THE BLESSED HOPE

THE BLESSED HOPE

THE BLESSED HOPE

TEXT:              TITUS 2:11-15

  1. The understanding that our saviour will soon return to take the church, his bride, out of this world to be with him forever, is the blessed or joyful hope of all the redeemed Titus 2:13
    1. The blessed hope is known by modern Christians as the rapture or the catching away of the believers.
    2. So when you talk about the blessed hope, you are talking about the rapture, and when you talk about the rapture, you are talking about the blessed or joyful hope of the believers.
    3. Those who translated the Greek New Testament into Latin in 4th century used the word “rapture” to describe “snatch up” found in the Greek New Testament.
    4. Most theologians agree that “rapture” is a better translation than “snatch up” or “caught away”, because it suggests a joyous exaltation –which is not the case when a person is suddenly snatched away by a kidnapper.
    5. Having said that, I will be using more of the word rapture than the blessed hope, but don’t forget that they are saying the same thing.
  2. For God to rapture people to heaven is not new in Biblical history.
    1. It has already occurred 3 times.
    2. The first and most remarkable incident involved Enoch
    3. Enoch was so righteous in his lifestyle that he walked with God 300 years, and the bible added that he was not, for God took him Gen.5:18-24.
    4. Obviously, he was translated into the presence of God.
    5. Elijah the prophet, was also translated by God directly from this earth into heaven, as well as our lord Jesus Christ after he rose from the dead. ll Kings 2:11;

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