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►Israel: ●Elected ●Rebelled ●Rejected ●Regathered ●Repented ●Received.
- After going through the news networks, we are still in this prophetic impasse. There are of course many things happening here and there, but nothing of major prophetic immediacy.
- Turkey threatens to launch "imminent operation" in Syria provoking Russia's anger! Echoes of Eekiel 38! (19 February)
These will change on Sundays or as the Lord leads.
Psalm 78:31-34 “The wrath of God came against them...in spite of this they still sinned, and did not believe in His wondrous works, therefore their day He consumed in futility and their years in fear. When He slew them, then they sought Him; and they turned and sought diligently for God.”
Isaiah 5:20 “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness; who put sweet for bitter and bitter for sweet! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes.”
Jeremiah 23:22 “If they had stood in My counsel, and had caused My people to hear My words, they would have turned them away from their evil ways and doings.”
1 Corinthians 2:15 “He who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.”
Romans 16:17 “Note those that cause divisions contrary to the doctrine which you have leaned, and avoid them.”
Shabbat (Sabbath) begins on Fridays at 6pm and ends on Saturdays at 6pm. The purpose of this report is to help the church and Israel become reconciled in Messiah.
21st February 2020
Shabbat Shalom to all!
Generally speaking firstly:
I have shortened the main editions from an average of 3500 words to about 2500 words. This makes for easier reading without skipping sections, which people do, if it’s long. The Sabbath Report remains at about 1000 words on average. I have also increased the font size slightly.
Don’t miss Edition 510, the new one, entitled “Falling away from what?” I have some exciting material on prophecy and the rapture for you amongst some other things.
Dealing with Bible prophecy is very exciting and extremely important, but we also need to know how to sit down, shut up, and wait as well. (Believe me, I don’t like waiting either.)
The problem is if we don’t wait when required, we can get bent out of shape with all sorts of strange, untrue revelations and presumptions which are way off. It’s easy to get ahead of things and into trouble.
Right now we are in the waiting room on the railway siding. What’s that puffing sound I hear getting closer?
Okay, let’s get into today’s message:
How to go to hell - It’s very easy!
■Firstly, you must believe that there is no hell, and that even if there is, a loving God would not send anyone there. That’s your first giant step to hell.
■Stay ignorant of the truth and deny that God-created little voice in your heart saying that He and His word is truth. – “Suppress the truth in your unrighteousness.” (Romans 1:18)
■Use your human reasoning to get rid of your conscience.
■Exalt and enthrone yourself and your opinions as a god.
■Deny and cast down the essential, truth of the cross of Calvary and the resurrection.
■Deny the fact that God calls sin – sin! Be a law unto yourself, with your own worldly-wise ways. Grey out biblical light and merge it with darkness.
■Believe that you are very important, and in no need of repentance and correction. Just stay as you are – you can be wonderfully successful and happy on your own – you can do it.
■Believe that God, (if there is a God) will save you because you are more good than bad.
■Deny the existence of Satan and his power. Deny the existence and influence of demons.
■Deny the truth that salvation is exclusive and only for those who are truly born-again of the Spirit of God. While you’re about it, you might as well deny Yeshua, God, and the Holy Spirit.
■Obey the voices and actions of the masses. Be informed by them. Follow their traditions customs, ways, entertainment, fun and doings. Be one of the crowd and don’t rock the boat.
■Believe the mass-media and surrender to their authority.
■Believe that all religions are equal with their own legitimate way to the same God.
■Give yourself to ministers who themselves are not born again and Spirit filled.
■Believe that you’re a Christian because you went to church on Easter and Christmas.
■Learn how to lie to yourself, trust in yourself, and believe the lie that you don’t need a Saviour.
■Live for the here and now, and focus all your attention on money and materialism. Live for “me now”.
■Love the world and it’s wisdom and serve it unquestioningly.
■Believe in and exalt all gods, read your horoscopes, uplift your fortune teller, clairvoyant and witchdoctors.
■Flaunt your sexual adventures, practises, and beliefs. Give yourself over to lust.
■Deny God’s definition of family and in fact God’s definition of everything!
■Learn how to hate Jews and real Christians.
■Thrive on pride and live a carefree life. Live in external peace getting rid of anything that convicts your conscience.
Here are some of the matching verses: James 4:4, Romans 12:2, Mark 8:36, John 16:33, 1 John 2:16 and many more.
How to get to heaven:
●Only the love of God demonstrated upon the cross can save you. ●Take up your own cross daily once His cross has saved you. ●Recognise that you are incapable of saving yourself, a sinner in need of repentance. ●Call on our Lord in all sincerity, to save you. ●Be baptised in water and in the Spirit. ●Reject all your rubbish that has kept you away from God. ●Make it your determined effort to follow our Lord, believe and do His word. ●Fully surrender to the truth of the Bible. It is true even if no one in the world believes it! ●Set your heart to love and get to know our Lord more and more. ●Get into fellowship with like minded believers. ●Ignore the rejection of friends of the world. ●Take up and use your spiritual gifts and weapons. ●Write down your vision, progress and spiritual goals and desires. ●Do something memorable, dramatic and demonstrative at your major spiritual milestones. ●Be different.
Love the Lord with all your heart mind soul and strength.
Pray for our Lord to cleanse and re-sensitise your conscience. Then Your renovated conscience, in tune with the Holy Spirit will lead you and approve you before God.
The most incredible thing is that when you get saved, God does not count or remember any of your sins. The slate is clean so that you can move forward unhindered and in confidence. But for those who remain unsaved, they are dead in their sins, weighed down and fully condemned forever. (2 Corinthians 5:19, John 3:16-19)
The greatest tragedy of all is that most people carry on living for self. without even questioning which road they're on!
New and old believers, welcome to glory and eternity.
Edition 479: July 23rd 2019
Great end-time conflicts:
These are words of life!
Fortify the wall, get your spiritual weapons lined up and cleaned up ready to be brought into service.
You need to have defensive and offensive weapons on all sides, except your back! It is the Lord Himself that will be “your rear guard.” (Isaiah 52:12)
The greatest error of our time is not to see. It is to be blinded by the light! It is the error of seeing things from the wicked world’s point of view. In the sanctuary of darkness, your conscience will be seared, and you will be a vulture’s prey.
It’s okay to have spiritual hiccups for a short season and lose focus, but be careful out there, get rid of those hiccups quickly. They’re dangerous in these days.
Those who draw from polluted waters will themselves become polluted and then pollute others, and end up with more than a frog in the throat, or spiritual hiccups!
Many are inwardly drawn to error and have a natural propensity to be at home with it is. It’s always the same ones! You can be very sure that they are drawing form a polluted source!
Many of you out there would do well to throw out the polluted waters of your spiritual source.
A broken and clean heart before our Lord and the full acceptance of the work of the Spirit of God is the way to see clearly and with purity.
I recall way back in the 70s being fascinated with a piece of paper that had a silver emulsion on one side. When it was exposed to a controlled light and placed in developer, suddenly an image began to appear. You could manipulate the image intensity in various ways, but you were stuck with it once it had gone into a bath of fixer and then washed.
Back in those days that was the essence of how photography worked. Today we do most of these things digitally.
It is the Light of God that enlightens the image. But He shuts off its making as well.
