The Gospel

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the GOSPEL which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

[Paul, writing to Christians @ Corinth, 1 Cor. 15:1-4]

Monday, September 24, 2018

THE RETURN OF THE LORD JESUS IS NOT IMMINENT!!!

WHAT IS IMMINENT IS THE “PERIOD OF TRIBULATION”.
(Matt.24:1-35; Mark 13:1-26; Luke 21:5-28)
AND AFTER THE “TRIBULATION PERIOD”, BEFORE THE “ELECT/CHRISTIANS” ARE TOTALLY ANNIHILATED, THE LORD JESUS WILL RETURN TO EARTH.
(Matt.24:29-31; Mark 13:24-26; Luke 21:5-28; Rev. 6:11)
The organized church had so much given emphasis to the PAROUSIA of the Lord Jesus, that it has set aside the fact that what will occur PRIOR to the return of the Lord Jesus to earth to establish His kingdom, judge His enemies, and reward the faithful, is the PERIOD OF TRIBULATION, of which ample warnings had been given, will be witnessed by the church, in accordance to the words of the Lord Jesus.
The start of the Tribulation Period will come as a surprise, like the coming of a thief in the night; but of the return of the Lord Jesus, His PAROUSIA, there will be many signs that the children of God would distinctly recognize.
Countless Christians have been duped by the proponents of the Secret Pre-Tribulation, Pre Wrath Rapture theories, which neither the Lord Jesus nor the apostle Paul had ever taught in the light of Scriptures.
The Secret Pre-Tribulation, Pre Wrath Rapture theories are Satanic teachings, boys and girls.
Be warned.
++++++++++++
[Matthew 24:1-31
1Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. 2 “Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”
3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”
4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you.5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.
9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
15 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak.19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.
22 “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. 23 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it.24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you ahead of time.
26 “So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27 For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28 Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.
29 “Immediately after the distress of those days
“‘the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light;
the stars will fall from the sky,
and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’
30 “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. 31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.]
[Mark 13:1-27
1As Jesus was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!”
2 “Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”
3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John and Andrew asked him privately, 4 “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are all about to be fulfilled?”
5 Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 6 Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many. 7 When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 8 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.
9 “You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them. 10 And the gospel must first be preached to all nations. 11 Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.
12 “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. 13 Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.
14 “When you see ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ standing where it does not belong—let the reader understand—then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 15 Let no one on the housetop go down or enter the house to take anything out. 16 Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 17 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers!18 Pray that this will not take place in winter, 19 because those will be days of distress unequaled from the beginning, when God created the world, until now—and never to be equaled again.
20 “If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, whom he has chosen, he has shortened them. 21 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. 22 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 23 So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time.
24 “But in those days, following that distress,
“‘the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light;
25 the stars will fall from the sky,
and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’
26 “At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.]
[Luke 21:5-28
5 Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said, 6 “As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down.”
7 “Teacher,” they asked, “when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?”
8 He replied: “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them. 9 When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.”
10 Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.
12 “But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. 13 And so you will bear testimony to me. 14 But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. 15 For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. 16 You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. 17 Everyone will hate you because of me. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish. 19 Stand firm, and you will win life.
20 “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. 21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. 22 For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. 23 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people. 24 They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
25 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26 People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”]
[Rev. 6:11
...and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also.]

