1. Is there really going to be a Rapture? Is this what the Bible says? (1080p HD available)

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    from Kevin Livermore / Added

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    Supporting Bible References: Isaiah 9:6-7, 11:1-9; Dan. 7:13-14; Matthew 24:36-44; Mark 13:24-27; 1 Thessalonians 2:19, 4:16-17; 2 Thessalonians 2:1,19; 1 Cor. 15:23,50-58; Rev. 21:1-5. Subtitles: Are certain people going to be snatched away from the earth as Jesus invisibly returns to take away his Church? Will everyone else be left behind and have to deal with many years of trials, and tribulations? No, and no. For the most part, the rapture idea wasn’t even invented until an Anglican priest named John Darby developed this belief in 1827. The early Church and the historical consensus among Christians throughout the prior 18 centuries was Jesus would come back one time not twice and his return would be visible not invisible as with the rapture. The one and only Second Coming is when Jesus will return to judge the world, but not just to judge the world, he’s also going to set things right again, restoring, redeeming, and renewing all things. But despite this historical consensus about Jesus’ one and only return, the rapture theology is alive and well especially among fundamentalist Christians in the United States. See after Darby developed this theory about the end times, the very popular Scofield Reference Bible included his theology, and so did Dallas Theological Seminary, the Calvary Chapel movement, and popular authors like Tim LaHaye who wrote the best-selling Left Behind books. BUT, when you really dig deep, we just don’t see this in Scripture. Let’s look at the two main Scripture passages used to support the rapture theory. In Paul’s first letter to the church in Thessalonica he writes about the dead in Christ rising first and then those of us who are still alive being caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. This is the main passage used to support the rapture belief. But this passage is not describing a separate rapture event distinct from the Second Coming of Christ described elsewhere in Scripture. In Old Testament Judaism there was a consistent hope of a glorious messianic kingdom that God would someday bring to the earth. Well, in the NT, we see 250 references to the Second Coming of Christ when he will permanently establish this Kingdom over the earth. Using OT messianic words like Son of Man, the NT mentions this Second Coming of Christ in the SAME WAYS because it is speaking of the SAME EVENT! These passages don’t say Jesus will invisibly return to “RAPTURE” his church and then visibly return again. We know this is not a separate event from the one and only “Second Coming” because the NT in various Scripture passages (Mark 13, 1 Thes. 4, 2 Thes. 2, 1 Cor. 15, and Rev. 21) uses the same Greek words used to describe the one-time, visible return of Christ. In fact, the two Greek words used in this passage for “coming” and “meet” are the same Greek words used in other Greco-Roman non-biblical ancient literature to describe the going out of a people group to meet a returning king or emperor and welcome him back into his city or province. It is not meeting Jesus in the air to escape a doomed earth but it is a meeting the King Jesus in the air to welcome him back to his creation, to permanently establish his kingdom on a renewed earth as he brings judgment but also justice, redemption, and renewal. So in this passage, Christ is returning and the people of God will be taken up to meet and welcome him, the king of kings, back to his rightful domain, the earth, his creation. The other main passage used to support the rapture concept is Matthew 24:39-41 where: “one will be taken and the other left”. To put it simply, this verse is actually saying the opposite of what you think according to the context. In the prior verse Jesus parallels this analogy with the days of Noah and the Flood. The ones “taken” away were the ones who were destroyed by the flood, the ones “left behind” were Noah and his family who God actually rescued from the destruction. At any rate, Jesus’ main point here was not to teach about the rapture but to tell people his second coming will be a surprise, just like the flood in the days of Noah. These preceding explanations not only coincide perfectly with the previously shown NT passages, but also with the OT prophetic messianic passages in Dan. 7, and Isaiah chapters 9 and 11.

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    • These Seven Things

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      Pastor Michael shares on what it means to be ready for the Jesus' return.

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      • HT501: Lecture 14.9 Eschatology, Heaven

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        from Daniel Janosik / Added

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        This is the 9th section of a lecture on Eschatology

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        • HT501: Lecture 14.6 Eschatology, Hell and Purgatory

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          from Daniel Janosik / Added

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          This is the 6th section of a lecture on Eschatology

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          • HT501: Lecture 14.8 Eschatology, Millennial Views, part 2

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            This is the 8th section of a lecture on Eschatology

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            • HT501: Lecture 14.7 Eschatology, Millennial Views, part 1

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              from Daniel Janosik / Added

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              This is the 7th section of a lecture on Eschatology

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              • HT501: Lecture 14.5 Eschatology and Dispensationalism

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                from Daniel Janosik / Added

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                This is part 5 of a lecture on Eschatology

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                • HT501: Lecture 14.3 Eschatology, Enlightenment

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                  This is the third part of a lecture on Eschatology

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                  • HT501: Lecture 14.4 Demythologization of Eschatology

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                    This is the fourth part of a lecture on Eschatology

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