About The Rapture And The Blessed Hope Of The Bible!! - Joseph Prince Sermon
Titus 2:11-13 - Grace will teach us! The world doesn't have something to look forward to, but believers do! Jesus will come back for us bodily, not just spiritually. Be careful not to over-spiritualise the Bible.
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,” (Titus 2:11-13 NKJV) You can't be under grace and not be holy, just like how you can't be under water and not be wet! Philippians 3:20-21 - Hope is always talking about the future.
The Bible hope is Jesus coming back for us. That is the blessed hope! When Jesus rose from the dead, He is the same Jesus. He is fully-Man. He is 100% God and 100% Man! Our current bodies are lowly.
Our bodies do things that we are embarrassed about. Our current bodies cannot enter heaven - they cannot take it. God has to give us new bodies. “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.” (Philippians 3:20-21 NKJV) When Jesus overturned the tables of the merchants at the temple, He called the temple "My Father's house".
Later Jesus said with regards to the temple: "Your house is left to you desolate". This is because God's presence had already departed from the temple. When God departed from the temple, it was doomed for destruction.
Matthew 24:2 - In AD 70, the son of the Emperor of Rome, General Titus, said "Don't destroy the temple" (On the Temple Mount in Jerusalem).
Jesus the Son of God said "not one stone shall be left here upon another that shall not be thrown down". The temple was on fire, causing the gold on the top of the temple to melt, flowing down in between the stones, and the Roman soldiers broke the stones to get the gold.
Jesus' words came to pass. Not one stone was left upon another. God's words always come to pass. "And Jesus said to them, "Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down."" (Matthew 24:2, NKJV) Occupy yourself with business as if Jesus isn't coming back for 1000 years, but live as though Jesus is coming back today! 17 books of the Old Testament and 23 books of the New Testament talks about the Second Coming of Christ, and yet today many of the churches are not preaching about it.
That is why many believers are being robbed of the blessings that they are accrued. God renews our youth like the eagles! He did not create man to grow old and die. God hates death! Growth comes from making choices.
But when you make a choice, you cannot choose a different outcome. Believing in Jesus is not a religion, it is a reality! Jesus ate in the presence of His disciples in His resurrected body after He rose from the dead. In our new resurrected bodies at the Rapture, we will still be able to eat! 1 Corinthians 15:51-56 - Believers do not die but they fall asleep.
They are considered to have died with Jesus at the cross. Death is not ahead of them, but it is behind them. At the Rapture, firstly, the believers who have already passed on will be raised incorruptible.
They will challenge hell saying "O Hades, where is your victory?". Then the believers who are still alive on earth will be raised incorruptible too. They will challenge death saying "O Death, where is your sting?" All believers will be enraptured. They will become immortal. “Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?”
The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.” (I Corinthians 15:51-56 NKJV) We cannot be sad in heaven. Whatever will be in heaven is definitely greater than what we have today! We will all look good in heaven.
I Thessalonians 4:13-18 - The only requirement for a believer to be taken up during the Rapture is that they are alive and remain.
This is the blessed hope - that we will be taken to be with the Lord forever. “But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.
For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God.
And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
Therefore comfort one another with these words.” (I Thessalonians 4:13-18 NKJV) Don't let the world sell you their fear. Even when believers have passed on in plane crashes, God takes them away spiritually before the crash happens.
Then they are more alive than before! Don't go chasing Prophecy theories like the "Four Blood Moons" theory. Focus on the Bible - the word of God. II Thessalonians 2:1-4 - You will never feel fed by reading what critics say and debate about the word of God on the Internet. Read and meditate on the Bible instead. Pastor Prince believes that the Antichrist is somewhere on earth already, being groomed by the devil.
Don't believe in date-setting of when Jesus will come again. The Bible says that no man will know the day or hour when Jesus will come again.
Apostasia (The Apostasy) - Many people will depart before the Antichrist is revealed. It is not just a spiritual departing but also a physical departing.
For the same verses, the Wycliffe Bible version says "departing away" instead of "falling away". The Year 1526 William Tindale Bible version says "the departing" instead of "falling away".
The Jeneva Bible (1600's) says "departing first" instead of "falling away". "The departing" refers to the Rapture where all believers will be taken away to be with the Lord forever! “Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come.
Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” (II Thessalonians 2:1-4 NKJV) God is reaching out to Israel and Jewish people all over the world. The Bible in Hebrew and Greek is accurate and God-breathed. But not all the English translations are fully accurate. Wycliffe was probably the first version of an English Bible ever produced. William Shakespeare used that version of the Bible. Acts 21:21 - the word "forsake" in this verse is translated from the Greek word "apostasia". “but they have been informed about you that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children nor to walk according to the customs.” (Acts 21:21 NKJV) The religious leaders hated Wycliffe because he made the Bible available to the common people.
After his death, they exhumed his body and burned his bones. John 14:1-3 - Let not your heart be troubled at any time! There are mansions prepared for us in heaven, not huts! This is not talking about the Second Coming of Jesus.
This is talking about the Rapture. The purpose of all the movies about UFOs, Aliens, etc. - The devil is working hard to explain away the Rapture, saying that all the believers were snatched away by aliens. ““Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you.
I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 14:1-3 NKJV) Moses is a type of Christ. Moses went up Mount Sinai, he delayed a while, and the children of Israel built a golden calf to worship, committing idolatry.
Don't go chasing after money. The Rapture is one of the most practical topics to teach about. 17 books of the Old Testament and 23 books of the New Testament talks about the Second Coming of Christ. God made the year-end, not man. Take time to reflect on the past year. At New Creation Church, we have the special yearly three prayer requests for the next year. There is special anointing made available in corporate prayer. Chidolueokechukwupatrick