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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Museums:within the walls
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  • of these institutions, the signsof our history are preserved
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  • through collectionsof artistic, cultural,
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  • and scientific importance.
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  • Exhibits chronicle the people,places, and events
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  • that have shaped our world.
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  • There's coming a seriesof events so apocalyptic,
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  • it will put a periodbehind the world as we know it,
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  • and not one museum will be leftstanding to memorialize
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  • its destruction.
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  • But what if we could visitsuch a place: a museum
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  • containing the signs of what isto come, exhibits and remnants
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  • of the end times?
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  • What could we learn?
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  • How would it change the way welive today?
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  • Though in truth,a museum of this kind
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  • will never be built,through the lens of God's Word,
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  • our imagination can catcha glimpse of not what
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  • has happened, but will happen.
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  • Come with me on a tourof Bible prophecy and we
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  • will discover the signsGod has laid-out in Scripture,
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  • signs that assure us God hasa plan: for the future
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  • and for eternity.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah:On today's program we explore
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  • a future event that will beone of earth's most traumatic
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  • experiences for thosewho are left behind
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  • but a glorious experiencefor those who are taken.
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  • That is the day when millionsof people will be evacuated
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  • from this worldin the blink of an eye.
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  • Stay tuned for today's editionof "Turning Point:"
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  • "The Rapture of the Church."
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  • male announcer:From Huntsville, Alabama,
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  • this is "Turning Point"with Dr. David Jeremiah.
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  • ♪ Oh, yes, I'm leaningOh, I'm leaning ♪
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  • ♪ I'm safe and securefrom all alarms ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, I'm leaningYes, I'm leaning ♪
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  • ♪ I'm leaningon the everlasting arms ♪
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  • Charles Billingsley: Yeah,all right, c'mon.
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  • Let's take it up with me, guys.
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  • C'mon, yeah,do the next verse now everybody.
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  • "Oh, how sweet to walk."
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  • ♪ Oh, how sweet to walkin this pilgrim way ♪
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  • ♪ leaning onthe everlasting arms ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, how bright the pathgrows from day to day ♪
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  • ♪ leaning onthe everlasting arms ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, yes, I'm leaningOh, I'm leaning ♪
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  • ♪ I'm safe and securefrom all alarms ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, I'm leaningOh, yes, I'm leaning ♪
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  • ♪ I'm leaning onthe everlasting arms ♪
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  • Charles: All right, now,y'all, we're gonna do
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  • one more verse,c'mon, here we go.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Charles: Sing it with us,everybody,
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  • "What have I to dread."
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  • ♪ What have I to dreadwhat have I to fear ♪
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  • ♪ leaning onthe everlasting arms ♪
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  • ♪ I have blessed peacewith my Lord so near ♪
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  • ♪ leaning onthe everlasting arms ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, yes, I'm leaningOh, yes, I'm leaning ♪
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  • ♪ I'm safe and securefrom all alarms ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, I'm leaningOh, yes, I'm leaning ♪
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  • ♪ I'm leaning onthe everlasting arms ♪
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  • ♪ Yeah ♪♪
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  • announcer: Coming upon "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: One daywe'll be going through
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  • our motions, living our lives,and that sound will be heard.
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  • You say, "How will I know it?"
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  • Well, it's gonna bea sound like a trumpet,
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  • like the voice of an archangel.
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  • It's gonna be that kindof a sound,
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  • like you've never heard before.
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  • I promise you when you hear it,you'll know it.
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  • announcer: A timeless classicfrom Dr. David Jeremiah,
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  • scholars of Bible prophecy,
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  • Dr. Jeremiah bringshis signature wisdom,
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  • of 31 major signsof the end times;
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  • with hope and confidencefor the future
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  • Now, here is Dr. Jeremiahwith his message,
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  • "The Rapture of the Church."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: The Bible tells usthat there is coming a day
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  • when millions of peoplewill be evacuated
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  • from this world in a moment.
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  • It will be a time of chaosnever before experienced
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  • in this earth.
