“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:28).
Have we not already been redeemed? How can Jesus say our redemption will take place at the rapture?
The answer is that our redemption has a three fold aspect, we have been saved, we are being saved, and we shall be saved. At the moment we placed our faith in Christ for salvation, our sins were blotted out forever, we became partakers of the divine nature and we received the righteousness of Christ as our portion forever. However that was only the first portion of our redemption. We are now being sanctified; we are becoming in practice what we have already become in our position, which is the second portion of our redemption.
Our redemption will be complete when we are glorified. John said "…when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is” (I John 3:2). At the moment of the rapture our redemption will be complete. We have been saved, we are being sanctified and we shall be glorified.
This is what Jesus is referring to in Luke 21:28. In this verse Christ is referring to the Rapture not the second coming. At the rapture, Christ comes in grace to be glorified in his saints.
Back to our text verse, Luke 21:28, “And when these things begin to come to pass." What things? The signs of the second coming that Jesus has given in the preceding verses.
This makes it clear that before the second coming and before the Rapture the signs of His coming will begin to appear. Of course before the second coming the signs will be fully completed not just beginning. Luke 21: 28 is therefore clearly referring to the Rapture.
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“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” (John 3:36).