“ The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.” Romans 13:12.
Church History of the Rapture Doctrine
THE “SO-CALLED” CONSPIRACY THEORY OF THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE
Which Rapture occurs, is it a “Pre or Post” Tribulation Rapture?
The goal behind Chapter Eight is to present the correct biblical understanding of the Rapture Doctrine. Which Rapture it is or if Christians will undergo any rapture period at all in the near- prophetic-future.
Today, a large base of so-called proclaiming Christians (and some “REAL” believers) sadly do “NOT” believe in the Holy Scriptures doctrine of the RAPTURE’s correct teachings. The “REAL” (“CORRECT”) Rapture is “INDEED,” the Pre-Tribulation Rapture.
Let us first therefore examine the history of the “Rapture” teachings within the Churches.
UNKNOWN HISTORY OF THE RAPTURE DOCTRINE
Some conspiracy theorists believe Rome’s elites created the Pre-Tribulation Rapture to control society; “HOWEVER” are these skeptics correct???
Some “conspiracy theorists” believe that the secret society of the “Jesuit” Order ordained by the Catholic Church created this “so-called” false Pre-Trib Rapture and, therefore, these critics believe this belief is to be a deception from God’s Holy Scriptures. These skeptics believe that the purpose behind “creating” this “so-called” Pre-Trib Rapture is to ensure that societies get controlled by the “Deep State” New World Order, Illuminati, Jesuits. Let us, therefore, examine if these pre-trib skeptics are correct.
History Of The “Jesuit” Rapture Doctrine
In 1534 a Spanish Basque Catholic priest and theologian co-founded the religious order “called” the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). He became the first Superior General in Paris in 1541. The Jesuit’s order served the Pope’s missionaries for the Roman Catholic Church and got a fourth vow of “special obedience” to the sovereign pontiff regarding their missions. Pope Paul III put his stamp of approval on the creation of the Jesuit Order six years after. The Jesuit Order served a “prominent role” during the Reformation period by creating a Counter-Reformation against the theological reformers in Europe regarding Rome’s doctrinal teachings.
During the Reformation period in Europe, the Catholic Church was under political pressure by many European nation-states citizens because the “Jesuits,” were radical extremists. The public knew they were plotting false-flag terror attacks within the European States against Protestants (Reformers) opposing Catholicism’s various beliefs. The Vatican viewed the Protestant Reformation reformers as a threat to their “antichrist” religious order. During the Reformation period, some reformers even claimed that the Vatican Church was part of the future “Antichrist” government and “NOT” the “TRUE” House of God. Indeed, these reformers were correct in the belief that the Antichrist system would eventually come out of Rome.
Revelation 13:1-3 & 16:19 – Political & Financial Headquarters, Revelation 17:4 – “the women” Catholic Church Heresy, Revelation 18:1-3, Revelation 13:4 – Antichrist Worship, Revelation 13:7 – Antichrist War Machine, Revelation 13:17 – Antichrist Economic Order (The Mark)
The devil’s original World Order came out of the Roman Empire, and therefore the Catholic Oligarchy has and is still knowingly worshiping their “god,” Lucifer. Rome’s transformation was a deceptive lie by Rome’s globalist order of old from their original conception.
Reference Link Online Video: Pope Proclaims Lucifer God
“I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain amoung you, where Satan dwelleth.” Revelation 2:13. – This verse is indeed Rome. Satan is their Godhead, he, Lucifer “dwells” in the Vatican.
Take Note: The Mother of Babylon (Rome), The devil, and his religious system “dwells in,” the Vatican as Rome’s Church is the Church prophesied to sit on seven hills. Reference 17:5. Washington D.C., what appears to be the Daughter of Babylon (The Revived Roman Empire), also sits on seven hills as well. Reference: Psalms 137:8.
“And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.” Revelation 17:9.
Reference Link: Rome On Seven Hills
Rome’s Seven Hills Names:
Esquiline Hill Palatine
Hill Quirinal Hill
WA D.C. Seven Hills Name:
Reference Link: Wash D.C. Seven Hills
During the late 1500s, two individual Jesuits, Francisco Ribera and Roberto Bellarmino rescued the Pope by creating a “new” Roman Catholic doctrine called “Futurism.” This “Futurism Doctrine” informed their faithful members that the Catholic Church was “NOT” part of the “Antichrist” Church because their faithful saints (the congregation of Rome’s Church) would get pre-raptured. After the Rapture, the Catholic Church would get taken over by a “FALSE MESSIAH,” the “Antichrist.”