Ezekiel ch. 38

WAR BEFORE NOVEMBER 4, 2018?!
(24Sept.2018)
And I hope I'm wrong!
What is so significant about this date?
COME (NOVEMBER 4), THERE WILL BE A U.S. SANCTION THAT PREVENTS CRUDE OIL FROM PASSING FROM IRAN TO OTHER COUNTRIES.
Iran threatens to close the Strait of Hormuz in retaliation; while Washington promises to respond with war against Tehran.
But, to save face, and if the U.S. does not chicken out, the Pentagon will not allow that day to come and uncover her bullying tactics; instead the U.S. (house of Israel) and present-day Israel (house of Judah) will INCESSANTLY push Russia and Iran to make retaliatory military adventures in response to aggressive covert/overt attacks from the West, which we have witnessed in these two incidents:
[18 September 2018
Russia blames Israel after military plane shot down off Syria
Russia has said Syria shot down one of its military planes - but laid the blame for the deaths of the 15 personnel on board with Israel.]
[22 September 2018
Iran Blames Israel, U.S. for Military Parade Shooting That Killed 29
2:33 PM]
Unknowingly, America is fulfilling Bible prophecy (EZEKIEL 38:4), forcing Russia, China, Iran et al to finally nuke present-day Israel (house of Judah) and the U.S.A. (house of Israel), and destroy BOTH in one (1) hour.
The warning goes to the remnant Church in America: Repent and Prepare for the coming persecution of God’s people.
The Secret Pre-Tribulation Rapture Theory is nothing but a Satanic lie!
PREPARE!
++++++++++++
TO: MR. JOHN ROBERT BOLTON, National Security Advisor of the United States of America
(5Sept.2018)
If you would just find time to read your Bible, Mr. Bolton, you would discover that your lurid dream/nightmare of doing a Libya/Iraq/Afghanistan on Iran is but an illusion borne out of American exceptionality and arrogance, for it has no moral or judicial basis at all.
My Bible, and I believe yours, too, has the sure word of prophecy, and says that it is Persia/Iran that would strike America (house of Israel) as part of the Army that would destroy Continental U.S.A. inside 1 day, even in 1 hour (EZEKIEL 38:5), and not the other way around.
Also, forget the U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil exports, set for Nov. 4, because it ain’t gonna happen.
A $10.00 Bible would have told you that.
Have a good day in Babylon, Mr. Bolton.
efren agbulos,
Baptist minister, Manila, Philippines
++++++++++++
[(Ezekiel 38)
1The word of the LORD came to me: 2 “Son of man, set your face against Gog,of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshek and Tubal; prophesy against him 3 and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against you, Gog, chief prince of Meshek and Tubal. 4 I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army—your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords. 5 PERSIA, Cush and Put will be with them, all with shields and helmets, 6 also Gomer with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah from the far northwith all its troops—the many nations with you. 7 “‘Get ready; be prepared, you and all the hordes gathered about you, and take command of them. 8 After many days you will be called to arms. In future years you will invade a land that has recovered from war, whose people were gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate. They had been brought out from the nations, and now all of them live in safety. 9 You and all your troops and the many nations with you will go up, advancing like a storm; you will be like a cloud covering the land. 10 “‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: On that day thoughts will come into your mind and you will devise an evil scheme. 11 You will say, “I will invade a land of unwalled villages; I will attack a peaceful and unsuspecting people—all of them living without walls and without gates and bars. 12 I will plunder and loot and turn my hand against the resettled ruins and the people gathered from the nations, rich in livestock and goods, living at the center of the land.” 13 Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and all her villages will say to you, “Have you come to plunder? Have you gathered your hordes to loot, to carry off silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods and to seize much plunder?”’ 14 “Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: In that day, when my people Israel are living in safety, will you not take notice of it? 15 You will come from your place in the far north, you and many nations with you, all of them riding on horses, a great horde, a mighty army. 16 You will advance against my people Israel like a cloud that covers the land. In days to come, Gog, I will bring you against my land, so that the nations may know me when I am proved holy through you before their eyes. 17 “‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: You are the one I spoke of in former days by my servants the prophets of Israel. At that time they prophesied for years that I would bring you against them. 18 This is what will happen in that day: When Gog attacks the land of Israel, my hot anger will be aroused, declares the Sovereign LORD. 19 In my zeal and fiery wrath I declare that at that time there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel. 20 The fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the beasts of the field, every creature that moves along the ground, and all the people on the face of the earth will tremble at my presence. The mountains will be overturned, the cliffs will crumble and every wall will fall to the ground. 21 I will summon a sword against Gog on all my mountains, declares the Sovereign LORD. Every man’s sword will be against his brother. 22 I will execute judgment on him with plague and bloodshed; I will pour down torrents of rain, hailstones and burning sulfur on him and on his troops and on the many nations with him. 23 And so I will show my greatness and my holiness, and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the LORD.’]
++++++++++++
ATTENTION!!!
(2Sept.2018)
THE WORLD IS RUNNING OUT OF TIME!
6,000 YRS. OF HUMAN HISTORY IS ABOUT TO CLOSE.
1) God’s people are running out of time to return to God and to put their lives in order
2) The unsaved are running out of time to put their faith in the Lord Jesus
The situation in Syria is about to reach its apex with the destruction of Damascus by America and her allies (ISAIAH17:1). The Pentagon will not allow the Syrian military to capture IDLIB, the last bastion of American presence in Syria, because that would give Russia a secured presence in that country.
Before IDLIB falls, Washington will have to attack Damascus in order to get rid of the central government and Dr. Bashar al-Assad, M.D.
The city of Damascus will fall as foretold in (Isa.17:1), but Russia will not stand by and do nothing; RUSSIA ET AL will have to retaliate, I think, no later than 4Nov.2018, when the U.S. sanctions against Iran come into effect.
RUSSIA ET AL will strike Continental U.S. (House of Israel), and destroy her inside 1 day, even in 1 hour (EZEKIEL ch. 38).
Once this ensues, the world will be plunged into darkness and war; and there will be war until the return of the Lord Jesus at the end of the age.
THERE WILL BE NO SECRET PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE, FOLKS.
That teaching is straight from the depths of hell.
The church will go through the Period of Tribulation in order to be tested for their faith and also to be cleansed in preparation for the coming Kingdom.
Oh, dear brethren in the Lord Jesus, the Christ, let us return to the Lord, repent of our sins, and put our houses in order before that dark and dreadful day
All the world players are on the stage right now, and the FINAL ACT will begin soonest.
PREPARE!!!
++++++++++++
THE TOTAL DESTRUCTION OF CONTINENTAL U.S.A., COMING OUT OF THE FALL OF DAMASCUS, SYRIA
(1Sept.2018)
On 4Nov.2018 U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil exports will take effect; to which Tehran threatens to block the Strait of Hormuz in response.
As I see it, Nov.4.2018 will not come to pass without the city of Damascus, Syria, being obliterated off the face of the map (Isa.17:1) by AMERICA ET AL, and RUSSIA ET AL attacking America (House of Israel) in retaliation, destroying her in 1 hour (Eze.ch.38).
Washington HAS TO BOMB DAMASCUS NOW, because their last bastion of operation in Syria (Idlib) is about to be overrun by government troops, and they would have planned another "regime change" in vain.
It goes without saying that many officials in the White House don't want that scenario to happen. They must oust Dr. Bashar al-Assad, M.D. at all cost!
A WORLD NUCLEAR WAR is just around the corner!
Put your house in order, brothers & sisters, ladies & gentlemen, boys & girls.
