Qualifications Required for The Rapture

The video I produced identified fifteen 'qualifications' needed for Christians to be 'raptured' so as to be with Christ. Although more qualifications could be added, it is better to reflect upon why God's requirement for entry into heaven appears to be so strict.

Firstly, Christians must appreciate that 'heaven' is a "holy" place and it is the place where God resides.

"But as he which hath called you is holy, so BE YE HOLY in all manner of conversation [or lifestyle]; 16 Because it is written, BE YE HOLY; for I am holy." (1 Peter 1:16) [because without holiness being evident] "...no [Christian] man shall see the Lord" (Heb 12:14)

Heaven has rules that govern the operation of its peaceful and orderly society, therefore no human would be allowed to enter into it who could in any way defile or upset the peace of God's kingdom. Attaining "holiness" during life on earth is a fundamental pre-requisite for entering heaven at the Rapture.

"Search the scriptures; for in them ye THINK [or imagine] ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me [Jesus]. 40 And ye will not come to me, that ye MIGHT have [eternal] life." (John 5:39-40)

A very long time ago, Lucifer (the anointed archangel - Ezek 28:14) rebelled against God, which infuriated Him so much that He cast him and his rebel angels to the earth in the same manner as lightning strikes the earth:

"And he [Jesus]said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven." (Luke 10:16)

Scripture records that Satan overcame Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (Gen 3:1-19) and robbed them of spending eternal life with God; however since then, Satan has been the defacto (spiritual) ruler of this planet which Christ has not refuted [Matt 4:8-9]. This situation means that every person born into this world is being born into Satan's kingdom and so needs a 'savior' to avoid becoming a victim of Satan's often relentless attacks of lies, deceptions, intimidations, rejection, thefts and sometimes murders inflicted upon them throughout one's lifetime.

"Ye ['religious' people] are of your father the devil, and the LUSTS of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a LIAR, and the father of it. 45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not." (John 8:44-45)

"Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground; 7 Yet man is born unto trouble [throughout his lifetime in the same manner] as the sparks fly upward [from a blacksmith's anvil]." (Job 5:6)

What this means is that everyone born on earth has inherited Adam and Eve's sinful nature that Satan knows how to tempt to commit acts of sin that offend God:

"And when the tempter [Satan] came to him [Jesus], he said, IF [using doubt as the weapon] thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread." (Matt 4:3)

"For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I [Paul] sent to know your faith, lest by some means THE TEMPTER have tempted you [and you have been overcome by him as Adam and Eve were], and our labour be in vain." (1 Thes 3:4)

The point here is that the intent of the True Gospel message should be to warn people about the following facts and encourage them to learn how to overcome Satan's lies and deceptions; and in doing so, prove to God and others that such a believer in Christ is an "overcomer of Satan's temptations" – just as Jesus overcame Satan's temptations using God's words to do so:

"To HIM THAT OVERCOMETH [Satan's deceptions and lies] will I grant to sit with me in my throne, EVEN AS I  [Jesus] ALSO OVERCAME [Satan's deceptions and lies], and am set down with my Father in his throne. 22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches." (Rev 3:21-22)

The ONLY WAY to overcome Satan and his deceptions is to read, study and apply what the Bible says to do. It is through this process that God the Father can then teach His child those things that He requires each of us to learn (John 6:45) so that we too can be an "overcomer" just as Jesus was an overcomer.

There are certain times in our lives where God allows His children on earth to be 'tempted and tested' by Satan (1 Peter 4:12-13) in a similar manner that Jesus was tested (Luke 4:1-13). Such trials allow God's child to 'grow' in spiritual maturity from being a "babe in Christ" (Heb 5:12-14) into becoming a "strong young man" (1 John 2:13-14) who is eventually able to wage war on Satan's kingdom as a "good soldier of Jesus Christ" (2 Tim 2:3-4).

"Finally, my brethren, be STRONG in the Lord, and in THE POWER of his might. 11 Put on the WHOLE ARMOUR of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil [Satan]. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." (Eph 6:10-12)

None of the above can be achieved if a Christian wants to remain in his unconverted, sinful state – with behavior that is offensive towards God because he or she has succumbed to Satan's lies and temptations. God demands that a spiritual transformation MUST take place in each Christian's life, where a NEW lifestyle change from sinfulness to sinlessness is clearly evident.

