Monday, August 27, 2012

Bite-Sized Bible Studies: Be Ready

Be Ready

Jesus said that His followers should be ready to go at His return, watching and waiting for His return, and that we would be blessed if we do so (Luke 12:35-40). He said not to be troubled and that He would come again and receive us to Himself; that where He is there we may be also (John 14:1-3).

Because Jesus said this, we know that He can come for His church at the rapture at any time, and that nothing has to happen first or is holding that back. The church has always been taught this by Jesus and the writers of the New Testament, like Paul. Some call it the doctrine of imminency or speak of it as the imminent return of Jesus. It is true that the Bible clearly teaches that Jesus will come for His church at any time and that we are to be ready! At the rapture we will be glorified, taken out of this world before the worst time of Tribulation in history, taken to be with our Lord where He is and to be like Him in eternally glorified bodies. This is just as true now as when Jesus first said it, but we are so much closer to our glory now than ever before!

"Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect." -Jesus (Luke 12:40)

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