“Immediately After The Rapture – The SAVED”
INTRODUCTION: Read 1 Corinthians 15:50-53
1 Cor 15:50-53
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
Christians, one day, a great event is going to take place … and that event is the RAPTURE of the Church… (Amen)
This is when Jesus Christ will take His Church … His Bride … all the saved … back home to be with Him forever and ever… And folks it could happen at any moment… (Amen)
Everything has been fulfilled … and nothing stands in His way… Make no mistake about it the Rapture is the next great event on God’s prophetic calendar…
One day, the last person to be saved before the Rapture … will be saved… And His Body… His bride will be complete…
Did you ever think what it will be like … for us … the Christians … when Jesus finally comes in the Rapture?
• MAYBE … you will be in Church … Sunday School, Sunday morning, Evening, or Wednesday night…
• MAYBE … you will WISH you had been in Church! (Amen)
• MAYBE … you will be asleep … hopefully not … asleep in church!
• MAYBE … you will be watching TV … or driving down the highway…
Where ever you are and what ever your doing INSTANTLY … you will be gone!
Your clothes will be left behind… Your lost friends and lost family members will be left behind…
And in the twinkling of an eye, you will be CHANGED…
The Bible tells us what it will be like … for the Christian … immediately after the Rapture… Don’t you want to know? You’ll find out during the next 30 minutes or so.
Turn to Revelation 1:19… The Book of Revelation is divided up into 3 SECTIONS…
19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;
1.- That Which He Had Seen (1:9-18)… John heard a voice, turned around, and saw Christ in the middle of 7 golden lamp stands…
2.- That Which Are (Chapters 2-3)… Here, John is given a message from Jesus for the 7 churches in Asia… These churches represent the Church Age… AND … we see the same characteristics in the church even today…
3.- That Which Should Be Hereafter (Chapters 4-end of the book).
Turn to Revelation 4:1… Here, John sees, in his vision, the Rapture of the Church…
4 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
What’s the FIRST THING you will notice when the Rapture takes place? The Bible says that you will hear a voice, like a trumpet, saying “Come up hither”.
NOW, I don’t think Jesus will speak King James English… Because if He did, those in other countries wouldn’t be able to understand what He is saying…
But church of this I’m sure, every one who is saved, will clearly understand what He’s saying… (Amen)
Those of us in the South will probably hear “Y’all come!”
Now church, exactly what a “voice of a trumpet” sound like? I don’t have a clue … BUT … I’m sure it will be a voice like you’ve never heard before… It will be distinctive… And you’ll know it when you hear it… (Amen)
The Bible mentions this several times…
1 Thess 4:16
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
1 Cor 15:52
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
I believe instead of looking for SIGNS … maybe we should be listening for SOUNDS … AMEN?
In chapter 4 verse 1 we see that the door to Heaven will be opened…
Jesus said, in John 10:9,
9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved…
Listen, when you put your faith and trust in Jesus to save you, Jesus put you on the launching pad… And you will go through this open door like a guided missile… (Amen)
So what did John see next? ANSWER: The same thing YOU will see when you enter that door of Heaven…
2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
Listen church, John wasn’t concerned about where Cain got his wife … OR … what Paul’s thorn in the flesh was … OR … who wrote the book of Hebrews… (Amen)
All his attention was drawn toward the Throne in Heaven … AND … the One who sat on the Throne…
See church, THIS will be the center of attraction in Heaven… THIS will be our focal point… THIS will be our desire for eternity … the THRONE in Heaven… WHO was on that Throne?
3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
Now John couldn’t distinguish any form of a PERSON on the Throne … ONLY … a brilliance and brightness of God’s majesty… WHY? BECAUSE … God is a SPIRIT…
HOWEVER … He does see some people around God’s Throne…
4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
John sees 24 thrones sitting around God’s Throne… And on these 24 thrones, he sees 24 elders…
WHO ARE THESE 24 ELDERS? Listen, they represent the CHURCH … they represent YOU & ME … CHRISTIANS who have been Raptured...
Now remember, John’s vision occurred in 96 AD… Folks we weren’t there yet… SO … he sees these 24 elders representing US…
They represent all those who were saved from Pentecost to the Rapture…
The Church is a “priesthood of believers”. 1 Peter 2:9 - “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation …”
Ok so WHY 24?
In Old Testament times, the Levitical Priesthood was divided up into 24 courses with 24 leaders over them (1 Chron. 24:4)… As a “Royal Priesthood”, we are seen here as 24 Elders sitting on 24 thrones…
SO … when the Rapture takes place … we will immediately be sitting around God’s Throne in Heaven … clothed in white… We will have crowns of gold on our heads … our rewards for faithful service. AND … we will all just be sitting there … staring at each other … bored to death … RIGHT? WRONG!
You know some people are actually concerned that Heaven will be a boring place … nothing to do … nothing but endless sermons and Bible studies!
I don’t know exactly what Heaven will be like (there’s no way I could even comprehend it now) … BUT … I do know this:
• It will be perfect.
• We will be perfectly satisfied!
LISTEN to how David describes Heaven in Psalm 16:11 – “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
Now think of the best vacation you have ever had… Think of the greatest thrill you have ever experienced… Think of the best thing that has ever happened to you...
All of that will be NOTHING compared to the joy and pleasure of Heaven.
Now do you still think Heaven will be boring?
5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
Listen church, a dramatic scene will take place in Heaven, just moments after you arrive … never a dull moment… (Amen)
And these aren’t “special effects” from a Stephen Speilburg movie. This is REAL! (Amen)
Listen church, Judgment is about to break forth on earth, like a storm from Heaven… AND … you will have a front-row seat.
