Timing of the Rapture

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I’m reading a book called Revelation Deciphered.  The author has a very common-sense approach to this controversial topic.  He makes it easy to understand and very logical as well.

The disciples asked Jesus what would be the signs of his coming.  He gave 6 things in Mt. 24 that will happen BEFORE He comes to get us (rapture):
1. deception v4-5
2. war/chaos v6-7
3. famine/economic collapse v7
4. abomination/death v9, 15-21
5. martyrdom/apostasy v9-12
6. celestial signs v29

He points out that what Jesus did NOT mention as signs of His coming and how that is important in helping us to understand the timing of events.  So Jesus answered EXACTLY what would happen BEFORE His coming.  What He did NOT mention was the trumpet and bowl judgments.  Why?  Because they happen AFTER He comes to get us.

Now before you say, “But in Matthew 24:30-31, it is referring to His second physical return to earth!”  Many people believe this because we have been taught this for years.  However, let’s compare those verses with His 2nd physical return in Rev. 19.

Mt. 24:30                                     Rev. 19:11-16, 19
1. Comes on the clouds            1. Rides a white horse
2. Blows a trumpet                    2. Has a sword coming from his                                                        mouth.
3. Comes with angels                3. Is followed by his saints on white
horses.
4. Comes to gather his elect.    4. Comes to destroy the AC.

As you can see from the above, these are TWO DIFFERENT THINGS!  Scripture compared against scripture — it is VERY CLEAR that these are two different events.

For those of you who believe in a pre-tribulation rapture, I understand how this is a hard teaching.  None of us want to believe that we are going to go through the tribulation (which ends at the end of Revelation 6, when the wrath of God begins).  I didn’t want to believe it either.  However, my motto has become, “I would rather be prepared for the tribulation and surprised by the rapture, than to be prepared for the rapture and surprised by the tribulation.”

For those of you who already believe in a pre-wrath rapture, this book makes the whole topic easy to understand, and gives us a better way to show/explain it to others.  For those who are just now hearing about this topic, I encourage you to read through other things I’ve posted in the End Times section.

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Take Heed That No One Deceives You

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Luke 21-22 and Judas

I found it interesting to note that Jesus was speaking of end time events and being careful not to be deceived in Luke 21. The very next chapter, we see Satan entering Judas, and how quickly he went on his way, looking for a way to betray Jesus. Later in that chapter, you see the Last Supper. Now if you look at Matthew’s account in chapter 26, you see that all of the disciples are questioning who is going to betray Jesus. (The betrayer played his cards well, so it wasn’t obvious which one it was.) Even after Jesus tells them who will betray him, Judas still asks, “Rabbi, is it me?” And this is AFTER he has already been seeking a way to betray Jesus! I’m thinking, “Seriously? How dense can he be?” So this got me to thinking…..what’s the lesson here?

I think it’s a classic example of how the enemy can so easily deceive us. This is a lesson to us — don’t underestimate your enemy. He deceived Judas to betray the Messiah! If he can do that so easily, to the point that Judas doesn’t even realize HE is the BETRAYER, how easily might we be deceived?

The Real Jesus of the Last Days

This is an absolutely FABULOUS and encouraging message.  In light of times in which we are living, I highly recommend it.  You won’t be disappointed!

Offended

I was reading through Matthew 24 and noticed something I found interesting.

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.

Notice the progression:
1. Many shall be offended.
2. They will then betray one another.
3. After the betrayal, comes hate.
4. They will be more susceptible to being deceived by the false prophets because they’ve already opened “doors” in steps 1-3.

This scripture made me think about offenses in my own life.  When I get offended, am I going to take it to the Father and allow Him to help me through it?  Or am I going to choose to hold onto that offense, and thus, open a door for me to be easily deceived by the false prophets?  (And there are MANY of them out there right now.)

When I see the reality of how I could become deceived if I choose to hold onto an offense, it suddenly makes offenses seem like little “bumps” in the spiritual road that I need to just step over and go on my way.  :waving3:

When Does the Rapture Take Place?

I wanted to share something with you.  I’ve done a lot of studying over the last year regarding prophetic things, Matthew 24, and the book of Revelation.  I’ve done some researching online on the topic of the rapture.  I found some very interesting things that we’ve not been taught in church.Get your bible and open to Matthew 24 and Revelation 6.

Read Matthew 24.  Watch for the words AFTER the tribulation, and see what happens after the tribulation.  The sun and moon are darkened, stars fall from the sky, then the Son of Man appears and gathers His elect.  This is the rapture, and EVERY eye will see it.  It won’t be like what we’ve been told all these years.  Now go to Revelation 6:12 and start reading there.  You will find THIS is where the sun and moon are darkened and the stars fall from the sky.  (And remember — you just read in Matthew 24 that this happens AFTER the tribulation.)  Verses 15-16 speak of many who are trying to hide from the Son of Man when He comes.  Verse 17 speaks of how the day of His WRATH has come.  Meaning – the tribulation is over.  Wrath has now come.

Moving on, since we are not appointed to wrath, we are now gone.  Revelation 7 speaks of a multitude of people from every nation, tribe, tongue being in heaven.  Verse 14 tells us these are those who have come out of great tribulation.

So I believe all this stuff about a 7 year tribulation is wrong!  The bible doesn’t specifically speak of tribulation itself lasting 7 years.  So there is a time of trouble that lasts 7 years, but not all of it is the tribulation.  Part of it is WRATH, and that is DIFFERENT from tribulation.  We’ve NOT been taught that!!!!

Also, as you read through scripture, you will often see the phrase “The day of the Lord.”  This is referring to the day the rapture takes place and the wrath of God begins.  (They both happen on the same day.)

Oh, and something else — Mt. 24:32 speaks of the days of the tribulation being shortened for the sake of the elect.  If the tribulation is supposed to last 7 full years, how can you shorten those days?  It can only happen if part of that 7 years is tribulation and part of it is God’s wrath.

This was a very hard realization for me.  I was scared and I was angry at having been taught lies for over 30 years.  But as I have prayed and hidden myself in the shelter of the Almighty, I’ve come to grips with it.  I joined an end-time forum online and one of the members posted a very wise comment.  He said, “I’d rather be prepared for the tribulation and surprised by the rapture than to be prepared for the rapture and surprised by the tribulation.”  Very wise words indeed.  I keep telling my hubby, “If I ever wanted to be wrong about something, it would be my new beliefs on when the rapture takes place.”

If you want to study more on this topic and research it for yourself (and I highly recommend that you do), there is a great teaching called After the Tribulation.  Have your Bible, a notebook, and a pen handy.  You will want to take notes!

Also, there is a book on this topic that is a easy-read.  Short, and to-the-point, with clear, easy-to-understand explanations for why the rapture takes place after the tribulation.  It is called The Prewrath Rapture Position Explained: Plain and Simple.  I highly recommend it!

I’m sharing my thoughts on this with you because if I’m correct in what I’m seeing in the Word, I don’t want to see the Church left in the dark and caught unaware.  We need to get our spiritual house in order.  We also need to be discussing this with our family members and making plans for when things really start hitting.

May the Lord be with you and grant you peace as you continue to live in Him.