Be sure your sins have been nailed to the cross of the Lord Jesus by faith.
TIME IS RUNNING OUT!
++++++++++++
THE DESTRUCTION OF THE CITY OF DAMASCUS WILL TRIGGER THE GREAT WAR (Isa.17:1),
(28August2018)
And not the conflict between Washington and Tehran, because it is Iran that will attack America as part of the Army that will destroy Continental U.S.A (House of Israel)., as foretold in (Ezekiel ch. 38).
From now to November 4 will be a critical stretch of time for the church to prepare for a war that could well be the start of the Period of Tribulation.
Prepare for the coming persecution, brethren in the Lord Jesus.
The SECRET PRE-TRIBULATION, PRE WRATH RAPTURE theories are Satanic lies.
The Church will go through the Tribulation Period in order to be tested and cleansed for the Parousia of the Lord Jesus and the establishment of the Kingdom.
++++++++++++
BREAKING NEWS!!!
(26August2018)
Russia says the “TIME HAS COME TO FINALLY DITCH U.S. DOLLAR.”
Russia, China, Iran, Turkey move to dump the U.S.$ as instrument in trade transactions; which will spell doom for the American economy, and will certainly translate to a shooting war, wherein America will be at the receiving end of the ire of nations that are sick and tired of the economic bullying of Washington against countries that will not tow the official line of the White House.
On 4 November 2018, U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil exports kick in.
If Pres. Trump doesn’t chicken out, Tehran threatens to mine the Strait of Hormuz, which will drastically affect crude oil supply worldwide.
This could trigger a world war, with the destruction of the City of Damascus as another flash point to consider.
With America slapping economic sanctions left and right, war cannot be avoided; and we could witness the last war before the Parousia/Second Coming of the Lord Jesus.
Wake up, brothers & sisters, ladies & gentlemen, boys & girls!
There is a Great War coming!
Oh, Christian brethren, come out of America while the window of opportunity is still open, for it is closing fast. There is still time for the church in America to repent and turn to God, and the call remains for genuine Christians to “COME OUT OF HER, MY PEOPLE, SO THAT YOU WILL NOT SHARE IN HER SINS, SO THAT YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE ANY OF HER PLAGUES; FOR HER SINS ARE PILED UP TO HEAVEN, AND GOD HAS REMEMBERED HER CRIMES.” (Revelation 18:4-8)
++++++++++++
[Time has come for Russia to finally ditch US dollar – Foreign Ministry
Published time: 24 Aug, 2018 09:24
© Maxim Shemetov / Reuters
Russia will definitely respond to Washington’s latest sanctions and, in particular, it is accelerating efforts to abandon the American currency in trade transactions, said Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.
“The time has come when we need to go from words to actions, and get rid of the dollar as a means of mutual settlements, and look for other alternatives,” he said in an interview with International Affairs magazine.
“Thank God, this is happening, and we will speed up this work,” Ryabkov said, explaining the move would come in addition to other “retaliatory measures” as a response to a growing list of US sanctions. Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak recently noted that a growing number of countries are interested in replacing the dollar as a medium in global oil trades and other transactions.
“There is a common understanding that we need to move towards the use of national currencies in our settlements. There is a need for this, as well as the wish of the parties,” Novak said.
According to the minister, it concerns both Turkey and Iran.
“We are considering an option of payment in national currencies with them. This requires certain adjustments in the financial, economic, and banking sectors” to accomplish. Last week, the Kremlin said it is interested in trading with Ankara using the Russian ruble and the Turkish lira. India has also vowed to pay for Iranian oil in rupees.
The world’s second-largest economy, China, has also been taking steps to challenge the greenback's dominance with the launch of an oil futures contract backed by Chinese currency, the petro-yuan. China and Iran have already agreed to stop using the dollar in global trade.]
++++++++++++
THE SECRET PRE-TRIBULATION,
PRE-WRATH RAPTURE THEORIES ARE NOT BIBLICAL!!!
[These Satanic theories will lead many in the church to apostatize in the last days(2Thess.2:3) because these will never happen in the manner taught by Pre-Trib, Pre-Wrath Rapture proponents, so please prayerfully study these talking points and share this post with as many Christians as you can. God bless you.]
Thesis:
THE PRE-TRIBULATION, PRE-WRATH RAPTURE THEORIES ARE HERETICAL LIES; THESE TEACHINGS ARE FOREIGN TO THE BIBLE
(by: efren dlc agbulos, Baptist preacher, Manila, Philippines, A.D. 2000; ASIA BAPTIST BIBLE COLLEGE, 1995)
http://efren-poetryandmore.blogspot.com
1] Purposes of the Thessalonian missives:
[1 Thessalonians] was written to give assurance to Christians at Thessalonica concerning the future of believers who die before the Lord Jesus returns (1 Thess. 4:13-18).
[2 Thessalonians] was written to dispel rumors (2 Thess. 2:1-2) that (1 Thess. ch. 4) has already occurred, because, according to Paul, (1 Thess. ch. 4) will not occur until the apostasy occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed (2 Thess. 2:1-4).
Definitely the Thessalonian missives are not in agreement with Pre-Tribulation Rapture advocates who erroneously claim that (1 Thess. ch. 4) will occur first before the revelation of the man of lawlessness.
Furthermore, every respectable Bible commentator prior to 1830, when the false Rapture Theory came out Scotland, treat both letters as describing the 2nd Coming, the PAROUSIA, of the Lord Jesus.
TALKING POINTS:
1] Read: John 3:13; 2 Kings 2:1; Heb. 11:5
Title: No man hath ascended up to heaven
(The Lord Jesus argues against the Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath Rapture theories)
Pre-Tribulation Rapture advocates cannot use Elijah or Enoch to prove their point because the Lord Jesus testifies that "no man has ever gone into heaven" (John 3:13).
It was impossible for anyone to have been taken into heaven during the time of Elijah and Enoch (since sin had not been taken away, but just covered) because the Final Sacrifice, the Lord Jesus, had not been offered.
Secondly, we must understand the word "heaven" as describing the skies, or lower heaven. They were taken to the clouds, out of sight, to places we have no knowledge of.
Was the Lord Jesus lying when he said, "no one has ever gone into heaven"?
Or was there a possibility that the Lord Jesus just missed Elijah and Enoch because heaven was such a large place? THE LORD JESUS IS TRUTH.
2] Read: 2Thessalonians 2:6; Daniel 10:13: Dan. 12:1
Title: What withholdeth
(The Restrainer can never be the Holy Spirit)
According to Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath Rapture advocates, the restrainer in (2Thess. 2:6) is the Holy Spirit; and they claim that the Holy Spirit would be taken away to heaven in the church seven (7) years prior to the Parousia, the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus at the end of the age.
If there be so absurd a statement in the history of Christianity, this holds first place.
To take away the Holy Spirit is to take away the Father and the Son as well because they are God. God is indivisible. God is one. God is omnipresent.
To take away the Holy Spirit from one section of the universe (earth) is to deprive that segment of God and the power to hold together what has been created, and since the cosmos is like one seamless piece of cloth, it would mean the disintegration of the entire universe. But if they would argue that only the influence of the Holy Spirit is taken away or set aside, that would be veering away from the original
language of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture theory.
Who, then, is the restrainer? The archangel Michael (Daniel 12:1).
3] Read: Revelation 20:5,6
Title: First resurrection
(The resurrections argue against the Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath Rapture theories)
(The Bible teaches but two [2] resurrections)
Pre-Tribulation Rapture (3 resurrections)
1) at the so-called Rapture, 7 yrs. before the end of the age
2) at the end of the age
3) after a thousand years
Pre-Wrath Rapture. (3 resurrections)
1) 3 1/2 yrs. before the end of the age
2) at the end of the age
3) after a thousand years
The Bible (2 resurrections)
1) (v.6) first resurrection, at the end of the age
2) (v.5) after a thousand years
The Bible speaks of only two (2) resurrections: first at the Parousia, as described by Paul in (1Thess. 4:15-17), at the end of the age; the second after a thousand years.
