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19th July 2019
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“Expectation”: One simple little word with so much meaning!
Bible prophecy creates in us great expectation and excitement and hope. It brings things from the spiritual dimension into reality.
But as you can imagine, it does the opposite when the expectation is built on false prophecy, error and pure lies. It then all works in reverse. The failure kills the expectation, the excitement and hope. It actually goes much further in wrecking evangelism and other related Christian issues.
So when these Christian counterfeits come up with all these new dates for the rapture and others things found in prophecy, do they think of the damage they are causing to others? Of course not! – All they think of is themselves on a pedestal.
Rather than enhancing the gospel, they are attacking it!
Well, we have just had the giant failure of the July 17th 2019 rapture predictions made by many of those who published You Tube videos and teachings on how “for certain” this was! “It’s 100% for sure,” they said. “The Lord told me” they said. “I had a dream about it” they said. The rapture is July 17th2019 they assured all their gullible fans.
Their evidence was of course totally shockingly inadequate, superficial and absurd, to say the least!
The problem is their influence on the weak and gullible.
Let me clarify my position on the rapture again. Firstly I which it was yesterday!
►I believe that the most possible scenario is on the Feast of Trumpets. This would be one in which the other prophecies on the ground all dovetail. The Feast of Trumpets qualifies because it is the only one of the seven that could start over one of two days. Remember the Hebrew idiom and name for the Feast of Trumpets: “The Feast of which no one knows the day or hour!” This is because “No one knows the day or hour of the New Moon’s sighting. It does not mean: “No one knows the time!”
There are many other amazing aspects to The Feast of Trumpets and its associated meanings and applications, which I deal with as we get closer. But again, I say, there are many things that must be dovetailing together, otherwise – back to the drawing board!
With all of these date-setting failures in mind and the multitude of other attacks on Christians and the word of God, it has and will thrive until its grand conclusion!
Just think of it: Christianity began with 12 ordinary people, they were all martyred for their faith. The gospel spread around the world at lightning speed, and is still doing so today. And yes you are one of the participants of it all.
- Heaven is already rejoicing at your coming! (Luke 15:7)
- Hell from beneath is excited about you, to meet you at your coming...” Isaiah 14:9
You will receive a welcome into eternity! Which of the two verses above will be your welcome?
When the good news of the Kingdom arrives it marches in and kills the evil spirits of witchcraft and creates and makes new communities of glory growing forever outwards.
Do not grow discouraged by failed date-setters. Protect your faith and strengthen it. Keep your expectations and hope high. Be very discerning. Be holy now.
Revelation 22:11 “He who is unjust, let him be unjust still: He who is filthy, let him be filthy still. He who is righteous, let him be righteous still. He who is holy, let him be holy still.”
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!