and I told them, "Jesus is my secret." I can't go around preaching Jesus at work, so I just let my light shine and it attracts people to me. Well actually I think it's the Holy Spirit who draws people to us.
---donna6598 on 2/15/07




(1)The Bible states in the Great Commission Mark 16:14-18. Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
---barba6694 on 2/14/07


The Rapture is a subject everyone can disagree on but if you read 1 Thess.4:17.it tells of the rapture.He descends on a cloud.We are taken.Then He retiurns for the great battle.Rev.19:11-21
---barba6694 on 2/14/07


We all should witness to everyone we see. We don't have to talk to all of the people but let our light shine so others can see God in us. There are many people whom think they have plenty of time to get ready before Jesus comes back. Time is running out, so we all should be ready for Jesus. We all should witness to all that Jesus is coming back again someday.
---Rebecca_D on 2/11/07


1. Matthew 24 does allude to the Second Coming, but also is a very specific warning of the something else - the Fall of Jerusalem. Do not come down from the rooftops - in Jerusalem a quick way out of the city was to go rooftop to rooftop. The stars, sun and moon were how they tracked time - when they "fell" it marked the end of an era. False Christs were appearing all over the place - this is documented in Acts and elsewhere.
---lorra8574 on 2/10/07


2. The wars and earthquakes were part of that era, and the abomination in the Temple occurred. The Temple was destroyed, ironically not by the Romans but by the Jews. Jerusalem experienced a horrific tribulation of Biblical porportions, but the Christians all escaped up to the hills and I don't know that a single one lost their life during an event that destroyed millions.
---lorra8574 on 2/10/07


joseph, You said : "The Holy Spirit will not be taken from the earth." --- Joseph, these last days are the [closing] of the pouring out of the Holy Spirit / the Grace Period. AFTER the Rapture of the Bride, the [POURING] stops, it will be more like "sprinkling", people will still be able to get saved, God is merciful. The [measure] of the Holy Spirit will not be like it is now , Christians really need to reap the precious benefits of this short time. God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 2/10/07


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John: Many (certainly well-intentioned Christians) have a tendency to put a spin on plain & simple truths in the Bible.

- Fact, Jesus came 1st & died for our sin. The number of times He appeared in Jerusalem before His crucifixion is a non-issue.
- Fact, Jesus is coming again (a second time) to "catch up" His post-trib' Church... in the "Bible-version" of the one & only true "Rapture" (1 Thes. 4:17).

Exegesis, YES -- eisegesis, NO!
---Leon on 2/10/07


Elder -- I'm not sure what you are trying to convey. You state that in Noah's day the wicked were taken just as I did and in my post I said nothing of rapture so I'm a bit confused as you what you are trying to say to me. I'm glad to see we are in agreement.
---buttons on 2/10/07


Jack, These things are in the Word and we are advised to search the Scriptures(under the guidance of the Holy Spirit). I hope you will turn around,Jesus is only coming for those who are looking for/expecting Him, they will be PREPARED at ALL TIMES. Hope to see you & the other's on the blogs in the [soon to be] Rapture. God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 2/10/07


...The word 'Escape' as used in this verse means "to flee the origin" from which those things & actions proceed.

"The Holy spirit will be removed- 2 THESS. 2:7-"

The who is Michael the arch angel. He currently restrains Satan from appearing on earth de-facto as the impostor who exhibits himself as The Christ. For documentation see Rev.12:7,9,12 Those taken in Lk.17:34-36 are taken by him. See verse 37 & Rev.12:14. The Holy Spirit will not be taken from the earth.
---joseph on 2/10/07


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"The Rapture will preced the Hour- of Tribulation! Think about this for a moment. REVELATION 3:10- "I will keep you from the HOUR of Trial... that will test the Whole world!"

(All definitions are from the Strongs Concordance) The word 'Keep' in this verse is define as keep & eye on as to protect or guard from loss or injury.