The point for us all is that once the image of our lives has been reflected onto God’s eternal “paper” and been fixed, it’s a signed, sealed and delivered situation.
This, my friends is like the light of your glory. It will appear and it will last forever. It will not fade! Once your glory has been revealed by God’s light – that’s it, you can’t do it again.
Silver-coated photographic paper works only once!
Colossians 3:4 “When Messiah who is our life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.”
Isaiah 60:20 “Your sun shall no longer go down, nor shall your moon withdraw itself, for the Lord will be your everlasting light and the days of your mourning shall be ended.”
1 Thessalonians 5:5 “You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We are not in the night or darkness, therefore let us not sleep as the others do, but let us keep watch and be sober.”
Don’t waste your time on the rubbish the world has to offer. We don’t know how long we have? Of course there are some whose focus must legitimately be in success in the world, but it is always with the kingdom of God as a priority in their lives.
Personally, I have just had a terrible health “encounter” that I did not think I would come out of. Only a week or two later, after some cracking prayer from friends and my prayer partners, I’m almost back to normal again.
I would like to thank those who selflessly stood in the gap for me.
In fact I can now see the other side of the story. I have endeavoured to turn this around on the devil’s head and come out stronger for our Lord.
So, to me it is now already like a new milestone. I dedicate myself afresh to serving you.
Conflicts are ramping up!
The Straits of Hormuz are becoming the battle-waters of coming great conflict.
It’s not so much about oil-tankers carrying black gold from the deep to the west. It’s not so much about Iran and the US or Islam against Israel. It is about Satan and God!
Satan knows that one little spot – a choke-hold, a strangle-hold sees about 30% of the world’s oil need flow through Hormuz. That can disrupt the world economy in a flash if interfered with.
I’ve said for many years and do so again, this will be the nasty trigger to Gog and Magog and the other wars of prophecy in the region.
The question is not what you or I think on these issues, but whose side are you on in spiritual terms. (Revelation 12:12-13)
Where God goes and is acknowledged, and recognised, upliftment comes along. New vision and understanding comes along. It always works in the larger picture too. In other words, upliftment of society as a whole takes place – all for the betterment of mankind.
The source can even be one small ministry, which then spreads outwards. It is evil spreads in a lack of godliness in the nation.
Think of this: The USA has always been a “nation under God” to some degree. The US has always stood with and for Israel. You could see it in the inventiveness and success through their times.
Pretty soon the Space race began.
“Reach for the stars – reach for the final frontier” they said, and off they went in funny space suits to the final frontiers, the conquest of paradise, even though it amounted to not much more than a paradise ball of cheese in the sky!
►But the godless reject the ways of God and are drawn down! Relating to Israel we have the final frontier now being turned by the world-system to the “final solution again”!
As God’s glorious plan of salvation for the world flies through history, we see the wonderful plan encapsulated in:
Israel is: ●Elected ●Rebelled ●Rejected ●Regathered ●Repented ●Accepted.
On May 14th 1948, the Lion nation, soon to release the Lion of the tribe of Judah, became a nation, which was part of this process above. Israel reached for her lost Star in blind obedience to God’s prompting. The final frontier beside one arrived - their national Promised Land. (Their salvation in Messiah being the last frontier.)
But what happened the very next day? On May 15th 1948, the Palestinians declared it “Nakba” day. Meaning: “The day of catastrophe.”
If you seriously look at these two issues you can see those who have chosen heaven and those who have chosen hell!
It is: “Bless Israel and be blessed” – God. Or “Let’s wipe Israel off the map.” – Iran.
Who do you think will come out on top here? A lot more half the world have become thicker than 26 planks. – And many churches too.
Today, more and more, people have become so junk-filled that they can’t distinguish between what is right, holy and what is of the devil anymore.
Many times when you are an advocate and practitioner of God’s holiness, and His ways, people look at you funny! But don’t be concerned about that. God will look at them through eyes of fire and fury – soon – not very funny!
Rend you hearts! Be clean...you are in conflict even now.
Joel 2:13 “So, rend your hearts and not your garments; return to the Lord your God...”
Job 17:9 “The righteous will hold to his way, and he who has clean hands will be stronger and stronger.”
Psalm 24:4-5 “He who has clean hands and a pure heart and has not lifted his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully, will receive blessing from the Lord.”
2 Samuel 22:21 “The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness and according to the cleanness of my hands.”
Don’t ever get the idea from anyone that all you do even in sincerity is of God and will be rewarded. Those who are carnally minded and have built their lives on the errors of the day will have it all stripped away – forever.
Many people are storing up a pile of rotten, dead works in their lives. It actually goes frighteningly further “Being carnally minded makes you an enemy of God!” (Romans 8:6-8)
For the active believer caught up in glorious truth – great glory awaits. Even nature itself is stirring ahead of the revealing of the saints!
When you are on the right path, you will have an inner witness and peace will be your end.
This is a mix of a cheetah picture, a lion and a baobab tree. I took the the pictures in Botswana some years ago.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 478: July 15th 2019
Great end-time errors:
These are words of life!
►They were almost my last words! I apololgise for this edition going out at first with many problems. I have had a major heart isue, leaving me in and out of consiousness and wiping me out. I am on the road to healing.
In many of these things, we need to define our terms exactly, and clearly indicate what we are saying, because often times, when we explain things, from different stand-points with different application it may changes things. We must always be very clear on the differences of truth and error. They are spirits with their own rights,
We must be open to spiritual reality and be discerning, standing in the gap for others. Only truth endures and carries the full blessing of our Lord.
The pursuit of God:
This is perhaps the most noble pursuits, of all and is fraught with many dangers. Don’t get ahead of God. You will take the wrong road if you do, and don’t think you can do without His spiritual equipping in these dangerous days.
Ignorance of God’s word, enlightened by Him, is a modern-day plague in the church. Even the various translations of the Bible have brought much division and confusion in.
Some Bibles deliberately present an anti-Israel slant, enhancing this confusion.
For example, some say the early King James Versions of the Bibles, before a certain time period, presented a preamble to many texts of the Old Covenant, saying that wherever you read about Israel, the Jews or Jerusalem you just replace this with "the church"This is how so much anti-Semitism infiltraded the church.
It was the so-called "authority" of this King James Version that had brought it in through their inserted headlines.
This simple error was part of the cause for WW11, and is again fermenting ahead of WW111.
Date setters delight.
This little lot obviously comes down to basic logic, understanding of language and the Bible itself.
What is date setting? And what it is not.
As I’ve pointed out many times before a doctrine must be accepted and harmonise with all scripture for it all add up.
There are many verses that become contrardicictory, if we’re not led by the Spirit. They will not make sense.
We are literally “commanded” to know the time of our Lord’s coming in judgement. (1 Thessalonians 5:1)
We are commanded to know the times and the seasons. We must know the times of the Gentiles. We must know where Irsrel, God's prohetic clock is
Those with no spiritual authority are not to be trusted. They are sent, just to trip us up if they can, making a big mess of things, presenting a terribly distorted message.
We all know the failed dates: – Do you see tomorrow’s date (as of writing) here below also?
There are again a gaggle of goose-setters out there who have come up with the July 17th for the rapture!
May 21st 2011, September 23rd 2017 May 14th 2019 and now the new one July 17th 2019 (tomorrow)
Those not to trust
►Don’t trust those who say “The Lord told me", "I had a dream," and "100% for sure.
