Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Why the Grave Could Not Hold Jesus

Acts 2:24, "Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden (held) of it."

God says it was impossible death could hold Him! It was impossible for God to leave His Son in the tomb. 


1. His Divine person- He was sinless. Therefore death had no victory over Him. “The wages of sin is death.” Jesus died because he was made sin for us. He paid the price and discharged the debt. So it was impossible to be held by death.

2. His Divine power- Death could not hold him because he was the resurrection and the life.

3. His Divine promise- Death could not hold him because Jesus said, "Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up."

4. His Divine purpose- God intended we be with him in heaven. To do that Christ had to come out of the grave.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016


There are many passages in the NT that teach the rapture of the church before the seven year tribulation to come on the earth, but none any clearer than Rev. 3:10

Here we have the seven churches that were actual historical churches, they were contemporary of characteristics of churches today, and they are prophetic of the stages in the present church age beginning with the post-apostolic church till the raptured church of Philadelphia and the apostate church of Laodicea.

Note several reasons Rev. 3:10 is speaking of the rapture of the faithful church leaving the apostate church behind.

vs. 10-11: These verses clearly teach the pre-tribulation rapture.

1. The Philadelphia is the true church raptured [v. 10a].

2.  “From” is used and not “in” or “through.”

3. "Hour of temptation or trial" Speaks not of 60 minutes but a time period- the 7 year tribulation (Dan. 9:24-27; Rev. 6-19).

4. "Shall come" means it's yet future

5. "All the world" means the whole world not a section

6. "Dwell upon the earth [Earth dwellers]" Used several times in Rev 6-19 of those unbelievers left behind after the rapture.

7. This is the first mention of the rapture in Revelation [v. 11].

8. "I come quickly" means suddenly not soon. The imminent return to take His church out of the hour of trial (2 Thess. 2:1).