4] Read: Acts 3:21
Title: Whom heaven must receive/
He must remain in heaven
(The Holy Spirit through Peter argues against the Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath Rapture theories)
(receive: G1209, to take hold of)
The Lord Jesus will not leave heaven until the "restitution" (G605, restoration of a true theocracy) of all things. This will happen at the end of the age, during the Parousia, the Second Coming, the day the Lord Jesus returns to earth to set up his kingdom, judge his enemies, and reward the faithful.
But Pre-Tribulation Rapture theory proponents believe and teach that the Lord Jesus will leave heaven to descend to the clouds and then return to heaven again seven (7) yrs. before/prior to the end of the age.
This lie is in contradiction to the teaching of Scriptures, that the Lord Jesus will not leave heaven until the end of the age, when the kingdom is to be established.
5] Read: Matthew 13:24-30; Matt. 13:36-43
Title: Let both grow together until the harvest;
The harvest is the end of the world/ end of the age
(To be read in conjunction with [John 6:39,40,44,54])
(The Lord Jesus in The Parable of the Tares argues against the Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath Rapture Theories)
From the time the Lord Jesus sowed the good seed, up to the End of the Age, there will only be one harvesting, and that is on the day the Lord Jesus returns to earth to set up his kingdom, judge his enemies, and reward the faithful, at the resurrection of the dead, during the Parousia at the end of this age.
But proponents of the so-called Pre-Tribulation Rapture teach that there will be a resurrection seven (7) yrs. before the end of the age, a teaching that opposes the words of the Lord Jesus who testifies that he will raise all those who have trusted in him at the end of this age.
6] (Charles H. Spurgeon argued against the Pre-Tribulation Rapture
What many Baptists do not know is that Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) rejected the Pre-Tribulation Rapture theory that was being popularized at that time by John Darby (1800-1882).
Spurgeon believed that the Baptist faith was exactly the same as the early Church under the apostles. He believed that (1Thess. 4:15-17) and the Resurrection would happen at the same time after the Great Tribulation.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the prince of preachers to many, rejected the Pre-Tribulation and the Pre-Wrath Rapture theories.
7] [Baptist Articles/Confessions of Faith argue against the Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath Rapture Theories)
Proponents of these heretical teachings may have overlooked the fact that their doctrines are not even included in their Articles of Faith.
If they would just go back to the the texts of Baptist Confessions of Faith, even from the 1600s, the tenor of the declarations doesn't give any inkling that they believed in either a Pre-Tribulation or a Pre-Wrath Rapture.
What is declared, they must admit, is the Second Coming, the visible bodily return of the Lord Jesus to earth to set up his kingdom, judge his enemies, and reward the faithful; Parousia in Greek, and will occur at the end of the age.
Paul was in agreement with the Baptist Articles of Faith because he used the word Parousia (Second Coming) in (1Thess. 4:15), describing the events surrounding the bodily return of the Lord Jesus to earth, as described in verses (16,17).
The challenge is simple: if Rapture advocates truly believe that the Lord Jesus would secretly descend in the clouds to snatch away the church seven (7) yrs. before/prior to the Parousia (Second Coming) at the end of the age, they must indicate it clearly in their Articles of Faith.
8] Read: 1 Thessalonians 5:9
Title: Not appointed unto wrath
(Paul argues against the Pre-Wrath Rapture theory)
WRATH -- SALVATION
Notice that in (5:9) "wrath" stands opposite "salvation," since Paul wanted to give emphasis to the TWO FINAL STATES of men, and will be obtained at the Parousia, the return of the Lord Jesus to earth at the end of this age, and more particularly explained in (2Thess. 1:6-10).
"Salvation" is here used with our final completed salvation in mind; in the same manner "wrath" is here referring to the wrath of God on the day of the Lord, the day the Lord Jesus returns to earth at the end of this age, and is not alluding in any way to the period of tribulation.
9] Read: 1 Thessalonians 4:15
Title: Unto the coming (Parousia) of the Lord
(so-called Pre-Tribulation Rapture is not the Second Coming)
(so-called PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE): The Lord Jesus will not come down to earth, but descend only to the clouds SEVEN (7) YRS. BEFORE THE END OF THE AGE
(SECOND COMING): The visible return to earth of the Lord Jesus AT THE END OF THE AGE to set up his kingdom, judge his enemies, and reward the faithful
Since the so-called Pre-Tribulation Rapture or the Pre-Wrath Rapture is obviously not the Second Coming because of the disparity in time element and in the action of the Lord Jesus, advocates of these false teachings may not, can not, use the following verses that describe an event that will take place at the END OF THE AGE, not seven (7) yrs. before the end of the age; and they may not refer to the so-called rapture as the Second Coming. Again, whenever the Second Coming is mentioned in the Bible, the time element is ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS the end of the age:
Matthew 24:3;1 Cor. 15:23;1 Cor. 16:17;1 Thess. 2:191 Thess. 3:13;
1 Thess. 4:15;1 Thess. 5:23;2 Thess. 2:1;2 Thess. 2:8,9;James 5:7,8
2 Pet. 1:16;2 Pet. 3:4;2 Pet. 3:12;1 Jn. 2:28
Therefore, Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath Rapture advocates better find verses other than those listed above to prove their point, because those verses will be fulfilled at the END OF THE AGE.
10] Read: John 17:15,20
Title: I pray not
(The Lord Jesus argues against the Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath Rapture theories)
It was the will of the Lord Jesus in his prayer to the Father before he suffered on the cross, that the church "not be taken out of the world but that the Father protect them from the evil one."
(Picture the Israelites under God's protection while the rest of Egypt is being devastated by plagues; and Noah and his family safe in the ark amidst the flood)
But some would argue that this applies only to the followers of the Lord Jesus during his time.
(John 17:20) would answer that argument, for the Lord Jesus himself declared that his prayer embraces all believers in all the ages to come, even up to this age in which we live.
11] Read: Revelation 19:7
Title: The marriage of the Lamb is come
(John argues against the Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath Rapture theories)
One of the elements of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture theory and taught with zeal by its proponents is the wedding of the Lamb which, according to them, will occur in heaven once the church had been raptured in (Rev. 4:1), seven (7) years prior to the end of the age.
Is this teaching Biblical?
On the contrary, it is a heretical teaching because the Lord Jesus has revealed to John that the wedding of the Lamb will occur on earth in (Rev. 19:7) during the Parousia at the end of this age, when the Lord Jesus returns to earth to set up His kingdom, judge His enemies, and reward the faithful.
It is quite a distance between (Rev. ch. 4) and (Rev. ch. 19).
(Those who teach these heretical doctrines have failed to study them in-depth, their origins, as well as the context of both Thessalonian missives; and thus put in peril the faith of many believers)
12] Read: Matthew 28:20
Title: Even unto the end of the world/ to the very end of the age
[The Lord Jesus argues against the Pre-Tribulation/ Pre-Wrath Rapture Theories]
Can we agree that (Matt. 28:20) is the Great Commission given to the church by the Lord Jesus? Of course, we can!
(Matt. 28:20) is the appointed task given to the church by the Lord Jesus; and up to what point in time was the church charged to "go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe whatsoever I have commanded you"? UP TO THE END OF THE WORLD/ THE END OF THE AGE.
Up to what point in time will the Lord Jesus be with the church as it fulfills its commission? UP TO THE END OF THE AGE.
Did the Lord Jesus forget to tell us about the Pre-Tribulation/ Pre-Wrath Rapture theories? No, He did not, because there are no such events!
(We should remember that Pre-Trib/ Pre-Wrath Rapture advocates teach that the church will be snatched out from earth 7 yrs./ 3 1/2 yrs. prior to the end of the age)
