Definitely not, for in the prayer of Jesus we read, "I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. The text that is used to prove the rapture is seen actually to forbid the saints being taken out of this world during the time of trouble. The Seven-Year Tribulation Since so much rapturist theology revolves around the seven-year period, one would assume that the Bible must speak frequently of such a time period.
But not so.
There is not one single scriptural reference that ties the seven years to the end of the world or the coming of Christ. Most rapturist literature mentions the seven-year tribulation period without offering any Bible proof or explanation. Millions have assumed that it must be so well documented that no proof is needed.
In fact, the opposite is true. There just isn't any evidence to give. Most Bible students are amazed to learn that the rapturists try to justify their seven years by lifting a prophecy of Daniel completely out of its context. In Daniel God made a daring prophecy concerning the probation of the nation of Israel. Please notice that God was going to allow Daniel's people seventy weeks to see what they would do with the Messiah when He appeared. The seventy weeks are prophetic time, and each day represents a literal year Ezekiel So the seventy weeks would be a literal period of years, after which the Israelites would no longer be God's people.
They would be rejected as a nation because of their rejection of the Messiah. Don't miss the point in Daniel that the prophecy of the seventy weeks was to begin with the decree to restore and build Jerusalem. That well-known date is B. From that date, B. That year probation ended in A. Daniel says that the Messiah would be anointed after sixty-nine of those prophetic weeks had passed by. That would be years from the decree date of B.
It takes no mathematician to figure the end of that prediction. It brings us to the year A. Since "Messiah" means" Anointed One," this had to be the fulfillment of Daniel's prophecy that the Messiah would appear in A. Now mark this fact: seventy weeks were assigned to the Jewish probation, but Christ appeared as the Messiah after sixty-nine weeks.
The Two Witnesses: Who are They?
That leaves the seventieth week for Christ to minister before the Jews' probation ended. What was to happen in the seventieth week? Daniel tells us, "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 according to the Bible, the ministry of Jesus lasted for three and a half years. In the spring of A. The veil of the temple was rent Matthew , signifying the end of sacrifices.
By His death He caused them to cease. Another three and a half years would lead up to the end of the seventy weeks and the end of Jewish probation. During that three and a half years the disciples labored largely for the Jews. But in A. The Jews had rejected the gospel message and were no longer God's people - just as Daniel had predicted. Henceforth they could be saved only as individuals, in exactly the same way as the Gentiles. As a nation, they had been rejected as the chosen people.
Here is the way the Bible describes that rejection: Matthew "The kingdom of God shall be taken from you. And presently the fig tree withered away. Matthew "Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. That is, They which are Romans , 29 "For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter. They claim it will be fulfilled after Christ comes to snatch away the righteous secretly. But they must grasp desperately for some text to support their seven years.
They agree that the sixty-nine weeks of Daniel refer to the period before Christ's first advent, but then they insert a 2,year gap before the seventieth week is fulfilled. They allot 69 weeks plus 2, years plus one week, or a total of 2, years. By this devious manipulation of God's Word, the rapturists believe they have extended the Jewish probation; and based upon this, they teach that all the fleshly Jews will be saved in a great second chance after the "secret rapture" takes place.
The tragedy of the rapture theory is that it takes these beautiful verses of Daniel that predict the coming of Jesus, His baptism and crucifixion, and apply them to Antichrist. They do this by stating that it is Antichrist that causes the sacrifice and oblation to cease after three and one-half years. But Daniel states that it is Jesus who caused the sacrificial system of the Jews to cease when He died on the cross. A misinterpretation that confuses something Christ has done, and applies it to the devil instead, is certainly a tragic occurrence. And yet this is the only way one can arrive at a seven-year tribulation period.
How sad! Now we are brought to focus on the most glaring inconsistency of the rapture theory, and that is that the Antichrist will not appear until after the saints are caught away - seven years before the end of the world. Paul settles the entire matter for us in the first few verses of 2 Thessalonians chapter 2. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day [of our gathering together unto Him] shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin [Antichrist] be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God" vs.