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  • Those of us who are watchingwhat is happening in the world
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  • today believe that the timefor that event is drawing near.
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  • The event thatI am describing is what
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  • the Bible calls the Rapture.
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  • Before we look at the passageof Scripture that describes
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  • this event,I wanna answer a question
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  • that a little girl askedher mother after she heard me
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  • preach a similar truthat Shadow Mountain.
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  • Was a very insightful questionand the mother told me as
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  • I was working out the next dayin the gym,
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  • "Here's what my little girlasked me and you need to give me
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  • an answer so I can go home andtell her what the answer is."
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  • Here was her question.
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  • "Dr. Jeremiah keeps talkingabout all the signs
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  • that are developing concerningthe Lord's return.
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  • And then in the next breathhe says, 'And nothing needs to
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  • happen before Jesus comes backto take us home to be with him.'
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  • Now, Mom, that doesn't makeany sense to me.
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  • Either there are signsor there aren't signs.
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  • What does the pastor mean?"
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  • It's a very insightful questionthat demands an answer
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  • and the best way for meto answer it
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  • is to show you a little diagramon the screen behind me.
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  • This diagram will help youunderstand that there is coming
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  • a time when some eventsare going to take place and
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  • they're going to be sequenced.
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  • The first thing that you see onthis chart is the First Coming
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  • of Christ and, of course,then after the First Coming
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  • of Christ comes the next event.
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  • The next event isthe church age.
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  • That's where we are right now.
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  • We're living in the church age,the age between
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  • the Coming of Christthe first time
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  • and the Coming of Christthe second time.
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  • How many of you knowwhat the next thing is?
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  • Right after the church age,what's going to change
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  • everything forever is this eventwe call the Rapture.
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  • Notice, the Rapture shows Jesuscoming from heaven
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  • but he doesn't come all the wayto the earth.
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  • The Bible says we're gonna becaught up into the heavens to be
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  • with him and then we're gonna goback to heaven with him
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  • in the Rapture.
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  • After the Rapture,a period of great Tribulation
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  • will take placeon this earth for seven years.
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  • At the endof the seven-year Tribulation
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  • the Second Coming of Christtakes place.
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  • Now, here's where the disconnectis for most people who get
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  • confused about the future.
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  • The Rapture andthe Second Coming of Christ
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  • are not the same thing.
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  • The Rapture is when Jesus comesback to take his people back
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  • to heaven with him.
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  • Then Tribulation on the earthtakes place and then
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  • the Second Comingis when Jesus comes back
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  • and the Bible says he comes withall of the people of God and
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  • with all the angels and sets uphis kingdom on this earth.
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  • Now, here's the answerto that young girl's question.
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  • There are no signsfor the Rapture.
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  • The Rapture could happenat any time.
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  • But the New Testamentis filled with signs
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  • for the Second Coming.
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  • But guess what?
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  • Every event casts its shadowbefore us so if there are signs
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  • for the Second Advent and theytell us that the Second Advent
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  • is coming, that meansthe Rapture is seven years
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  • before that so the Rapture'ssurely coming, isn't it?
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  • So when we study the propheciesof the Bible and we see the
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  • regathering of Israel and we seethe collection of the nations of
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  • Europe and we see all the thingsthat are happening
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  • on the prophetic scene,what we know is this:
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  • our redemption is drawing nigh.
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  • The Bible tells us that Jesus isgoing to come back and
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  • I know I might embarrass myselfa little bit by saying this,
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  • but I tell people everywhereI go, "I expect to be here
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  • when Jesus comes backfor the Rapture."
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  • I believe that thingsare so close that if the Lord
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  • lets me live out my lifeI'm gonna see the Rapture.
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  • And I've come upwith a little slogan,
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  • "I'd rather see the uppertakerthan the undertaker,
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  • wouldn't you?"
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  • I'm really looking forwardto that, I am.
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  • Now, accordingto the book of Revelation,
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  • when Jesus comes backfor the Second Advent,
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  • every eye shall see him.
