APPLICATION LETTER 5
MostChristians believe in the future when all those who believe in Godthe will be taken to heaven. Rapture is the term used to describe theend times when those who profess the Christian faith will be unitedwith their maker. All the non-believers will not enter heaven, butwill instead face tribulations for the sins their sinful ways. Thosewho believe in rapture hold that Jesus will return to the earth, thusmarking a resurrection of the dead. Only the saved persons, whetherdead or alive, will go to heaven where they will join their savior.Rapture is fundamental in the modern Christian teachings, and mostdenominations subscribe to it. The paper focuses on the divineknowledge on rapture, as well as its application in understandingwhat Christianity implies.
Theconcept of rapture can be explained in theological terms.Theologically, the rapture theory states that the earth will beseparated from heaven. After the rupturing, there will be a period oftribulation, which will last for seven years. During this time, thoseinhabiting the earth will go through a lot of troubles. Thus,theology proposes that before the world comes to an end, the savedand unsaved persons will be separated. Theologians believe that thecoming of Christ will take place in two stages. In the first phase,Jesus will rapture the holy people from the world to enable escapefrom the tribulation that will affect those left on earth. Later,Christ will return and mete out his wrath on those who will haveremained on earth (LaHaye,Ice & Hindson, 2011).To theologians, the rapture can be classified as a period of harvestwhen Christ will take his own to live with him eternally. Thus,sinners will be punished while everlasting life will be a reward tothe holy.
Therapture describes the return of the Lord as described by Apostle Paulin 1 Thessalonians 4:17. In this book, the Bible says “Then wewhich are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them inthe clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be withthe Lord.” The Bible states that Christ will descend to the earthand people will know this through the sound of a trumpet. The firstevent will include the rising of the dead, after which the livingwill unite with them in the clouds as they meet the Lord. The rapturerepresents the second coming of the Lord (KingJames Bible, 2017).During the rapture, believers will be taken by their savior from theearth, and this will be considered as a way of delivering them fromthe evil. They will not be subjected to any judgment because they arethe children of Christ who have not sinned like the non-believers.
Anotherbiblical explanation of the rapture can be found in Titus 2:13 wherethe Bible says “waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of theglory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.” In this verse, theblessed hope refers to the reappearing of Jesus who will give hope tobelievers. Christians are hopeful that their Savior will come againand hold the belief that it is not in vain that they wait for Jesus(KingJames Bible, 2017).It is this hope that believers get the encouragement to endure whatthey go through because there is a promise of a better lifeafterward. Despite the suffering at present, those who are savedbelieve that there are good things ahead.
Rapturecan be applied in a person’s life to explain how one lives on adaily basis. From my point of view, the rapture is a theological termwhose meaning has influenced my daily life. Through rapture, I havecome to correct my ways and live a righteous life since I do not wantto be punished during the end times. Rapture has strengthened myfaith in Christ and made me realize the importance of livingaccording to His teachings. Since learned the term, my life haschanged positively (Crone, 2016). Moreover, I have come to believe inbiblical teachings and endeavor to follow them to the letter. I alsoview the harvest, which will take place during the rapture, as theend of the world. Believers will ascend to heaven to dance with theangels while sinners will be subjected to punishment by being burnedwith fire.
Rapturerelates to the last day when Christ will come to dispense judgmentand raise the dead. It is during the rapture that believers will begiven eternal life while the sinners will be left behind andexperience suffering. Theologians explain that rapture will takeplace in two phases. During the first phase, believers will beseparated from non-believers while the second stage will involvepunishing the sinners. Based on the Bible, the rapture can beconsidered as the second coming of Christ. At a personal level, thisconcept has enabled me to strengthen my faith in Christ.
Crone,B. (2016). Therapture: Don`t be deceived.UnitedStates: Get a Life! Ministries.
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LaHaye,T., Ice, T., & Hindson, E. E. (2011). Thepopular handbook on the Rapture.Eugene, Or: Harvest House Publishers.
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