The words of Paul are so plain that it is difficult to comment on them. How can they be plainer? Christ's coming will not take place "except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed. He wrote, "For the mystery of iniquity doth already work" v. While Paul lived, he combated the emerging spirit of the Antichrist. By the sixth century A. The crowning act in the great drama of deception, however, occurs just before the return of Christ: "And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming.
This clearly states that Antichrist will be destroyed when Christ comes. He does not arrive after the Second Advent. And here's the crowning clarification in this whole thing. Revelation assures us that some of those who are raised in the first resurrection will be those who refused to worship the beast and receive his mark! How completely this demolishes the futuristic school of prophetic interpretation is evident, for they claim that the emergence of the Antichrist and the imposition of his mark are to be looked for after the first resurrection and what they call the secret rapture.
Recently a radio preacher expressed this belief: "I don't expect to be here when the beast is enforcing his mark upon the people. I expect to go up in the rapture and be in heaven during the great tribulation time. Thus, the Antichrist must have already been on the stage of action carrying on his oppressive work before the "first resurrection" and well before the second coming of Jesus. Without attempting to establish the identity of Antichrist at this point, let us notice how this teaching - that the Antichrist will come in the future - originated. At the time of the Reformation, most of the reformers understood the prophecy of the Antichrist to refer to the great apostate system of Romanism that developed during the Middle Ages.
Of course, Rome did not appreciate this interpretation. Please notice Rome's course of action to nullify this interpretation: "So great a hold did the conviction that the Papacy was the Antichrist gain upon the minds of men, that Rome at last saw she must bestir herself, and try, by putting forth other systems of interpretation, to counteract the identification of the Papacy with the Antichrist. The Jesuit Alcazar devoted himself to bring into prominence the preterist method of interpretation, Thus, as Alford says, the Jesuit Ribera, about A.
The origin of the two-phase coming of Christ has an equally unsavory history. It was not until around the year that this view began to be taught. In the Scottish church pastored by Edward Irving, a Miss Margaret McDonald gave what was believed at the time to be an inspired utterance. She spoke of the visible, open, and glorious second coming of Christ.
But as the utterance continued, she spoke of another coming of Christ - a secret and special coming in which those who were truly ready would be raptured. However, it was John Nelson Darby - Brethren preacher and diligent writer of the time in England - who was largely responsible for introducing this new teaching on a large scale. The teaching spread to the United States in the s and s, where it was to receive its biggest boost when Cyrus Ingerson Scofield, a strong believer in Darby's teachings, incorporated it into the notes of his Scofield Reference Bible, which was published in Furthermore, we know that the world is not buying or selling before the Second Coming, as Revelation tells us specifically that the global economic system is annihilated when Mystery Babylon comes up before God as a remembrance.
There is no buying or selling as the global economy has been destroyed. There is no building as the last of the global government has also been destroyed. There is no eating and drinking as the gleaning tells us that you must be willing to face certain death to feed the starving in the name of Christ. There is no marrying and giving in marriage as this same conversation in Mark chapter 13 and Luke chapter 21 tells us that all semblance of family has given away to vile perversions and hatred — and that Islam allows for fornication outside of marriage in the most vile terms possible.
This includes the rape and sodomy of children. These are not situations that describe hope and faith. Rather, the utter terror and suffering that the Bible reveals in these days tells us that those who accept the mark of the beast are given over to depravity and are already lost. It is an existence that is nothing but desolation and hopelessness, as there is no Holy Spirit to strengthen and comfort those that remain. The only place on earth where this is not the case will be the place of refuge for the remnant Jews that flee Jerusalem. However, even that is not a situation that calls for hope and faith — as the remnant is supernaturally protected and provided for.
They already live the results of that hope and faith, in the form of promises kept. No my friends, faith is only an issue in the days before the tribulation, when the world is growing darker by the day — yet only those in Christ can see it. In those days, when the world is absolutely oblivious to the things occurring around them.
Those that call on the name of Christ will either have the faith and hope of the soon return of the Lord, or they will be left when the Lord returns. Indeed, that is the single greatest danger facing the Body of Christ in the final moments before the rapture. As 2 Peter tells us, the very promise of His coming shall be scoffed at.