►People call God into their predictions and say “God told me”, which in fact is simply shifting responsibilty and call God' authority in because they don't have any. But when things don’t come to pass we see that it is the god of error at workand now they dump the blame on him. Satan will reward them for that by deceiving them even more.
Of course the Lord the does give dreams and speaks in many, sometimes quite supernatural ways. But great discernment is needed here,
Be careful of defining or renaming error as biblical truth. For example: The term “witchdoctor” is common throughout Africa and in many cultures. Today that word has been changed to “traditional healer,” although nothing at all changed within the witchdoctor. It simply gives respectability, acceptance, and authority to the devil and continues the enslavement of the masses.
►The failed predictor casts doubt on God and perpetuates his non-repentance.
I fully accept the repentant teacher and the one who stumbled, and through repentance came right.
Prophecy proves and affirms the veracity of God’s word. Failed prophetic utterances affirms the spirit of error and acts as a great distracter. Don’t listen to them.
You need to be well aware of those who constructe dangerous, erroneous teachings that don't harmonise.
Can you know the eaxact date – Most probably not. Can you know the time – Yes.
Can you say: "We will see the date of the Feast or Trumtes 2019 approaching?" Yes! That is the key!
The illogical error of Imminence is – wrong!
I will deal with these things some more next week.
In looking to identify error, the first thing you must do is check the inner witness in your heart. Then check the track-record of the presenter, and his his claims.. Then look for tell-tales signs of manipulation, and self-seeking or promotion.
If a prophecy is of the Lord, it will come to pass. If it does not come to pass that person is a liar, deceiver and of the spirit of error and must be avoided . The character of the devil is lying in pride.
Don’t open your heart to everyone! Don't receive from anyone.
Proverbs 27:12 “A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself...”
Proverbs 25:12 “Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold, is a wise reprover to an obedient ear.”
The ancient keys to much blessing:
Matthew 16:19 “I will give the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
Revelation 1:18 “I am He who lives and was dead and behold I am alive forevermore, amen. I have the keys of Hades and of death.”
Jeremiah 6:16-19 “Ask for the old paths, where the good way is and walk in it, then you will find rest (blessing) for your souls. But they said, ‘we will not walk in it.’ Also, I set watchmen over you, saying, ‘listen to the sound of the trumpet.’ But they said, ‘we will not listen...Hear O earth, certainly, I will bring calamity on the people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not heeded My words.”
Return to the ancient ways. (Lend Me your ears and "I Ifill them with glory)
Fancy new doctrines are the fashion of the day - beware of them and the maner in which they are presented to today's lazy, sleeping church.
Most fancy new doctrines are – shot in the head, before they are even born. They carry the spirit of death upon them. But they are appealing to the spirit of pride in self-made man pride and arrogance right from the outset!
Bear in mind that there are a number of types of pride out there that appeal to the spiritually juvenile! The pride of life and self-importance, the pride of appearance.
Basically, God blesses His truth and not error. God never blesses pride!
Beware of the subtle, subliminal anti-Israel motive behind many Youtube teachers. Camouflaged Catholics. Rightly dividing the truth was the Catholic principle of dividing the Jews out of their God- given call.
But deliverance and victory is available.
Mark 5:15 – The demon possessed man was now delivered and in his right mind.
The world thinks war is won by peace. The coming peace covenant will cause God to make war with peace! – Oops!
Destroying your faith:
If your quest to be right involves elevating yourself, and proving others wrong, you must consider who you damaging in the process?
With these things in mind - it is time to get ready like never before. Is it pssible to lie and come to the truth - yes and yes again if you live the essence of life.
I am seeing and hearing many testimonies of people having their eternal values made straight. And many wonderful testimonig of the all important growth of many readers!
This is one of my early paintings of sunflowers, done with a palette knife. I’ve superimposed it over one of my pictures of the Namaqualand Desert in flower.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 477: July 9th 2019
Analysing the rapture (Part 4)
These are words of life!
This will be the last in this series. I have much more still to share, which I’ll keep for another time, unless the trumpet sounds first! Will someone blow the heavenly trumpet!
The next edition, Lord willing will be related to this series in some ways. I will be looking at some of the great end time errors, including the dilemma of the date-setters! Don’t miss it. I have some very exciting things to share in other upcoming editions and reports – stay tuned!
Some end-time background:
The Second Coming brings to a nightmare-end, the last stand of Satan, his host of demons and his advocates and followers like the mass-media.
The rapture brings with it incorruptible, new life, great joy, great love, eternal peace, great reward, and the final completion of our salvation and God’s plans for all true believers. What a wonder!
If you have been a believer for some time, and you do not know at the basics of these things, you are in danger. Error always breeds in the fields of spiritual and scriptural ignorance.
Today, everyone wants to know their future. People have an insatiable desire to know what tomorrow will bring. Bible prophecy has a 100% fulfilment record. Not one prophecy has failed to come to pass. Many of them are highly detailed as well.
Fulfilled Bible prophecy, is proof that the remaining prophecies will be fulfilled in the same literal manner. Thousands of prophecies relate to Israel, Jerusalem and the Jews. They are all a very sure proof of the veracity of God’s word.
The main motivation behind my own passion, interest and study of eschatology, is to draw near to my Lord and Saviour, and to be empowered to walk in holiness. It is to be prepared for our Lord at His coming and to share these things with you.
The Catholic church, most of the denominations today, and all Calvinists, have made a total mess of Bible prophecy. Not being Spirit-led, they reject many of the essentials of it, especially relating to Israel. God is not obliged to teach them anything – and He doesn’t – the spirit of error does!
Let’s consider some very interesting rapture facts:
Many teach that there will be no secret rapture. They say “Every eye will see Him!” (Luke 21:27) That is true – at the Second Coming, not the rapture. The rapture occurs in an atomic moment of time as we are snatched up to meet the Lord in the air. (1 Corinthians 15:52)
The rapture itself is called a mystery!
The Greek word “Mystery” is Strong’s G3466, ‘Mysterion.’ Meaning: “A hidden purpose or secret only known to insiders.”
This word “mystery” is used to describe the church and the church age, and it used to describe the rapture. (Colossians 1:26, Ephesians 3:9, 1 Corinthians 15:51)
When you hear someone teaching that there will be no secret rapture, you know they are ignorant of the scriptures. Do not trust them.
“Others” is quite an inconsequential, unimportant word, or is it?
1 Thessalonians 5:2-6 “You know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say ‘peace and safety’ then sudden destruction comes upon them as labour pains and they shall not escape. But you brethren are not in darkness, so that this day should overtake you as a thief. You are sons of the light and day. We are not of the darkness. Therefore let us not sleep as others do, but let us watch and be sober.”
The word used here for “others” is Strong’s G3062 ‘Loipos.’ Meaning: The remaining ones.
What an amazing thing that is!
Let’s read the verse again and insert this meaning:
“When they say ‘peace and safety then sudden destruction comes upon them and they shall not escape...therefore let us not sleep as the remaining ones do.”
Shall we say, “let us not sleep as the left behind ones do”?
One simple little word can put a different spin on things – not so!
►Rewards are given after rapture – What are they?
