WORKSHOP ON THE RAPTURE Nį9
This teaching is the 9th part in a series of nine. Please read the other 8 parts.
To go back to the question of how to remain in the first love, I would say that we should watch and close all opened doors in our lives. When we are faced with a shock, it opens a door to satan in our lives. And when a door is opened, the enemy gets in and destroys us. These are some of the things that make us lose our first love: shock, discouragement. We must watch and close all the doors opened, fight discouragement so that the agents of satan do not exploit them to harm us and extinguish the flame in us. This brings us back to spiritual warfare.
6) Who is an overcomer?
Joshua 1:7 "Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go."
Brethren were abiding in prayer, breaking of bread, they were steadfast, the Lord commands us to be faithful.
Mark 14:38 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak."
The Lord sends us back to the nature of man, sometimes despite our good intentions we do not succeed, we must fight to be able to stand firm, because the way is not easy; hence the need for warfare. An overcomer is therefore he who fights constantly.
Ephesians 6:10-18: an overcomer must be persistent. Here we see the dimension of spiritual warfare that we need to lead every day.
Human nature is always opposed to the spiritual nature 2Tim 2:3-6 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. 5And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. 6The hard-working farmer must be first to partake of the crops.
An overcomer does everything to please him who enlisted him. Athletes suffer, go through difficulties and do all they can to achieve their ends. The farmer works with the notion of patience. He endures many difficulties to achieve his harvest. For example, sowing, weeding. And these are not easy things.
1Cor 9: An overcomer must run so as to win the prize. Here we note one aspect of the difficulty of a job to accomplish. And each work has its principles and rules. The athletes of the world do so to obtain an ephemeral glory; but we children God fight for an eternal glory. Verse 27 we see here that there is a daily job to be done.
Hebrews 12:1-4 "Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. 4You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin."
An overcomer must run with perseverance, work every day consistently in order to maintain himself. He must learn to suffer for the Lord without complaining. The message of Salvation is truly a message of perseverance, a complicated and difficult message. Difficulties on our way train us and give us knowledge.
2Tim 4:5-7 "But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. 6For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."
An overcomer must put himself in a condition to be able to endure hardship, resist, stand firm and persevere to the end.
Phil 3:12-14 "Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."
We must not define ourselves by our victories of yesterday or by our defeats of yesterday, forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
We must always look towards what is ahead, towards what we will do tomorrow. We must be persistent and vigilant so as not to fall into temptation.
1Cor 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Consistency is difficult; but we must better still try to move forward, abounding more and more. We must learn to be constant, always moving forward.
1Thess 4:1 "Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more."
Walking in victory and being an overcomer
John 14:30-31 "I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me. 31"But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do. Arise, let us go from here."
An overcomer is the one in whom satan has nothing, neither the pride of life, nor lust.
2Tim 4:7 "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."
When we persevere in the walk as overcomers we can consider ourselves overcomers.
An overcomer is the one who manifests the fruits of the Spirit: Galatians 5:22 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-controlÖ"
Revelation 2:4-5 An overcomer is the one who has found his first love.
Galatians 6:14 The Apostle Paul said: "But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world."
The world must be crucified to an overcomer as the overcomer to the world, an overcomer is the one in whom satan really has nothing.
1Peter 5:8 "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour."
Mat 11:12 "From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it." Everyone must be forceful to go to Heaven, and all have the ability to do so. So there is a price to pay for Salvation. Letís stand firm, because we only have few days left. Letís stand firm, so that the Lord would find us awake and fighting.
An overcomer is the one who waits for the Lord and who is really waiting for Him. When we wait for the Lord and we actually wait for Him, our eyes are fixed on things above, on things that are in the Kingdom of God. An overcomer is the one who knows that he is not of this world.
Heb 11:24-26 An overcomer is the one who has faith. "By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, 25choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, 26esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward."
An overcomer is the one who looks ahead to his reward. He is the one who sets his mind on things above. He is the one to whom the earth means nothing anymore, who like Paul, considers the things of this world, the glory of this world as rubbish.
Colossians 3:1-4 "If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory."
Phil 4:8 "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things."
An overcomer must have pure thoughts, thoughts filled with everything that is mentioned in this verse of Philippians. An overcomer is one who has found his first love and abides in it.
The Lord was victorious through His walk, His obedience, His death. As we are called to be imitators of Christ, we need to walk in His footsteps, put His word into practice. If we walk in the footsteps of Christ, we will be victorious.
An overcomer is one who is on the way to Heaven. Because many so-called Christians today are on the way to Hell. We must not give up in the fight, for the battle of a Christian is continuous and permanent. Rev. 2:7; 11; 17; 26; Rev. 3:5; 12; 21; Rev. 21:1-7
7) Can someone know with exactitude that he will be raptured? If yes, how?
Yes: 2Tim 4:7-8 "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day - and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing."
2Kings 2:9 "When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, "Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?" "Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit," Elisha replied."
Hebrews 11:5 "By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God."