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  • But when the Rapture happens,it's going to be very quickly,
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  • very quietly, happening.
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  • And it is the answerto the promise that Jesus made
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  • in John chapter 14.
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  • Do you remember when Jesuswas about to go away after
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  • his disciples had understoodhis death, burial,
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  • and resurrection a little bit,and Jesus was preparing them
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  • for what was to happen?
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  • And they didn't understand itand some of them said,
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  • "Lord, where are You going and,Lord, how do you get there?"
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  • And Jesus said to themin John 14,
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  • "Don't let your heart betroubled; you believe in God,
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  • believe also in Me.
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  • In My Father's houseare many mansions;
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  • and if it were not so,I would have told you.
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  • I am going to prepare a placefor you.
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  • And I go to prepare this placefor you so that I can come again
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  • and receive you unto Myself;that where I am,
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  • there you may be also."
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  • And the Raptureis the fulfillment of
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  • that promise of the Lord Jesus.
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  • He has gone to heaven.
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  • He is preparing a place for usand one day soon he's gonna come
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  • back and he's going to take usup to meet him in the air
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  • and we're gonna go to the placethat he's been preparing.
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  • Now, if the Lord createdthe earth in six days
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  • and rested on the seventh,he's been working on heaven
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  • for several thousand years.
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  • Can you imagine what kindof place that's gonna be?
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  • I mean, it is going to bea place like anything
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  • you have ever seen in your life.
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  • And the hope of the believeris this.
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  • That before Tribulationbreaks out on this earth,
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  • the Lord Jesus Christis going to return.
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  • The real textthat teaches this truth is found
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  • in 1 Thessalonians chapter 4.
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  • The writer of this passage
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  • begins by giving to his readersa preview of what's gonna happen
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  • in the future, sort of a littleoverture of these events.
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  • And he begins by tryingto dispel their ignorance.
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  • He begins in verse 13 by saying,"I do not want you to be
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  • ignorant, brethren,"and I've observed
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  • that whenever that passageis referred to in the Scripture,
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  • whenever that little phraseis in the Scripture,
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  • you know what it means?
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  • They're ignorant brethren.
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  • It means they don't knowwhat they need to know.
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  • In fact, J. Vernon McGeeonce said that
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  • the largest congregation inthe world was the congregation
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  • of the ignorant brethren.
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  • Now, I don't knowif that's true or not.
  • 00:12:31.867 --> 00:12:33.169
  • He was a little more edgythan I would be.
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  • But the apostle begins by usingthis phrase that shows that
  • 00:12:37.006 --> 00:12:39.975
  • the Thessalonians didn'tunderstand what was going on.
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  • So he's writing this to dispeltheir ignorance and, you know,
  • 00:12:44.313 --> 00:12:48.150
  • one of the reasons we studythe Bible is so we can learn
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  • things we don't know.
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  • So we need to open our Biblesand ask God
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  • to help us understandwhat the Scripture says.
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  • The first thing that he doesafter he dispels their ignorance
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  • is he describesa believer's death.
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  • This isa very interesting thing.
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  • Notice what he says.
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  • He says, "I don't want youto be ignorant concerning
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  • those who have fallen asleep."
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  • The word that is used ofChristians who have died in
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  • the text of the New Testament isa word which is--the meaning
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  • of the word is to sleepbut to sleep in death.
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  • "But now Christ is risenfrom the dead,
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  • and has becomethe firstfruits of those
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  • who have fallen asleep."
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  • Did you know thatif you're a Christian death is
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  • just like falling asleep.
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  • Just like falling asleep.
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  • That's what the Bible says.
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  • And we're gonna learn whyin just a moment.
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  • The early Christians hadthis wonderful word for the
  • 00:13:37.800 --> 00:13:41.036
  • burying places of their dead.
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  • The Greek word is koimeterion.
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  • Don't get caught up in that wordbut it means a rest house
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  • for strangers, a sleeping place.
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  • Now, hang on.
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  • It is the same word from whichwe get our English word
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  • "cemetery."