Take Note: Rome’s official standpoint since Rome’s so-called conversion to “Christianity” is that the Roman Catholic Church is the “ONLY” rightful real Christian Church (Real House of God). Catholicism, therefore “PROCLAIMS” Salvation is only through the “OFFICIAL” Vatican Church through reconciliation with God under the Pope’s headship. This official standpoint has been the standpoint of the Vatican since it’s “proclaimed” conversion to Christianity. Rome therefore believes “ALL” none Catholic congregations are an apostate (“FALSE”) Church. Therefore the Roman doctrine of a Rome’s Pre-Trib Rapture only happens within the Roman congregations of “THEIR” false “UNSAVED” congregations.
Reference Link: Roman Catholic Church The Only Church
Reference Link: Salvation Outside The Catholic Church
However, after these events occurred, Manuel Lacunza, a Jesuit priest who was a “PROCLAIMED” Catholic Prophet, built upon the teaching of “Futurism”, A.K.A. a version of “THEIR”
Pre-Trib Rapture thesis.
Reference Link: Futurism Doctrine Introduced By Jesuits
Take Note: Manuel Lacunza also published a book titled: The Coming of the Messiah in Majesty and Glory.
Reference Link: Book Publication Volume One
Reference Link: Book Publication Volume Two
The Roman Catholic Church establishment under the Empire of Rome did whatever it could to ensure that Christians were not allowed to read the Holy Scriptures for themselves for centuries. As previously mentioned in Chapter Seven, “The Revived Roman Empire,” the actual goal of the Vatican was not to establish a real Church of God but was set to alter God’s Word for the purposeful benefit of controlling societies. During the Reformation, people questioned Rome’s legitimacy and realized that the Roman Catholic Church was an apostate organization.
During the Protestant Reformation beginnings, men like Luther and Knox claimed that the Catholic Church was the Antichrist system of global governance.
Reference Link: Council Of Trent
The Catholic Church got too nervous about this proliferation. The Pope commissioned Jesuits to counteract this idea at the Council of Trent. The “Catholic Church” then proclaimed this is not true, and thus some critics of today (2021) claim that the Catholic Church introduced the original doctrinal teaching of the Pre-Trib Rapture.
Under Constantine the Great, the Roman Empire’s actual purpose was to stop the spread of “REAL” biblical “CHRISTIANITY.”
That is why the Roman Empire merged their pagan polytheistic religious system into the Christian monotheistic worship system. They used their great military power and indoctrinated the massive into believing “their” lies.
For “1,000 YEARS,” The Catholic Church did “NOT” allow individuals to “FREELY” read the Holy Scriptures. Rome indoctrinated the masses at their conception that the Almighty God authorized “ONLY” the ordained priests and its higher Oligarch to interpret God’s Holy Word.
Reference Links: R.C.C. 1,000 Year Holy Bible Outlawed
However, the Holy Scriptures teach the opposite…
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” 2 Timothy 3:16. “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.” Proverbs 30:5.
After the liberation movement occurred with our Church founders’ Protestant movement, the newly established Churches thrived to break away from Rome’s pagan counterfeit Christianity during the Inquisition.
So did the “Jesuits” proclaim a pre-tribulation rapture doctrine. Short Answer: Yes. “HOWEVER,” this “DOESN’T” disprove the Pre-Trib Rapture.
An Old Saying: What came first, the chicken or the egg? Well, what came first, the Vatican of Rome or the Holy Scriptures?
The Old Testament, the “OFFICIAL” Hebrew Bible of the Jewish faith, was written at different periods between 1200 and 165 B.C. Christians wrote the New Testament in the first century A.D.
Take Note: The “OFFICIAL” Catholic Church did “NOT GET” established before the Holy Scriptures’ Old & New Testament Books (The Holy Bible). Therefore, those “theorists” who claim that the Catholic Church created the “Pre-Tribulation Rapture” doctrine is “NOT” correct.
Take Note: According to history timelines, the “OFFICIAL” beginning of the Roman Catholic Church occurred in about 590 C.E. with Pope Gregory I.
Reference Link: Time Table
The Creator God used about 40 different men from all walks of life to write down the Bible. These men accomplished all of these writings over 1,600 years. The thesis did not change from the Old Testament into the New Testament by these men. Most of the Old Testament was initially written in “HEBREW,” and The New Testament was initially written in “GREEK.”