The “bema seat” (judgement seat of Messiah) is where believers are rewarded in heaven immediately after the rapture for the works done on earth as led by the Spirit. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14) This is not a judgement for salvation but only for rewards. (2 Corinthians 5:9-11)
At the Second Coming, the saints are seen returning with our Lord to the earth, already rewarded. (Revelation 19:8-9, Luke 14:12-13, 2 Timothy 4:8)
So, what are the rewards? We don’t know exactly, but we know that they are compared to the brightness of the stars, and the value of gold, silver and precious stones. They are pictured as crowns as well.
The Bible is clear on one of the rewards and that is authority to rule and reign in the universe. (2 Corinthians 10:8)
Authority: Strong’s G1849 Exousia. Meanings – Executive power, authority in a jurisdiction, regal or royal authority.
We will rule and reign with our King – the King of kings! (Revelation 20:4-6)
Interestingly this word “Exousia” is the word used to describe Satan’s power in this world. The good news is that he loses his executive power forever! We receive it forever. How about them apples?
►Seven heavenly lamps:
Revelation 1:20 tells us of the “mystery of the seven stars and the seven lamp-stands. The seven lamp stands are the seven churches.” So the lamp-stands represent the church. Now, we come to Revelation 4:1 where John is caught up to heaven and immediately he sees 24 elders, dressed in white and wearing crowns of reward, with seven lamps on fire before the throne of God in heaven. (Revelation 4:4-5) This is before the “seals” of tribulation judgement are opened.
This places John in heaven, the church in heaven and the 24 rewarded elders in heaven before the tribulation begins on earth.
►The marriage dilemma:
Revelation 19:7-8 “...The marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready and to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen, is the righteous acts of the saints.”
This marriage occurs in heaven at some time during the tribulation period on earth.
The wife is ready for the marriage before the Second Advent! She is arrayed in fine linen, clean and white in heaven before the end of the tribulation on earth! Revelation 19:11 speaks of the dramatic Second Advent. It begins with the word “Then” indicating a continuous theme. In others words, it is Then, after the marriage in heaven, that this great, monumental event, the Second Coming occurs. Note also in Revelation 19:14 it says “And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.” This is after the marriage.
This term “fine linen, white and clean” is never used for angels, as some claim. It refers to the rewarded church.
During this time, Satan’s bride, “the whore of Babylon” is also getting ready for her marriage, which will be in hell and with Satan as the groom!
►Don’t miss this wedding:
Luke 12:36 (Amp) “Be yourselves like men who are waiting for their master to return from the marriage feast, so that when he shall return from the wedding and comes and knocks, that you may open to him immediately.”
This verse above, technically, is addressed to the Jews, although the surrounding lessons and principles apply to the church too. But hidden within it is a secret message:
This verse speaks of our Lord returning from a wedding feast to receive what would be the Jews and tribulation saints just after the Second Coming. But what wedding is He returning from? What marriage feast has He just been to? He is not going to a wedding, but returning from it! Obviously this wedding has occurred in heaven, during the tribulation period.
“Return from the wedding” is an incredible statement. In four simple words it shatters the post-tribulation rapture view!
►A post-tribulation conundrum:
One of the many characteristics of the eternal resurrected state is that we will not marry. (Matthew 22:30) We receive resurrected eternal bodies at the moment of rapture. At the Second Coming tribulation saints go into the Millennium and will be able to marry and have children during the Millennium. If there is a post-trib rapture, all come back in glorified bodies, sinners are removed, so who is it that will marry and have children?
There is no answer to this except a pre-trib rapture!
►Let’s go camping:
We know the story of Lot and his wife being removed from the evil city, Sodom, before the judgement of fire fell upon it. This is a type of a pre-tribulation rapture. Lot was not protected through the fiery judgement but removed completely to a camp outside of Sodom.
Genesis 19:22-23 “Hurry, escape there (from Sodom). For I can’t do anything until you arrive there. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar. The sun had risen when Lot entered Zoar.”
Have another look at that verse above in Genesis: “I can do nothing until you arrive there.” What does that mean? God is saying that He cannot bring His judgement on Sodom until Lot and His family were out! Isn’t that interesting?
There is a biblical principle that God “reserves His wrath for His enemies.” But here is another twist on this truth, which is a comfort to us pre-tribbers:
Genesis 18:25 “Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”
The Gentile woman, a hooker- Rahab was removed from Jericho before the city fell – to a camp outside the city. (Joshua 6:22-24)
By the way, there is another very powerful side to this story with Rahab that believers would do well to take heed of. Rahab was a Gentile who helped Israel on her journey to the Promised Land. She hid the spies in her home thereby facilitating the God-inspired journey of the Jews. This simple act brought God’s favour to her and her family. (Genesis 12:3)
This is a powerful type of the pro-Israel church who stands with God’s plans for Israel in these days. In contraposition, it condemns the churches of replacement theology.
The rapture of the church will be the beginning of the final breaking and terrible judgement on the kingdom of this world. It is required for Israel of gold, to be born anew and for the birth, and hatching of the new Millennium and all the indescribable glory to come.
►Doors of glory and judgement:
Some believe that Noah and his family in the ark is a type of the church going through the tribulation, but being protected. That is not consistent with the many descriptions of the tribulation saints being slaughtered in the tribulation.
Here is something amazing worth noting:
Noah was told by God to get into the ark seven days before the flood. (Genesis 7:4) So just before the rains fell Noah was sitting comfortably in his boat. But wait, there is more: God then came along and shut the door of the ark. (Genesis 7:7-10)
The door was shut with Noah and his mob inside, before the flood began. Do you see the pre-tribulation rapture right here?
Bear in mind that the door was open for five wise virgins with enough oil, and was shut to keep the five foolish virgins out! (Matthew 25:10)
Bear in mind that the compromised, dead, lukewarm church shut the door to our Lord, with Him on the outside! Note that our Lord does not barge in. He could of, but if you shut Him out, He honours your choice! (Revelation 3:14-22)
►Proof in Contraposition:
One of the great proofs of a pre-tribulation rapture lies with almost all denominational churches as well as the Catholics. Their ministers universally reject the baptism of the Spirit. They have created a world of division in the church, while God’s Spirit leads into unity. They are almost universally friends of the great sins of the age.
Many of their doctrines are demonic. They reject dispensations and they are almost universally anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian, against God’s work in and with Israel, Jerusalem and the Jews.
It is no surprise then, that these churches almost universally reject the pre-tribulation rapture.
Contraposition simply means, the opposite is where the truth lies. So, the truth is in the opposite position they have on the rapture, dispensations, and Israel. Contraposition still needs the truth of God’s word to be relevant, but it is often a most helpful analysis method.
Biblically there is a Spirit of truth and a spirit of error. In most cases they manifest in opposites.
The events surrounding the rapture:
The rapture is not an isolated event. According to numerous scriptures, well accepted by the majority of Spirit-filled teachers, a number of things occur simultaneously. It is very important to understand this for all scripture to harmonise.
The rapture ends the church age or dispensation, instantly. The next dispensation, Daniel’s seventieth week (of years) or seven-year tribulation period, begins at the same time. The restrainer of evil, which is the Spirit of God in the church, is removed at the same instant. In fact, you could quite accurately say that the rapture is the removal of the restrainer!
The Spirit of God is omni-present and will be on earth during the tribulation, but His operation with man will kick back to the ways of the Old Covenant.
