REASON # 4 – Jesus Said He Would Come Again, And Take Us To A Prepared Place.
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:1-3 (KJV).
We have been examining the Scriptures to find reasons why we as Christians can and should believe in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church. Reason # 1 – Unfulfilled Promises to Israel. Reason # 2 – Historical/Scriptural Evidence of Previous Actual Raptures. Reason # 3 – The Presence of Scoffers Fulfills Scripture. We look now at Reason # 4, and that is, simply put, Jesus said He would come again. It is in the Scriptures above, “I will come again…”. He will come again.
NOTE, TO WHOM JESUS IS SPEAKING. In the final verses of chapter 13 Jesus is speaking to Peter, and the other disciples concerning Peter. The scene has not changed in the first three verses of chapter 14.
Jesus is clearly speaking to His disciples who are with Him. Since He is speaking only to His disciples this would surely mean that this promise is speaking of a day when He calls only His own to Himself, and all will know who are His.
THE DISCIPLES MUST BE VERY CLEARLY TROUBLED BY THE FORETOLD EVENTS WHICH ARE ABOUT TO HAPPEN. The words, “Let not your heart be troubled” most assuredly are spoken to His disciples. These words are still a comfort to the disciples of Jesus even to this day and ages to come. There is many a troubled heart among Christians today. There is no need for a worried heart or mind. Jesus has a place prepared for you.
Jesus assures the disciples that their belief in the Father is right, but to also be sure they believe in Him. God being the Father gives the disciples/followers of Jesus right to His house. Jesus as the Son is the way to the Fathers house. He went home to the Father to “prepare a place” for us.
Jesus does receive us to Himself when this body dies, but there is coming a day when He will come to join together the body and spirit of every soul that has died in Him, and take them and us to that place prepared by Him.
JESUS’S COMING, HAVING PREPARED A PLACE, WOULD ONLY BE AN ASSURANCE TO HIS DISCIPLES. It would only be a comfort to them if it was assurance of being kept from certain judgment.
We must notice that it is a “Prepared place”, not one quickly designed, or thrown together. The “Prepared place”, in the presence of Jesus, is a protected place. Jesus promised He would come again, and take us to that ‘Prepared place’
Disciples of Jesus are not looking for the antichrist or judgment. We are looking for the Upper Christ. The One and Only.
IN THESE WORDS OF COMFORT JESUS SAYS NOTHING TO THEM ABOUT BEING PUT THROUGH THE FIRE. It may be just conjecture on my part, but it would seem, that, if Jesus is going to assure them of His coming for them then, He would also warn them of the great trial which will come, if we are to go through the period known as the Tribulation. He does not – rather He comforts them with, “I will come again and receive you unto Myself…” He assures them and us that, “Where I am there ye may be also…”
Jesus is going to come in judgment (Rev. 19:11-20:15), but then, He will be with His saints [NOTE – 1 Thes. 4:14 and Rev. 19:14]. When did they get there? There is absolutely no question in my mind they have been with Jesus for seven years at the time of His coming in Glory. They “are the armies which were in heaven” and “Clothed in fine linen, white and clean”. (Rev. 19:14).
Remember the Rapture is when we will SEE JESUS, not trouble, trial, or test, or antichrist. Keep looking for Jesus; not Antichrist; not tribulation; look for and to Jesus. He has a place prepared for you.
Jesus said to the church of Philadelphia, “Because thou hast kept the word of My patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth”. Rev. 3:10 (KJV). JESUS SAID IT.