We must also understand that within points of human development within the Church Ages, “people” can “NOT” always foresee (understand) aspects of scriptural teaching until the time comes available by God for those currently (“NOW”) to see (understand) within the progression of our current age. Why? Because this is what is called dispensationalism within Christian theology.
belief in a system of historical progression, as revealed in the Bible, consisting of a series of stages in God’s self-revelation and plan of salvation.
Definitions from Oxford Languages
Reference Link: Google Dictionary
Primary Example: The Holy Scriptures prophesied that God’s Jewish people would be removed from their ancient homeland, Israel, which happened in 70 A.D. “HOWEVER,” the Holy Bible proclaimed a promise that Israeli’s would return to their ancient land during the end of days. Until 1947 after the end of World War II, Christians had to “believe” as they could “NOT” currently see “HOW or WHEN” the Israeli’s would return to their land. Which was given to them by God Almighty. Did this occur? Yes, man’s history records this fact, and God’s Word registered this fact in the Heavens of His Eternal Lordship.
Imagine living in the 1700s as a Christian and, at the same time, reading the Bible passages regarding the prophecy of modern-day Israel becoming an “OFFICIAL” State again, Reference: Ezekiel Chapter 39. During this period, a Christian would logically need to “BELIEVE” God’s Holy Word and wait to see when these things fulfill God’s promises. Understanding how a person would see this happening in the 1700s would be illogical, but this is when “FAITH” comes into “PLAY” as a believer.
Taking into consideration this understanding “Dispensationalism,” we, therefore, can acknowledge that “SOME INDIVIDUALS” (we’re NOT able) to see the “PRE-TRIB RAPTURE DOCTRINE.” We must also take into consideration that the Holy See (Rome) vigorously outlawed for 10 Centuries, a Millennium, (1000 YEARS) individuals from being able to directly “READ” the “HOLY SCRIPTURES” for themselves.
The Vatican was partially truthful because Christians will see a Pre-Tribulation Rapture event in the prophetic future. However, the lie portion from Rome’s partial truth is that the Catholic Church “WILL NOT” be raptured. The Catholic Church is foretold in God’s Word to be part of the “Antichrist” governing system during the tribulation period.
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17.
LOGICAL THOUGHT: Did the Roman Catholic Church write (pen) down 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 before the “the” Popes proclaimed in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture?
The answer is logically NOOOO, and what about all the other “SCRIPTURAL” verses
teaching that of a Pre-Trib Rapture “BEFORE” the “OFFICIAL” establishment of the Roman Catholic Church?
Take Note: Just 1 Thessalonians was written in 50 – 51 A.D. The established Church of Rome was 590 C.E. The point behind this illustration is that the Roman Catholic Church did not write the Holy Scriptures. They instead tried to control the Scriptures by their false satanic Church of the Vatican and continue to outright defy the Holy Scriptures or twist “alter” God’s Holy Word.
Do you see, dear reader, Rome twisted the Holy Scriptures like they always do regardless of the scriptural topic being discussed to confuse the minds of their false converts.
1.) Catholic Heretic Example: “And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.” Matthew 23:9. YET…Catholics call their spiritual leaders their fathers while always giving some reasoning on why a verse like this is okay to disobey.
2.) Catholic Heretic Example: “And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” Luke 4:8. YET…Catholics worship Marry, the earthly mother of Jesus. As normal, Catholics will once again ration this sin to their false converts.
Take Heed Pre-Trib Rapture Skeptics because the devil can transform
himself, “HE LIES”…“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” 2 Corinthians 11:14. The “DEVIL” is the father of lies…“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” John 8:44.
The Catholic Church might have “some” truth at times, but I assure my readers that they “ALWAYS” have an “ULTERIOR MOTIVE.” Dear reader, the Church of Rome is indeed the Church of Lucifer.
COMMON KNOWN HISTORY
OF THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE DOCTRINE
Many conspiracy theorist believe that the “SO-CALLED” modern day belief of the Pre- Tribulation Rapture was “NEVER” taught prior to the 18th Century.
Critics claim outside of Rome that prior to the 18th century, the Evangelical Church “NEVER” taught “AT ALL” the Pre-Trib Rapture.
However, this is not true. Although I will agree with the notion of “Dispensationalism,” there were still “ANCIENT HISTORICAL CHURCHES” Prior to the 18th Century and Prior to the Catholic Church of Rome preaching the doctrinal teaching of a “PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE.”