The Lord Jesus says that the church will be found on earth even up to the end of this age. And Paul also says that (1Thess. 4:15-17) will occur at the end of the age: "coming" (v. 15).
13] Read: John 6:39,40,44,54
Title: At the last day
[The Lord Jesus argues against the Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath Rapture Theories]
When will Christians who have died be raised?:
1) Pre-Tribulation Rapture: 7 yrs. before the end of the age
2) Pre-Wrath Rapture: 3 1/2 yrs. before the end of the age
3) According to the Lord Jesus: at the end of the age
Four times (for emphasis) in the sixth chapter of the gospel according to John, the Lord Jesus reiterated that it was the Father's will that all those who look to and believe in Him (the Lord Jesus) will be raised at the last day or the day of the Lord or end of the age, as that day is also referred to.
Now to believe in a Pre-Tribulation or Pre-Wrath Rapture would make the words of the Lord Jesus meaningless, if not deceptive. By any stretch of the imagination "all" means "all". With no exception, every believer who has fallen asleep in the Lord Jesus, from the inception of His earthly ministry up to the end of the age will be raised on that day, during the Parousia when He returns to earth to establish Him kingdom, the day of the resurrection.
Who are we to believe? None other than the Lord Jesus!
(And the Pre-Tribulation Rapture, Pre-Wrath Rapture Theories are teachings that cannot be supported Biblically)
(What about 1Thess. 4:15-17? The theme of both Thessalonian missives is the "coming," (4:15) the Parousia: the SECOND COMING, the return of the Lord Jesus at the end of this age to set up His kingdom, judge His enemies, and reward the faithful)
14] Read: Revelation 1:1
Title: To shew unto his servants
[THE BOOK OF REVELATION ARGUES AGAINST THE PRE-TRIBULATION, PRE-WRATH RAPTURE THEORIES]
The church will witness the entirety of the book of Revelation, the tenor of the first three (3) verses attesting to this, and for the obvious reason that the book was addressed to Christians, particularly to those living in this age: to show them what they have to prepare for and "overcome" [G3528: to conquer; subdue; to be victorious] (2:7; 2:11; 2:17; 2:26; 3:5; 3:12; 3:21). Here the word used by John carries the idea of "endurance until victory is achieved."
Still many would argue that (4:1) points to a Pre-Tribulation Rapture, which is an erroneous reading, since it is not clear whether John was bodily taken to heaven or only given a vision (sight by mind), the latter being most plausible; and that the purpose for the trumpet call was for revelation and not to provide an escape for John from tribulation.
Another area of interest Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath Rapture advocates have to clarify is: Why warn the churches and tell them to overcome (conquer, subdue, be victorious) in (chs. 2 & 3), and then prevent them from overcoming by taking them out of the scene in the next chapter (ch. 4), before all hell breaks loose?
Clearly the atmosphere and language of Revelation are pregnant with the idea of "endurance to the end."
NOTE: The church not mentioned until (22:16)? SEE: (6:11; 7:9,14; 19:10; 22:9)
15] Read: Daniel 9:25-27
Title: And he shall confirm
(The Lord Jesus, the Messiah, will confirm a covenant with the Jews in [9:27])
The modern mainstream interpretation of (Dan. 9:25-27) hinges primarily on the anti-Christ, when the traditional view of the first part or (v.27) points to Messiah.
The word "confirm" in (v.27) is the Hebrew word "gabar" (H1396), which literally means "to put strength to something existing". Obviously, only God had a prior covenant with the Jews, and was confirmed by the Lord Jesus during his 3 1/2-year ministry which culminated in his sacrificial death on the cross, and also signalled the end of the law and the sacrificial system of the temple; although there was maintained, after the veil to the holy of holies had been torn in two, animal sacrifices that were already an abomination to God.
(v.27b, will destroy) destruction of the temple in AD 70.
(The remaining 3 1/2 years?) Points to 3 1/2 years of tribulation before the Parousia, the bodily return of the Lord Jesus at the end of this age.
Addendum:
A literal temple has to be in existence for these verses to go the way of an "anti-Christ" interpretation. At present there is none, and no temple will be built for two main reasons (and there could be more): The priesthood has been abolished, and we are now the temple of God.
16] Read: Acts 14:22
Title: Through much tribulation
(Paul and Barnabas argue against the Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath Rapture theories)
If the Lord Jesus learned obedience from what he suffered (Heb. 5:8), in the same manner that it is only through MANY persecution and tribulation that the Christian would enter the kingdom of God, and for various reasons: cleansing and affirmation of faith, for only those who would endure to the end are truly saved.
We have been promised tribulation (John 16:33) in this life, after the pattern of the life of the Lord Jesus, and we are no better than him that we should expect exemption from persecution. And since it has been promised, it is actually a blessing.
(The main error of Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath Rapture theory proponents is in pegging their teaching to one verse [1Thess. 4:17], without considering the context of [1&2 Thess.] and their relationship to the rest of the Scriptures)
17] Read: 2 Thessalonians 2:4
Title: God's temple
The traditional rendering of this verse is a rebuilt temple in present-day Jerusalem, which doesn't hold substance if we are to consider the abolition of the Aaronic priesthood, which was absolute and with finality, and the destruction of records on Jewish lineage when the library, together with the temple, was plundered and burned in A.D. 70, making it impossible to trace ancestry to the patriarchs with any degree of certainty.
Without the priesthood, the construction of a new temple is not on the table.
God's temple is seen here as a people, a nation established to foster Christianity, a beacon on a hill as a testimony to the world, none other than the U.S.A.
18] Read: 1 Thess. 4:15,16
Title: The coming
If we could establish beyond reasonable doubt the timeline where this event would fall in the context of the verses themselves, we would be able to establish what Paul was referring to, whether an event occurring 7 or 3 1/2 YEARS BEFORE the End of the Age (Pre-Tribulation/ Pre-Wrath Rapture) or an incident that will transpire at the End of the Age (Parousia).
And the winner is: PAROUSIA (4:15), which will occur at the very End of this Age.
Coming = Parousia
Paul was describing the events at the End of the Age. Period. This is a single event, without a second phase.
19] Read: 1 Thessalonians 4:15
Title: Unto the COMING of the Lord
(Adam Clarke [1760-1832] argues against the Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath Rapture theories)
(Adam Clarke was a prolific scholar who wrote a commentary on the Bible which took him 40 years to complete, published 1810-1832)
Were the Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath Rapture theories acknowledged teachings prior to the 1830s?
In consideration of the Commentary and Critical Notes by Adam Clarke, it seems unlikely that these teachings were even known in the church at that time. Clarke, in his notes on (1Thess. 4:15) wrote: "WE MAY SUPPOSE THAT THE JUDGMENT WILL NOW BE SET, AND THE BOOKS OPENED, AND THE DEAD JUDGEDNOUT OF THE THINGS WRITTEN IN THOSE BOOKS."
How in the world did a Bible commentator of Clarke's caliber and scholarship fail to mention a Pre-Tribulation or a Pre-Wrath Rapture event in conjunction with (1Thess. 4:15-17)? The answer is simple: he did not fail, because prior to the 1830s, when the Pre-Tribulation Rapture theory came out of Scotland, it was unknown among the congregations and in Christian literature.
Clarke was justified in interpreting (1Thess. 4:15-17) as the Parousia, the Second Coming at the end of the age, and not a snatching away of the church seven (7) years before the end of the age.
20] 1 Thessalonians 4:15
(1 Thess. 4:15) argues against the Pre-Tribulation Rapture theory
A sound hermeneutical investigation of (1 Thess. 4:15) will lead an earnest student of Scriptures to the conclusion that Paul was pointing to the PAROUSIA or the Second Coming, the return of the Lord Jesus at the end of this age to set up his kingdom, judge his enemies, and reward the faithful, in this particular missive as in the follow-up letter (2 Thess.); a simple word study would have made that clear.
In inferring that there would be two phases to the Second Coming and that the Lord Jesus would be returning to heaven with the church after (v.17), Pre-Tribulation Rapture advocates have grossly erred by reading into the verses (eisegesis) what the passages don’t prescribe.
