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RAPTURE READY, Charles Spurgeon on the Rapture

RAPTURE READY, C. H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)

RAPTURE READY, Charles Spurgeon on the Rapture


On Significance of A.D.70; Matthew 24:34

"The destruction of Jerusalem was more terrible than anything that the world has ever witnessed, either before or since. Even Titus seemed to see in his cruel work the hand of an avenging God. (Commentary on Matthew, p. 412)

Truly, the blood of the martyrs slain in Jerusalem was amply avenged when the whole city became a veritable Aceldama, or field of blood... It was before that generation had passed away that Jerusalem was besieged and destroyed.


On Forty Years and 'The Gathering'

The Kingly Prophet foretold the time of the end: "Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation." It was before that generation had passed away that Jerusalem was besieged and destroyed.

There was a sufficient interval for the full proclamation of the gospel by the apostles and evangelists of the early Christian Church, and for the 'gathering' out of those who recognized the crucified Christ as their true Messiah.

Then came the awful end, which the Savior foresaw and foretold, and the prospect of which wrung from his lips and heart the sorrowful lament that followed his prophecy of the doom awaiting his guilty capital."


On Matthew 16:28, AD-70

"If a child were to read this passage I know what he would think it meant: he would suppose Jesus Christ was to come, and there were some standing there who should not taste death until really and literally he did come. This, I believe, is the plain meaning...

(Charles H. Spurgeon: "An Awful Premonition" in 12 Sermons on the Second Coming of Christ - Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1976, 5)


On Matthew 24:21

"For there shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be."

Read the record written by Josephus of the destruction of Jerusalem, and see how truly our Lord’s words were fulfilled. The Jews impiously said, concerning the death of Christ, "His blood be on us, and on our children."

Never did any other people invoke such an awful curse upon themselves, and upon no other nation did such a judgment ever fall.

> > We read of Jews crucified till there was no more wood for making crosses;

> > of thousands of the people slaying one another in their fierce faction fights within the city;

> > of so many of them being sold for slaves that they became a drug in the market, and all but valueless;

> > and of the fearful carnage when the Romans at length entered the doomed capital;

> > and the blood-curdling story exactly bears out the Savior’s statement uttered nearly forty years before the terrible events occurred."

"The destruction of Jerusalem was more terrible than anything that the world has ever witnessed, either before or since. Even Titus seemed to see in his cruel work the hand of an avenging God.

(SOURCE - Spurgeon Commentary on Matthew, p. 412)


This Generation shall not pass UNTIL...

"The King left his followers in no doubt as to when these things should happen: "Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass till all these things be fulfilled."

It was just about the ordinary limit of a generation when the Roman armies compassed Jerusalem, whose measure of iniquity was then full, and overflowed in misery, agony, distress, and bloodshed such as the world never saw before or since. Jesus was a true Prophet; everything that he foretold was literally fulfilled."

(Charles H. Spurgeon: The Gospel of the Kingdom, p.218)


Sees "Gathering" as getting Christians out of Jerusalem

There was a sufficient interval for the full proclamation of the gospel by the apostles and evangelists of the early Christian Church, and for the 'gathering' out of those who recognized the crucified Christ as their true Messiah.

Then came the awful end, which the Saviour foresaw and foretold, and the prospect of which wrung from his lips and heart the sorrowful lament that followed his prophecy of the doom awaiting his guilty capital...

Nothing remained for the King but to pronounce the solemn sentence of death upon those who would not come unto him that they might have life: "Behold, your house is left unto you desolate."


On Matthew 24:16

"The Christians in Jerusalem and the surrounding towns and villages, "in Judea ", availed themselves of the first opportunity for eluding the Roman armies, and fled to the mountain city of Pella, in Perea, where they were preserved from the general destruction which overthrew the Jews.

There was no time to spare before the final investment of the guilty city; the man "on the house-top" could "not come down to take anything out of his house", and the man "in the field" could not "return back, to take his clothes." They must flee to the mountains in the greatest haste the moment that they saw "Jerusalem compassed with armies "(Luke 21:20)."

(Charles H. Spurgeon:


Abomination of Desolation, Temple

The whole "house" of the Jews was left desolate when Jesus departed from them; and the temple, the holy and beautiful "house", became a spiritual desolation when Christ finally left is. Jerusalem was too far gone to be rescued from its self-sought doom."

(Charles H. Spurgeon: Commentary on Matthew, p. 412,413)


Victorious Church!

"It would be easy to [lament] that at our present rate of progress the kingdoms of this world never could become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ.

Indeed, many in the Church are giving up the idea of it . . . which, as it chimes (resonates) in with our own idleness, is likely to be a popular doctrine.

[NOTE! Spurgeon, looking at the idleness sweeping the modern Church properly foretold the popularity of the Rapture Theory, as it calls for the Church to grow cold and the world to become fore sinful. . . rather than for Christians to fast and pray and win souls until "the whole Earth is leavened with the Glorious gospel of Christ!"


Victorious Church!

I myself believe that King Jesus will reign, and the idols be utterly abolished; but I expect the same power which turned the world upside down once will still continue to do it.


Victorious Holy Ghost!

The Holy Ghost would never suffer the imputation to rest upon His Holy Name that He was not able to convert the world."