"Be always on the watch, and pray that you may ESCAPE ALL that is ABOUT to happen.." Cont..
---joseph on 2/10/07


Bro. DePuTy & others. First allow me to state that I am in no way discounting your beliefs by my next statements. I am simply giving an alternative view of the verses DeP quoted for the thoughtful consideration of our readers. For me to imply that DePuTy is incorrect, is to imply that I am. Although I have the mind of Christ, I dare not say I know the mind of The Father. I am not a teacher, I simply share what I have been given to embrace. Cont...
---joseph on 2/10/07


Buttons in Noah's day the wicked were all "taken" as in destroyed. It was Noah and his 7 that were lifted up above the destruction and judgement. It was Noah and his 7 that survived.
Matt 24 and Luke 17:20-37 is not about the Rapture. They are about the 2nd Coming and the Great Tribulation. Notice Luke 17:30 the day the Son is REVEALED. Rev 1:1 shows the REVELATION of Jesus Christ. You will do good to note it is in just one day that it is revealed who He is.
---Elder on 2/10/07


The Rapture will preced the Hour- of Tribulation! Think about this for a moment. REVELATION 3:10- "I will keep you from the HOUR of Trial... that will test the Whole world!"
LUKE 21:36- "Be always on the watch, and pray that you may ESCAPE ALL that is ABOUT to happen.."
The Holy spirit will be removed- 2 THESS. 2:7- The one (holy spirit) who holds IT (satan) back will continue to do so till HE (holy spirit) is taken out of the way. The Holy Spirit removed- includes Rapture!
---DePuTy on 2/9/07


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** Dear Leon, Also keep in mind that 144,000 male virgin Jewish men(the elect)(Matt. 24:22,31)(Rev. 7:4)(Rev. 14:1-5) will be raptured too, during the middle of the 7 year T. Period. God Bless!**

Bad enough to have a pre-trib rapture, now you have a SECOND one in the middle?

See the termite-eating dispensationalism does to the Bible?
---Jack on 2/9/07


Jim, you first must realize that the Hebrews thrown into the furnace were subjected to the wrath of man not the wrath of God. There is a difference.
God protects you and me from the wrath of man each and everyday.
Hell fire is the wrath of God and Christians will never experience that.
The Great Tribulation is the wrath of God poured out to bring sinful man to his knees so he might turn to God. There will be none of the Church there to experence that either.
---Elder on 2/9/07


The question by Steveng on 2/7/07,
"Now answer me this: why would the dead be caught up if they would not be living during the tribulation?"
ANSWER
It is because they are of the New Testament Church/The Bride of Christ. These are New Testament Saints.
They (The Church) attend(s) the Marriage/marriage feast and stand before the Bema Judgement during this time.
---Elder on 2/9/07


John---The two scriptures you gave Matt and Luke clearly show that it is the wicked that are taken. In Noah's day who was taken. The wicked. At the end of the Luke 17 they ask Jesus where would they be taken. His response was a parable of the day that meant, where the sinners are their judgments from heaven will not be wanting. If you doubt what I am saying you can find it in your Greek reference materials
---Buttons on 2/9/07


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Dear Leon, Also keep in mind that 144,000 male virgin Jewish men(the elect)(Matt. 24:22,31)(Rev. 7:4)(Rev. 14:1-5) will be raptured too, during the middle of the 7 year T. Period. God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 2/9/07


Leon, Also this Scripture:(1 Corinthians 15:51,52),is in regard to the Rapture, with the context of the word "sleep" meaning experiencing "physical death", Only two human beings recorded in the Word didn't experience physical death, that being Enoch and Elijah, and many obedient [Holy Ghost filled] children of God won't experience it either, very soon. God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 2/9/07


you got it right Jack. why do we need a
rapture if we trust Jesus to take care
of us..the 3 hebrew children did not side step the fire, just worshiped and trusted
God...they didn't bow, bend or burn-amen..
---jim_4884 on 2/9/07


Leon. The second coming has many appearances involved with it just like the first coming. Jesus came to Jerusalem once when he was a child and then later at the passover as a grown man. To those people He made several appearances but it's all considered His first coming.
---john on 2/9/07


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No Scriptural evidence for rapture? Matt 24 shows the coming of the Lord will be like Noah. Some will be taken out and some will be left behind.
Luke 17 shows the coming of the Lord will be like the days of Sodom where some were taken out and the others left behind.
For those who don't believe in a rapture and the leaving behind of the heathen to be judged just check out those 2 chapters.
---john on 2/9/07


