Pre-Tribulation Rapture Scriptures & Bible Quotes

Short Bible Studies on the resurrection and catching up into the air (rapture/harpazo) of true

 Christian Saints just before the 7 year Tribulation

By Mark Smith

 Translation Used: King James Version

Will you go through the Tribulation period? How can you avoid God's unprecedented wrath? These bible versus and short Bible study by Mark Smith, End Times Correspondent for Prophecies Of The End Times can help you achieve the ultimate hope in Salvation, through Jesus Christ Our Lord. This study opens the doors to understanding that Christ is returning soon for his bride...and WE are the Bride in Christ Jesus. Follow along as we journey through the Rapture of The Church!!

Rapture in: 1 Thess 4, 1 Cor 15:

[1 Thessalonians 4:15] For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

[1 Thessalonians 4:16] For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

[1 Thessalonians 4:17] Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. [caught up=HARPAZO=Rapture]

[1 Thessalonians 4:18] Therefore comfort one another with these words.

1 Thess 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

1 Thess 2:19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?

1 Thess 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

1 Thess 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

At the end of the tribulation, people are in heaven (the bride, the Church),

and coming down out of heaven, because they have been there for 7 years.

[Luke 12:36] And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.

[Rev 19:1] And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven [the raptured], saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honor, and power, unto the Lord our God:

[Rev 19:7] Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready;

[Rev 19:8] it was granted her to be clothed with fine linen, bright and pure"--for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.

[Rev 19:9] And the angel said to me, "Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb." And he said to me, "These are true words of God.

[Rev 19:14] And the armies which were in heaven followed him [the raptured] upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

[Mat 24:29] Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

[Mat 24:30] And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

[Mat 24:31] And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

[Zech 14:5] And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.

[Jud 1:14] And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,

[Col 3:4] When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
Interesting verse number: 12:12 12 is written all over New Jerusalem, and there are 24 elders in heaven after the rapture in Rev. 4:1

[Rev 12:12] Rejoice then, O heaven and you that dwell therein! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!"
Yes, the Bride is in heaven, coming down out of heaven at the end of the tribulation:

[Rev 21:2] And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

[Rev 21:9] And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.

[Rev 21:10] And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
Mt. Zion & New Jerusalem: God's bride.

[Heb 12:22] But ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,

[Isa 51:16] And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.
Daniel's 70th Week

The 70th week of Daniel, which becomes the 7-year Tribulation, is a judgment and curse determined upon Israel, not the Church.
[Dan 9:24] Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

[Dan 9:25] Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

[Dan 9:26] And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

[Dan 9:27] And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
The Church's sins are taken care of by Jesus' death, and we are not under the
curse of the law, nor is the 70th week "to make an end for sins" determined for
the Church.

[Gal 3:13] Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

[Gal 5:18] But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law

[Rom 6:14] For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace

[1Cor 6:12] All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
"Lights/Christians" are not in "Darkness/Day of the Lord/tribulation!"

[Mat 5:14] Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

[Phil 2:15] That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

[Mark 16:15] And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
[John 8:12] Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

[Amos 5:18] Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light

[Amos 5:20] Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?

[Joel 2:1] Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;

[Joel 2:2] A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.

[Joel 2:31] The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD come

[Mat 24:21] For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

[Zeph 1:15] That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,

[1Thess 5:4] But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

[1Thess 5:5] Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

[1Thess 5:6] Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

[Col 1:12] Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:

[Col 1:13] Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
So, another reason why Christians of the present age are not in that darkness, when Satan will have dominion, is:

[Mat 12:25] And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:

[Mark 3:24] And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.

We cannot effectively pray against Satan taking power, when God gives Satan power. It will be tough for the tribulation saints, God lets them be killed.

[Rev 13:10] He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

[Rev 14:12] Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

[Rev 14:13] And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
Will Christians REALLY be spared the Tribulation?

[Pss 97:10] Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.

[Rom 5:8] But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

[Rom 5:9] Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him

[Rom 5:10] For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

[Isa 57:1] The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.

[Mal 3:16] Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.

[Mal 3:17] And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.

[Mal 3:18] Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

[Mal 4:1] For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

[2Tim 4:18] And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Scriptures repeated above:
"For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ," (1 Thessalonians 5:9)
"Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man." (Luke 21:36)
"And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, [even] Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come." (1 Thessalonians 1:10)

"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."
(Revelation 3:10) 
More "Rapture" verses:

Romans 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

Philipians 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
22 But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not.
23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:
24 Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.

Philippians 3:20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, (NIV)
Philippians 3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. (KJV)

2 Corinthians 5 1-21, full chapter.
1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:

1 Timothy 6:14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

2 Timothy 4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

2 Timothy 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

1 Peter 1: 7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by themthat have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.
13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

1 Peter 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
1 John 2:28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

1 John 3
1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. 

My Conclusion:

I am not "setting a date". But I am living in high expectation, and I am watching for the Lord's return. First, I believe the rapture will occur on a Feast of Trumpets. (This is another good topic to study that I will submit here also. Look for it.) 
I expect the rapture to come on a Feast of Trumpets, then and Satan's defeat on a Day of Atonement 7 years later. 75 days after Atonement is Hannuka, the day to rededicate the temple. This may explain Daniels's 1335 days, which are 75 days more than 1260 days which is the day count until Satan's defeat...