CHURCHES OF THE MEDIEVAL AGE
It is believed by some scholars that sects like the Albigenses, Lombards, and the Waldenses believed doctrinal “premillennialism” teachings (a pre-rapture) throughout the Middle Ages. These group existed primarily underground.
EXCERPT OF A PARTIAL HISTORICAL RECORDED SERMON
“…Why therefore do we not reject every care of earthly actions and prepare ourselves for the meeting of the Lord Christ, so that he may draw us from the confusion, which overwhelms all the world? . . . For all the saints and elect of God are gathered, prior to the tribulation that is to come, and are taken to the Lord lest they see the confusion that is to overwhelm the world because of our sins…”
This sermon excerpt is evidence that “SOME CHRISTIANS” believed during the Middle Ages and “even prior” to this area that they accepted the historical teachings of pretribulationism. We can conclude based upon historical recordings that sections of believers like the Albigenses, Lombards, and the Waldenses were attracted to premillennialism. Sadly little is know of the details of their beliefs since the Catholics destroyed their works when they were found.
“HISTORICAL RECORDS” does indicate “that Brother Dolcino in 1304” held to the doctrinal teaching of a pre-tribulation. A person named Francis Gumerlock is the person credited for finding this research discovery and is stated in his book: “The Doclicinites held to a pre- tribulation rapture theory which is similar to that in modern dispensationalism.
Reference Link: History of the Waldensians https://museeprotestant.org/en/notice/a-history-of-the-waldensians/
Reference Link: A Brief History of the Rapture https://digitalcommons.liberty.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1003&context=pretrib_arch
Reference Link: Is the Pre-Trib Rapture a Satanic Deception? https://digitalcommons.liberty.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1051&context=pretrib_arch
Regardless of Rome’s “Futurism Doctrine”, regardless of what some “conspiracy theorists claim that the elites “so-called” created a the pre-tribulation “rapture” is “NOT” historically correct. Many churches throughout the ages (a lot) underground did indeed preach in a “pretribulationism doctrine”. Examine the Scriptures carefully and would should be able to conclude that the Holy
Bible does indeed teach in a Pre-Trib Rapture before the Great Tribulation (Jacob’s Trouble) begins.
OUTSIDE CREDITED WRITING
Article Titled: His Glorious Appearing
Published By: Timothy Joseph Medsker
Far Spent Media LLC – was granted permission to copy the entire following Article Titled:
His Glorious Appearing. This article proves that the Post-Tribulation Rapture, the Mid- Tribulation Rapture, ARE indeed in scriptural error. This article proves that the Pre-Tribulation Rapture is the correct scripturally taught thesis of Christian Doctrine.
HIS GLORIOUS APPEARING
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” Titus 2:11-14.
There has been much debate regarding the Rapture, which could be better termed His Glorious Appearing. There are even many pastors who sit on the fence, not knowing whether or not His Glorious Appearing is pre-tribulation or post-tribulation. Yet the Bible is quite clear and common sense should prevail that the Rapture will happen prior to the “time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:7), better known as the Tribulation.
The purpose in this chapter is not to just provide the evidence of the pre-trib Rapture being a sound doctrine, but also to provide needed information for those souls who will read such things, after having been Left Behind. For those whom God allows to be deluded by the Strong Delusion, what can be done? There opportunity for Salvation is prior to the Rapture and if they are those whom God is allowing to believe the lie (2 Thes. 2:11), after the Rapture, then their fate is sealed (Rev. 20:15).
Consider the following verses:
and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.” Daniel 12:10b
“At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.”
“And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.” Luke 8:10
What many churches fail to recognize is that the Lord Jesus comes back twice. Though once is His Glorious Appearing, where He does not set foot upon the earth, the other is His Second Coming. The Bible is quite clear as distinguishing two separate events, for those who may see and hear.
“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;” 2nd Timothy 4:1
His Glorious Appearing is the end of the Church age, the Church is Raptured. His Second Coming is His revealing Himself to Israel, it is all about God’s chosen people. While the world will be judged, the “time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:7) is about Israel. Oftentimes the two of these get mixed up and create all sort of false doctrines and movements. Let me try to clear some of the confusion up regarding these two separate events.
Starting with the end of the Church age and those who are truly Saved, let’s take a look at His Glorious Appearing, better known as the Rapture, as to why the Church or those who are Saved cannot be here during the Tribulation. Then let’s take a look at some clear distinctions that what people assume to be verses that point to a post-trib are clearly discussing His Second Coming, which is the revelation of Jesus Christ (Lk. 17:30, 1 Pet. 1:13, Rev. 1:1) to the Jewish people, two separate events.