6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
John sees … AND … YOU will see … 4 “living creatures” like you’ve never seen before…
They were specially created by God for a specific and singular ministry … to praise God continually… John describes them for you.
• 1 is like a LION … a wild best.
• 1 is like an OX … a calf … a domesticated animal.
• 1 is like an EAGLE … a flying animal.
• 1 is like a MAN … the head of creation.
These 4 creatures have eyes in the front, and eyes in the back of their heads. They must be MOTHERS! (4:6b) Each one had 6 wings. These are creatures like you’ve never seen here on earth… John saw them around the Throne … AND … you will see them too!
9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,
10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
WHAT WILL BE THE CHIEF ACTIVITY OF HEAVEN? Worship! SINCE … that’s not our chief desire here on earth … it seems a little strange for us now to think that that’s all we’ll want to do in Heaven. BUT … remember folks … we will be CHANGED! And WORSHIP will be our 1 desire…
Have you ever been in a worship service when you’ve been so overwhelmed in the Spirit that you could hardly contain it? When you got “goose bumps”?
When you’ve gotten so “spiritually high” that you start rising out of your pew, and they’ve had to scrape you off the ceiling?
Listen church, have you ever gotten your feet on higher ground, and didn’t want to come down?
If not, you’ve missed a blessing… and it’s just a TASTE of Heaven…
If you’ve never experienced that here I promise you one thing … you’ll experience it in Heaven…
Because there will be no carnality to hold you back … no worldliness to hold onto … no guilt or sin to spoil your worship…
What a fantastic time that will be! It will be a time when you can shout “Amen” and “Hallelujah”, without people looking at you like you’re crazy! Amen?
NOW … let’s come back to the scene in Heaven … what we’ll see right after the Rapture…
We will be sitting around God’s Throne, praising and worshipping Jesus … THEN …
5 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.
2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?
WHAT’S WRITTEN ON THIS SCROLL? Listen church it’s the TITLE-DEED to this earth… The earth was LEASED to Adam. Genesis 1:28 – all turn.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Adam was given dominion over the earth but he lost it to Satan, when he sinned in the Garden of Eden…
Through Adams sin he sub-leased the earth to the Devil…
Instead of Adam having dominion over the earth, the earth had dominion over him…
Genesis 3:17-19 – all turn…
17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
Satan is called the “Prince of this world” 3 times in the book of John… He’s not the “King” … he’s the “Prince”, because Satan got the lease from Adam…
One day, when Satan’s lease runs out, Christ will take over this earth, and set up the Kingdom that He promised the Jews… Church Heaven is getting ready for this to happen … AND … you will have a front-row seat to it … right after the Rapture.
WHO IS WORTHY TO OPEN UP THE SCROLL?
• Not ADAM … he was the 1st man … BUT … also the 1st sinner.
• Not MOSES … he was a lawgiver … BUT … also a law-breaker.
• Not DAVID … he was a man after God’s own heart … BUT … he broke God’s heart.
Is the world to be ruled forever by Satan … by sin and the forces of darkness?
3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.
4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
IS THERE NO HOPE FOR THE EARTH? John wept … because there was none found to deliver this earth from the curse of sin…
5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
I’ve often wondered who this “elder” will be! Whoever he is, he has it right! ONLY JESUS has the right and title to this earth… He CREATED it… (Amen)
NOTICE how Jesus is described here … a “Lion” … the Lion is the king of the beasts…
Now you’re going to expect to see a massive lion, with strong jaws & fierce teeth, come and take the title-deed to this earth away from Satan…
All eyes will be focused on the entrance of a charging lion… And what will you see?
6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
You’ll see a LAMB! BUT … But Listen church, it’s a Lamb like you’ve never seen before… Remember there’s never a dull moment in Heaven!
• 7 HORNS … representing the OMNIPOTENCE of Jesus.
• 7 EYES … representing the OMNISCIENCE of Jesus.
• 7 SPIRITS … representing the OMNIPRESENCE of Jesus.
7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.
8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.
So when Jesus takes the title-deed to this earth… WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR REACTION WILL BE?
Let me tell you, you’ll fall down and you will truly worship Him! PERHAPS … a new experience for some of us!
If your Christian life has been one of hit-and-miss (mostly “miss”) … one of inconsistent Christian living … one of half-hearted devotion … this may be a new experience for you.
“harp” – We won’t be angels … BUT we will have HARPS. AND … I suppose, we’ll know how to play them!
MAYBE how LOUD you play it, will be in proportion to how LOUD you played the music of praise to God on earth…
“vials” = BOWLS. How BIG will your PRAYER-BOWL be? MAYBE … in proportion to your prayer-life here on earth… For some a thimble?
9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
According to this you’ll be able to SING … right after the Rapture!
WHAT WILL YOU SING? “Worthy Is The Lamb” There’s no words to any song greater than these words…
11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
You will be waiting for the Heavenly choir of angels to sing… But you know what church it doesn’t say that they “sing”…
This is OUR SONG … the song of the redeemed … the song of redemption…
Angels have never been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. They have no right to SING this song … only to be a witness of it.
13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.
AMEN! What a blessed time that’s going to be … 1 twinkle of an eye after the Rapture!
Let me ask you something. Are you READY? Are you LOOKING for His coming? Are you LISTENING for His return?
What are we to be LISTENING for? A TRUMPET? But church if you spend all your time listening for a trumpet, you won’t accomplish anything for the Lord…
Instead, we need to be LISTENING to His voice right now … while we wait… We need to be in His Word … LISTENING to Jesus … living in His will … obeying His Word.
Will Heaven be a boring place? Not on your life!
Will you be taken up in the Rapture? OR … will you be left behind?
Do you know where you’ll be 5 seconds after the Rapture? Jesus is coming. It may be soon. It will be quickly. Be ready.