Rapture of the Church
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Part 3: Lord Jesus Promises to Rapture His People

  • Chapter 13 of the book of John describes "the Last Supper"
  • The Last Supper was the occasion when Jesus and His disciples celebrated the Passover.
  • This Supper took place the day before the Lord's crucifixion.

Jesus announces His departure

  • When the Passover meal was finished, Judas departed to betray Jesus.
  • After Judas was gone, Jesus told the remaining 11 disciples that He soon would leave them.
  • The disciples correctly understood the Lord's announcement to mean that He soon would die.
  So, when he (Judas) had gone out, Jesus said ... "Little children, I shall be with you (only) a little while longer..."

Simon Peter said to Him, "Lord, where are You going?"

Jesus answered him, "Where I am going you cannot follow Me now, but you shall follow Me afterward."
John 13.31a, 13.33a, 13.36
  • The Lord's announcement greatly distressed His disciples.
  • Peter's reaction (quoted alongside) is an example.
  Peter said to Him, "Lord, why can I not follow You now? I will lay down my life for Your sake."
John 13.37

Jesus promises to return and Rapture His people

  • Jesus quickly assured His disciples that His death should not cause them to despair and lose hope.
  • Specifically, Jesus promised that He would return and receive His people (Rapture them!), to be with Him.
  • The Lord's promise was not spoken only for the benefit of His disciples.
  • No, the Lord's promise was recorded in God's Bible so that it can be read and claimed by ALL believers in Christ -- past, present and future.
  • Know this for a certainty -- if you are a Christian, Jesus has solemnly promised to return for YOU; to rapture YOU; so that where He is, there YOU may be also!
  (Jesus said...) Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. John 14.1-3

The Lord prays for the Rapture

  • Just hours before His crucifixion, Lord Jesus prayed for His people, as recorded in John chapter 17.
  • In this prayer, Jesus specifically requested that His people would be with Him.
  • This was the Lord's Prayer for the Rapture of the church.
  • In this prayer, Jesus obeyed the Father's command as to EXACTLY what He should speak.
  • Thus we have God's own unbreakable word that the Rapture of the Church is the absolute will of God. It CANNOT fail.
  (Jesus prayed...) Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
John 17.24

(Jesus said...) For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.
John 12.49-50

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