Tuesday, January 16, 2007

4. THE RAPTURE

"Thus saith Yahweh, believers ARE going through the tribulation period." Why pre-trib is wrong. 1. The large part of 2000 yrs. of Historical Christianity has taught we ARE going through the 7 yr. tribulation period. 2. Pre-trib teaches there are 2 second comings - before and after! Thare`s only one! 3. People say tribulation deals with the Unbelieving World and Israel. We`ve been "grafted into Israel". So spiritually we are Part of Israel, the blessings, the promises, etc. 4. The pre-trib interpretation, has its origins [the last 200 yrs. with John Darby] and taught primarily in THIS country! 5. Other believers have suffered down through history, why not us? 6. Some say, "God will snatch out believers, they won`t go through God`s Judgement". Yet there ARE believers in the tribulation - "They were beheaded for their testimony" and "given white robes" [Rev. 6:9; 7:9; 20:4]. Read 1 Thess. 5: 9-10 in the Amplified version "...[He did not select us to condemn us], but [that we might] obtain [His] Salvation..." Why doesn`t Paul use the Greek word for 'rapture' [rapture is from a latin word] as in 1 Thess. 4:17, if he meant that? Instead he uses a word for Salvation, not rapture or "caught up". As for Rev. 3:10, was for the church then and, "...will keep [or guard] you." It doesn`t say God will "snatch them out"! 7. Alot of the judgements are people doing things to other people, or because of the result of human misconduct. 8. Like in Egypt, God poured out His judgement, and Israel was protected. 9. Read Matt. chapter 24, Jesus` discourse "They that endure till the end will be saved", "For the sake of the elect [chosen ones] those days will be shortened", & "I will gather my elect from the 4 corners of the earth, and of heaven...". 10. You`re giving believers false hope with pre-trib. 11. In the N.T., "The Last Trump" prophetically is the "The Feast of Sukkot or Ingathering", not "The Feast of Trumpets". The "rapture" is at the second coming of Jesus Christ! 12. The Greek term for Apostasy "a falling away" or "a departing from" used in 2 Thess. 2:3, is the exact term also used in Acts 21:21; 1 Tim 4:1 and Heb 3:12, means, an open rebellion or religious revolt against God! 13. "In 1 Thess 4:17 Paul uses a Greek technical term apantesis, for "meet", which is used in Greek literature outside the bible to speak of citizens going out of a city to meet an arriving magistrate, then to return to the city with him." [Systematic Theology, 1994 edition, by Wayne Grudem, p. 1134 footnote, with other similar quotes, at the bottom of page] 14. In 2 Thess 2: 1-3, "...and our gathering to Himself...", verse 3 "...that Day will not come UNLESS [or until] the great apostasy [spiritual rebellion or open revolt] happens... and the son of perdition is revealed..." If you read the Word at face value it gives the very clear impression we ARE going through it! Don`t read into the Word your personal interpretation, or what you want the Word to say. Finally, Persecution and Tribulation are the only things that will separate the truly dedicated believers, from the wishy washy false believers. And force Lukewarm Christians to grow up!

1 Comments:

Blogger Louise said...

A rather forthright and riveting piece on Google - titled "Pretrib Rapture Diehards" - certainly reinforces what you have stated. And leading Christian scholars have referred to the pretrib rapture view as potentially as very dangerous view when future things happen. Thank you for being bold and honest! Louise

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