The following articles are related to the topic of RAPTURE

Does Ezekiel 36:25 Prophesy Sprinkling?

"Does Ezekiel 36:25 provide scriptural proof for the practice of sprinkling as a form of baptism? A Roman Catholic friend of mine argues that it does. Here is what the verse says: 'Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.'" In order ... read more »

When the Son of Man Comes

Some speculate about when the Lord will return, but Christ Jesus gave no time indicators (i.e., signs) with respect to the judgment day (Matt. 24:34-36). He did, however, focus on man's need to be prepared for that unexpected, yet certain, reckoning. Matthew 25 focuses on the necessity of this preparation. Through the parables of the foolish virgins and the talents, ... read more »

The Two “Beasts” of Revelation 13

What do the two "beasts" depicted in Revelation 13 represent? The first comes up out of the sea (v. 1). The second rises from the earth (v. 11). And what is the meaning of not being able to "buy or sell" without the "mark" of the beast (vv. 16-17)? In his commentary, The Book of Revelation, Robert Mounce contends that ... read more »

Paul’s Spectacular Journey

In his second letter to the church of God in Corinth, Paul records these fascinating words. I must needs glory, though it is not expedient; but I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ, fourteen years ago whether in the body, I know not; or whether out of the body, I know ... read more »

Before I Die: An Excerpt

The final recorded words of a person generally are perceived to be of keen interest. Particularly is that so when the individual is of considerable prominence. Paul, God's chosen apostle to the Gentiles, wrote thirteen known books of the New Testament. His final composition was the second letter to Timothy. The fourth chapter of that epistle contains a concluding exhortation ... read more »

Behold, the Man!

In the dark hours preceding his crucifixion, Jesus was led through a series of quasi-legal proceedings that flaunted any sense of justice. In one of those phases, Pilate, the Roman governor, had Christ brutally whipped. Subsequently, the soldiers placed a crown of plaited thorns upon his brow and mockingly clothed him in a purple robe, feigning regal adoration. Pilate then ... read more »

An Abused Passage — 2 John 9

Towards the conclusion of his second epistle, the apostle John wrote: "Whoever goes onward, and abides not in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. . . " (v. 9). In recent years, this passage has become the focus of stormy controversy. The significance of the passage has been distorted seriously - both by those on the liberal "left," ... read more »

Armageddon: The Next of the “Left-Behind” Series

Premillennialism is the dogma that Christ must return to the earth before He commences an alleged 1,000 year reign from Jerusalem. Dispensationalism is the notion that all of history is divided into seven ages (dispensations), which supposedly correspond to the days of the creation week - the seventh "age" of which is the alleged "millennial" reign of Jesus. Almost every ... read more »

A Faith-Building Study From Daniel 11

If we measure the significance of Daniel 11 by the amount of attention that critics give it, then it must be a chapter of great magnitude. Indeed it is. In his work, Daniel the Prophet, E.B. Pusey wrote: "The book of Daniel is especially fitted to be a battlefield between faith and unbelief. It admits of no half-measures. It is ... read more »

A Study of Messianic Psalms

Shortly before his ascension, Christ reminded the disciples concerning some of the things he had taught them. He brought to their attention the truth that "all things must needs be fulfilled, which are written in the law of Moses, and the prophets, and the psalms, concerning me" (Lk. 24:44). From Genesis to Malachi, one can see the progressive message of ... read more »