If yes, how? If we abide in the first love, and live as overcomers. If we walk according to the word of God, by judging ourselves and by examining ourselves one can know if he is ready for the rapture or not.
8) The fact that God shows the Rapture to someone is that a proof that the person in question will be raptured?
When we studied the testimonies on Hell, some of us chose to carry out a small research on the Internet about the lives of these brothers and sisters who had visited Hell. They were a little bit surprised by what they saw and learned in the behaviour of these people who had visited Hell. Their ways of doing things did not confirm what they said. The brothers asked how could this be? It was thus said that the Lord to speak to His people uses anyone, and even anything. It goes the same with the case of the rapture. That is the reason why I told you that although the testimonies are in conformity with the word of God, it does not make such people persons who are already out of Hell. It is left for them to do all in order not to end up in the same place in the coming days. Similarly, some of those who had the privilege to see the rapture will not be raptured either.
God has not made visions or revelations a condition to enter Heaven. This was made clear in the teaching on discernment. The fact of manifesting gifts does not make the person a child of God or a great child of God. Almost all of those great leaders of groups of praise and worship that you see in assemblies today are of satan.
Whether visions, the rapture, gifts, or Hell, receiving something from the Lord does not mean that this thing is a guarantee for you. Even those who in their dream find themselves in Hell, should not be discouraged. Because it does not mean they will automatically go to Hell. If after that they pull themselves together, immediately change their lives, they would escape this Hell.
Eze 33:13-16 "When I say to the righteous that he shall surely live, but he trusts in his own righteousness and commits iniquity, none of his righteous works shall be remembered; but because of the iniquity that he has committed, he shall die. 14"Again, when I say to the wicked, 'You shall surely die,' if he turns from his sin and does what is lawful and right, 15"if the wicked restores the pledge, gives back what he has stolen, and walks in the statutes of life without committing iniquity, he shall surely live; he shall not die. 16"None of his sins which he has committed shall be remembered against him; he has done what is lawful and right; he shall surely live."
A child of God who is in a good position, and to whom the Lord has shown the rapture should remain in his position up to the end. This passage really summarises it all. If there are some who had dreams that they found themselves in Hell, this does not mean that their fate is sealed. Nothing is inherited, neither Heaven nor Hell. If the Lord shows you that you are in Hell, it means that your position is not clear, and that you should come out of it quickly. And he to whom the Lord shows Heaven is in a good position, but must remain in it.
9) Belonging to the sound doctrine is it a guarantee that we will be raptured?
Belonging to the sound doctrine is by no means a guarantee that we will be raptured, but being in the sound doctrine helps whoever is in to better prepare himself. We cited the case of Judas Iscariot, who was among the apostles; lotís wife, Luke 17:32, who washed the feet of God and was almost raptured. Belonging to the sound doctrine or being in an environment where the sound doctrine is being lived, is not a guarantee that we will be raptured. We also mentioned the case of the people of Israel who came out of Egypt, one could say that to come out of Egypt meant entering Canaan. They almost entered Canaan, but did not enter. The Lord is not coming to take a specific group, but overcomers.
In revelations the Lord says: To him who overcomes, the Lord is coming for overcomers, for he who overcomes. The Lord is coming for His Bride, a Bride who loves Him with all her heart. It is therefore essential that we return to our first love. As much as the call to salvation is individual, that is to say, believe and be baptized, working with fear and trembling for oneís salvation, so is the rapture.
Observing the parable of the 10 virgins, we see clearly that the oil in the lamps is an individual oil, an oil that is not shared. Therefore the rapture is a personal work. For those of us who believe to be in the sound doctrine, we still wonder if we will be raptured, what will become of those who are in the false doctrine? 1Peter 4:18 "And, If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?"
It is not in the false doctrine that we can prepare for the rapture. Being in the sound doctrine is an asset. If we are in the sound doctrine and make every effort to be of the sound doctrine, we will be raptured. In false doctrine, it is impossible to be raptured. If already in the sound doctrine, being raptured is difficult, it is not remaining in the false doctrine that being raptured will be easy. Letís fight and get to the end.
Everyone should examine to know at what level he is still not obeying the Lord, and starts to do so. It is left for everyone at his level to correct what is not yet in order in his life.
To be raptured you must desire the return of the Lord. If you are not able to say: Come Lord Jesus, and say it with all your heart, you would not be raptured. The Lord is coming to rapture those who are waiting for Him. And to say that we are waiting for the Lord is not just an empty word. When we say that we are waiting for the Lord, it is a life style, our heart speaks of it, our soul speaks of it, our mind speaks of it, it's all in us that say: come, Lord Jesus! And when we desire His return, we get prepared for it, when we are well prepared, we are not surprised to see Him come. It is really time to say, come Lord Jesus; and to say so, we need to be prepared.
Letís pray to the Lord to restore our first love, and letís fight all the demons and evil spirits sent from the world of darkness to steal our first love. Letís pray to keep our first love.
Grace be with you all who have Jesus Christ as Master!
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