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The secret of the mystery. Part 193. The Rapture will be the end of the age of no prophecy. Part 3.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

The Mosaic Law was never given to Gentiles, DEU 4:8; ROM 2:12-14, because Israel was the client nation.

DEU 4:8 “Or what great nation is there that has statutes and judgments as righteous as this whole law which I am setting before you today?”

ROM 2:14 For the Gentiles do not have the Law.

The Mosaic Law was never given to the church, ACT 15:5, 24; ROM 6:14; GAL 2:19.
This is the fallacy of covenant theology.

GAL 2:19 “For through the Law I died to the Law, that I might live to God.”

The church has no animal sacrifices, Saturday worship, specialized priesthood, etc.

Codex three is the exception, since it belongs to the entire world especially dealing with the military establishment.

Point 1. Definition. While “rapture” is defined as the act of being transported, or the state of being rapt or carried out of oneself, the “Rapture” is used here in a technical theological sense for the resurrection of the Royal Family of God.

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.

Once the Royal Family of God is completed, the Church is resurrected as the body of Christ to become the bride of Christ.

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

2CO 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

Point 2. Twenty-six biblical principles that establish the position of a pre-tribulational Rapture of the church.

1. The great Tribulation is punishment for a Christ-rejecting world, and the nation of Israel, who rejected her Messiah,
REV 6:12-17.

2. The nature of the church, and the promises of Christ forbid the church from going through the great Tribulation.

COL 1:22 yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach -
HEB 13:5 for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,”

3. There must be an interval of time between the Rapture and the Second Coming - when the Judgment Seat of Christ takes place and believers either receive rewards or lose rewards, 1CO 3:11-15, 2CO 5:10.

4. The scriptures which deal with the great tribulation have particular reference to the Jew, MAT 24:1-31; MAR 13:14; LUK 21:23-36.

DAN 11:31 “And forces from him will arise, desecrate the sanctuary fortress, and do away with the regular sacrifice. And they will set up the abomination of desolation.”

The Sabbath is for the Jews only, EXO 31:16.

LUK 13:6 And He {began} telling this parable: “A certain man had a fig tree which had been planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it, and did not find any.”

The Sabbath is used, MAT 24:20.
Jerusalem is trodden under, LUK 21:24.
Kingdom of God is near and at hand, MAT 24:14.
Church is never mentioned; Temple implied; abomination of desolation denoted.

5. The Tribulation is mentioned as a gross time of darkness, evil, and sin, where none have faith. ISA 60:2;
JER 13:16; LUK 18:8.

LUK 18:8 “I tell you that He will bring about justice for them speedily. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”

6. Satan persecutes the woman in the Tribulation (Israel). The church is not to come under condemnation.
REV 12:1-4; ROM 5:9; 8:1; 1TH 1:10; 5:9; 1CO 15:55-57; 1TH 4:13-18.

7. The Church is not of the world, JOH 17:14; PHI 3:20; 2TI 2:3-4. The church is a spiritual extension of Jesus Christ, with promises that are heavenly related, EPH 1:3; 2:6.

8. Christ is preparing a home for His body the Church, and has promised to return and to take His bride back with Him,
JOH 14:3; 1TH 4:13-17.

JOH 14:3 “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, {there} you may be also.”

9. The Church has been promised deliverance from the wrath to come. ROM 5:9; 1TH 1:10; 5:9; REV 3:10.

10. The believer is told to watch or have an attitude of anticipation for the Lord’s coming. If believers are to go through the great Tribulation, they would be advised to watch for the signs of the prophecies of the coming of Jacob’s trouble, ROM 8:23;
1CO 1:7; GAL 5:5; TIT 2:11-13.

1CO 1:7 await eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ?
TIT 2:13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus;

11. God has always protected His people in unique fashions in the face of judgment.
Enoch before the flood, 2PE 2:6-8. Lot from Sodom and Gomorrah.

12. The instructions by the apostle Paul never include any preparation or warning that the church will encounter the great Tribulation.

13. If the Church goes through the Tribulation then the Jews as well as the Gentiles of the Tribulation period would become part of the Church.

14. The church at Thessalonia would not be concerned of any disadvantage of the dead in Christ if those who were alive had to go through the great Tribulation, 1TH 1:4.

15. The message of the church is the message of the Gospel of grace, and peace which was secured at the cross by Jesus Christ, EPH 2:8-10. The message of the great Tribulation is one of God’s judgment, REV 7:4-8; 12:17; 19:10; MAT 24:14.

16. The iniquity of the anti-Christ cannot be released until the Holy Spirit, the restrainer, is removed with the Church, 2TH 2:3-7 (mystery of lawlessness).

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