The rapture will occur very close to the signing of the Daniel 9:27 peace treaty between Israel and “the many” for a seven year period. This event will not happen without any pre-planning, and meetings. This event reveals who the antichrist is.
We will see it coming, in the fact that the date of the signing will have been pre-planned as the dates of the Oslo accord and other were.
There are many post-tribulation rapture teachers who mess up this order completely. Tragically, there are also some pre-trib teachers who also mess these things up, creating a gospel of confusion that does not add up with many other verses.
As regular readers know, I totally reject every word of the teaching that claims there is a delay of perhaps many years between the rapture and the tribulation start. It has no scriptural backing and messes up other verses and doctrines.
The removal of the restrainer occurs at the rapture. If there is a post-tribulation rapture, why would the restrainer of evil be removed as the Millennium begins?
Some interesting thoughts:
There is an easy way to have world peace. It’s called love. Just love everyone. That of course is an excuse for unrestrained love of sin. Just surrender to all the wickedness of man in love always and you will have peace. But it will be peace with the devil, the sin nature, and demons, not with God!
The soon coming of the rapture and rolling out of all these end-time things means that we are on the verge of glory, but the world can’t see that it is on the verge of hell!
Many spineless ministers – counterfeits, won’t even speak of Satan his works and hell.
It’s become a mark of the liberal intellectual to deny and even mock the existence of the devil and hell. Satan is a superstition, a myth to them. Bear in mind that a wise enemy always hides and secretly conceals his identity and deeds.
The soon coming rapture is real!
Enoch was raptured alive into heaven. Elijah was raptured alive. Our Lord Himself was raptured. Paul, John and Phillip were all raptured for a purpose and then returned to earth. The church will be raptured – be sure of that fact!
The overwhelming weight of evidence is for a pre-tribulation rapture – and soon!
Note in the previous editions on the rapture, I’ve given you not one but numerous examples and proofs of a pre-tribulation rapture, and they are all consistent. I’ve also given you not one but numerous proofs why the post-tribulation rapture does not fit and harmonise with all scripture.
To quote the old Josh Mcdowell book – that’s “evidence that demands a verdict”.
God is soon going to ‘uglify’ the world with destruction, devils and demons. A focus on the world, even now, will put your spiritual eyes out and kill your conscience. It will blind you. While the world gets worse and darker, the kingdom gets brighter and better!
The effects of the rapture on Israel will be shock and awe, or should we say anger and jealousy. (Romans 10: 19) The rapture will part of their wake-up call.
May I encourage you to get your lives right, to walk in holiness and to be diligent in your godliness and faith in these dark and evil times.
Exodus 33:13-14 “I pray, ‘if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know you, and that I might find grace, and consider that this nation (Israel) is Your people. And He said, ‘My presence will go with you and you will find rest.’”
You can put your own name and that of your family and friends in this verse above instead of “nation.” God will honour you.
“Rest” or distress in the short amount of time left, is your choice.
There is very much more on the rapture than contained here, in these four editions. You will find them in the “Editions by Subject” button on the right hand side, under the heading “rapture.”
This is one of my early paintings of sunflowers, done with a palette knife. I’ve superimposed it over one of my pictures of the Namaqualand Desert in flower.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 476: July 2nd 2019
Analysing the rapture (Part 3)
These are words of life!
Recently I heard a number of ministers using the phrase, “This is not going to end well.”
They were referring to a number of worldly issues, which are most certainly not going to end well for the world. But there is another side to the story. Everything is going to end in spectacular, magnificent glory for all true believers. We must be aware of both.
A lot of people reject the rapture because they can’t imagine it. They think it is science fiction! In that case, then so is the resurrection and ascension of our Lord, as well as other previous raptures revealed in the Bible. But very soon, the unbelieving world and unbelieving but professing Christians will know all about it – too late, except for tears!
As explained in the previous two editions, the three rapture views are pre-tribulation, mid, and post.
Only one can be right. The pre-tribulation rapture position today is under growing attack, by the dead church and the world. That alone should go a long way to proving that it is right. The post tribulation view is popular with the Spirit-less church, but is the most unlikely.
Here are some more problems with the post- trib view to add to those of the last edition:
Post-tribulation rapture problems:
Why does the Bible seemingly go out of its way to stress the manner of the coming of the Lord in two very different ways? The first is described as, “We will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air”. (1 Thessalonians 4:17) The second is described as His coming to Jerusalem, to the Mount of Olives with “His feet touching the Mount of Olives?” (Zechariah 14:4)
This can only be the case if these are two separate, distinct comings. One is at rapture and the other at the Second Coming. They cannot be the same event, ruling out a general post-tribulation rapture.
There are a number of rapture verses that could go either way – pre, mid, or post, but there are many that don’t fit the post- tribulation rapture position, whichever way you cut it!
1 Thessalonians 1:10 “...He delivers us from the wrath to come”.
If there is a post- trib rapture, what “wrath to come” is this? A post-trib rapture is followed immediately by the Millennium and not wrath!
Revelation 3:10 “Because you have kept My word to persevere, I also will keep you from (Lit = clean out away from) the hour (Lit =- wider time period) of trial which shall come upon the whole world to test those who dwell on the earth.”
If we have a post-trib rapture, what trial is this? A post-trib rapture would mean that believers are kept clean out away from the trial which is the Millennium!
2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 “Now concerning the coming of the Lord and our gathering together to him, we ask you not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the Day of the Lord had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition.”
Due to persecution, the believers at Thessalonica thought they were in the tribulation, and had missed the rapture. If we have a post- trib rapture, why would that be an issue, why would you be troubled by a letter saying that you are going through the tribulation at the end of the tribulation?
The timing of the rapture:
Luke 19:42-44 “If you had known, even you (Jews), especially in this your day, the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes...They will not leave one stone standing upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”
If our Lord was angry that the Jews did not know the time of their visitation (first coming), why would He be happy that modern believers do not know the time of their visitation?
Note one very important fact in this discourse above. The Jews were not only rebuked by our Lord for not knowing the time, but they were told that because they did not know the time, they would now not be able to know the time because they had been blinded!
One of the reasons that there is so much confusion about the rapture is that many Christians have their eyes blinded, due to their spiritual ignorance. They are not able to know.
Do you see how important it is to always be open to God’s truth and His word, His way?
It is not God’s will for you to be ignorant of this most important time as it approaches fast.
Many Bible teachers keep on repeating the same old thing: “No one know the time”, and “no one knows the day or hour.”
The term “No one knows” is Strong’s G 1492 “eido” and is used in the past tense. In other words no one has known (at that time). It does not rule out a future knowing.
God did not warn of coming massive judgements in the Old Covenant, so that people would not know the time of those judgements. He warned so they would know.
The seven-year tribulation period is the seven-year “time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7) and the seventieth week (of years) (Daniel 9:27), which is the closing out of the dispensation of the Old Covenant, which has been on hold during the church age. So, if God warned Israel many times in the Old Covenant, it is consistent that the He will do so again relating to the start of the tribulation.
According to the Bible, the tribulation period will begin just as the antichrist is revealed and signs a peace covenant of some sort between Israel and “the many”. The “restrainer of evil, (The Spirit filled church) will be removed and the church age will come to an abrupt end in rapture.
