MBS039 The Rapture of the Church

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MBS039 THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH

The invisible or Universal Church is composed of all true believers, whereas the visible or Local Church can be composed of both believers and unbelievers. The eschatology of the invisible Church rightly belongs to the study of pretribulation events. The eschatology of the invisible Church includes five major factors: the Church will be raptured; the Church will be judged and rewarded; the Church will be married to the Messiah; the Church will co-reign with the Messiah in the Kingdom; and the Church will abide with the whole triune God in the eternal New Jerusalem.

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MBS039 THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH

By Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum

TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. THE DEFINITION OF THE INVISIBLE CHURCH

II. THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH

A. The Events of the Rapture

1. John 14:1–3

2. 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18

3. 1 Corinthians 15:50–58

B. The Timing of the Rapture

III. TWO EVENTS SUBSEQUENT TO THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH

A. The Judgment Seat of the Messiah

1. The Judgment

2. The Rewards

B. The Marriage of the Lamb

And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that ye be not troubled: for these things must needs come to pass; but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be famines and earthquakes in divers places. But all these things are the beginning of travail.

Matthew 24:6–8