Nowhere in both Thessalonian letters was there an indication of a two-part PAROUSIA or the Lord Jesus returning to heaven after the events described in (1 Thess. 4:13-18). In fact, the word “meet” in (v. 17), “apantesis” in Greek, is used in the papyri of a newly arriving magistrate (Vine's Expository Dictionary), and “It seems that the special idea of the word was the official welcome of a newly arrived dignitary” (Moulton, Greek Test. Gram. Vol. I, p. 14). Judging by the meaning of the word and the context of (1 Thess. 4:13-18) the Lord Jesus is the dignitary whom the church would welcome while still in the clouds as he was on his way down to earth.
Simply put, the Thessalonian letters speak of one event only, the PAROUSIA, the Second Coming. Period.
21] [1 John 2:28] (The apostle John argues against the Pre-Tribulation Rapture Theory)
John was looking forward to the PAROUSIA or the Second Coming, the return of the Lord Jesus at the end of this age to set up his kingdom, judge his enemies, and reward the faithful.
In the same way, the apostle Paul was describing the PAROUSIA in his Thessalonian missives, which makes them in total agreement as to the timeline of the Lord’s appearing, for it would have been an absurdity on the part of John to encourage believers to persevere until the PAROUSIA if there would occur an intervening Pre-Tribulation Rapture seven (7) years prior to the Second Coming.
Was John wrong in not mentioning a Pre-Tribulation Rapture, and instead look forward to the PAROUSIA only? Of course not! John and Paul were both looking forward to the Second Coming alone.
19) Revelation 22:7
22] (Rev. 22:7) argues against the Pre-Tribulation Rapture Theory
If the church had been taken away and the Holy Spirit taken away as well as early as (Rev. ch. 4), to whom was the Lord Jesus speaking at this point (22:7)?
keepeth: (tereo) to attend to carefully, take care of, to guard (from loss or injury)
If we are to believe the Pre-Tribulation Rapture advocates, the Lord Jesus would not be speaking to Christians as this juncture, because they are no longer on earth, so what is written beyond (Rev. ch. 4) should not concern them; and obviously not to those left behind because without the Holy Spirit there would be no salvation and no understanding of the Bible because the Word of God is spiritually understood.
This instruction by the Lord Jesus to “guard” the entirety of the revelation contained in this book was addressed to his servants/Christians (1:1) as its custodian, to be a source of encouragement to those who would be witnesses to these events; to make use of the prophecy revealed in advance to the people of God to comfort them during days of darkness, trial, and persecution.
The book of Revelation is a divine communication from God to his servants from chapter 1 to chapter 22. The church would witness the unfolding of the prophecy contained in this book to its completeness; and it was written for her comfort and encouragement as she endures to the end.
23] (Heb. 9:28) argues against the Pre-Tribulation Rapture Theory
The main error of Pre-Tribulation Rapture advocates is in ascribing to their arguments verses that are hermeneutically and contextually assigned to the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus, the Parousia, or the return of the Lord Jesus at the end of this age to set up his kingdom, judge his enemies, and reward the faithful.
If (Heb. 9:28) actually is the Second Coming, it will take place at the End of the Age. Where, then, shall we place the Pre-Tribulation Rapture? Of course, seven (7) years prior to the Second Coming; but the problem is that the Pre-Tribulation Rapture theory assigns to itself what (Heb. 9:28) declares will occur at the End of the Age. Granting, for the sake of argument, that the Lord Jesus would “bring salvation to those who are waiting for him” during the Pre-Tribulation Rapture, what is left to transpire at the Second Coming which (Heb. 9:28) describes?
There will only be two (2) appearances of the Lord Jesus:
1) at his birth 2) at the end of the age, at the Parousia
What the Pre-Tribulation Rapture advocates have done was to rob the Second Coming at the End of the Age of its substance and meaning and placed them upon their heretical teaching.
24] Read: Hebrews 9:28
Title: Appear the second time
(The book of Hebrews argues against the Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath Rapture theories)
(v. 28) is to be understood as the Lord Jesus' glorious return to earth at the end of this age to set up his kingdom, judge his enemies, and reward the faithful; a.k.a. the Second Coming, a.k.a. the Parousia.
Paul used that word (1Thess. 4:15, "coming" = parousia) in describing the events surrounding the bodily return of the Lord Jesus to earth, as outlined in (1Thess. 4:15-17).
The Lord Jesus will appear only twice:
1) at his birth
2) at the Second Coming at the end of this age
Nowhere in Scriptures was it ever foretold, or even mentioned in passing, that the Lord Jesus will "secretly and quietly appear for the church" between his birth and his Second Coming at the End of the Age. The Bible doesn't mention such an intervening event.
25] Read: John ch. 14
Title: (v.28) I am coming back to you
(John ch. 14 argues against the Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath Rapture theories)
Proponents of the Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath Rapture theories have taken the first four verses of John and concluded that these are proof texts for their doctrine, without considering the entirety of the book and the 14th chapter in particular, the primary reference of which is the Parousia, the Second Coming at the end of the age.
Had they bothered to consult reputable Bible commentators, they would discover a common vein in interpreting (John 14:1-4) as occurring at the end of the age, the day the Lord Jesus returns to earth to set up his kingdom, judge his enemies, and reward the faithful.
These verses are in no way referring to an event that occurs seven (7) years before the end of the age.
26] Read: 1 Thessalonians 4:15
Title: Coming
(1Thess. 4:15 argues against the Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath Rapture theories)
A sound hermeneutical investigation of (1Thess. 4:15) will lead a diligent student of Scriptures to the conclusion that Paul was pointing to the PAROUSIA (coming: G3952, parousia) or the Second Coming, the return of the Lord Jesus to earth at the end of the age to set up his kingdom, judge his enemies, and reward the faithful, in this letter as in the follow-up missive (2Thess.).
In inferring that there would be two (2) phases to the Second Coming and that the Lord Jesus would return to heaven with the church after (v.17), Pre-Tribulation proponents have grossly erred by reading into the verses (eisegesis) what the passages don't prescribe.
Nowhere in both Thessalonian letters was there an indication of a two-part PAROUSIA or the Lord Jesus returning to heaven after the events described in (1Thess. 4:13-17). In fact, the word "meet" in (v.17), "apantesis" in Greek, is used in the papyri of a newly arriving magistrate (Vine's Expository Dictionary), and "it seems that the special idea of the word was the official welcome of a newly arriving dignitary" (Moulton, Greek Test. Gram. Vol. I, p.14). Judging by the meaning of the word and by the context of (1Thess. 4:13-17), the Lord Jesus is the dignitary whom the church would welcome in the clouds, as he was on the way down to earth.
ADDENDUM:
The Rapture Theory:
It's Surprising Origin
by Ernest L. Martin, Ph.D., 1976
Almost all Christians are interested in prophecy. This is especially so if the prophecies show what will happen to Christians themselves. There is nothing wrong in desiring such personal knowledge. Even our Lord gave a considerable amount of teaching about the circumstances to befall His people at the end of the age (Matthew 24:22-25). All of us share a common concern in wanting to know about the participants, the chronology, and the geography of those prophecies. To comprehend the full knowledge of them it is obvious that all relevant statements of our Lord and His apostles must be properly interpreted and placed into a coherent order. Many Christians have attempted to do this. As a consequence, the doctrine of the Rapture has arisen. So important has it become to many that the teaching is now sanctioned as the prime revelation from God to show what will happen Lo members of His church just before and during the second coming of Christ. Some even look on it as the heart and core of present Christian expectations! Because of this, it will pay us to review what the doctrine is all about.