So, although there are no specific signs ahead of the rapture itself, there are and will be many signs ahead of the tribulation start.
These things will all occur very close to each other. They might occur on the same day or within a few days of each other, but no more than that.
So, we can also look at when the tribulation is to begin to get an idea of the timing of the rapture. As we see the one approaching, the other is at the door, on the door step.
Right now we are very close to the start of the tribulation period. Numerous ducks are all lined up in a row!
Who goes in the rapture?
Only those who are truly born-again of the Spirit of God and of the shed blood of Messiah at the cross, will go in the rapture. There will be few that will go in the rapture! There are very many who think they are Christians who are not.
What constitutes salvation? It is the deliberate, conscious wilful choice to be born-again of the Spirit of God. (John 3:3) It must be confessed and spoken and believed upon. There will be fruit of the Spirit in your life and it will be fruit that remains. (John 15:16) You will overcome the world. (1 John 5:4) Salvation is by grace alone with no law or works involved. (Ephesians 2:8-9) You will begin to change from the inside out. (Romans 12:1-2) You will have a heart to heart identification with others who are born again. If at all humanly possible you will be adult baptised (total immersion) in water and baptised in the Spirit. (Mark 16:16, Hebrews 6:1-2) You will love the truth.
God loves the backslider and will always welcome him back.
Salvation is not professing to be a Christian without the above factors involved. A true Christian is one in which there has been regeneration in his spirit.
Many churches will be cast into the tribulation period. These are revealed in the first three chapters of the Revelation and numerous other passages.
The following two verses for the church are incredible and profound, with exact opposite messages:
- Revelation 3:10 “Because you kept My word to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world to test those who dwell on the earth.”
The term “hour of trial” is a reference to the seven year tribulation period. The term “keep you from,” in the original language means to be “kept clean out away from.”
- Revelation 2:22 “Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds.
In the original text the term “great tribulation” has the definite article in front of it. It is not talking about general tribulation but the great tribulation. You can add to this Revelation 3:16, speaking of lukewarm church being vomited out of God’s mouth.
So, here are two verses, one promising some churches that they will be cast into the great tribulation and the other, promising this church that it will be kept clean out of the tribulation.
It’s interesting that the Catholic Church and other orthodox churches reject the pre-tribulation rapture position. They’re quite right about that...for themselves!!
Did Noah and his family know when the flood was coming? Yes they did. They knew and they watched and warned! The people of Noah’s day “knew not until the flood swept them away.” (Matthew 24:37-42.) Noah’s warning: Hebrews 11:7 Genesis 7:10, 16 2 Peter 2:5.
Lot was warned by God of the judgement to come on Sodom and got out! We all know the reason for that enormous judgement! (Genesis 19:14)
Both Noah and Lot are used as descriptions for these last days.
Have you noticed that more and more men of God are warning of coming judgment now?
The great escape:
A most short-sighted, scripturally ignorant view perpetrated by many post-trib ministers is that we Christians will be protected through the tribulation, and those believing in a pre-trib rapture are simply wishful thinking escapists.
Let’s see what the Bible says:
Revelation 20:4-5 “I saw thrones and they sat on them and judgement was committed to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshipped the beast or his image and had not received his mark and they reigned with Christ for a thousand years.”
Revelation 13:6 “He (antichrist) opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle and those who dwell in heaven, and it was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them...” (Trib saints)
Revelation 12:17 “And the dragon was enraged with the woman (who gave birth to the Lord =Israel) and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”
Revelation 17:6 “I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus...”
Daniel 7:21-22 “I was watching and that same horn (antichrist) was making war against the saints and prevailing against them, until the Ancient of Days came and judgement was made in favour of the saints of the Most High and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom.”
Daniel 7:25 “He (antichrist) shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints of the Most High and shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand for a time times and half a time.
The two witnesses and the 144,000 will be supernaturally protected for their mission, but as we see in these verses above, the tribulation saints (Gentiles and Jews saved in the tribulation period) will not be protected.
How on earth can you come up with such error as protection upon those in the tribulation?
Thank the Lord for the promise and comfort of the great escape – the rapture! Here at The Prophetic Scroll all you will find is biblical escapism! Yay for the great escape!
The terrible end of end-time scoffers and sceptics:
Jeremiah 6:10-23 “To whom shall I speak and give warning that they may hear? Their ear is uncircumcised and they cannot give heed. The word of the Lord is a reproach to them; they have no delight in it. Therefore I am full of the fury of the Lord...Their priests and prophets have healed the hurt of My people slightly saying ‘peace peace!’ when there is no peace...I also set watchmen over them saying, ‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet’, but they said, ‘we will not listen.’ Hear O earth, I will certainly bring calamity on this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not heeded My words...Behold a people comes from the north country and a great nation from the farthest parts of the earth, with bow and spear, cruel and with no mercy...men of war set in array against the children of Israel.”
Do you see the war of Gog and Magog here?
What an incredible portion of scripture this is! These verses relate to Israel, but can be applied to the dead church just as well! These people want ‘peace, peace’ but they won’t listen to the watchmen and the trumpet-call of coming judgement. Unfortunately, the judgement is coming on these very scoffers and sceptics and on those who won’t listen to the watchmen!
“The wicked will not understand but the wise shall understand.” (Daniel 12:10)
Please do yourself a favour and separate yourself from the Christian scoffers and sceptics. The spirit behind them all is to bring you down into their worldly trap. Someone who is sceptical out of ignorance and who is open to our Lord is another story. (2 Peter 3:3-4)
The intensifying evil of the world:
When you reject God’s morality, the world’s morality takes its place, but it also becomes your jury and judge. If you don’t join them in, or at least support their sin, you are charged with the ‘sin’ of not engaging in their sin! The pressure of satanic group-speak is great on the masses.
Today the collapse of morality is speeding up and worsening fast, supported by many churches. You can’t stop the charge of evil, it’s too late, but you can and must do so for yourself, your family and your own sphere of influence.
The satanic, demonic host are grooming, training and equipping the world for service to their god, before their decent to hell. (Revelation 12:12, Isaiah 14:9)
Today’s world reveals the short-lived ‘triumph’ of Satan’s sin filled man! Tragically the youth of the world are under siege like never before.
This is all revealed in one single sentence of the Bible, (my chosen verse for the year): Proverbs 28:4 “If you forsake the word of God, you will praise the wicked.” Hosea 4:1-2 is a powerful parallel.
And in all of this our Lord stands with outstretched, scarred hands to forgive and receive any sinner who will repent and accept His salvation.
The world is increasingly saying no to God. In so doing they say yes to self, the world and the devil! Actually, rejecting God gives people a sense of self - importance and elevated, exalted pride – just as it did with Lucifer! It gives people an unwritten authority, rooted in deadly pride.
When you or a society, are free to sin, you are on a very slippery slope downhill.
Lost and found:
A number of times in my life while working way out in the wilds on endangered species, I have got myself lost. One time it took me nearly three days to find my way out of the desert. Another time I had three flat tyres in my Landrover while trying to find my way out of the Kalahari Desert, with no roads or infrastructure for 300 kms. I have been hopelessly lost a few times in dense sub-tropical forest after going off the path in search of the secretive forest pygmy elephants in Gabon. Once I knocked holes in my Landrover’s fuel tank and was left stranded, high and dry in the Makgadikgadi Desert far from help.
