A Season of Hope…Hope is an Event (2)

1 Thess. 4:13                                                                                      October 7, 2018

Pastor Todd Harker

Scripture Emphasis:

1 Thess 4:17 “After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever”

The Church’s great Hope has two aspects during one great event.  This event is still future and can happen at any time.  For believers who have died it is the resurrection of their bodies to be reunited with their souls.  For believers who are still alive it will be the greatest flight ever taken.  Both events take place at the Rapture.

The Bible uses “caught up”, “take by force”, “catch away” and “to pluck”

The GK word is harpazo (13x’s)                                The Latin word is “Rapio”

Our English word is rapture

Our Great Hope is…

  1. A _______________ event – Acts 8:39; 1 Cor. 15:50
  1. A _______________ event – John 6:15; 10:27-29
  1. A _______________ event – 2 Cor. 12:1-4
  1. A _________________ event – Acts 23:10; 1 Thess. 1:10; 5:9
  1. A ___________________ event – “in Christ” – 1 Thess. 4:13

“comfort one another with these words”