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The idea of the rapture comes from several scriptural references but the one that is the closest to the idea of har-pad’-zo is found in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 “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 (har-pad’-zo) together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage each other with these words.”
The most popular perspective on this subject of being “caught-up” is the one that addresses a major end-time event when Jesus raptures His bride to be with him forever. However, don’t you think it would be better to be in love before you are married? I have maintained for some time that the church – the bride of Christ – is much more taken-up with her salvation than she is with her Savior. And there is some faint hints in the scripture that you need to be caught-up with Him before you will be caught-up by Him. I mean some of this just makes common sense. How many of you men would want a bride that isn’t that interested in you? How many of you men would want a bride that is merely interested in your wealth, merely interested in getting married? In many ways that is how Christ’s bride is today. We are not as “caught-up” with Him as we are with going to heaven.
I want to answer four questions: What does it mean to be “caught-up?” How do we become “caught-up?” Why is it important to be “caught-up?” and What then happens to those who are “caught-up?”
What does it Mean to Be “Caught-Up?”
I’m going to try to blend the two uses of this term to explain what it means to be “caught-up.” Before a person can be caught-up into paradise he needs to be “caught-up” in his heart with the one he loves. I’m talking about the issue of being “caught-up” in the heart. Genesis 5:23-24 “Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.”
To be “caught-up” means you no longer have an existence. This could be applied both figuratively and literally. If we are talking about the actual rapture of the church – once you are raptured you no longer have an existence here on earth. If we are talking about a condition of the heart the same could be said. In order to be “caught-up” in your heart with someone else you no longer have an existence because you have given them your heart.
We could look at this verse two ways. Enoch walked with God and God took him, subsequently he was no more. Or we could look at it this way. The only way for Enoch to walk with God for over 300 years is because he was “caught-up” with Him. Subsequently, because he was “caught-up” with Him, he was “caught-up” by him. Enoch was not. Enoch gave up his existence in order to walk closely with his God. If we walk at a distance from him – it’s because we are. We won’t give up our existence. We love our life, we love our reputation, we love our status.
Medication: A Merry Heart
Sometimes women are overly suspicious of their husbands.
When Adam stayed out very late for a few nights, Eve became upset. “You’re running around with other women,” she charged.
“You’re being unreasonable,” Adam responded. “You’re the only woman on earth.”
The quarrel continued until Adam fell asleep, only to be awakened by someone poking him in the chest. It was Eve. “What do you think you’re doing?” Adam demanded.
“Counting your ribs,” said Eve.
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Verse of the Week: Mark 16:15
Today’s readings: 1 Samuel 9 – 12