What we see starting in Luke 17, continued in Matthew 24 — opened wide in Matthew 25 — and completed in Revelation chapters is the brutal truth of the Great Falling Away spoken of in 2 Thessalonians. However, the most damning warning against what we see in Matthew 24 and Luke 17 actually comes in Hebrews chapter We alluded to this earlier, and it is no exaggeration to say that what you are going to read next will blow this entire issue wide open. It will be returned tomorrow. It is a state of complete and total absence from the earth, and it is not something that those taken have any power to effect.
In other words, one minute you are here — and the next you are gone. You remains are not found strewn about the ground where you fell. This is a bombshell. In both Luke 17 and Matthew 24, Jesus did not say that the wicked would be taken and destroyed. This is exactly what is seen in Noah and Lot — with one notable exception. Where exactly would the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be taking the righteous? It is in Luke 17 that Jesus reveals a mystery by not answering where, but revealing the condition whereby you will get left behind!
It was not completely clear to the disciples yet, but it soon would be. Not only this, but the Lord reveals He will be coming for His Bride! This is tremendous. He reveals that He will be sweeping His Away before the wrath falls on the wicked. This is why the disciples asked Jesus of His coming here in Matthew They already had the foundation for the conversation, and they received it back in Luke By now, it should be fairly obvious what the context was for the parables that Jesus spoke in Matthew 24 and I know I keep saying this, but it is the only way to truly describe the nature of what the Lord has revealed.
It is where the conversation shifts from verse 36 forward that really brings hope to the overcomer! Now, with all of this said, there have been many that have scratched their heads at what Jesus reveals from verse 36 forward. As I said earlier, the unknown and sudden nature of the events found past verse 35 do not match the timed and specific nature of events in the first 34 verses. There has been every conceivable attempt to justify that through must somehow be tied to the Second Coming.
Never mind that such a statement actually declares God a liar. It never occurs to them that there are other ways that the days can be shortened and scripture remain completely accurate. For the record, the hours of the days are not shortened, nor will the 1, days be shortened. Just as it is with declaring the 70th week as Daniel as less than a full week, so it is with the 1, days. Literally, that means a 24 hour day. Daniel declares 1, of these periods. We cover this as well in the section on the timing of the tribulation.
There is another proof that the disciples asked regarding the rapture, and that Jesus did indeed center the conversation on this topic. As most of you already know, the Bible defines itself. The same is the case here. We know the the primary conversation in Matthew 24 and 25 revolves around the rapture, as Luke 17 defines the conversation and sets the meaning of the coming of the kingdom of God. Luke 17 is where the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ sets the definition and reveals something critical:.
Pre-tribulation rapture critics look at Matthew 24 and declare that it is calling the Second Coming as the coming of the Kingdom. It fails to account for the fact that the coming of the kingdom is a seven day process where the kingdom of priests are called to the Great Assembly, commissioned into service, set to their ranks and responsibilities ever wonder why the Judgment Seat of Christ occurs in Heaven, before the 1, year reign of Christ — as opposed to after when the saints that live during those 1, years can join in?
This is a seven day process, and it is a continuous one.
Remember, the tribulation may be seven years on earth, but before the throne of God it is seven days, with eight days being the total time in heaven. As it is one earth, so is it in heaven. As Paul later reveals, the things on earth are the copies of the real things in heaven.
In other words, what was a seven day process on earth is a seven day process in heaven. This also reveals a key to the timing to the tribulation. Events that have at least a partial fulfillment of earth — such as the rapture and Second Coming — count as a single day in the fulfillment of the Ten Days of Awe. However, when those events shift to a complete heavenly event they stay at one day intervals.
The rapture is one day. The Second Coming is one day. This leaves eight days to be completed to fulfill the Ten Days of Awe. These eight days will be eight actual days. Yet, they will be eight days in heaven as this is where these fulfillments actually transpire. They will be eight years on earth however. All of the aspects of the Law of Moses that have appointed days see this same process. The seven days of the Jewish wedding are seven actual days in heaven, but seven years on earth.