Each time I was very worried, but knew I would find a way out and survive if I prayed about it and found the right track, path or road.
There are so many ways to get lost today. There are so many opinions and voices and so much pressure to conform to the wrong way. There are so many ways that seem right but are not!
The tragedy is that so many don’t even know that are lost in the desert! Their leader in the pulpit tells them – “peace, peace, when there is no peace!” And won’t blow the trumpet of warning! In fact he supports the world’s evil – giving you spiritual leprosy!
I seriously encourage you all to take great heed to yourselves now, to examine your faith, to walk in holiness and to forsake the ways of the world. You will be rewarded greatly or pay dearly!
It’s time to decide which side of the fence you are on. It’s time to decide which kingdom you belong to. If you think you are in the God’s kingdom, that’s absolutely great, but you need to fortify your position in the kingdom, in prayer, commitment, action, word, deed and more.
You must proclaim it and decree it to be such. You must “service” your array of gifts of the Spirit – particularly defensive and put on the whole armour of God.
You must take sides and beware of ministers and ministries that are neutral to the big issues of the day. They are spineless spiritual traitors.
The big issue is that time is running out fast.
Daniel 11:32 “Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt (Lit=pollute) with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong and carry out great exploits.”
I took these two pictures in our local wilds and merged them together.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 475: June 25th 2019
Analysing the rapture (Part 2)
These are words of life!
At the rapture, it’s a done deal, signed sealed and delivered! There is no going back. Every thought you have thought, word spoken and deed done is written in God’s great book of life. The cross of salvation will never required again, because you will have been saved by it, once and forever. But your eternal reward will now be decided.
Psalm 37:18 “The Lord knows the days of the upright and their inheritance shall be forever.”
2 Corinthians 4:17 “Our light affliction is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”
Do you know that glory has weight? The word used for “weight” above means a very heavy weight!
This is all symbolic, but don’t underestimate the powerful truth in it all as well. Note the two very real words – “forever” and “eternal”. It’s not a good idea to waste your life on stupid stuff and things that will amount to nothing – forever. That means a “nothing” reward forever!
The unbeliever, who has done extremely well in life and made it a great success, will go to hell. The believer, who gave a glass of cold water in His name, will receive an eternal reward, lasting forever!
The reward state is set, and delivered immediately after the rapture of the church.
Now let’s delve into some rapture secrets and living eschatology.
Just bear in mind, in terms of all end-time doctrine, to get your ducks neatly all lined up in a row, you need to get rid of all Catholic-based doctrine, as well as Calvinism.
Pre-tribulation rapture (Pre-trib), Mid-trib, or Post-trib?
These are the three main views for the timing of the rapture.
The Pre and mid-tribulation views both have compelling evidences, but only one can be right.
The Post-tribulation view is riddled with numerous inconsistencies and problems with other scriptures. It is also closely associated with Replacement theology. Obviously, I reject it.
A very logical position:
2 Thessalonians 2:3-7 “Concerning our Lord Yeshua and our gathering together to Him, we ask you not to be soon shaken by a letter as if from us that the day of Messiah had come. Let no one deceive you by any means, for that day will not come unless the falling away (Lit=apostasy) has come first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition...and now you know what is restraining him that he may be revealed in his own time...He who restrains will do so until He has been taken out of the way and then the lawless one will be revealed.”
The general view is that the word “apostasy” in this verse above, simply means the “falling away from the faith.” But hang on a minute let’s dig a bit deeper.
There is no doubt that there is a general falling away from the faith in these days, amongst certain churches, especially the Spirit-less churches. That view though, would be better served by numerous other verses, like the “The lukewarm church being spat out.”
In the year 1611 the Catholic Church came up with the translation of the original word as “falling away.” Before this the word “departure,” was used. The presumption behind this change was that it was speaking of a falling away from the faith.
Most importantly, the words “from the faith” are not in the original at all and not in the Bible now either. So if the term “falling away from the faith”, is not in the Bible, what is being spoken of here?
A falling away from the faith would never ever occur in a “moment in a twinkling of an eye,” would it? It would occur over a much longer period of time. So, why then is falling away from the faith used here in association with the release of the antichrist and the rapture?
The correct translation of the original word “apostasy” should be “departure.”
If it is “departure” it changes things rather dramatically. The departure could mean “rapture”.
The original word, apostasy, is a combination of two words: “Apo” and “Stasis”. ‘Apo’ means to “move away from” and ‘Stasis’ means “standing or state.”
But when it has the definite article in front of it, as it does here, it adds extra insight. The definite article means “the departure” and not a general departure. In other words “the” departure is a reference to a particular event in a short space of time.
This would be like a crowd of people getting on a train. The departure takes place and they’re gone. You can’t use the definite article for a more general departure or falling away of the church from the faith. The train leaves at a particular point in time, not over a general time period.
The original words used here, are also used as a verb, meaning that the departure is referring to a spatial issue... in time and space. It would be not be appropriate for a general falling away from faith.
Also bear in mind that the church has already had its great falling away from the faith, thanks to Catholic - created dark ages!
Now, on top of all of this, we must keep things in context. What is the context of this “departure”?
The context of the departure is found in the same portion of scripture. It is “our being gathered to Him” (1 Thessalonians 4:1) It is not a falling away from the faith.
Don’t put undue emphasis on one interpretation or application alone. It does have weight when combined with other interpretations, but not on its own.
More pure logic:
Revelation 5:9-11 “They sang a new song saying: You are worthy to take the scroll. And to open its seals; for you were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth. Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand and thousands of thousands.”
Now we are going to see something astounding as we apply logic to these verses above.
Here we have a company of masses of people “redeemed out of every tribe, tongue and nation”. These are not angels as some maintain. Angels are not redeemed out of all the nations! Yes there is an angelic company here also, and there is a company of “heavenly creatures.” And we also have the 24 elders here in this company as well.
It is only human beings that are “redeemed by the blood of the Lamb”. Heavenly creatures and angels are not. So, this proves conclusively that these are human believers. The elders that are seen here are also always identified with the Church and not angels.
So, this massive congregation in heaven includes living creatures, angels, elders and redeemed believers. Here is the crunch:
This takes place before the opening of the seals and immediately after the messages to the seven churches. (Revelation 1-3) These redeemed believers in heaven are saying to the Lamb that He is worthy to open the seals. The opening of the seals starts the tribulation!
Do you see that?
At this point in time the tribulation period is just about to start on the earth.
So what are these elders and multitudes of people doing in heaven just as the tribulation starts on earth?
The only way they could be there is by rapture!
Revelation chapters 1-3 contain 16 references to the church. All of these are in association with the seven messages to the churches, describing the church age. Then suddenly in Revelation 4:1, after John’s own rapture to heaven there are no references to the church on earth again.
From here on the saints seen on earth are the Jewish believers and Gentiles saved in the tribulation, but they are not part of the company called the church.
This also refutes a mid-tribulation rapture.
And some more logic:
Two very significant statements in the Revelation are worth taking note of:
- In Revelation 2:22 the Church of Thyatira is promised by God that it will be cast into the great tribulation. The description of this church makes it pretty clear that it is referring to the orthodox churches like the Catholics. But the language implies that if these go into the tribulation others won’t.