(Charles H. Spurgeon: Taken from jacket of Paradise Restored)


Beware Prophecy Speculators

"I conceive that among religious people of a certain sort, the [fanciful] explanations of prophecy issued by certain doctors gratify a craving, which in irreligious people finds its foods in novels and romances." Go and destroy it yourself, fighting against it every day.


Charles H. Spurgeon on "The Parousia"

"The second coming of Christ according to this volume had its fulfilment in the destruction of Jerusalem and the establishment of the gospel dispensation...

Amidst the many comings of Christ spoken of in the New Testament that which is spoken of as a second, must, we think, be personal, and thus similar to the first; and such too must be the meaning of 'his appearing.'

. . . it has so much of truth in it, and throws so much new light upon obscure portions of the Scriptures, and is accompanied with so much critical research and close reasoning, that it can be injurious to none and may be profitable to all."

[SOURCE: Charles H. Spurgeon: Reprinted from the October 1878 issue of The Sword and the Trowel Magazine]


On Matthew 24:2

"To them the appearance was glorious; but to their Lord it was a sad sight. His Father’s house, which ought to have been a house of prayer for all nations, had became a den of thieves, and soon would be utterly destroyed: Jesus said unto them, "See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, there shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down."

Josephus tells us that Titus at first tried to save the temple, even after it was set on fire, but his efforts were of no avail; and at last he gave orders that the whole city and temple should be levelled, except a small portion reserved for the garrison.

This was so thoroughly done that the historian says that "there was left nothing to make those that came thither believe it had ever been inhabited."

(Charles H. Spurgeon:


Matthew 24:15-21 Abomination of Desolation

"This portion of our Saviour's words appears to relate solely to the destruction of Jerusalem. As soon as Christ's disciples saw "the abomination of desolation," that is, the Roman ensigns, with their idolatries, "stand in the holy place," they knew that the time for their escape had arrived; and they did flee to the mountains."

(Charles H. Spurgeon: Matthew: The Gospel of the Kingdom. . p- 215.)


Blood of Martyrs

"Truly, the blood of the martyrs slain in Jerusalem was amply avenged when the whole city became veritable Aceldama, or field of blood."

(Charles H. Spurgeon: Commentary on Matthew, p. 412,413)


On Matthew 24:29

"Our Lord appears to have purposely mingled the prophecies concerning the destruction of Jerusalem and his own second coming, so that there should be nothing in his words to satisfy idle curiosity, "

(Charles H. Spurgeon: Matthew: The Gospel of the Kingdom. p. 217)


On Matthew 24:32-33

"Our Lord here evidently returns to often made use of its illuminated the subject of the destruction of Jerusalem, and in these words gives his apostles warning concerning the signs of the times. He had recently used the barren fig tree as an object-lesson; he now bids his disciples "learn a parable of the fig tree" and all the trees (Luke 21:31).

God’s great book of nature is full of illustrations for those who have eyes to perceive them; and the Lord Jesus, the great Creator, often made use of its illuminated pages in conveying instruction to the minds of his hearers. On this occasion, he used a simple simile from the parable of the fig-tree: "When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh."

They could not mistake so plain a token of the near return of summer; and Jesus would have them read quite as quickly the signs that were to herald the coming judgment on Jerusalem: "So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors."


Two Comings, One generation

A better version has the words, "Know ye that he is nigh," the Son of man, the King.

His own nation rejected him when he came in mercy;

So his next coming would be a time of terrible judgment and retribution to his guilty capital.

Oh, that Jews and Gentiles today were wise enough to learn the lesson of that fiery trial, and to seek his face, those wrath they cannot bear!"

(Charles H. Spurgeon:


On Matthew 22:7

"In these terrible words, the siege of Jerusalem, the massacre of the people, and the destruction of their capital are all described. "When the king heard thereof, he was wroth. The King had reached the utmost limit of his forbearance and long-suffering patience.

"The cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath" overflowed when he heard how his servants had been maltreated and slain; and: he sent forth his armies. The Roman emperor thought that he was sending his armies against the Jews; but he was, unconsciously, working out the eternal purposes of the most High God, even as the kings of Assyria and Babylon had been, in the olden time, the instruments by which the Lord had punished his rebellious people (see Isaiah 10:5, Jeremiah 25:9).

"The cruel executioners did their terrible work in the most thorough manner. Read Josephus, and see how the Romans destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. The words are remarkable in their awful force and accuracy. Only Omniscience could foresee and foretell so fully and faithfully the woes that were to befall the murderers and their city."

(Charles H. Spurgeon: )


On the "Israel of God"

"Difference of dispensation does not involve a difference of covenant; and it is according to the covenant of grace that all spiritual blessings are bestowed. So far as dispensations reach they indicate degrees of knowledge, degrees of privilege, and variety in the ordinances of worship.

The unity of the faith is not affected by these, as we are taught in the eleventh chapter of the epistle to the Hebrews. The faithful of every age concur in looking for that one city, and that city is identically the same with the New Jerusalem described in the Apocalypse as "a bride adorned for her husband."

(Charles H. Spurgeon: "There be some that Trouble You," in The Sword and Trowel, (March 1867), 120.)


On Luke 21:28-3)

"But all that time — the most awful time, perhaps that any nation ever endured — the disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ were altogether unharmed. It is recorded that they fled to the little city of Pella, were quiet according to their Lord's command, and that not a hair on their head perished."

(Charles H. Spurgeon: Joyful Anticipation of the Second Advent, 42:603.)

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