Thank you for your insight and study and the willingness to share your time with us. I have a concern/question: I have read your studies on the Rapture and how to be ready when He comes. I believe what you present, but struggle with the teaching of others that say you have to have faith to be taken in the Rapture, just as you have to have faith to be saved, healed, etc. How do I reconcile the two points of view?
The faith that saved you was a gift from God. At that moment the Holy Spirit was sealed inside you as a deposit guaranteeing your inheritance (Ephes. 1:13-14). A part of your inheritance is inclusion in the Rapture. There isn’t a single verse in the New Testament that says some born again Christians will be left behind. It doesn’t matter when you believe it will happen, or even if you believe it will happen, if you are a born again believer and alive at the time you’ll go with the Church in the Rapture.
Speaking of that time, Paul said, “After that we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air” (1 Thes. 4:17). He didn’t say “some of us” or “we who are deserving” or “we who have faith” he said we who are alive.