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  • The same word was usedin that day for inns or hotels
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  • or motels, like the Ramada Innor the Holiday Inn,
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  • the same wordthat was used for cemetery
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  • was used for hotels.
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  • And you expect to get up thenext day when you go to a hotel
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  • and continue your journey.
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  • And this is the pictureof the place where you bury
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  • your believing loved ones,the body of the believer
  • 00:14:21.143 --> 00:14:23.979
  • has just been put into a hoteluntil the Resurrection.
  • 00:14:24.013 --> 00:14:27.516
  • Isn't thatan interesting thought?
  • 00:14:27.549 --> 00:14:29.451
  • So where's my loved one?
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  • "Oh, they're in the hoteldown here at the cemetery."
  • 00:14:30.819 --> 00:14:32.788
  • I mean, that'll opensome people's eyes.
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  • It'll start a conversationfor you if you want one.
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  • One day the Lord is goingto come back and that body
  • 00:14:38.127 --> 00:14:40.996
  • is gonna be raised up.
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  • And the main truth herethat we need to remember is
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  • just as physically we sleepand we expect to awake tomorrow
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  • in the hotelswhere we're staying,
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  • so as Christians when we diewe can be assured that one day
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  • we'll be awakenedby the return of the Lord.
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  • We'll come out of those hotelsand we'll go to be
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  • with the Lord in the heavens.
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  • What a great truth.
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  • Now, after he dispelstheir ignorance and he describes
  • 00:15:03.452 --> 00:15:07.957
  • their death,he defends the believer's hope.
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  • And this is what he says:"Lest you sorrow."
  • 00:15:11.160 --> 00:15:14.063
  • He says,"I want you to know this truth
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  • so you won't sorrow like otherswho don't have any hope.
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  • For if we believe thatJesus died and rose again,
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  • even so God will bring with Himthose who sleep in Jesus."
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  • Listen to me,ladies and gentlemen,
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  • the Lord Jesus cameinto this world to take
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  • the sting out of death and whatthat means is that though we do
  • 00:15:33.248 --> 00:15:36.418
  • sorrow when we lose somebodywe love, we don't sorrow like
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  • the other part of the world whodoesn't know him because we know
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  • that death is not the end.
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  • In fact, it's the beginningof something much better than
  • 00:15:44.893 --> 00:15:47.329
  • we've ever experienced before.
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  • Now, here's whywe don't have to sorrow.
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  • Here's where our hope is.
  • 00:15:55.170 --> 00:15:56.472
  • Notice what he saysin verses 13 and 14.
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  • He says if we believethat Jesus died
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  • and he rose again,is it too hard to believe that
  • 00:16:01.610 --> 00:16:04.446
  • he can perform the same miraclein your life and in mine?
  • 00:16:04.480 --> 00:16:08.017
  • I mean, this explainshow Christ took the sting
  • 00:16:08.050 --> 00:16:10.586
  • out of death for believers.
  • 00:16:10.619 --> 00:16:12.521
  • He's changed whatwould have been death into sleep
  • 00:16:12.554 --> 00:16:15.290
  • by his own death.
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  • This then, is the causefor not grieving.
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  • I'm not afraid to die.I don't wanna die.
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  • I'm like the little boy inthe class who the teacher said,
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  • "How many of you wanna goto heaven when you die?"
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  • Everybody raised their hand
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  • but one little boyin the back row.
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  • And she went backand she said,
  • 00:16:31.340 --> 00:16:32.641
  • "Son, don't you want to goto heaven when you die?"
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  • "Oh," he said, "yeah, when I diebut I thought you were getting
  • 00:16:34.176 --> 00:16:36.145
  • up a load for tonight, you know,and I don't wanna go
  • 00:16:36.178 --> 00:16:38.414
  • to heaven tonight,you know what I'm saying?"
  • 00:16:38.447 --> 00:16:40.682
  • I wanna go to heavenwhen God's ready
  • 00:16:40.716 --> 00:16:42.017
  • to take me to heavenand I'm not afraid to go
  • 00:16:42.051 --> 00:16:43.952
  • to heaven because Iknow that there is
  • 00:16:43.986 --> 00:16:46.722
  • something far better awaiting usbecause of our faith in Christ.
