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About the “great catching away” or rapture (article by Robert Ritchey, The Leader-Union, Jan. 20), the most important thing is to be ready.
In I Thessalonians 4:16, we read: “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trump of God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first.”
Verse 17 says: “Then we are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
This is not the second coming.
Jack Van Impe, on television, says to watch Israel. Israel became a nation in 1948. Then in 1967, there was a six-day war. The Bible says that when you see these things happen, that generation will not pass until all these things are fulfilled (Matthew 24:34). Many on television are saying that the “catching away” comes before the tribulation.
Then, on the Inspiration Network, Dave Cerela explained the parable of the 10 virgins (Matthew 25:1). Five were wise and five were foolish. The five wise ones had extra oil and went into the wedding feast. The five foolish ones didn’t go in. The oil is representative of the Holy Spirit. The Lord said to the five foolish virgins, “I never knew you.” The word “knew” means intimate.
About the great flood, only eight people saved their lives (Genesis 7). Were many people saved for heaven and drowned in the flood? Like in the tribulation?
The Bible says the end times will be like the days of Noah (Matthew 24:38). They were eating and drinking and marrying and giving in marriage until the flood came and took them all away.