- In Revelation 3:10 the Church of Philadelphia is promised by God that it will be kept from the tribulation. Again the language implies that if these don’t go into the tribulation, others do. All true believers will not go through the tribulation. Many professing “Christians” will go into the tribulation!
Mid Tribulation rapture:
There are a number of verses used to propagate the mid-trib view, but the most compelling argument in favour of it, is this:
The children of Israel were captive in Egypt under the hand of Pharaoh. God spoke through Moses to him to “Let My people go.” Pharaoh did not, so God sent 10 sets of plagues against the Egyptians, with the Israelis being protected from them.
Then, half way through the plagues, Pharaoh relented, obeyed and let Israeli people go. They therefore escaped the last five of the plagues which were the worst.
These ten plagues again appear in the Revelation, now falling upon the world during the end-time tribulation period. This has reference to the judgements of God running right through the seven year tribulation and not just the last half. Yes, the last are the worst, but don’t think for a moment that the first half will be a picnic, as some teach.
The mid-trib view is that this Egyptian example refers to the rapture at mid tribulation.
That is a very logical and possible view. But for me it doesn’t quite work, because the Egyptian story is speaking of the children of Israel, the Jews and could not be a type of the largely Gentile church.
There are scriptures showing that the two witnesses will be taken in rapture at the mid-trib point. Again, for the reason above, you can’t extend that to the whole church. The two witnesses are Jews.
With all the verses put together, you see that the two witnesses have their ministry with the 144,000 Jewish males, in the first half of the tribulation, not the second. (Revelation 11)
Evangelism is the job of the church. Now in the tribulation, we see that evangelism is done by two Jewish witness and 144,000 Jews! Where is the church? It is gone of course!
What is interesting is that this rapture of the two witnesses implies that they would be joining the rest of the God’s mob already in heaven – that would be us!
A major reason for the failure of the mid-trib view is that it divides Daniel’s seventieth week (of years) in half, meaning that the dispensation of the church age ends half way through the seven year tribulation, messing up dispensational times and seasons.
It just doesn’t fit that well.
Generally, I have no gripe with some of the mid-trib rapture proponents, I just respectfully disagree.
Post tribulation rapture:
The post-tribulation rapture position is a joy killer. It is a hope killer. It is a love killer. It is also scripturally unsound.
Last trumpets and last days:
►Those who equate the rapture trumpet of 1 Corinthians 15:52 with the tribulation Seventh trumpet of Revelation 11:15-18, fail to take into account the fact that Paul could not have been referring to the seventh trumpet in Corinthians, because the book of Revelation had not yet been written. John wrote the Revelation 40 years after Paul wrote to the Corinthians.
Paul must have been referring to the silver trumpets or the trumpet of the Feast of Trumpets.
Numbers 10:1 “Make two trumpets of hammered silver to summon the community. When both are sounded with long blasts, the entire community is to gather...”
We have a “last trump” for the Church age and a “last trump” for the close of the tribulation, which is technically the end of the Old Covenant. 1 Corinthians 15:52 is the last trump of the Church era.
We also hear a trumpet’s voice as John is raptured to heaven to receive the revelation. (Revelation 4:1)We also have trumpet blasts of judgement upon the earth in Revelation 11:15-18 as well as in Revelation 7. And we hear a trumpet of war in Ezekiel 33:1-6.
My point is; you can’t lump all trumpets together. You need to go by context.
Post-tribbers claim that that the rapture will occur on the “last day”. They are right, but very wrong too! Which last day? Just as we can’t lump all the trumpets together, there are different “last days.”
There is a “last day” for the Church age and a “last day” for the tribulation.
And we also see, in the verse below, a “last day” for the unbeliever as well. They are not all the same day, you must go by context.
John 12:48 “He who rejects Me and does not receive My words, has that which judges him – the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.”
No empty earth:
There is almost universal agreement that at the second coming, all unbelievers are removed from this earth in judgement. There are numerous passages of scripture indicating this. The sheep and goat judgement is one of them. Here the goats are removed and the sheep (those saved in the tribulation, go into the Millennium. (Matthew 25:31-34.)
There has to be a clear distinction and separation between tribulation saints who go into the Millennium to re-populate the earth and saints in resurrected, glorified bodies.
The Bible speaks in a number of places of unbelievers being destroyed at the Second Coming. (Revelation 19:15-18)
So now, if unbelievers are cast away at the Second Coming as the post tribulation rapture occurs, it would leave an empty earth with no one going through to the Millennium to repopulate the earth!
Resurrected, raptured saints do not procreate.
God has two chosen peoples:
God has chosen the Jews for His purposes and plans. He has also chosen the church for His plans. The two are not the same, as the post tribbers claim.
The post tribulation rapture view claims that God has only one people – the church, who will go through the tribulation and be raptured at that Second Coming.
Bible prophecy is almost totally centred around Israel’s regathering to her land and soon coming spiritual birth as she recognises her Messiah.
As with all biblical error, it knocks on to other doctrines and at the end of the day does affect even your lifestyle!
You may have noticed that churches who believe this post-trib view have either no understanding on the place of Israel in prophecy. Due to the spirit of error at work in them, they come against Israel and rather support the Islamic / Palestinian claims to the land of Israel.
But be not mistaken, there is a post tribulation rapture, which you don’t want to be in, unless you are stark, staring, raving mad! It is the rapture of unbelievers – to hell. (Revelation 19:15-18.)
Amongst many other problems, the post tribbers: ●Deny the existence of dispensations. ●They deny any distinction between Israel and the church. ●They support replacement theology. ●They claim the pre-trib view is a modern doctrine. ●They say that the pre-trib view is escapism. (Of course it is!)
There are a million biblical reasons why this post-trib view fails miserably. Their fruit is rotten!
Where is it all going?
Ezekiel 5:5 “Thus says the Lord God: This is Jerusalem; I have set her in the midst of the nations and the countries around her.”
When Israel is at peace, the world will be at peace. When Messiah comes Jerusalem will be at peace. The world is headed for total destruction and a new world is on the horizon of magnificence and never-ending peace.
God’s two people, the church and Israel will finally be one, forever with our great King, Lord and Saviour in our midst. The King and His kingdom will be a universal force of His favour and glory.
Don’t mess with the church or Israel now in their embryonic form! The pressure is on!
Churches of replacement theology – get your rotten hands off Israel. If you don’t, you will eternally regret it.
The rapture and the surrounding events brings to those left behind, doom and gloom, darkness, devastation, terror, sadness, shock, horror, regret and an ocean of tears.
The rapture brings with it eternal peace, great reward, and the final incorruptible, completion of God’s plans and call for all true believers.
The teaching of the rapture brings with it the promised great escape from the wrath of man, Satan, nature and God. It is the promised great comfort and the great eternal victory of the true Church of our Messiah.
The teaching of the rapture brings and attracts the inspired, the inspirer, the visionary, the thinker, the idealist, the artist and those filled to the brim with wonderful hope. Above all it attracts the genuine truth-seeker with the living God in his heart.
The teaching of the rapture brings a loss of love for the fallen world, a new love for heaven, holiness and all the glory of God.
The rapture brings home one enormous spectacular truth and that is – God is a judge. His word is true and real!
Flower power alright! I combined the daisy picture which I took in Namaqualand, with a hefty Botswana sunset elephant.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!