The Lord said: “Look, I will come soon.”
There were many rumours and movies that depict the year 2012 to be the year when the end of the world would happen. These rumours came from different sources. Some said the prophecy came from the Mayan Calendar, while most people relate the event “the end of the world” from the bible.
Christians believed that the end of the world signifies the return of the Lord Jesus, as promised in the bible. At the time of His return, the world will be destroyed and people who believed in the Lord will be raptured up to the heavens when he returns.
What exactly is the bible prophesying about? Will the people, who are prepared, really rapture into the air?
Understanding correctly what Rapture is
Thessalonians 4: 16-17 – 16
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.
Without proper understanding and knowledge of how the bible was written, most people would read the scripture and believe it in a literal manner. Thus, portraying the bible to be mysterious. However, in reality, the lack of understanding became a stumbling stone for most Christians as it led people thinking that faith is not real, resulting in a sense of disappointment and discouragement.
1 Corinthians 15: 50 – 54
“ I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.”
In 1 Corinthians 15: 50 – 54, it was recorded that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. Therefore, dismissing the theory that human being’s physical bodies could enter Heaven.
Acts 1: 8 – 11
“This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go to heaven.”
In the New Testament, the Lord rose to the Kingdom of heaven in the spiritual body. In the same way, He will come back in spirit at the Second Coming. The people who were waiting would receive the Lord and the Rapture in the spirit. Thus, the proper way of understanding the Rapture is the process in which the people who were waiting ascends in spirit to meet with the Lord in heaven.
However, many people have misunderstood this and thought that it is the body that rise up to the sky to rapture. However, the rapture that Apostle Paul has talked about is not referring to the rapture of the physical body. It is referring to the spirit that will go up to the Kingdom of heaven.
Because only spirits can become one with spirits, spirits of heaven cannot become one with the physical body. Hence, the body cannot go to the spiritual world – the Kingdom of heaven. Only the spirits who have completely changed will be able to receive the Second Coming
The Lord taught the Teacher: the body on earth has to listen to the Holy Son’s Words of the time period, and allow the mind, thoughts and soul to change. Also, the body has to take action according to the words, accumulate righteousness, and the spirit will change with the righteousness. You can receive the Second Coming of the Lord, only after knowing clearly through listening and learning the words of the new time period, take action and have changes in your soul and spirits This concept is the same as this:
When we eat fruits and other kinds of food, our bodies will absorb the nutrients and grow flesh and bones. In the same way, the spirit absorbs the righteousness that is gained by the body and changes after receiving the body’s thoughts, heart and mind. When the Lord comes, the spirits that have changed in this way will rapture and enter the Kingdom of Heaven. The body has to listen and take action on the words of the Lord, change all imperfections completely and polish oneself perfectly. Then, the spirit will absorb all the thoughts and actions of the body. Only spirits who have changed completely in this way can walk together with the Lord, become one with the Lord’s love and truth, live happily in heaven in spirit with their physical bodies on earth.