The Rapture and Second Coming of Christ: How Ready Are We? – Pr George Dass

31 Dec 2013 by Jason Law CM –

 

As we bid farewell to the year 2013 today, and welcome in the Year 2014 tomorrow, many of us have aspirations and plans for the new year. For Christians, this is also the case, but ultimately, the greatest thing we look forward to is the Second Coming of Christ when He comes to redeem a fallen earth. Last Sunday, the 29th of December, Pastor George Dass, the Senior Associate Pastor of Kajang Assembly of God, shared an encouraging message about this topic. Kajang Assembly of God is one of the most prominent churches in Kajang, and often plays a leading and guiding role to the other churches in the town whenever there’s a combined meeting event like the Easter Prayer March for the town.

 

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Pr George Dass, Senior Associate Pastor of Kajang Assembly of God

 

Pr George started his message by giving the church some context about the End-Times event. The first thing that will happen when that time comes will be the Rapture of the Church, related through the text in Matthew 24:36-44. Pr George shared the insight that this is nothing new, and that it has happened before even in the Old Testament times. We find that God took up exceptionally holy people like Enoch (Genesis 5:24) and Elijah (2 Kings 2:1-18, focal point v11-12) to be with Him in Heaven.  The difference is that this time the whole Church of Christ is going to be ransomed through Jesus. The Rapture is God taking all born-again faithful Christians up to be with Him in Heaven.

 

John 14:1-3

King James Version (KJV)

14 "Let not your heart be troubled: ye 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 unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."

1 Corinthians 15:51-52

New International Version (NIV)

51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

New International Version (NIV)

16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 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.

 

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The Rapture will happen in a split second, can happen at anytime, and is to redeem the Church of Christ. Pr George shared that the Bible has already prophesied in 2 Peter 3 that there will be many scoffers and mockers in the world, but they have forgotten God’s divine intervention. God had already purged the world once through water, and He’s going to do it once more with fire. Many Christians have grown spiritually weary because of pressure and tiredness. And in the last days, there are many false gospels going around, evidenced by the proliferation of cults. As Christians, we are encouraged, in the same chapter of the Bible, to keep persevering. God’s timetable and timing is different from ours. He works all things in perfect timing.

 

2 Peter 3:8-10

New International Version (NIV)

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.

Romans 8:28

New International Version (NIV)

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Ecclesiastes 3:11

New International Version (NIV)

11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

 

Great Tribulation

 

After the Rapture, there is going to be a Great Tribulation. God, in His great mercy, has warned us of this. In the Great Tribulation, there is going to be a 7 years of unprecedented trouble (Daniel 12:1; Matt 24;12) for those who are left behind. The Book of Daniel also tells us about the Abomination of Desolation, and that AntiChrist will go into the Temple of Jerusalem and set up his image (Daniel 9:27, Matt 24:15; 2 Thess 2:3-4). The whole world will be under his oppression, and anyone without his mark of ownership (666) will be persecuted and not allowed to buy or sell necessities and goods. This is foretold by God, not as a threat, but as a warning to His people.

 

Revelation 13:16-18

New International Version (NIV)

16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.

18 This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.

 

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The Great Tribulation will come to an end through the Second Coming of Christ. This time, He is not coming as the Messiah, but in full glory as the King of kings and Lord of lords. He’ll destroy all the armies that belong to the devil and establish the Millennial Reign.

 

Revelation 19:16

New International Version (NIV)

16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:

king of kings and lord of lords.

 

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In the Millennial Reign, Jesus will reign for 1000 years on Earth. Satan, along with his armies, will be bound and cast into the bottomless pit or abyss for 1000 years. After the millennium, Satan and his followers will be released for a short time, then, thrown into the lake of fire. A New Heaven and a New Earth will be established as the final state of redeemed humanity. The present Heaven and Earth will melt away in fervent heat and pass away, and there’ll be no more sorrow, pain, grief, or guilt.

 

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The Rapture, Second Coming of Christ, and this whole sequence of events, is not meant to scare those who are already walking closely with Him, and should never be seen as such. It is a vision of the ultimate redemption God has for mankind. We only need to fear if we are stubborn and willfully live sinful lives or away from God. Pr George said that this topic wasn’t an easy one to share about but is so very important. The Rapture should be the blessed hope of every Christian. How much does it, and more importantly, our relationship with God, matter to us?

 

Pr George also shared about how we should prepare, and there will be a later write-up about it.  

 

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References for pictures

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