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The last days of history – Part 15

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The Rapture Cont.
The Rapture: Highlights

Believers must be prepared and wait constantly for this imminent event (Mt24: 42,44; 25:1-13; Mk13: 33-37; Lk 12:35; 21:19-34-36; Rom 13:11; Phil4: 5; 1Thes 1:10; 4:16-18; 5:6-11; 2Tim 4:8; Tit 2:13).

Christ will come unexpectedly, since the time cannot be calculated (Mt 24:36,42,44; 25:5-7,13; Mk 13:32-37; Lk12: 35-46).

Christ will come to catch up believers living on earth at this time (Lk 21:36; Jn 14:3; 1 Thes 1:10; 4:15-17; 2 Thes2: 1; Rev3: 10-11).

Believers will be delivered from the coming wrath (Lk 21:36; 1Thes 1:10; 5:2-9; Rev3: 10-11).
Believers living at this time will receive transformed bodies (Rom 8:23; 1Cor 15:51-54; 1Thes 4:16-17).

Believers who died before this event will rise and be caught up with Christ (1Cor 15:50-55; 1 Thes 4:16-17).

All raptured saints will be judged by Christ (Jn 5:22; Rom 14:12; 1Cor 3:12-15; 2Cor 5:10; 2Tim 4:8).

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Believers will be judged according to their deeds (Eccl 12:14; Mat 5:22; 12:36-37; Mk 4:22; Ro 2:5-11,16; 1 Cor4: 5; 2 Cor 5:10; Eph 6:8; Col3: 23-25).

Faithful believers will receive rewards (Mat 5:11-12; 25:14-23; Lk 19:12-19; 22:28-30; Gal 6:8-10; 1 Cor 3:12-14; 9:25-27; 13:3; Eph 6:8; 2Tim 4:8; Heb6: 10; 1 Pet 5:4; Rev 2:7,11,17,26-28; 3:4-5, 12,21).

Less faithful believers will not be condemned, but will receive little or no reward (Eccl 12:14; Mat 5:19; 1Cor 2:13-15; 2Cor 5:10; Col3: 25; 1Jn 2:28).
(8) THE RESURRECTION OF THE BODY: An Overview
“But someone will say, “How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?” (1 Cor 15:35)

The resurrection of the body is an essential doctrine in Scripture. It refers to God’s raising a human body from the dead and reuniting it with the person’s soul and spirit, from which at death
it was separated during the intermediate state.

(1) The Bible reveals at least three reasons why the resurrection of the body is necessary.
(a) The body is essential to the total human personality; humans are incomplete without a
body. Thus, the redemption Christ offers applies to the whole person, including the body (Rom 8:18-25).

(b) The body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 6:19); it will become once more a temple of the Spirit at the resurrection. (c) To undo the result of sin at all levels, humanity’s final enemy (death of the body) must be conquered through the resurrection (1 Cor 15:26).

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(2) Both the OT (cf. Gen22: 1-14 with Heb 11:17-19; Ps16: 10 with Acts 2:24ff; cf. Job 19:25-27; Is 26:19; Dan 12:2; Hos13: 14) and the NT (Luke 14:13-14; 20:35-36; John 5:21,28-29; 6:39-40,44,54; 1 Cor 15:22-23; Phil 3:11; 1 Thes 4:14-16; Rev20: 4-6,13) teach the future bodily resurrection.

(3) Our bodily resurrection is guaranteed by the fact of Christ’s resurrection (see Mat 28:6; Acts 17:31; 1 Cor 15:12,20-23).

(4) In general terms, the believer’s resurrected body will be like the Lord’s own resurrected body (Rom 8:29; 1 Cor 15:20,42-44,49; Phil 3:20-21; 1 John 3:2). More specifically, the resurrected body will be: (a) a body possessing continuity and identity with the body of this life and therefore recognisable (Luke16: 19-31); (b) a body changed into a heavenly body adapted for the new heaven and new earth (1 Cor 15:42-44,47-48; Rev21: 1); (c) an imperishable body, free from decay and death (1 Cor 15:42); (d) a glorified body, like Christ’s (1 Cor 15:43; Phil3: 20-21); (e) a powerful body not subject to disease or weakness (1 Cor 15:43); (f) a spiritual (i.e., not natural, but supernatural) body, not bound by the laws of nature (Luke24:31; John 20: 19; 1 Cor 15:44); (g) a body capable of eating and drinking (Luke 14:1 5; 22:14-18,30; 24:43).

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