To the Faithful Church: Keep Holding On!

Intro / Review:

Progress Report: Philadelphia. (Rev 3:7-13):

  1. The COMMENDATION: Your Faithfulness brings security. (Rev 3:8-10)
  2. RAPTURE 101

    What is the Rapture? - The rapture is the future event when Jesus Christ descends from heaven to gather his people, those who died and those living, to be caught up together to meet the Lord in the air, to receive their glorified bodies and be kept from the 7 year Tribulation on the earth.

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3 New Testament passages teach the Rapture:

John 14:1-4, 1 Cor 15:51-54, 1 Thes 4:13-5:11

  • The Rapture is NOT the "Second Coming".
  • When is the Rapture?
  • Why I Believe in a Pre-Tribulation Rapture:
  1. It's the most Straightfoward understanding of the biblical language.

    1 Thes 5:9 - For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ...

  2. We never see the Church in the tribulation in Revelation!
  3. Many of the common arguments against pre-trib rapture don't have Substance.
  1. The COMMAND. Hold on Securely. (Rev 3:11)
  2. The CALL. Security is for Eternity ! (Rev 3:12-13)

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Small Group Discussion
Read Revelation 3:7-13


  1. What is the Rapture? What reasons were given in the message for a “Pre-Tribulation” Rapture?

  2. How is the Rapture different from the Second Coming? Compare 1 Thes 4:16-17 and Rev 19:14.

  3. How are trials and hardships good for your faith? Be specific!?


Pray for one another!

2nd Advent

The King is Coming!

  1. What's Next on God's calendar?

    1. Revelation 2-3

    2. Revelation 3:10

      • The Return of Jesus Christ is Promised (Acts 1:11)

      • The Return of Jesus Christ is Imminent (Luke 12:40 | 1 Thessalonians 5:2 | Revelation 16:15)

  2. What happens when Jesus Returns? (1 Thessalonians 4:14-17)

    1. Jesus will come with the saints in heaven. (1 Thes 4:14-15)

    2. Jesus will gather His church. (1 Thes 4:16-17)
    3. John 14:2-3 | Philippians 3:20-21

    4. Jesus will judge the world. (Revelation 6-20)
  1. What do we Do with the truth that Christ is returning? (Matthew 24:36-49)

    1. Word to the Wise: Work and Watch! (Matt 24:46-47)

    2. Word to the Wicked: Be Warned! (Matt 24:48-50)
    3. Matthew 26:29 - I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
1 Thessalonians 4:14-17 and Matthew 24:36-49

  1.  From this message, what new information did you learn about the return of Christ?

  2. How often do you think about the return of Jesus Christ? How does knowing Christ will return affect you?

  3. What aspects of Christ's return do you believe every Christian should agree upon? Why? What aspects do you think we don’t need to agree on? Why?

  4. What Biblical evidence is there for the rapture to take place before the Tribulation? 

Breakout Questions:
Pray for one another.

Spoiler Alert! This is How It Ends! - Part 3


SPOILER ALERT! How to Apply End Times Teaching...

  1. Pay ATTENTION . (Mk 13:28-32)

  2. Stay AWAKE . (Mk 13:33-37)

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Mark 13:28-37

  1. What is the lesson of the fig tree (Mk 13:28-29)? What are the signs to be looking for?
  2. Do you expect the Rapture / Second Coming Events to happen in your lifetime? Why or why not? 

Breakout Questions:

Pray for one another to live in the expectation of the certain and imminent return of Jesus.