The seven days Sabbath to Sabbath of the course of the priests are seven days in heaven, yet seven years on earth. The concealing of the High Priest before Atonement and the initiation of the order of the priests likewise require the same timing. The Second Coming is the completion of the commissioning process — a process that began with the rapture eight years earlier.
It is the event that follows the sealing of the books. It is the announcement that everything is set, the government of Christ has been called and prepared — and that there is no more reprieve. In other words, the eight days that have passed since the rapture are done and everything is prepared.
The Kingdom did not come at Matthew — it came at Luke It was simply completed and finished at Matthew ! This is very similar to the process that a new employee goes through for a new job. The employee applied for the job. After the interview process, they were offered the job. So, on the first day they head to work.
Their first day does not find them in the thick of production — it finds them in orientation and training.
What is the Rapture? A Look at the Different Views
It is only after the training process is complete that they are ready to deployed to the lines to serve. Yet, they were called into the service of the company at the very start. They still went to work that first day, even though they were not yet ready to do the job. The 8th day is the first day of the new week. Yet, the new week had to have the start of the process in the week prior.
Christ arose on First Fruits, yet the process started four days earlier. SO it is with the coming of the Kingdom. Matthew is the end result of the seven day process in heaven. What you are about to see will absolutely blow your mind! To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever.
Many of you know that it is a feminine word, and it speaks to the attribute of the church as the Bride of Christ. When translating the Bible into another language, such as English, you go to the transcripts containing the original language that the Bible was written in. You would then take the word or idea in the case of much of the Hebrew translation and you look to find an equivalent word in the English — or whatever language you are translating the Bible into.
Let me ask you a question. Do you watch any historical documentaries? Do you spend any time studying ancient cultures, especially cultures that are part of the Biblical landscape? Personally, I am fascinated with the history of the Roman Empire. However, I do enjoy studying the other cultures as well.
I am also a fan of the exploits of these cultures in war, conquest, government, society, laws and engineering. Here is why I asked the question in the first place. In my studies, whether from books, websites and documentaries, I have noticed something curious. I was thinking about this today in fact. This is true. However, that is not what I was talking about. Here is why this matters. So much of our modern culture derives its roots from ancient Greece and Rome.
Everything from trade unions and medical Doctors to royal titles and ranks the ranks of Duke, Knight and Count all originated with the Imperial Roman Army and Roman Government. So many of the western names for various groups, organizations, bodies of assembly, legal procedure, artistic endeavors, gatherings, purposes and unions have active Greek and Latin equivalents.
Again, the problem is that the original Greek uses a word that already existed. No, it does not. How is that possible? It was something that the everyday Greek, Jew and Roman would have understood — as all three lived under Greek law, even after the death of Alexander and the rise of Rome. However, there is a word that we need to key up on in the definition above. Here is why:.
Herodotus 3, down, an assembly of the people convened at the public place of council for the purpose of deliberating: Acts Hebrews KJV — But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,. To the general assembly and church of the firstborn , which are written in heaven , and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,. And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
It was the convening of a full council of all the citizens for the express purpose of deliberating on important legal matters. It was not simply the gathering of the citizens for the purpose of voting in an election. They had the weight and authority to set the course of the state.
It had the power to install a new government any time the old government grew corrupt! Remember, it was Paul that established the connection of the Body of Christ to the Great Assembly in Israel — also the supreme legislative and judicial authority in the land, as well as the revealing that the Great Assembly on earth was the copy of the Real Great Assembly in Heaven. It was John the Revelator that completed the picture of the fulfillment of the Great Assembly when he penned chapters two through six in the Book of Revelation.
For those that do not already know this, chapters two and three reveal the commissioning process of the new order of the priests in the Temple. All of the rewards for the overcomers are the actual requirements for being initiated into the Kingdom of Priests, as well as the order in which they are given. This initiation process required seven days to complete at the Temple.
Everything seen in chapters two and three can only be given in heaven, and they are given only to overcomers — and only to those initiated into the Kingdom of Priests. They are required to be given before the start of the process in chapters four and five — the literal fulfillment of the convening of the actual Great Assembly. Before the first seal is ever broken, there must be a course of priests on duty in the heavenly Temple the entire process that plays out in heaven is the fulfillment of the daily Temple services — one in the morning first 42 months of the tribulation , one in the evening last 42 months of the tribulation.