**The Bible only speaks of Jesus' second coming, not a third.**

Amen, Leon!
---Jack on 2/9/07


(1.)Leon, There are several Scriptures that explain the Rapture, here are some: "Because thou hast kept the word of My patience, I also will keep thee from the HOUR OF TEMPTATION, which shall come upon ALL the world, to TRY THEM that dwell upon the earth(Revelation 3:10)".....(Revelation 2:22)(Matthew 25:1-13)(Revelation 3:11,16)(Revelation 3:11)(Matthew 24:27,37,38)(Matthew 7:21)(Luke 21:34-36)(John 14:3)(Titus 2:13)...
---Mrs._Morgan on 2/9/07


(2.)Leon, ....(Acts 1:11)(1 John 2:28)(1 John 3:2)(Philippians 3:20,21)(Revelation 22:20). --Leon, There are [3 MAJOR] appearances of Christ, the 1st was a Babe in the manager(Luke 2:12)(Isaiah 7:14), 2nd as a "thief" to take His jewels(His sanctified Bride)(Revelation 16:15)(Matt. 24:42-51)(Matthew 25:6,10)(1 Thess. 4:13-18), 3rd, as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah at the [closing] of the 7 Year Tribulation Period(Armageddon)(Matt. 24:29,30)(Jude 1:14-15). God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 2/9/07


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"I don't get the connection you're trying to make with Rev.3:10 & the Rapture..." --The 7 Churches of Rev. could help you better understand, I blogged on this on the OSAS blog months ago. These 7 Churches are actual Churches(ex. the church of the dark ages,reformation,etc.) AND also represent "spirits/types" of different Churches, some of the churches mentioned in Revelation will go into the T.Period,Only "Philadelphia"(the glorious church)will escape that time.
---Mrs._Morgan on 2/9/07


Jacka6475: The cost to one who believes error, apart from what the Bible plainly teaches, can be extremely high. That's no laughing matter friend. :)
---Leon on 2/9/07


Leon, the rapture is not Christ's return. They are two different events. If it was Christ's return we would not be meeting him in the air just to do a 180 back to earth.
---tofurabby on 2/9/07


Jack - Do you believe there is going to be a Rapture of the church at all?
---Helen_5378 on 2/9/07


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Mrs. Morgan - It is not Rev.3:10. The correct Scripture is 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17.
---Helen_5378 on 2/9/07


Mrs. Morgan: What many pre-trib' folk call "the Rapture" is a pretext (inaccurate philosophical rhetoric) that takes the whole of scripture out of context. Persons who believe in a pre-trib' rapture & the biblical post-trib' catching away (the true rapture: 1 Thes 4:17) require Jesus to come not just twice; but, thrice. The Bible only speaks of Jesus' second coming, not a third.

I don't get the connection you're trying to make with Rev. 3:10 & the Rapture. Please explain. God bless. :)
---Leon on 2/9/07


**That is NOT the correct context for the Rapture. Read (Revelation 3:10). God Bless!**

You believe what you want to believe, Mrs. Morgan. You will anyway.

I'll believe the Lord Jesus Christ and His Holy Word.

Then when the Tribulation comes and people who are waiting to be raptured are deceived by Antichrist, we'll see who's right.
---Jack on 2/8/07


Leon, You said : "I agree with Jack & Steveng. Jesus prayed not for the Church to be taken out of the world but for the Father to keep us from evil." --That is NOT the correct context for the Rapture. Read (Revelation 3:10). God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 2/8/07


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Torfurabby: Rapture is also from the Greek word harpizo. Both words mean "to be caught up" or "to be snatched up".

