Friday, June 22, 2012

Wrath or Rapture?

Some believe that Christians will go through the tribulation so there is 
no reason to watch since we are not yet in the tribulation. The tribulation
is a time when God’s wrath is poured out on the earth. So, what does
scripture say about the wrath of God in conjunction with His kids?
“Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more
shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.” (Romans 5:9)
“We are waiting “for the Son from heaven...who will deliver us from
the wrath that is to come.” (I Thessalonians 1:10)
In I Thessalonians 5 Paul speaks of the sudden destruction that will
come upon those who dwell on the earth. He says that this day will
come as a thief. Then in verse 9 Paul says, “But God has not destined
us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 
who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep (dead) we
might live with him. Therefore, encourage (comfort) one another and 
build one another up, just as you are doing” (I Thessalonians 5:9-11)
Jesus says: “When these things begin to take place, straighten up,
and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
(Luke 21:28)
Here are types in the Old Testament:
Enoch was raptured out of the world before God brought
the flood. (Genesis 5:24)
Noah and his family were lifted above the flood in an ark
and were protected from God’s wrath upon the earth. 
(2 Peter 2:5)
Lot was delivered out of the city before destruction fell.
(2 Peter 2:6,7)
God knows how to rescue the godly from what is coming
upon the earth.  Praise Him! He is able! He is willing! He
has a plan!  

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