Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The secret of the mystery. Part 191. The rapture will be end of the age of no prophecy.

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

The Age of No Prophecy and then the Church-age as the dispensation of invisible heroes.

a. The baptism of the Holy Spirit, which began the Church-age, and was prophesied by our Lord in JOH 14:20and ACT 1:5 just before He ascended.
b. The Rapture of the Church is the next prophetical event - always called imminent because there is no intervening prophecy to be fulfilled.

The pre-Tribulational view, and the post-Tribulational view. There is what is known as amillennial and postmillennial theology.

Amillennial and postmillennial theology believes that we are already a kingdom and that the world already belongs to us.

Their position is basically promoted through the “kingdom now theology,” which adheres to the notion that the church will usher in world peace.

There is what is known as post-tribulational theology which believes that the church will go through the great Tribulation, and then be raptured, and return with Jesus Christ to reign in the Millennial reign.

Pre-Tribulational Rapture theology, which is what we believe, believes that TLJC will remove His church before the great Tribulation period.

There is a time coming on this earth called “Satan’s time of desperation.”
It is also called “the day of wrath.”
“The hour of trial.”

It is a great period of wrath on this earth, both from God and from Satan, ZEP 1:14-18.

It is said to be a great time of indignation, ISA 26:20-21.
The hour of testing, REV 3:10.
Destruction, Joel 1:15.
A day of darkness, Joel 2:2.
Desolation, DAN 9:27.
Punishment, ISA 24:20-21.

Because of a theological event known as the rapture, the church, the body of Christ will not go through this period.

Since the church or Royal Family of God is the first spiritual building to be completed, it is resurrected after our Lord.

All believers should have confidence, a hope, and a guarantee with regard to the Rapture.

JOH 14:1-3; 1CO 15:51-52; 2TH 2:1; PHI 3:20-21; 1TH 4:13-18; 2CO 5:1-9; 1CO 1:8.

Because the Church and Israel are two distinct groups with whom God has a divine plan, one has to be taken away while the other is dealt with.

Passages in the New Testament such as EPH 3:1-6; COL 1:25-27; ROM 16:25-26 all make it crystal clear that the church was a mystery and was not known in the Old Testament.

REV 3:10; ISA 34:2; 24:1,4-5,16-21 and many other passages make it very clear as well.

JER 30:7 - this period is particularly called the time of Jacob’s trouble and Jacob refers to Israel.

DAN 9:24 Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression,

In GEN 29:26-27, and DAN 9:24, one week is equivalent to 7 years. So, 70 times 7 equals 490. The Church has nothing to do with this prophecy since the Church did not have its existence until after the death of Christ, EPH 5:25-26, after the resurrection of Christ, ROM 4:25; COL 3:1-3, and after the ascension of Christ, EPH 1:19-20.

The Rapture removes sorrow and grief and gives hope.

It is another Jesus, 2CO 11:4.
Another spirit, 2CO 11:4.
Another Gospel, GAL 1:6.
Another doctrine, 1TI 4:1.

The Church is the Body, of which Christ is the Head, EPH 1:22; 5:23; COL 1:18;
the Bride, of which He is the Bridegroom, 1CO 11:2;
EPH 5:23, the object of His love, EPH 5:25.

The Branch of which He is the Root and Stem, JOH 15:5, the Building, of which He is the Foundation and Cornerstone, 1CO 3:9; EPH 2:19-22.

There exists between the believer and the Lord a union and a unity.
The believer is no longer separated from Him, but brought into the closest oneness with Him.

If the church is in the seventieth week or the Tribulational period, she is subjected to the wrath, judgment, and indignation which characterizes the period, and because of her oneness with Christ, He, likewise, would be subjected to that same visitation.

This is impossible, 1JO 4:17, for he cannot be brought into judgment again. Inasmuch as the church has been perfected and delivered from all judgment, ROM 8:1; JOH 5:24;
1JO 4:17, if she is subjected to judgment again the promises of God would be of none effect and the death of Christ would be ineffectual.

Who would dare to assert that the death of Christ could fail to accomplish its purpose? While the members may be experimentally imperfect and need experimental cleansing, yet the church, which is His body, has a perfect standing in Christ and could not need such cleansing.

The nature of the testing in the seventieth week, REV 3:10, is not to bring the individual to cleansing, but to reveal the degradation and need of the unregenerate heart. The nature of the church prevents such a testing.

Rev 13 makes it clear that all who are in the 70th week or the Tribulation period are brought into subjection to the beast and through him to Satan who gives the beast power.

If the church were in this period she would be subjected to Satan and Christ would either lose His place as head or because of His union with the Church, He would be also subjected to Satan’s authority.

Point 1. Definition. Rapture is used here in a technical theological sense for the resurrection of the Royal Family of God. Since the Church or Royal Family of God is the first spiritual building to be completed, it is resurrected after our Lord. Christ is resurrected, ascended, and seated at the right hand of the Father as part of the strategic victory of the angelic conflict.

God interrupted the Jewish Age with the Church-age to call out and provide a Royal Family of God.

The Church-age is that period of human history when the Royal Family of God is being formed on earth, EPH 1:22-23; 2:16; 4:4-5; COL 1:18,24; 2:19.

When the Royal Family of God is completed, then the Rapture occurs, 1TH 4:16-18; 1CO 15:51-58.

During the conclusion of the Jewish Age, the bride is prepared in heaven by receiving a resurrection body exactly like that of the Lord. Then comes the Big Genuflex and acknowledgment of Christ, PHI 2:9-11,
ROM 14:11 For it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall give praise to God.”

Then comes the Judgment Seat of Christ, when all Church-age believers are evaluated and rewarded, 2CO 5:10.

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