  • 00:16:46.755 --> 00:16:52.294
  • Now, in the next part of thissection of Scripture, verse 15,
  • 00:16:52.327 --> 00:16:56.331
  • we've already seen the careful
  • 00:16:56.365 --> 00:16:58.333
  • preview of the Rapture.
  • 00:16:58.367 --> 00:16:59.668
  • Now we're gonna seethe promise of the Rapture.
  • 00:16:59.701 --> 00:17:01.403
  • Notice verse 15:"For this we say to you
  • 00:17:01.437 --> 00:17:03.772
  • by the word of the Lord,that we who are alive and remain
  • 00:17:03.806 --> 00:17:06.909
  • until the coming of the Lordwill by no means precede
  • 00:17:06.942 --> 00:17:10.145
  • those who are asleep."
  • 00:17:10.179 --> 00:17:12.581
  • And he beginsin verses 16 and 17
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  • to outline how thingsare gonna happen
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  • when the Rapture occurs.
  • 00:17:18.654 --> 00:17:19.955
  • So let's go through this littlechronological--this little
  • 00:17:19.988 --> 00:17:22.357
  • chronological program ofthe Rapture, verses 16 and 17.
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  • Notice first of all,first thing,
  • 00:17:26.128 --> 00:17:28.263
  • there's gonna be a return.
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  • Verse 16: "For the Lord Himselfwill descend from heaven
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  • with a shout,with the voice of an archangel,
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  • and with the trumpet of God."
  • 00:17:36.505 --> 00:17:38.273
  • The Bible says the next thingthat's gonna happen for everyone
  • 00:17:38.307 --> 00:17:40.776
  • who's a Christian is the skies
  • 00:17:40.809 --> 00:17:42.778
  • are gonna be partedand Jesus Christ
  • 00:17:42.811 --> 00:17:44.346
  • is gonna come back.
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  • He's gonna return to take
  • 00:17:45.714 --> 00:17:48.717
  • those who have trusted in himto heaven.
  • 00:17:48.750 --> 00:17:52.721
  • And notice, it's the Lordhimself who is coming.
  • 00:17:52.754 --> 00:17:55.457
  • He's not sendingthe Holy Spirit.
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  • He's not sending his angels.
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  • He's not sendingany of the disciples
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  • who've gone on ahead.
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  • He himself is coming.
  • 00:18:02.297 --> 00:18:04.500
  • In fact, you'll remember whenhe was taken up in the Ascension
  • 00:18:04.533 --> 00:18:07.569
  • that the angels said,"Men of Galilee, why do you
  • 00:18:07.603 --> 00:18:10.739
  • stand gazing up into heaven?
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  • This same Jesus, who wastaken up from you into heaven,
  • 00:18:13.008 --> 00:18:16.145
  • is going to comein the same manner
  • 00:18:16.178 --> 00:18:18.247
  • as you saw Him go into heaven."
  • 00:18:18.280 --> 00:18:19.781
  • How did they see him go?
  • 00:18:19.815 --> 00:18:21.150
  • They saw him go physically,they saw him go personally.
  • 00:18:21.183 --> 00:18:24.786
  • So how should we expect himto come back?
  • 00:18:24.820 --> 00:18:26.722
  • Physically and personally.
  • 00:18:26.755 --> 00:18:28.056
  • Jesus Christ is coming backvery soon.
  • 00:18:28.090 --> 00:18:30.425
  • Now, the detail of this passageis very complete.
  • 00:18:30.459 --> 00:18:33.262
  • In fact, we're even giventhe sounds that we're
  • 00:18:33.295 --> 00:18:35.397
  • gonna hear before this happens.
  • 00:18:35.430 --> 00:18:37.933
  • It says: "The shout,the voice of the archangel,
  • 00:18:37.966 --> 00:18:41.036
  • and the trump of God."