To achieve this requirement means every "child" of His MUST become "born-again" – meaning, removed OUT of this world and INTO God's world (spiritually speaking):

"Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, HE CANNOT SEE THE KINGDOM OF GOD. 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, HE CANNOT ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born [again] of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN. 8 The wind [or spirit of God's child] bloweth where it listeth [or to where God sends it], and thou [other Christians] hearest the sound thereof [from the questions God's child asks], but canst not tell whence it cometh [how such ba person entered into the congregation], and whither it goeth [after being forced to leave by being 'persecuted' as Jesus was - John 15:20]: so is EVERY ONE that is born [again] of the Spirit." (John 3:3-8)

Christians must therefore become spiritually-minded through the 'new birth' to progress in their spiritual journey on the earth towards their heavenly home. Although it is expected that the end of this journey eventually leads to eternal life with Christ, it is Satan's desire that God's people take a few wrong turns along the way:

"For they [mostly 'religious' Christians] that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they [Bible-believing Christians] that are after the Spirit [mind] the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is [eternal] death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity [or an enemy] against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his." (Rom 8:5-9)

Summarizing, if a person has heard the True Gospel message that warns about the following points and he or she applies these principles to the rremainder of their life on earth, then such a person has a good chance of being qualified to be in the Rapture:


  1. Stop committing sinful acts, as this represents rebellion towards our Creator (1 John 3:4-6)
     
  2. As all sinners who die in their sins are destined to spend eternity in a fiery Hell with their leader – Satan (Rev 21:7-8; Rev 20:10); in contrast to this, God's people MUST demonstrate that they have overcome all of Satan's temptations that are aimed to offend God (Rev 2:11) and that bring Christ's name into disrepute (Heb 10:29).
     
  3. Everyone born on earth needs to accept Christ as Savior in which to save him or her from the fate of spending eternity in Hell. In this, no person is able to make an atonement to God using their own 'works' in which to atone for his or her own sins (Psalm 49:7-8).  Jesus Christ is the ONLY WAY to God (John 14:6).
     
  4. God Himself has paid a ransom for us by sending His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to the earth in the form of human flesh as a carpenter to live His life as we live life; to be tempted to sin as we are but He did not succumb. He was falsely accused of things that He didn't say or do – and He died a very cruel death as an innocent man. It is the blood that He poured out at the foot of Calvary's cross that makes the required atonement to God for our sins (Heb 9:22) as being the Lamb of God (John 1:29). If anyone can accept these truths as representing "salvation by faith" (Rom 3:27-28), such a person are on their way to being 'qualified' to enter the Rapture.
     
  5. Once an unsaved person has accepted these basic principles of the True Gospel's message and accepts Christ as the 'Savior of their soul', he or she then needs to confess any sinful acts they have committed from this point onwards and to ask forgiveness for them (1 John 1:9) and promise never to repeat them again (1 John 3:8-9). This process if followed diligently results in the person becoming sinless (1 John 2:1).
     
  6. All new Christians should expect to be tempted to recommit their former sinful acts that have been confessed – but when succumbing to such temptations adter salvation, such sins are then being committed in the name of Christ – thus treading underfoot Christ's blood sacrifice and which also defiles Christ's holy name (Heb 10:26-30). It also makes such a Christian appear to God (and to others) as a hypocrite (1 Peter 2:1) – which is exactly what Satan wants.  Satan knows that God cannot allow the defilement of His Son's name to go unpunished (Heb 12:7-9).
     
  7. Once the sinful lifestyle is overcome by the Christian, Jesus then requires His 'holy servant' to go into the world to save other lost souls. This represents "works of faith" that eventually produce the required spiritual "fruit" that God the Father requires to see evident in His children (Eph 2:10; Mark 16:20; John 15:1-8).

 

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If Christians cannot accept the above message, I encourage you to check out the claims above by researching the references quoted using the King James Bible and then taking the appropriate action that may be needed.

I also encourage you to read other notes on this website about the qualifications needed to be obtained for the Rapture.

God bless you.