Not only that, but the Great Assembly must be called to order first. Chapter six shows us the actual first moments of the Great Assembly — is it also occurred on earth! The High Priest handing the scroll to the King, who alone was worthy to open it — all copies of the actual fulfillment that will soon occur in heaven. The Great Assembly was convened every seven years, and will have to be convened twice in the end times to complete the fulfillment.
The first time it is convened before the Temple in Heaven before the start of the tribulation. The second time it is convened before the Temple in earth after the tribulation — in the Valley of Decision at the Judgment of Nations. Here is the kicker — in order to fulfill the appointed days in the Law of Moses, there must be a separation of — you guessed it — seven years! One more thing about the Great Assembly — it is not just the Kingdom of Priests that requires every man, woman and child that overcomes to be called.
The Great Assembly was the only assembly that required every last man, woman and child to be called — as opposed to every other assembly which called only the men over a certain age! Not only that, but the Great Assembly was the only assembly that the King was involved in. It was the King Himself that — wait for it — blew two gold trumps to call the congregation. We spoke of how Matthew gives the order of the events to come as well. When we look at the scriptures from Mark and Luke, we see this confirmed.
Both of those scriptures ask the exact same question — what will be the start of these events, and how will we know that they are here? The return of the Lord is the event, and when it comes you will know that the end is here. Now, here is another interesting piece of evidence, coming from the Old Testament also. You can literally chart the end times from the attack on September 11 th , through the invasion of Iraq, the rebuilding of the soon to rise Babylonian Empire, the rise of the waters, massive earthquakes, the days of Noah, the pre-tribulation rapture with Enoch, the seven year tribulation, the mark of the beast and death, the return of Christ to rule the earth and finally the new heavens and the new earth.
We go into detail on reversing through Genesis — the reverse Genesis timeline — in the page that discusses how much time is left. With all of these examples the ancient Israelites would not have understood the grand picture they present, only that they were ordered of God for reasons unknown to them. The prophets would have spoken the scriptures but not understood the greater context. It is only in the New Testament the rapture is revealed to the point that we can discuss it as a doctrine in its own right.
The Old Testament saints could discuss the scriptures, but would have done so absent the same understanding. Now, in the four Gospels Christ provides the second piece of these mysteries of God — the context. That is what we see in Matthew chapter 24 concerning the end times and the rapture. Specifically, Matthew 24 is both context and key for several prophetic mysteries. This is the reason why the Disciples never question the Lord on the differences between the rapture and the Second Coming in Matthew 24 and He was providing the key to scriptures concerning Israel and the Old Testament that they all knew yet held questions on.
They were receiving a direct revelation from God on mysteries that they had grown up studying. He started to give this revelation in Luke 17, and continued to open up the mystery. Matthew 24 and 25 was the context for the rapture also. When Christ begins to address the rapture in verse 36 after Luke 17 he is providing additional context to understand pictures that are throughout the Old Testament — yet never made sense. It would not be until the church itself had come, that the final piece of the puzzle — the key — would be given by Christ to the Apostle Paul after his conversion, at Mt.
Sinai of all places! The context of the rapture given in Matthew 24 is evident in the scriptures that follow verse We see verses 37 — 39 as a perfect example of the context that Jesus is providing:. But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
We touched on this quite a bit in the previous discussions on faith. Nowhere in the scriptures are the days of the tribulation ever likened to days where mankind is moving along, concerned only with the cares of normal life. In the tribulation we are not eating, drinking and merry making. In the tribulation we are not marrying and giving in marriage — at least not as a condition of society. No — in the tribulation people are being annihilated, either through judgments from God or for the witness of Christ.
However, the single biggest clue is something that Jesus would specifically address with John the Revelator in the second and third chapters of Revelation when he addresses the church — the overcomer and specifically faith.
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That is, we can only overcome if we have faith in the Lord that he shall deliver us from the judgments to come. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. In these scriptures we get the added bonus of the days of Lot as well — who also had the faith to trust the Lord when faith was all that you could have.
