Captured By Grace: Let’s Talk

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For the Lord himself, with a word of command, with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God, will come down from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Thus we shall always be with the Lord. (1 Th 4:16-17)

THE CONFUSION …

So what’s going on with the rapture? Some people say that Jesus is coming back, but He won’t come back all the way. He’ll stop somewhere in the sky, shout to the world, and all believers (dead in the flesh and still alive) will fly away. Then He’ll turn around and go back to heaven, taking all the chosen ones with Him.

There are people who say that the rapture, as it is often called, takes place just before a seven year period of tribulation … unless of course, according to others, it actually happens in the middle of that seven year period … though still others say it will take place at the end of that seven year tribulation.

Whew! It’s confusing! And worse yet, they’re all saying they get their information directly from the Bible under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. If they are to be believed, then the Holy Spirit is telling a bunch of different stories to a lot of different people. And that should lead the rest of us to ask, “Why in the world would the Holy Spirit cause so much confusion?”

THE CHURCH AND THE TRUTH …

Well, maybe it’s not the Holy Spirit who’s causing the confusion. Perhaps the confusion is manmade — or worse. Maybe it’s diabolical. If you want to understand the rapture, go directly to the the Church in the Book of Acts. Yes, it’s still around. It’s the Church Jesus started and promised to protect until He returns at the end of time. And it’s the same Church that the Apostle St. Paul called the pillar and the foundation of truth (1 Tm 3:15).

Ask His Church what the real deal on the rapture is. The Church Jesus started has the answer, and it’s not confused.

LOOKING FORWARD …

We did just that. We will be sharing what the Church teaches about the second coming of Christ in the story, we are now writing. We call “Captured By Grace.”

We’ll introduce it by telling you that, although the word “rapture” never appears in Scripture, the concept is clearly portrayed in the Bible. In that respect, the rapture is very much like the “trinity” and “purgatory”, neither of which appears by name in the Bible, but both of which are described and discussed numerous times.

The rapture is for real — but it is likely to happen very differently from how many people are portraying it today. Let’s get ready to talk …

CATHOLIC COOL …

The Catholic Church of the Book of Acts. We’ve been following the teachings of Jesus for 2,000 years, and it’s cool to be part of this amazing story. Being Catholic is Catholic Cool!

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