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  • Three sounds.
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  • We should be listening forthese sounds, the Bible says.
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  • One day we'll be going throughour motions, living our lives,
  • 00:18:48.810 --> 00:18:51.079
  • and that sound will be heard.
  • 00:18:51.113 --> 00:18:52.548
  • You say, "How will I know it?"
  • 00:18:52.581 --> 00:18:53.882
  • Well, it's gonna bea sound like a trumpet,
  • 00:18:53.916 --> 00:18:55.417
  • like the voice of an archangel.
  • 00:18:55.450 --> 00:18:57.085
  • It's gonna be that kindof a sound,
  • 00:18:57.119 --> 00:18:58.453
  • like you've never heard before.
  • 00:18:58.487 --> 00:18:59.788
  • I promise you when you hear it,you'll know it.
  • 00:18:59.821 --> 00:19:03.125
  • There's gonna be a return.
  • 00:19:03.158 --> 00:19:04.459
  • And then the Bible saysthere's gonna be a Resurrection.
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  • And the dead in Christshall rise first.
  • 00:19:06.862 --> 00:19:10.799
  • In a split second the Lordis going to call all believers
  • 00:19:10.832 --> 00:19:14.903
  • to himself to share his glory.
  • 00:19:14.937 --> 00:19:16.838
  • Not one will remain behind.
  • 00:19:16.872 --> 00:19:20.609
  • The Bible says that we are goingto be changed in a moment,
  • 00:19:20.642 --> 00:19:23.779
  • in the twinkling of an eye.
  • 00:19:23.812 --> 00:19:27.249
  • The Bible sayswe shall not all sleep
  • 00:19:27.282 --> 00:19:30.152
  • but we shall all be changed.
  • 00:19:30.185 --> 00:19:32.487
  • So there's gonna be a return.Jesus is gonna come back.
  • 00:19:32.521 --> 00:19:35.023
  • What's the second thing?
  • 00:19:35.057 --> 00:19:36.358
  • The dead in Christare gonna be raised
  • 00:19:36.391 --> 00:19:38.026
  • and they're gonna go up first.
  • 00:19:38.060 --> 00:19:39.394
  • Then we who are aliveand remain,
  • 00:19:39.428 --> 00:19:40.929
  • we're gonna be caught up to bewith them in the heavens.
  • 00:19:40.963 --> 00:19:45.200
  • We're gonna meet our loved oneswho've gone on before us
  • 00:19:45.234 --> 00:19:48.003
  • who are in the grave.
  • 00:19:48.036 --> 00:19:49.371
  • They're gonna check out oftheir motel and they're gonna be
  • 00:19:49.404 --> 00:19:52.641
  • caught up with us,and the Bible says we're
  • 00:19:52.674 --> 00:19:54.843
  • gonna meet together in the air.
  • 00:19:54.876 --> 00:19:57.746
  • So there's not only a return,a resurrection, and a rapture
  • 00:19:57.779 --> 00:20:00.215
  • but there's gonna be a reunion.
  • 00:20:00.249 --> 00:20:02.551
  • I remember as a little boygrowing up in my daddy's church,
  • 00:20:02.584 --> 00:20:04.686
  • we used to sing this song,"There's gonna be a meeting
  • 00:20:04.720 --> 00:20:07.189
  • in the air in the sweet,sweet bye and bye."
  • 00:20:07.222 --> 00:20:09.658
  • You remember that?
  • 00:20:09.691 --> 00:20:10.993
  • Well, that's not justa good lyric for a good hymn.
  • 00:20:11.026 --> 00:20:13.061
  • That's the truthof the Word of God.
  • 00:20:13.095 --> 00:20:15.430
  • The Bible says that "we who arealive and remain shall be
  • 00:20:15.464 --> 00:20:18.267
  • caught up together with themin the clouds to meet the Lord
  • 00:20:18.300 --> 00:20:21.303
  • in the air.
  • 00:20:21.336 --> 00:20:22.638
  • And so we shall always bewith the Lord."