We see the confirmation of what the Lord was saying and the faith required in other scriptures as well. Hebrews — Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
There is something here that few notice or think about. This is another quiet reference to what happens with the rapture. That is the secret of the verse. Just as the world was condemned when Noah left, it will be condemned by our leaving. It is a prophetic reference in a chapter discussing the faith required to secure that reference. It is another example of the mysteries of God concealed in the Old Testament, yet revealed in the New Testament. This is also a double reference.
It refers to both the rapture at the beginning of the tribulation and the rapture of the , Jews at the middle of the tribulation. With the first removal of the restrainer the tribulation comes remember, the , Jews are not sealed as believers just yet. With the final removal the true Antichrist comes. With the first removal the Antichrist is revealed with the signing of the treaty with Israel.
With the second removal, the Antichrist is revealed in his final terrifying form at the Abomination of Desolation. We cover in great detail the meaning of the revealing in 2 Thessalonians, and how this actually speaks to the seven year treaty with Israel, and not the Abomination of Desolation in the page on additional scriptural evidences of the pre-tribulation rapture and the rapture bombshell in 2 Thessalonians.
Once we go there is nothing left to hold back the end times and the tribulation. Those that remain will have to repent and find Christ again, as they have given up their first love. The , Jews are the only reason that the Holy Spirit is still here. The very last verse — verse — is an entire lesson on the rapture itself:. He was talking about the living saints of Christ. In other words, the Old Testament saints such as Noah, Abraham and Daniel will not perfect until they are joined by those that have come to know Christ.
At this point we must ask ourselves a question. What would have happened if any one of these had not the faith required to overcome? What if Noah had not built the ark? Where would we be if he did not have faith to believe though everyone scoffed at him? Likewise, we see faith confirmed in 2 Peter — For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;. And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;.
And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an example unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked. And likewise in 2 Peter — Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of His coming?
For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the Word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: but the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same Word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. Kaiser, Jr. Not only that, but this officially sanctioned promise reveals the truth of the origins of this promise:. What a statement that Peter made! That is the very heart of what the rapture is.
It never has been about the Lord simply returning for the saints. It is the fulfillment of the most powerful and abiding promise that Christ makes outside of salvation itself. It is not simply a doctrinal difference that has no real impact. It is either a direct subject, or a prophetic mystery in the level of mysteries of the scriptures. By now you get the point. There is no faith in Christ unless there is full faith in Christ. If you believe in the salvation of Christ, yet possess no faith in His power as God then there can be no salvation.
Either Christ is God or he is not. Either He has the power to keep His promises or He does not. It cannot be both. Likewise, if a risen Christ claims the power to save yet you should not believe then you shall not be saved anywise. Now, the declaration of the days of Noah and Lot are likewise followed by examples that would also provide the context needed to understand the rapture when it is fully revealed to Paul.
We notice that examples are given of those that are taken and those that are left. We are told of two men in the field and two women grinding at the mill. Jesus then follows these examples with warnings about those that do not watch for the coming of the Lord and fall into the cares of this life.
Again, the descriptions given in are not examples of those that find themselves in the tribulation and surrounded by destruction. They are examples of those in the cares of normal life yet again. It goes without saying, though I will say it regardless. It should be noted that verse 51 is a double reference to both hell and the tribulation.
It is the most dire warning offered to those that should reject the promise of the coming of the Lord. I have often wondered if those that deny the pre-tribulation rapture on the basis of Matthew 24 have the entire book of Matthew or if their Bibles have been ripped apart and pages stolen. It seems that rapture critics never make it to Matthew chapter Chapter 25 is irrefutable proof of the pre-tribulation rapture.
There is a reason why no conversation with the rapture critic ever goes into chapter 25 — no position other than a pre-tribulation rapture can be sustained when it is understood. It is hardly even debatable at this point. Yet, there is always room for one more proof. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;. But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.
Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. This block of scripture alone should have been enough for those that are convinced that the wicked are the ones that are taken. Likewise, it is defacto proof of something else the scriptures reveal:. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:. That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. It is no accident that Paul gives us these scriptures in the same conversation where he addresses attempts to deny and destroy the doctrine of the pre-trib rapture.