I agree with Jack & Steveng. Jesus prayed not for the Church to be taken out of the world but for the Father to keep us from evil. (Jn. 17:15) Jesus desires we, by faith, be led thru trials & tribulations unscathed. (Ps. 23:4)

Ramon: The spirit of Antichrist is already here. "IF" it were possible implies it's not possible. (Matt. 24:24)
---Leon on 2/8/07


Doesn't matter which comes first, rapture or tribulation. What matters is whether our family and household are saved together with us. Praise God for His wonderful love. He gave us an assurance through Jesus Christ our Lord and God.
---agnes on 2/8/07


Matthew 24:21-22 of course this is more specific that most people realize; however, for the sake of argument, the days of the tribulation will be shortened for the sake of the elect - guess what, if the tribulations occur in our lifetime, you are going to see them.
---lorra8574 on 2/8/07


There will be tribulation, but the idea the the righteous will not suffer is not borne out by reality. Would you suggest that the early Christians who were martyred for their faith in horrific methods of execution were not holy enough to be spared? If their faith wasn't strong enough, then what hope have any of us?
---lorra8574 on 2/8/07


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Most Christians believe the reason why Christians will be raptured is to escape the tribulation. At the rapture, the dead in Christ will rise first and the living will be caught up with them. Now answer me this: why would the dead be caught up if they would not be living during the tribulation?
---Steveng on 2/7/07


Was Noah without a boat during the flood? NO!
Was lot still inside Sodom with wicked men during it's destruction? NO!
We know the Rapture will preced the tribulation base on the following:
LUKE 21:36
Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to ESCAPE all that is ABOUT TO HAPPEN, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.
God did not appoint us to suffer WRATH, or to be near WRATH. He saves his faithful followers!
---DePuTy on 2/7/07


michael, the bible says to "be ye witnesses", we are to tell everyone about Jesus and like Peter said in Acts 2:38, Repent, be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins, so that you may receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." I don't tell people about the Rapture because that is separate from telling them "you need Jesus as your Lord and Savior." What should I say? "and you also need the Rapture?"
---Donna9759 on 2/7/07


Jack, Jesus said in Matt. 13:39-40 that "the harvest is the end of the world" and "so shall it be in the end of this world." He is speaking of the second coming. The rapture would have occured prior to the event of this parable. The good seed would be those who became believers during the tribulation period.
---tofurabby on 2/7/07


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When Jesus comes again, His faithful will be "raptured" up to meet him, but this is at the end, after this there is Heaven or Hell. We are currently in the Millenial Reign and we have already experienced many tribulations and there will be more. God give us the strength to endure to the end. Matthew 24:13 and Mark 13:13.
God Bless.
---lorra8574 on 2/7/07


Part 2:

Matthew 13 in the parable of the wheat and tares does NOT say that the wheat is gathered a week (or 1007 days) before harvest time. What gets gathered up FIRST?

In the same chapter, in the parable of the dragnet, what is it that goes sailing through the air: the good fish or the bad fish?
---Jack on 2/7/07


**Jack,
Then what do we do with all those examples and verses that indicate there is**

They have NOTHING to do with a pre-trib rapture, and there is NO VERSE in the Bible that teaches it.

Consider the words of Jesus: "I pray that you NOT take them out of the world, but keep them safe from evil."

The rapturist prays, "Don't listen to Jesus. Take us out of this world."
---Jack on 2/7/07


This debate reminds me of a bunch of chickens looking up in the sky and arguing whether it's going to rain or not. Get under shelter before ya drown! LOL
I would rather be prepared and it not happen, than to not believe, and be left behind.
It doesn't cost me anything to believe...
but it could cost me my life if I don"t.
---Jacka6475 on 2/7/07


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"There is no pre-trib rapture taught in the Bible at all."
---Jack on 2/6/07

Jack,
Then what do we do with all those examples and verses that indicate there is?
You have said the same thing before but that doesn't change the truth. Now, you might say you have not seen the teaching and that might be true.
---Elder on 2/7/07


1 Thessalonians 4:17 - "Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them (those who sleep in Jesus) in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord." Those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will be raptured. Those who followed The Great Commission.
---agnes on 2/7/07


Where does it say where we will go? We will meet him in the "air," which is translated from a word meaning the lower region of the atmosphere or expanse of atmosphere which is between the mountain tops and the ground. If you say Heaven, where is that? I'm not looking to be preached at, I'm really curious if anyone has some scriptural reference as to where it is cause I haven't found one.
---buttons on 2/6/07