Personally, I believe that hard-hearted, contentious, post-tribbers, who teach lies, will get their prayers answered, and will find themselves in the tribulation:

[Rom 2:5] But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;
[Rom 2:6] Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
[Rom 2:7] To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
[Rom 2:8] But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,

[Rom 2:9] Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
How can they pray for something they don't believe?
"Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man." (Luke 21:36)

Many Anti-Rapture webpages conclude with saying that they hope that people who believe in the Rapture will not put their 100% faith in it, because we just can't know whether or not there will be a rapture. Although I am 100% sure there will be a pre tribulation rapture, I will not guarantee this reward for anyone, nor will I speculate on who will ascend into heaven, because I cannot see into a person's heart...

[Rom 10:6] But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
[Rom 10:7] Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
[Rom 10:8] But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;

[Rom 10:9] That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

[Rom 10:10] For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
What? You ask me? How can I lead people to believe in the comforting doctrine of a pre tribulation rapture, and then say some people who wait for it will be shut out? Because that's what the Bible says!

[Phil 2:12.26] Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Review Matthew 25, the 10 virgin parable. The five foolish virgins, who were waiting and looking for their Lord, were caught unprepared.

Review Revelation 2-3. There are seven Churches. Only one was told they would be spared the tribulation that was coming to try those who dwell on the earth.

I suppose the pre tribulation rapture teaching can lead to error if people use it as an excuse to not dig into the Word of God. "I don't need to study the tribulation or read the Bible... I won't be here..." Hey now, that's totally unscriptural, and I teach no such thing! "Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, people!"

Or, if people believe they would never have to suffer any persecution ever at all for any reason. Clearly there was persecution in the past. There is ongoing persecution against Christians today, and there will be persecution against Christians in the future, before the Rapture comes. And to those who haven't heard the Gospel message who will become Christians during The 7 year Tribulation and who will be beheaded for doing so. Except the 144,000 Jewish evangelists. Who will have a divine protection upon them.

The pre TRIBULATION rapture is not a promise of an escape from tribulation, but a guarantee that tribulation is coming on all the unrepentant and unready.

Clearly the Bible does not teach that all "Church go-ers" will be raptured. If someone did teach that ALL would be raptured, I believe that would contradict the parable of the 10 virgins and the accounts of the review of the Churches in the beginning of Revelation. In fact, as I see it, only half or less of Church-goers are deemed worthy at the Rapture date, and the rest are sent off into the Tribulation for further testing.

[Rev 3:10] Because you have kept my word of patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial which is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell upon the earth.
If Christians are mentally prepared for persecution, then the doctrine would not "lead people into death", as they would be prepared for when persecution came, regardless of whether or not there was a rapture before the Tribulation. When people are ready for the rapture, they are ready for "death" at any time.
If Christians do not have total faith that they would be raptured, and are a bit unsure if they will be raptured or not, there also is no danger, as they would be prepared for persecution of the tribulation.

What I teach that God's Word teaches:

THE pre tribulation rapture is 100% certain, and this is comforting for all true believers.

IS YOUR pre tribulation rapture not 100% certain... That is up to how you respond to the invitation to the gospel message, whether or not you repent, whether or not you believe in your heart, and confess to the Lord Jesus Christ with your mouth before men. (See below: "The Gospel & Salvation Message. (How to get to Heaven.)")

"Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man." (Luke 21:36)
Besides, in order to teach a pre tribulation rapture, you need to define and teach what that "tribulation" will consist of... so there's no deception going on.

A post trib perspective would lead one to store up food, and be concerned with worldly posessions. A pre tribber can focus on preaching the gospel message.

What is our faith? What is Christianity? That we believe the Word of God, which teaches that all men are sinful, and in need of the atoning death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. That we believe he came in the flesh. That Christ conquers all, and has the power of forgiveness of sins. That we have the hope that if Christ did what he did, spoke the truth, and did not lie, we have the hope of everlasting life, and that we will be with him in heaven.
The rapture doctrine is simply that we will be with Christ in heaven. Pre-trib rapture doctrine is simply that before the tribulation of the Antichrist and mark of the beast world system, there will be a fulfillment of one of Christ's basic promises.

If I'm wrong,

1. There will be 3.5 years of pre-wrath tribulation...a false sense of peace  for all 
2. The Antichrist reveals himself to all by confirming a 7-year covenant with Isreal, (Dan 9:27)
3. Then after 3.5 years the Antichrist will break his promise with Isreal, sets himself up in the temple and declares himself to be God, and sits on the throne thus the abomination of desolation of the temple. And the true church will see and experience this without interference. (2 Thess 2:3-5)
4. There would be time to set things straight for all
5. There will be 3.5 years of preaching by two supernaturally- powered witnesses of God. (Rev 11). And the 144,000 jewish evangelists.  (why no mention of all of the true believer missionaries, evangelists and pastors?) 
6. There then will be 3.5 years of Great tribulation. God's wrath poored out onto the whole earth for the Christ rejecting world (for us all) such as the world has never known and never will know again.
7. Etc., etc. How confusing when compared to the before mentioned scriptures on the pre-trib rapture

If the people who teach there is no rapture are wrong... woa!
The consequences will be devastating! If the rapture happens, and they have been caught teaching lies, they might not be deemed worthy, but instead suffer all the curses of the tribulation!
[Rev 22:18] For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
[Rev 22:19] And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

What will various post tribbers believe AFTER the pre tribulation rapture?
First, they will be wailing and gnashing their teeth...

