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The secret of the mystery, Part 194. The Rapture will be the end of the age of no prophecy, Part 4.

Thursday March 01, 2007

A trend is simply the general direction in which something tends to move.

A prophecy is an inspired utterance of a prophet, viewed as a revelation of divine will or a prediction of the future, made under divine inspiration.

Six such signs are given by Jesus, two characteristics are given by Paul, and eleven other occurrences are given by the prophets to occur prior to or soon after the end of the age.

MAT 24:3 As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what {will be} the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

1. False prophets and false Christs, MAT 24:5,11.
2. Wars; MAT 24:6.
3. Famines; MAT 24:7.
4. Earthquakes; MAT 24:7.
5. Tribulations; MAT 24:8-9.
6. The Gospel will be preached throughout the world; MAT 24:14.

1. Godlessness in the last days; 2TI 3:1-5,7.
2. Apostasy (falling away from the faith); 1TI 4:1-3.

1. The existence of a 200,000,000 army in the East, REV 9:16.
2. Redevelopment of the Roman Empire (European community); DAN 2:32-33.
3. Return of the one pure language, Hebrew, to Israel; ZEP 3:9.
4. Rebuilding of the Temple, restoration of temple worship and animal sacrifices in Jerusalem; REV 11:2; DAN 9:27.

5. Appearance of the red heifer after 2000 years; NUM 19:2-7.
6. Increase in knowledge and travel; DAN 12:4.
7. Return of the Ethiopian Jews to Israel; ZEP 3:10-11.
8. The rise of Russia; EZE 38:2,4,8.

9. Return of Russian Jews to Israel; JER 23:7-8.
10. Technology for the mark of the beast; REV 13:16-17.
11. Plans for the one world government.
12. Instant communication around the world, REV 11:3,7-10.

Point 2. Twenty Six Biblical Principles That Establish The Position Of A Pre-Tribulational Rapture Of The Church.

A. (1) The great Tribulation is punishment for a Christ-rejecting world, and the nation of Israel, who rejected her Messiah,
REV 6:12-17.
B. (2) The nature of the church, and the promises of Christ forbid the church from going through the great Tribulation.

C. (3) There must be an interval of time between the Rapture and the Second Coming.
D. (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.

E. (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.
F. (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.

G. (7) The Church is not of the world. JOH 17:14; PHI 3:20; 2TI 2:3-4.

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

J. (10) The believer is told to watch, or have an attitude of anticipation for the Lord’s coming.
K. (11) God has always protected His people in unique fashions in the face of judgment.
L. (12) The instructions by the apostle Paul never include any preparation or warning that the church will encounter the great Tribulation.

M. (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.
N. (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.
O. (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.

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

Q. (17) The church is called to pray for those in authority, 1TI 2:2; however, if the church was on earth in the great Tribulation why would those who come through the Tribulation pray for the destruction of those in authority? REV 6:10.

REV 6:10 and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, wilt Thou refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”

R. (18) Christ’s return for His church is unconditional, and He returns to heaven,
JOH 14:1-3.
The great tribulation is conditional, and based upon the abomination of desolation, MAT 24:15-16.

S. (19) Christ returns for His bride in the air and does not touch down upon the earth at the Rapture; He then returns to heaven, JOH 14:1-3; at the Second Coming He comes down to the earth, ZEC 14:1-4.

T. (20) The pre-tribulation Rapture also allows time for the bema seat or the judgment seat of Christ to take place after the Rapture. This represents the divine production in the Spirit or in the flesh, 1CO 3:12-15.

U. (21) Time is needed for the bema seat, and the marriage of the Lamb, and His pure bride dressed in white, the church.
V. (22) The Rapture is a mystery and secret; the Second Coming is a world display of power,
1CO 15:51-52.

REV 1:7 Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. Even so. Amen.

W. (23) The Rapture comes at a time of false peace and safety.
X. (24) After the Rapture, Rev 4, the day of the Lord begins with the opening of the first seal, Rev 5.
Y. (25) The Church is never mentioned from Rev 4-19.
Z. (26) The 144,000 Jews from Twelve Tribes, the two prophets, probably Elijah and Moses, and the angel witness the gospel, REV 11:3.

The hope of the Church is the return of Christ at the Rapture, who will deliver them from the greatest outpouring of judgment in the history of the universe, TIT 2:11-13;
1TH 1:10; 4:18; 5:11.

Point 3. The Doctrine Of Imminence.

Many signs were given to the nation Israel which would precede the Second Coming -
a totally different event then the Rapture.

The Church is told to live in the light of the imminent return of TLJC, JOH 14:2-3; Acts 1:11; 1CO 15:51-52;PHI 3:20; COL 3:4;
1TH 1:10; 1TI 6:14;
JAM 5:8; 2PE 3:3-4.

1TH 1:10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who delivers us from the wrath to come.

1TH 5:6; TIT 2:13;
REV 3:3, all warn the believer to be watching for the Lord Himself.

1TH 5:6 so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober-minded.

We would be looking for world wars, famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in several places at the same time.

MAT 24:7 “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes.”

We would be looking for the Regathering of Israel: Eze 36-37.

The Rise of Russia and her allies in preparation of fulfilling Eze 38-39.

The Increase in Travel and Knowledge:
DAN 12:4 “But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase.”

The Capital and Labor Conflicts: James 5:1-6.

Scoffers will come and criticize God’s people, 2PE 3:1-2.

The Current Moral Breakdown in Society, 2TI 3:1-5.

A Rise in Lawlessness, 2TH 2:7-10.

A Rise in Occultism and Cults, 1TI 4:1-5.

Apostasy, 1TI 4:1.

Imminency means impending, or threatening to occur immediately.

Imminency is used technically for the fact that no prophecy has to be fulfilled before the Rapture occurs.

The Church-age began with an event prophesied - the Baptism of the Spirit.

Our Lord prophesied this in the upper room discourse and just before He ascended.

The Church-age terminates with the Rapture, which was also prophesied.

No prophecy between the baptism of the Spirit and the Rapture means that the Rapture is imminent.

Before the Second Advent occurs, there are many prophecies which must occur, the Rapture, the events of the Tribulation, and this is the message behind Rev 6-19.

Patience is a system of thinking Bible doctrine, a system of concentration, the application of doctrine to experience.

A mature believer lives as though the Rapture could occur at any moment.

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