The Timing Of The Rapture Of The Church- Whether It Is Imminent
The Rapture is real, and it is described in the Bible, but most people don’t understand the timing of The Rapture. This has led to a lot of confusion. God doesn’t make things confusing. 1 Cor 14:33, “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” The problem is that most people have taken scriptures out of context, and not incorporated other Key related scriptures. If people would read Matt. 24:3-31, and simply accept what these verses say, they would see that there are certain major events which need to occur before The Rapture.
The Bible cautions us about being deceived regarding The Rapture.
Matt 24:3-4, “. . . Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? 4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.” Deceived is a very strong admonition. Deception causes error in our Christian walk, and it allow the enemy to come into our life; it often opens up other areas for being deceived.
Jesus then lists various events that precede The Rapture
Verse, 15 “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)” The “abomination of desolation” is about the Antichrist. And Jesus was referring to a future event, and not a past event. Many people think that The Rapture is before the Antichrist, but let’s see what Jesus says. Verse 21, “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” Verses 29-31, “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” It should be obvious that the “gather together” is The Rapture. Verses 30-31 are referring back to verse 3, “the sign of they coming,” which is about The Rapture. All the different events in Matthew 24 through 31 are sequential, and The Rapture is the last event. Therefore, Jesus states The Great Tribulation is before The Rapture.
History of The Rapture Views
It is interesting that for over 1,800 years after Jesus lived on earth, almost all Bible teachers taught that The Rapture is after the Great Tribulation. Around 1850 the Pre Tribulation Rapture began; this was also when Darwin came out with his Theory of Evolution (which in recent times has been proven to be unscientific). Also, at this time, New Age Bible versions started, which were largely based on the heretical teachings of Westcott and Hort. Today, many Bible translations also use many of these same teachings.
Today, many End Time teachers proclaim that The Rapture can happen at any time, and many claim it is the next main event in Bible Prophecy. As already covered, this is not what Jesus teaches. Almost everyone would prefer if we could escape the Great Tribulation, but that is not what the Bible teaches. It is true that Christians don’t go through the Wrath, but the Wrath is a totally different event than the Great Tribulation. The Wrath is God’s vengeance on the unbelievers after the Great Tribulation, and after The Rapture. It’s sad that many End Time Teachers don’t know the difference between the Great Tribulation and The Wrath, nor the difference between the Day of Christ, vs. the Day of the Lord. Many think the Day of the Lord is The Rapture- totally not what the Bible teaches. These topics are fully explained in the other pages of this Website. Furthermore, many End Time teachers don’t know the event that begins the End Times, which is also known as the Last or Latter Days. This is also one of the Free Downloads. Many people have greatly appreciated these valuable resources.
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Table of Contents
Introduction Page 7
|Part I- Understanding Foundation Principles, And End Time Terms.||Page 11|
|Chapter 1. Why Is It Important To Study Bible Prophecy?||Page 12|
|Chapter 2. Does The Bible Specifically Talk About A Rapture?||Page 16|
|Chapter 3. What Emphasis Does The Bible Give To End-time Deception?||Page 19|
|Chapter 4. What Is End Time Smorgasbord Theology?||Page 21|
|Chapter 5. What Are The Different End Time Views?||Page 23|
|Chapter 6. What Is “The Day Of The Lord,” and How Is It Different From "The Day Of Christ?"||Page 27|
|Chapter 7. Are “The Tribulation” And “The Wrath” The Same, Or Are They Different?||Page 31|
|Chapter 8. Are The Rapture And The Second Coming The Same, Or Are They Different?||Page 35|
|Part II- The Crux Of The Matter||Page 40|
|Chapter 9. Why Is 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 Foundational To Understanding The Rapture?||Page 41|
|Chapter 10. How Will We Know When The Man Of Lawlessness Is Revealed?||Page 46|
|Chapter 11. In 2 Thes. 2:7-8, Does "Taken Out" Imply The Rapture Takes Place Before The Antichrist Is Revealed?||Page 48|
|Chapter 12. Does Matthew 24 Support a Pre-Tribulation Rapture Or Not?||Page 51|
|Chapter 13. Does The Rapture Take Place Right After The Antichrist Is Revealed, But Before The Tribulation?||Page 60|
|Chapter 14. When Does The Tribulation Period Begin?||Page 61|
|Chapter 15. Is The Imminent Return Of Jesus The Next Main Event In Bible Prophecy?||Page 66|
|Chapter 16. How Difficult Will It Be Before The Tribulation?||Page 75|
|Chapter 17. When The Lord Returns, In 1 Thes. 4, Are The Raptured Saints Already With Him?||Page 81|
|Chapter 18. Who Are The Elect?||Page 86|
|Chapter 19. Does The Book Of Revelation Show That The Church Is Raptured Before The Tribulation, And Before The Seals Are Opened?||Page 88|
|Chapter 20. What Is The Mark Of The Beast?||Page 101|
|Part III- Daniel’s 70th Week||Page 109|
|Chapter 21. Why Is The 70th Week of Daniel Foundational To Understanding The End Times?||Page 110|
|Chapter 22. What Are The 2,300 Days In Daniel 8, and Why Is It Foundational To Understanding The 70th Week?||Page 121|
|Chapter 23. Why Was Antiochus Epiphanes IV Not The Antichrist?||Page 127|
|Chapter 24. What Are The 1,290 And 1.335 Days In Daniel 12?||Page 130|
|Chapter 25. How Many Days Does The Wrath Last?||Page 141|
|Part IV- Walk Wisely||Page 144|
|Chapter 27. Will You Know How To Live When The Mark Of The Beast Is Required?||Page 149|
|Chapter 28. What Is The Most Important Thing In Life, And How Can You Be Sure You’ll Go To Heaven?||Page 152|
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