  • 00:20:22.671 --> 00:20:26.608
  • Ladies and gentlemen,that's our final place.
  • 00:20:26.642 --> 00:20:29.278
  • Our final place wherewe're gonna be forever and
  • 00:20:29.311 --> 00:20:31.380
  • ever with the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 00:20:31.413 --> 00:20:33.115
  • Now, I want you to notice thatthe passage doesn't end with
  • 00:20:33.148 --> 00:20:36.451
  • this chronological organizationof the Rapture.
  • 00:20:36.485 --> 00:20:40.956
  • The passage says thatthere's a purpose for us to know
  • 00:20:40.989 --> 00:20:43.992
  • this truth.
  • 00:20:44.026 --> 00:20:45.994
  • Verse 18 says:"Therefore comfort one another
  • 00:20:46.028 --> 00:20:51.199
  • with these words."
  • 00:20:51.233 --> 00:20:52.901
  • The word "comfort" isthe same word that is translated
  • 00:20:52.934 --> 00:20:55.304
  • elsewhere in the Bibleby the word "encouragement."
  • 00:20:55.337 --> 00:20:58.573
  • So we could read that textthis way:
  • 00:20:58.607 --> 00:21:00.509
  • "Therefore encourage one anotherwith these words."
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  • Because how many of you knowyou can't go through life
  • 00:21:05.781 --> 00:21:07.883
  • without hope.
  • 00:21:07.916 --> 00:21:09.217
  • You can't go through lifewithout faith.
  • 00:21:09.251 --> 00:21:10.919
  • If you don't believe Godhas a plan for your life,
  • 00:21:10.952 --> 00:21:12.988
  • you're gonna havea miserable life.
  • 00:21:13.021 --> 00:21:14.723
  • And it's not just think so,hope so, whomp up your faith.
  • 00:21:14.756 --> 00:21:17.693
  • The Bible says: "Faith isthe bedrock truth of life."
  • 00:21:17.726 --> 00:21:23.165
  • Hebrews 10 says:"The just live by faith."
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  • And I wanna tell you something.
  • 00:21:26.968 --> 00:21:28.937
  • The Rapture of the churchand the coming of Christ is
  • 00:21:28.970 --> 00:21:31.773
  • the most encouraging doctrineyou can ever preach to people
  • 00:21:31.807 --> 00:21:36.678
  • who are going through trouble.
  • 00:21:36.712 --> 00:21:38.413
  • You know, we're livingin some pretty difficult times
  • 00:21:38.447 --> 00:21:41.917
  • right now, are we not?
  • 00:21:41.950 --> 00:21:43.251
  • And people havingkinds of problems they
  • 00:21:43.285 --> 00:21:45.020
  • never had before in their life.
  • 00:21:45.053 --> 00:21:46.888
  • So in light of what Paulhas presented, here's
  • 00:21:46.922 --> 00:21:49.358
  • the question we need to ask.
  • 00:21:49.391 --> 00:21:51.727
  • How shall we live?
  • 00:21:51.760 --> 00:21:53.462
  • If we believe that Jesus iscoming back to take us to be
  • 00:21:53.495 --> 00:21:56.131
  • with him, how shall we live?
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  • Well, first of all, we should belooking for the Lord,
  • 00:21:57.899 --> 00:22:00.001
  • shouldn't we?
  • 00:22:00.035 --> 00:22:01.336
  • If we believe that,we should be looking for him.
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  • We should anticipate it.
  • 00:22:02.704 --> 00:22:04.005
  • When was the last time youeven thought about the fact
  • 00:22:04.039 --> 00:22:05.607
  • that Jesus was coming back?
  • 00:22:05.640 --> 00:22:07.609
  • The Bible says in Titus 2:13we're to be "looking for
  • 00:22:07.642 --> 00:22:10.212
  • the blessed hope and gloriousappearing of our great God
  • 00:22:10.245 --> 00:22:15.317
  • and Savior Jesus Christ."
