The Rapture

Rapture or Harpadzo

2 Thessalonian 22 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 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 Christ had come. 3 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, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? 6 And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

It would appear that everything flows together, but actually it’s two parts. When the Lord went into his home synagogue He read only the first part of a prophecy, because the rest is still to happen. Isaiah 61  Isaiah 61:1-2 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is on Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and freedom to the prisoners; (2) to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor, and the day of our God’s vengeance; to comfort all who mourn. Notice verse two is unfulfilled so far. 

Paul tells us when to expect the taking away [Harpadzo or Rapture]. First he says it will happen when the beast is revealed. If you look at Daniel you will see that the Anti-Christ will confirm a 7 year treaty with Israel, that begins the 7 year tribulation. It is during this time the two witnesses will stand in front of the new temple and proclaim God’s message {truth}.

What Paul is saying is that the “rapture”‘ will happen then. Not after that man sits in the temple. In verse 4 he’s telling us what the beast does. Not when the rapture happens. If you look at Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38, you will see that it hasn’t happened yet. I personally think this is what will cause them to sign a 7 year peace treaty with the Anti Christ that will confirm it.

The wedding feast and the Rapture:

Look at what happened during the engagement and the wedding feast it will give you an idea of how it relates to a pre-trib. 1. The groom would go and become engaged 1a Jesus came to earth and became engaged to His bride [the church]. 2. The groom would go and prepare a place for them. 2a Jesus said I go and prepare a place for you. 3. The father would tell the groom when it was time to go and get his bride. 3a Jesus said no one knows the time but the Father 4. The Groom would go in a procession and receive his bride.4a Christ will come and meet His bride in the air and we will all be changed. 5. The wedding feast lasted 7 days. 5a In biblical prophecy 1 day is a year. The wedding feast of the Lamb will last 7 years. Which is the time of the tribulation. It also gives us the date of His return to reign during the 1000 years. Note: Dr. Stephen Armstrong states the 7 years with the bride will be spent with us learning about the Lord and the wedding feast will take place after the Tribulation.

Rev 3:10-11 Because you have kept My command 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. 11 Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.

You can believe that it won’t happen but if it does and and a post trib person is taken up, I bet not one will tell the Lord to send them back because it’s not biblical. 

One thing I will say in defense of those who take a different view is this. If I have misread things and we must go through the tribulation then it only means it will be a little longer until I’m called home. Otherwise nothing has changed, the Church is still the bride. But also please keep in mind that the Tribulation period is also known as Jacobs Trouble not the Churches. Israel even though it is restored is still in somewhat of a rebellion. And they still haven’t come to the Messiah. At least not all.

Also keep in mind that this isn’t a salvation issue. I have seen people from both sides of the argument become very ruthless in their attacks on other “Christians”. If your so sure of your position then why do you need to be like the world in your approach? Christ didn’t say go and make disciples and be cruel to those in the body who disagree with you. Or anyone for that matter. I actually had one person tell me that I needed to be placed in the lake of fire and tortured forever. 

He may have been right, Jesus did say in Revelation 23:10 that he would throw anyone who didn’t accept the post tribulation theory into the Lake of Fire.  Look it up! It’s also in the Book of Illusions Chapter 6 verse 7.  

A short side note: when Jesus was at the wedding feast of a friend they ran out of wine. Remember the official said most share the best first. It was because the feast lasted so long. The best was given later, just as the best is to come for His bride.

God’s Peace

Dr. Grant Jeffery * 

Pick up a copy of Dr. Ken Johnson’s book   The Rapture

Dr. Ron Rhodes 

Ready for the Rapture *

Rapture verses: Daniel 12:1-4 *Matthew 24:30-31*Mark 13:27 *Luke 21:36 *John 6:39-40, 44, 54, 14:1-3 *1 Corinthians 15:20-24, 51-52 * 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18, 1:10, 5:9 * 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 * Revelation 3:10

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