While everyone else is out there trying to pin a date on the Rapture, I worry about those who deny the teachings of Jesus, Paul and Peter as well as John in the Book of Revelations when they hear about the church Body being taken up to join the “head” which is Jesus Christ prior to the Great Tribulation. I just watched an excellent video on this – the man explains it far better than I could. When you believe that God, via his Son Jesus Christ, gave us a way out of the Great Tribulation, you can see the references to it all throughout the Bible, especially in Paul’s teachings.
Paul had a vision of Jesus Christ, as did John the Revelator. Paul knew the other apostles, talked to them and understood well the gospel they preached. Before his conversion, he was a hater of Christians, going to far as to hang around in the court of Caesar and hold the coats of the men who stoned Stephen. Something huge had to have happened to him on the way to Damascus in order for his point of view to completely flip around in a 180-degree turn. He saw something. He talked to Jesus directly. He was handed the Revelation of Jesus Christ and told to spread the good news. If you believe the Bible, and know that God’s Word is alive, then you know that Paul is speaking the truth in his writings.
The “good news” wasn’t just that we as Christians who believe in Jesus are saved, it’s that we will be found worthy to escape the hour of testing, as John says in the first part of Revelation. You’re not going to win too many souls if you’re preaching Pre-Wrath doctrine, which (in a nutshell) says you’re saved in the last days, but you’re going to have to be tortured and martyred first. We as true Christians are willing to die for Christ, but if there’s a way to avoid torture on the way to it, that would be considered “good news,” in my opinion.
So how does Paul keep referring to the Rapture (a word coined in 1820 by a man looking for the English equivalent of the Greek word ‘harpazo’ – ‘to be caught up’). If you read his writings, particularly Hebrews Chapter 3 and 4, he refers to the word “rest.”
In Hebrews Chapter 4, Paul talks about who is going to enter into “God’s rest.” He states that Jesus will judge the hearts of men, cleaving their hearts and souls with a “double-edged sword.” In other words, Jesus does know our hearts and doesn’t need to “test us.” He can read us like a book. All the data he needs is already encoded in our hearts. If Jesus is going to judge us easily in this manner, why do Christians need to go through the Great Tribulation? Many Christians were and still are going though tribulations of various kinds since they took their first breath in this life. Note that I’m making the distinction between everyday “tribulations” versus the “Great Tribulation,” also known as the dreadful Day of the Lord.
Hebrews 4:4-16, King James Version (KJV)
16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
He is saying that if one is told the Gospel yet has hardened their hearts and still cannot bring themselves to believe in Jesus and His promise of Salvation, they will not be let into God’s “rest,” e.g, Paradise. This isn’t referring just to those who “sleep” (have died), but also those who are “alive and remain.” The Remnant, who are the Body of Christ, to be caught up to meet Him in the air. They will depart for a time until the Return, when Jesus comes back to judge the quick and the dead, and destroy the antichrist.
Those who preach Pre-Wrath doctrine ignore the Feasts and the High Holy days. They do this on purpose, dismissing it all as just tradition. You have to study the Feasts – they have meaning. They are observed for a reason. Has so many years gone by that we truly have lost their meaning to the dust of time? All we have to do is study.
Here is that video I mentioned earlier.
The man names a date – which is more likely than any other date-set I’ve heard of up to this point – on Rosh Hashanah of this year, the Hebrew year 5777, the culmination of 70 years since the founding of reformed Israel, 50 years since they won back Jerusalem in the 6-Day War (jubilee year) and 70 jubilees since the first Pentecost. There is the Revelation 12 sign of the pregnant woman crowned with 12 stars, the sun over her shoulder, giving birth to the male child, and with the dragon waiting in front of her to devour the child. the child is taken away, though, before the dragon can devour it. This constellation has never been seen before (according to computer models) and never will be seen again. All the prophetic signs are blinking. Still people do not believe it’s going to happen. Even when Jesus says in Matthew 24 that just like in the days of Noah and in Luke, as the days of Lot, they will be doing ordinary, everyday things when sudden destruction comes upon them. When it does, it will be too late. The Rapture will have happened.
While no man knows the day nor the hour, if it’s any year the Rapture is likely to happen in terms of signs in the heavens, it’s 2017.