The Antichrist and False Prophet will come onto the scene, and announce one of several possibilities...

1. that the people who disappeared were deemed mentally unfit for the new world, not ready for the next evolutionary step...
2. they had to be taken away by space aliens to be "re-educated" to reform their intolerant Jesus-only backward way of thinking...
3. the missing people were all opposers of the new "Christ" and world system, wicked intolerant hateful Bible literalists...
or some type of lie to these effects or... 
4. the rapture and end has just come, and that the Antichrist is Jesus, coming back right after the rapture, to set up the millinial world kingdom.
(The gog/magog war of Ezekiel 38,39 which should start the 7 year tribulation, will be claimed to be Armageddon.)
Post tribbers claim the rapture will happen right before Armageddon.
Pre tribbers claim the rapture will happen before the gog/magog war, and that Armageddon happens at the end of the 7 years.

Pause and consider the risk/reward scenario regarding the pre-trib rapture.
Let the odds of probability decide which is the more dangerous doctrine to hold and/or teach...
Whether or not I think of myself worthy or not to escape in the Rapture, or whether you think you don't deserve to be in heaven while Christians today are dying for the faith, has no bearing on whether the doctrine is true or not.
Why do Churches feel so uncomfortable about the idea of the rapture? Read over the parable about the kingdom of God being like 10 virgins in Matthew 25, quoted above. All are chaste, and awaiting Christ's return, but only one half go. Kind of scary isn't it? Only in the sense that you should begin to Fear God if you are not a true Christian Holy Spirit filled believer! 

Final thoughts for anyone who has read this: Jesus holds people

accountable for knowing the times they live in.

Luke 12:54 Then he went on to say also to the crowds: "When you see a cloud rising in western parts, at once you say, 'A storm is coming,' and it turns out so.
Luke 12:55 And when you see that a south wind is blowing, you say, 'There is a heat wave,' and it occurs.
Luke 12:56 Hypocrites, you know how to examine the outward appearance of earth and sky, but how is it you do not know how to examine this particular time?"  

The Gospel & Salvation Message. (How to get to Heaven.)
Everyone wants to know how to get to heaven.  Well, there is a sure way; it's a narrow way, and it's the only way.  If you would like to know, then consider the following.
First the bad news.
Because we have sinned we are born separated from God.  Without intervention, we are ineligible for Heaven.  This applies to the entire human race.  You are not alone. 
Romans 3:23 says, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" 
Romans 3:10 says, "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:" 
Romans 6:23a "For the wages of sin is death;" 
Revelation 21:8 "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone:" 
There is no amount of good works we can do to save ourselves from being eternally separated from God. 
Ephesians 2:8-9 say, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." 
To be separated from God forever, simply do nothing.  To ignore or reject God's son is the only sin that can keep a person out of Heaven and the only alternative to Heaven is eternal torment in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:15, 2 Thes. 1:7-9).   
John 3:18 "He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." 
But there is good news! 
There is a simple and free way to be reconciled with God made possible by God's only son Jesus.  A blood sacrifice was needed to pay for your sins and Jesus was sent to become that sacrifice.  He was nailed to a Roman cross to shed His blood in payment for your sin.  Then three days after His death, He rose from the dead, validating once and for all His qualification to be our only Savior.  
Placing your complete trust in Jesus' death, burial and resurrection is God's one and only means of reaching Heaven.

Jesus said (John 14:6), "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life:, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
John 3:16 & 17 are clear. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved."

The Bible clearly tells us how to be saved:

Romans 10:9-10 "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."

This is a free gift from God because He loves you.

Romans 6:23b "but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

Romans 10:13 "Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."

Are you ready to believe right now?   If so, simply tell God what he asked you to confess.  You might use a prayer similar to this one:

God, I admit to you that I am a sinner and I know I cannot do anything to earn my way to Heaven.  I truly believe that Jesus died on the cross, was buried and rose from the grave.  I put my faith in His sacrifice to pay for my sin in full."
May God richly bless you in your understanding of His Holy Scriptures. God wants His people to be in the know! That's why it is called the "simple" plan of salvation or the "simple" gospel truth by those who do understand it. Our guilt in our sinful humanity wants to make it hard...the Devil wants to make it hard. It is God's will for us to be guided by His Holy Spirit into "all truth". Let Him do so by believing that God says what He means and means what He says...literally. Focus not on the Word of God but focus on the God of The Word. And then the Word will come into focus for our understanding. If we truly know the character of God, His Word will be much easier to understand. It must match His character.
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