It reveals a hard truth about the soon return of the Lord. Those that reject the coming of Christ are blinded by the Lord. They have turned from the promise of the soon return of the Lord because they follow after their own flesh. In other words, they reject the rapture because they are carnal, and do not wish to see the return of the Lord!
This evidenced even further by the very parables in Matthew 24 and This can be confusing if you read it a little too quickly. First, it means those that refuse to give up their old lives. Whether it is family, job, wealth, etc — this speaks to this that cannot let the past go. We need to realize what has happened here.
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First off, what needs understood is that it was not just her old life that she looked back on. It was family. We see from the story of Lot that not all of his family took serious his warnings about the judgment of God. This reveals a critical point for all of us. While we all desire that our families should find the Lord, we need to remember that salvation is a personal issue. That said, there is a profound truth here. It is not just giving up our old life. We have a choice. We can choose our life, or we can choose the life of Christ. When we do that, we gain the second point of this scripture.
We go through so much of our life on this earth trying to build something. Yet, it is only when we stop and surrender that life to the Lord that we finally preserve our life and it becomes something real. There is yet another truth here. Remember, all scripture has four levels of interpretation. There is the obvious interpretation of the plain reading. There is the spiritual interpretation which we have just covered.
Then there is the prophetic layer, or the level of mysteries. This is a prophetic scripture, and the Lord is revealing a critical piece to the prophetic puzzle. In the days just before the rapture, all of us will have a simple choice to make. We can trust in the Lord and His promises, turning our full attention to the task at hand. We can seek first the Kingdom of God and do those things He has appointed to us to do — and do so without worry or concern for the things to come. Or, we can lean to our own understanding and seek our own means to save our life and stave off the soon coming times of trouble.
In that project is a grave warning in the Book of Hebrews that confirms the terrible truth of what will come to those that claim Christ, yet lack the faith in His power as God. Typically, we jump to the same general conclusion regarding this scripture. The Lord is saying to drop everything and run as fast as we can. However, there is one small problem:. Remember, the coming wrath of God is just that — the wrath of God.
There is no escape for those that must remain to endure it. With the common understanding that most fall into, it leaves a terrible assumption that will cost many their eternity. It says that we can actually escape — and by our hands no less! These words speak something critical — the person is trying to save their own life by their OWN hands, and their OWN understanding.
So, what then is the Lord actually saying? Emergency food. Emergency medicine. Stored gasoline. The Lord is not talking about your TV here. He is not talking about your baseball card collection, prized though it may be. He is talking about those things that are worth risking your very life for. Remember, the premise here is that the Day of the Lord has now come. He is talking about a last minute choice, when minutes are all that is left.
Will you fall away into your own understanding, and seek salvation by your own hands? Will you be broken by a lack of faith and fear at the very last moment? Will you fall away from faith in the power of the Lord to save, and turn to your own efforts and understanding to save yourself? Or will you realize that the only chance any of us have is to turn to the Lord and trust completely in Him?
In other words, the Lord is saying that only those that are willing to stake their life on Christ in the days of decision just before His return are the only ones that are worthy to escape the things that must soon come to pass. That is exactly how Satan works. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. Now you are getting the point. Now you are making the connection.
I have said it before and I will say it again. Those that think that the rapture is nothing more than a minor event, and that it does not matter what you believe — those are the believers that will be locked out. Is it really that hard to understand? Think about what the Bible says about the rapture. The dead in Christ are raised from the dead, rebuilt to perfection and taken to heaven. Then those that are alive and remain are literally taken alive into heaven, also rebuilt to perfection in the process. Let me ask you this — how exactly is such an event ANYTHING other than the most pivotal, world changing moment in human history after the death and resurrection of Christ?
How is it that so many that claim to have a relationship with the risen Savior think so little of His promise to do the exact same thing for them. And literally raise them from the dead? How is it conceivable that anybody can see this as nothing more than a minor event before the much more prominent tribulation? It absolutely staggers the mind when you think about it. Literally, these two points set a singular premise in the plain reading of the scripture — even without further study or looking at the original Greek.
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