  • 00:22:15.350 --> 00:22:17.619
  • Philippians 3:20 says:"For our citizenship
  • 00:22:17.652 --> 00:22:20.055
  • is in heaven,from which we also
  • 00:22:20.088 --> 00:22:23.692
  • eagerly wait for the Savior."
  • 00:22:23.725 --> 00:22:27.362
  • And 1 Thessalonians 1 says:"We wait for His Son
  • 00:22:27.396 --> 00:22:30.465
  • from heaven."
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  • Are we looking for Jesus?
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  • You know, one of the thingsthat helps you deal with life
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  • on earth is to rememberthat there's life elsewhere.
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  • It's life in heaven thatGod has provided,
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  • and keep your eyes on Jesus.
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  • Not only should we be lookingfor Jesus but the Scripture says
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  • we should be living for Jesus,shouldn't we?
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  • In fact, one of the interestingthings about prophecy is
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  • wherever you seea prophetic truth in the Bible,
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  • almost inevitably married to itis some practical admonition
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  • that has been given to usto tell us what to do.
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  • For instance,
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  • "For the grace of God thatbrings salvation has appeared
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  • to all men, teaching us that,denying ungodliness
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  • and worldly lusts,we should live soberly,
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  • righteously,and godly in this present age,
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  • looking for that blessed hopeand glorious appearing
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  • of the Lord Jesus Christ."
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  • Somebody said,"Well, if you believe Jesus
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  • is coming back you canjust live any way you want."
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  • No, you can't.
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  • If you really believe that Jesusis coming back, you don't wanna
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  • be ashamed at his Coming.
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  • The Bible teachesthat Jesus Christ is coming back
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  • for all those who have placedtheir faith in him.
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  • If you have not done that,you will be left behind.
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  • Today, you can get your nameon the list.
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  • You can say,"Lord Jesus, I want to receive
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  • you as my Savior.
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  • I don't wanna be left behind.
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  • I wanna go to heaven.
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  • When you come back for your own,I wanna be included
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  • in that number."
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  • You say, "Well,Pastor Jeremiah,
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  • that's a strange thingthat you say,
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  • that you need to trustJesus Christ
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  • so you can go to heaven."
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  • I'm not saying that.
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  • I'm just reporting to youwhat Jesus said.
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  • Do you remember what he said?
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  • He said, "I am the way,the truth, and the life.
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  • No man comes to the Fatherexcept through Me."
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  • Do you wanna go to heavenwhen you die?
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  • The only way you're gonna getthere is through Jesus Christ.
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  • There's not plan A, plan B,and plan C.
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  • There's only one plan;it's God's plan.
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  • And the Bible says Godhas a plan whereby you can go to
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  • heaven and spend eternity withhim forever and ever and ever,
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  • and you can execute that planright here, right now,
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  • right here in this place,
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  • and when the Rapture comes,you will hear the call,
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  • the voice of an archangel,
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  • the shout, and the trump of God.
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  • And you will be called upto be with him.
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  • announcer: Dr. Jeremiahwill return to close
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  • today's programright after this.
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  • announcer: And now,with one last word
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  • for today's program,here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Paul's purposein writing to the Thessalonians
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  • about the Rapture is expressedin his final words: "Comfort
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  • one another with this truth."
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  • So I have to ask you,were you comforted
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  • by this messageabout the Rapture?
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  • If you're a Christian,you should be assured
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  • about the future.
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  • But perhaps the idea of deathand Christ's return
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  • was a bit discomforting.
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  • If so, I hope you'll exchangediscomfort for comfort
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  • by putting your eternal trustin Jesus Christ
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  • as your Lord and Savior.
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  • announcer: Next timeon "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: There isa wonderful truth
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  • that God loves us andhe's able to save us and even
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  • in the midst of the stressof this world we can live
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  • a positive, Christ-honoring,productive life that
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  • will bring joy to our heartsand glory to his name.
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  • announcer: Join Dr. Jeremiahnext time for his message,
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  • "The 144.000 Rescued,"
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  • here on "Turning Point."
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  • ♪♪♪
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