The word "Rapture" is not found in the Bible. There is also no single word used by the biblical authors to describe the prophetic factors which comprise the doctrine. Its formulation has come about by means of induction. Certain biblical passages concerning the second coming (and the role that Christians will play in that event) have been inductively blended together to establish the teaching. The modern expression "Rapture" was then invented to explain the overall teaching and the term suits the subject well. The basic tenets of the doctrine are uninvolved. Simply put, it purports that Christ will come back to this earth in two phases. He will first return invisibly to rapture His church away from this world so that they might escape (or partially escape the prophetical tribulation to occur near the end of the age, then later Christ will return in a visible advent to dispense His wrath on the world's nations. This is the general teaching.
Many details concerning these prime factors, however, are hotly debated. There is especially much argument over the chronological features associated with it. Some think the time lapse between the two phases will be 3 1/2 years, others say 7 years. Some feel that the Rapture of the church occurs before the Tribulation, others about mid-way through, Many suggest that the church will be taken to heaven for protection, but a few have proposed a geographical area on this earth. There are those who feel that only part of the church will escape, while others say all will he rescued, These variations, along with others, have multiplied the interpretations to such an extent that many diverse secondary opinions exist among those holding the belief. But all are unanimous on one point: the central theme of the Rapture shows that Christ will return to earth in two phases.
The Newness of the Doctrine
It may come as a surprise to many Christians, but the doctrine of the Rapture is not mentioned in any Christian writings, of which we have knowledge, until after the year 1830 A.D. Whether the early writers were Greek or Latin, Armenian or Coptic, Syrian or Ethiopian, English or German, orthodox or heretic, no one mentioned a syllable about it. Of course, those who feel the origin of the teaching is in the Bible would say that it only ceased being taught (for some unknown reason) at the close of the apostolic age only to reappear in 1830 A.D. But if the doctrine were so clearly stated in Scripture, it seems incredible that no one should have referred to it before the 19th century. This does not necessarily show that the teaching is wrong, but it does mean that thousands of eminent scholars who lived over a span of seventeen centuries (including some of the most astute of the "Christian Fathers" and those of the Reformation and post-Reformation periods) must be considered as prophetic dunces for not having understood so fundamental a teaching. We are not denigrating the doctrine in mentioning these historical facts. That is not our intention. But we do feel that the Foundation should show the historical problems associated with the teaching. This lapse of seventeen centuries when no one mentioned anything about it must be a serious obstacle to its reliability.
Its Beginning
The result of a careful investigation into the origin of the Rapture has been recently published. The book is an excellent one which deserves to be read by all people interested in the subject. Its title: "The Unbelievable Pre-Trib Origin" by Dave MacPherson. He catalogs a great deal of historical material which answers the doctrine's mysterious derivation. We wish to review the results of his research. In the middle 1820's a religious environment began to be established among a few Christians in London. England which proved to be the catalyst around which the doctrine of the Rapture emerged. Expectations of the soon coming of our Lord were being voiced, This was no new thing, but what, was unusual was the teaching by a Presbyterian minister named Edward Irving that there had to be a restoration of the spiritual gifts mentioned in I Corinthians 12-14 just before Christ's second coming. To Irving, the time had come for those spiritual manifestations to occur. Among the expected gifts was the renewal of speaking in tongues and of spirit-motivated prophetic utterances. Irving began to propagate his beliefs. His oratorical skills and enthusiasm caused his congregation in London to grow. Then a number of people began to experience the "gifts." Once this happened opposition from the organized churches set in. It resulted in Irving's dismissal from the Presbyterian church in 1832. His group then established themselves as the Catholic Apostolic Church and continued the teachings of Irving.
These events were the beginnings of what some call present day Pentecostalism. Indeed Irving has been called by some church historians "the father of modern Pentecostalism." What does all this have to do with the origin of the Rapture doctrine? Very much indeed. Let us look at what happened in the year 1830 -- two years before Irving's dismissal from the Presbyterian church. In that year a revival of the "gifts" began to be manifested among a few people living in the lowlands of Scotland. They experienced what they called the outpouring of the Spirit. It was accompanied with speaking in "tongues" and other charismatic phenomena. Irving had been preaching these things must occur, and now they were.
On one particular evening. the power of the Holy Spirit was said to have rested on a Miss Margaret Macdonald while she was in a state of illness at home. She was dangerously sick and thought she was dying. In spite of this (or perhaps because she is supposed to have come under "power" of the spirit for several successive hours during which she experienced the manifestations of "mingled prophecy and vision." The message she received during this prophetic vision convinced her that Christ was going to appear in two stages at His second coming -- and not one! The emanation revealed that Christ would first come in glory to them that look for Him and again in a final stage when every eye would see Him. It was this visionary experience of Miss Macdonald which represents the prime source of the modern Rapture doctrine as the historical evidence compiled by Mr. MacPherson abundantly shows.
The Influence of John Darby
Many people have thought that John Darby, the founder of the Plymouth Brethren, was the originator of the Rapture doctrine. This is not the case. Darby was a brilliant theologian with outstanding scholarly abilities. Even those who have disagreed with his teachings admit that he, and many associated with him, helped to cause a revival in biblical learning throughout the evangelical world (which even has been perpetuated down to our own present day). All who love biblical research ought to be thankful for what Darby and especially his associates accomplished for biblical scholarship. They particularly helped pave the way for the renewal of modern lexical studies of the languages of the Bible. The doctrine of
"dispensationalism" was also a teaching they brought to the attention of the Protestant world.
It had long been thought by many Christians that the Rapture doctrine originated with ,John Darby. It is now known that this is not true. Darby only popularized it. Scofield and others who took over Darby's mantle later helped to make it respectable, Today, many of those in the evangelical sphere of Christianity are so certain of its veracity that it is accepted as the absolute truth of God. The fact is, however, John Darby received the knowledge of the doctrine from someone else. The source was the Margaret Macdonald mentioned above.
The studies of Mr. MacPherson show that her sickness during which she received her visions and revelations occurred sometime between February 1 and April 14, 1830. And by late spring and early summer of 1830, her belief in the two phases of Christ's coming was being mentioned in praise and prayer meetings in several towns of western Scotland. In these meetings some people were speaking in "tongues" and other charismatic occurrences were in evidence. These extraordinary and strange events in western Scotland so attracted John Darby that he made a trip to the area to witness himself what was going on. Though he did not approve of the ecstatic episodes that he witnessed. it is nonetheless significant that Darby, after returning from Scotland, began to teach that Christ's second coming would occur in two phases. MacPherson shows good evidence that Darby had even visited Miss Macdonald in her home. There can hardly he any doubt that the visions of Miss Macdonald are the source of the modern doctrine.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Matthew 28:18-20

