Oct 27, 2018

The Rapture and its timing?

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I know you addressed the rapture previously in the Q&A section, thanks for that but what about the time, pre trip, mid trip or everyone go through the tribulation?

Nov 8, 2018

It is not up to the believer to know the timing, but this we know, according to 1 Thessalonians 5:9, it reads;

God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.

Concerning the Rapture, its timing and the tribulation in a nutshell.

The Rapture of the Church is the sudden removal from danger, in this case, the sudden danger is known as the tribulation, or the great tribulation. The act of pressing together to cause distress or affliction.

Though the book of 1 Thessalonians infallibly states, we are not appointed to this wrath, however, there are some believers who feel a certain pride of righteousness in thinking that they must go through the tribulation, in the face of distress and affliction. Through this they will be worthy to be with the Lord. Whereas, there are others, who labeled themselves as mid trip Rapture. These, like the previous, they teach and believe in order to be worthy of the Lord, they must go through the tribulation, but halfway before they shall be raptured.

 

To this I ask the question. What help is a Fire Service, aware of a home that is about to erupt in flames, but they wait outside for a little while until the individual in the home has smoke in their lungs and blisters to their skin before the Firemen step in to rescue?

 

If a man who is flawed and evil can help another, precisely before danger, what more about a perfect loving God?

 

Suffering is not the means to righteousness. Faith in Jesus Christ imputes righteousness. If we suffered at times, it will be a reminder to keep trusting. For God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Blood is enough.

 

 

Precise point and clear as always.

The Blood is enough, I liked that.

 

The mid trip argument though is based on

 

Matthew 10:22

And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

 

Matthew 10:18

And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nov 9, 2018

 

Let’s look at this closely, this is Jesus speaking to His disciples.

 

Go not into the way of the Gentiles but rather to Israel, the First commission, the second commission was for all the world. . . and as you go, preach, saying, the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely you have received, freely give. Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat. And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when you depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. (meaning it is unworthy)

 

After He spoke these words, He also reminded them that there will be persecution.

 

Now, the questions of interest here are, who was He talking to, and what were their tasks?

To His disciples, He spoke.

 

The advocate for the mid trip rapture, or post trip, they will say, there is the evidence that we all will face persecution. However, take notice to the command of Christ, go out and preach the Gospel, He said.

 

Therefore, persecution shall befall those out there on a mission trip, a missionary and the likes. They are aware of the pending danger of persecution whenever they step out into the unknown. Nevertheless, their focus is never on the timing of the Rapture, rather to fulfil the call of the great commission, the preaching of the Gospel.

 

However, there are those who are not preaching the Gospel, neither are they winning souls for the kingdom. Yet, their focus has been on the timing of the Rapture. Rather than the reason for the event.

 

The persecution mentioned by Christ, is already happening, but to those who are fulfilling the great commission, Christ also said, and you shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake.

 

Such was the case of Andrew Brunson, the American pastor. While in a foreign land preaching the Gospel, he was arrested and imprisoned 2016, for years without a trial. At last, he was brought before the government of that country through their Judicial system, just as the Lord said.

 

Did Pastor Andrew Brunson experience persecutions for the qualification for the Rapture? No, these things happen to those who stands for that which is right. So then, everyone who proclaims the Gospel must be persecuted? Certainly not.

Persecution doesn't mean favoritism with God, neither is persecution the qualification for heaven. Jesus Christ is all it takes and His Blood for the Remission of sin.

Prosecutions are already happening, a good point, we don't see it in the western world so some people are still thinking it is yet to happen.

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