There are some scoffers who say that those who believe in the pre-trib Rapture are not willing to suffer through the Tribulation. That as Jesus suffered on the Cross, so too must all of the Church suffer. Well the Church has been suffering for 2,000 years.
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
…“Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.” Acts 14:22
So the clear cut argument that is given in the United States is that Believers do not suffer, perhaps some name calling, etc. Yet, if one actually stands for what the Bible teaches and does not shy away from living separated from the world, there is affliction.
“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,” 2nd Corinthians 6:17
I dare say that a majority of these who retort such things to true Believers, those who wrongly believe in the post-trib Rapture are not Saved themselves. So why should they have affliction preaching a different Jesus (2 Cor. 11:4) and doctrines of demons (1 Tim. 4:1)? One should not look at solely the United States of America as an example of harsh affliction that the true Saints throughout the ages have experienced on behalf of Christ.
For the United States was setup as a country for religious freedom, unlike most of the world. There was a reason that our forefathers came here. To focus solely on the United States is to be blind to the facts of history regarding the true Church.
The Bible is quite clear that Hades will not prevail against the Church, but we find that the saints during the “time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:7) are prevailed against.
“And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18
“And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.” Revelation 13:7
“After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.” Revelation 7:9-10
“And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” Revelation 7:13-17
“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” Revelation 20:4
So who would be left to be Raptured at the end of the Tribulation? For those who are truly Christians, who have repented and by faith believed into Jesus Christ as their Savior (Ro. 8:10-13, Ac. 17:30-31, Eph. 2:8-10), are with the Lord (1 Th. 4:17).
For during the Tribulation the Antichrist is allowed to overcome the post-Church age saints, that is those who receive Salvation during the “time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:7).
Quite obvious is also the fact that when the Second Coming happens, when Jesus Christ sets His feet upon the Mount of Olives (Zec. 14:4), the saints are coming with Him. How can they be coming back with Him, if they are still here?
“And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.” Zechariah 14:5
…“To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.” 1st Thessalonians 3:13
Though there is still discussions and debates about these things, nowadays churches simply aren’t teaching these things. They either cannot make up their mind, allow different opinions are have moved along unto other things. The Bible prophesized this as well.
“This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in [both] which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as [they were] from the beginning of the creation.” 2nd Peter 3:1-4
The Bible is quite clear about there being a Rapture, which should aptly be called His Glorious Appearing, but Rapture is also quite acceptable.
“For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive [and] remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”
1st Thessalonians 4:14-18
“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” 1st Corinthians 15:51-52
“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:3
The argument of the Rapture being a silent thing should not be. For quite clearly the Lord Himself will descend from Heaven with a -shouted- command and also the trumpet will sound. For those scoffers, do not necessarily think that you have a foolproof argument that the trumpet is the same as the seventh trumpet in Revelation, for you do not. One must look at the Holy Scriptures as a whole, not pick and chose which verses fit the theories that one wants to propagate upon the masses.
The Bible is quite clear that the Church, though appointed through the afflictions, persecutions and tribulations of this life, are not appointed to wrath.
…“And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.”
1st Thessalonians 1:10
“For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.”
1st Thessalonians 5:9-10
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”
1st John 4:18
Consider this verse in comparison of this:
“And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:For the great day of his wrath is come; an d who shall be able to stand?” Revelation 6:15-17
“Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.” Revelation 3:10
“After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.” Revelation 4:1
There are some passages of the Bible that teach clearly about the Rapture, but ALSO about the Second Coming. This is often a problem with those who hold the post-trib false viewpoint, they fail to recognize these things.
“3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, 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.
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all [these things] must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these [are] the beginning of sorrows.
9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
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:)
16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
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.
22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here [is] Christ, or there; believe [it] not.
24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
25 Behold, I have told you before.
26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, [he is] in the secret chambers; believe [it] not.
27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
29 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.
32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer [is] nigh:
33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, [even] at the doors.
34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
36 But of that day and hour knoweth no [man], no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. 37 But as the days of Noe [were], so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
41 Two [women shall be] grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
46 Blessed [is] that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
49 And shall begin to smite [his] fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for [him], and in an hour that he is not aware of,
51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint [him] his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew 24:3-51
“22 And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see [it].
23 And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after [them], nor follow [them].
24 For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one [part] under heaven, shineth unto the other [part] under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.
25 But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation.
26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed [them] all.
30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
31 In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.
32 Remember Lot’s wife.
33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.