*There is no pre-trib rapture taught in the Bible at all.*

And the Bible doesn't teach a "Post-Trib" Rapture. Those who follow the post-trib are waiting for the Antichrist to come, they will will be thinking he's the savior.
---Ramon on 2/6/07


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Luke 17:34-37 - Please Lord, do not take me, leave me where I am. John 17:15 - Oh good! Thanks Lord, that's what I want. You had me worried there for a minute.
---lorra8574 on 2/6/07


**As for me, I believe that Christians will live through the tribulation period protected by the blood of Jesus. I have several dozen reasons, all Biblically based and not all in one particular verse.**

Amen, Steve.

It's good to know that I'm not the only one who believes the Word of God in this matter, instead of latter day traditions and precepts of dispensationalism.
---Jack on 2/6/07


Do not fight among yourselves about when the rapture will occur. It will occur at God's chosen time. The best thing to do is BE PREPARED. How will YOU prepare?

As for me, I believe that Christians will live through the tribulation period protected by the blood of Jesus. I have several dozen reasons, all Biblically based and not all in one particular verse.
---Steveng on 2/6/07


** There is at least three examples of a "rapture" in Scripture, Elijah, Philip and Jesus. We could, in a sense, throw Noah in also.**

There is no pre-trib rapture taught in the Bible at all.
---Jack on 2/6/07


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Tofurabby, your comments are right on. Many who have not seen refuse to see. There is at least three examples of a "rapture" in Scripture, Elijah, Philip and Jesus. We could, in a sense, throw Noah in also.
I have never seen the name Jeb in the Bible. Do you suppose that Jeb exists?
---Elder on 2/6/07


Jack, ...just curious, why do you think that those who believe in a pre-trib rapture will follow the antichrist? Isn't your logic flawed? Seems to me that if there is no rapture, then those who believe it will see the antichrist as a false prophet since they expect to be raptured prior to Christ's return. On the other hand, those who do not believe a rapture may worship the antichrist believing it is Christ and his second coming. What am I missing?
---tofurabby on 2/6/07


JEB, there are many words we use not written in the Bible. Like trinity, eternal security, beattitudes, bible, etc. Since were being technical, the Bible was written in Hebrew/Greek... not 1 English word. The word "rapture" comes from the Latin word rapturo, which is a translation of the Greek verb "caught up" thats found in 1 Thess. 4:17. You can call it the "pre-trib rapture," the "pre-trib rapturo," or the "pre-trib caught up", its still the same thing.
---tofurabby on 2/6/07


Never seen that word in the bible
---JEB on 2/6/07


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Acts 2:38 shows that the Holy Spirit has been poured out & all we have to do is recieve Him. We are to be a witness for Christ from the day we get saved. No man knows the hour when Jesus will return, but we are to stay alert & be diligent in the faith.
---Rickey on 2/6/07


There has never been a time when Christians should not have been witnessing to others.
If you were to win a new SUV in a contest you couldn't wait to go tell everyone you knew about it. Receiving God's Salvation should be the same.
Many want to tell about the gifts instead of the gift giver.
---Elder on 2/6/07


Ah, I see someone woke up on the wrong side of the rock.

Now is the acceptable time.

About the traditions of men.

Jesus said, "Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him:
---Soda_Pop on 2/6/07


how he entered the house of God and ate the showbread which was not lawful for him to eat, nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests?

But I say to you that in this place there is One greater than the temple.

I desire mercy and not sacrifice. If you had known what this means, you would not have condemned the guiltless.

For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.
---Soda_Pop on 2/6/07


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Pharisees saw it, they said to Him, Look, Your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath!

Jesus said, "He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad."
---Soda_Pop on 2/6/07


Traditions of men are traditions. When the veil was torn in two, from top to bottom, traditions of men were put away.

Jesus came to declare justice to the Gentiles.
In His name Gentiles will trust.

Isaiah 42:1-4
Matthew 12:18-30
---Soda_Pop on 2/6/07


Only if you want to deceive people and make them food for Antichrist, because there's no such thing as a pre-trib rapture.
---Jack on 2/6/07


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