34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two [men] in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.
35 Two [women] shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
36 Two [men] shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body [is], thither will the eagles be gathered together.” Luke 17:22-37
Clearly when two are together and one is taken, the other left, this is teaching about the Rapture. An interesting thing is that you will see that two are in a bed, as well as two are working. When the Rapture happens, for some in the world it will be nighttime, for others it will be daytime.
In Matthew 24:42 clearly it states ‘your Lord’ which is talking about Christians, but in Matthew 24:31 it speaks of Christ gathering His elect. The Church has never been termed the elect, that is clearly Israel.
“For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.” Isaiah 45:4
Israel will not be Raptured, except those individuals who are truly Saved, as they are yet in unbelief and will not believe until the Second Coming.
“In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David [shall be] as God, as the angel of the LORD before them. And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for [his] only [son], and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for [his] firstborn.”
For those scoffers who declare that there will be a Rapture of the evil ones, you know who you are, then pay attention and take heed!
“And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, [even] a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood. Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan. And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you. Thus ye shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord GOD. And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them. So the house of Israel shall know that I [am] the LORD their God from that day and forward. And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword. According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions have I done unto them, and hid my face from them. Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name; After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made [them] afraid. When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations; Then shall they know that I [am] the LORD their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there. Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.” Ezekiel 39:17-29
“And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all [men, both] free and bond, both small and great. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the
beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which [sword] proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.” Revelation 19:17-21
Do not confuse the Second Coming of Christ to His Glorious Appearing. For Jesus appears at the Rapture, but He does not set His feet upon the earth. His Second Coming is a distinctive event.
“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.” Revelation 19:11
“Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which [is] before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, [and there shall be] a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. And ye shall flee [to] the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, [and] all the saints with thee. And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] the light shall not be clear, [nor] dark: But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, [that] at evening time it shall be light. And it shall be in that day, [that] living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be. And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one. All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin’s gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and [from] the tower of Hananeel unto the king’s winepresses. And [men] shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited. And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth. And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.” Zechariah 14:1-13
In Matthew 24:30 the “sign of the Son of Man will appear in the heavens, and then all the tribes of the earth will wail”. Clearly no one knows the day, nor the hour (Matt. 24:36). There will be signs of Christ’s imminent Second Coming, as there are many prophecies that will be fulfilled. If
true Believers were here during that time we could simply count from the “abomination”, until the Lord returns.
“And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.” Daniel 12:11
“And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.” Daniel 12:7
“And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.” Revelation 12:6
“And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.” Revelation 12:14
“And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.” Revelation 13:5
Clearly it would be contrary that no one would know the day nor the hour, verses being able to count the days from the time that the abomination of desolation is setup by the Antichrist. One could simply count out the days and know for sure when Jesus was coming.
There used to be a time when the Churches in this country believed what the Bible says. Just as many churches now believe that homosexuality, gay marriage, even transgenderism is acceptable, so too their Rapture doctrine, if they have one, is far from what the Word of God teaches.
The apostasy is in full bloom and things are not going to get any better. There are no more warning signs, nothing that needs to happen, the Rapture is imminent and could happen at any
moment. When that will be is not known, but until then, we who are Believers need to be watching and ready.
“Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” Luke 21:36
Dear reader, there are a lot of scary things that will happen during the“time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:7). So what happens if you didn’t know, if you were deceived and because you were not truly Saved, even if you thought you were, you were Left Behind?
Even though God sends a Strong Delusion, that Strong Delusion is for those who made a willful choice to deny God, for those who refused to repent and believe the Gospel. There are countless people who have made professions of faith, without even really understanding the Gospel.
I suspect that if you are reading such a thing as this and pondering what to do now, that you are not part of those whom God is allowing to believe the lie. Salvation is simple for those who are Left Behind. There won’t be much time to learn in depth doctrine, in fact finding a Bible might be nearly impossible (Am. 8:11), especially a good translation.
Call upon the Lord and do not be like the world who refuse to repent (Rev. 9:20-21, 16:11). Rather put your trust in your Creator, even unto death. For what will you give in exchange for your soul? You only have one chance in this life, and this is your one chance! I beg of you to yield to God and let Him take care of the rest.
“And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.” Joel 2:32
“But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, [even] in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:8-13
“For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.” Psalms 48:14
“And when he had called the people [unto him] with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world,
and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” Mark 8:34-38
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” Hebrews 9:27-28
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.” Proverbs 3:5-8