MANY PASTORS CLAIM IT IS NO LONGER PRACTICAL TO IMPLEMENT/APPLY/CARRY OUT IN THE MODERN CHURCH WHAT N.T. CHRISTIANS OBSERVED AND DID DURING THEIR TIME, IN OBEDIENCE TO HIS COMMANDS

Really?!

Brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus, if there is a statement so utterly demonic that it can only originate from the bottom of the bottomless pit of hell, THIS IS IT!

My Creator and Savior and Lord and King told his disciples before ascending to heaven “TO TEACH THEM TO OBEY EVERYTHING I HAVE COMMANDED YOU,” until when?

To OBEY EVERYTHING the Lord has commanded UNTIL WHEN?

Right, UNTIL THE VERY END OF THE AGE!

UNTIL HIS “PAROUSIA” or the “SECOND COMING”.

Until the Lord Jesus returns, for crying out loud!

The CREATOR of the universe will never conform to the world he has merely created for himself, to its philosophies, to its reasonings, to its humanistic justifications; but it is the world that MUST conform to what the Lord says!

It is a slap to the face of God to teach the brethren that what the Lord Jesus commanded N.T. Christians, and to which they heeded and obeyed, is no longer applicable now for PRACTICAL REASONS.

I don’t care what is practical or impractical in the eyes of the world!

My concern is what the Lord says!

And what he says/commands MUST BE OBEYED until his return to earth!

Pastors, if you are truly called to preach the whole counsel of God, you will repent of this Satanic worldly reasoning.

You are rebelling against God!

REPENT!

++++++++++++
[(Matthew 28:18-20)
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them TO OBEY EVERYTHING I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”]

[(Colossians 2:8)
See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces[a] of this world rather than on Christ.]

[(Romans 12:2)
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.]

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

THE DESTRUCTION OF THE CITY OF DAMASCUS WILL TRIGGER THE GREAT WAR (Isa.17:1)

THE DESTRUCTION OF THE CITY OF DAMASCUS WILL TRIGGER THE GREAT WAR (Isa.17:1),
(28August2018)
And not the conflict between Washington and Tehran, because it is Iran that will attack America as part of the Army that will destroy Continental U.S.A (House of Israel)., as foretold in (Ezekiel ch. 38).
From now to November 4 will be a critical stretch of time for the church to prepare for a war that could well be the start of the Period of Tribulation.
Prepare for the coming persecution, brethren in the Lord Jesus.
The SECRET PRE-TRIBULATION, PRE WRATH RAPTURE theories are Satanic lies.
The Church will go through the Tribulation Period in order to be tested and cleansed for the Parousia of the Lord Jesus and the establishment of the Kingdom.
++++++++++++
BREAKING NEWS!!!
(26August2018)
Russia says the “TIME HAS COME TO FINALLY DITCH U.S. DOLLAR.”
Russia, China, Iran, Turkey move to dump the U.S.$ as instrument in trade transactions; which will spell doom for the American economy, and will certainly translate to a shooting war, wherein America will be at the receiving end of the ire of nations that are sick and tired of the economic bullying of Washington against countries that will not tow the official line of the White House.
On 4 November 2018, U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil exports kick in.
If Pres. Trump doesn’t chicken out, Tehran threatens to mine the Strait of Hormuz, which will drastically affect crude oil supply worldwide.
This could trigger a world war, with the destruction of the City of Damascus as another flash point to consider.
With America slapping economic sanctions left and right, war cannot be avoided; and we could witness the last war before the Parousia/Second Coming of the Lord Jesus.
Wake up, brothers & sisters, ladies & gentlemen, boys & girls!
There is a Great War coming!
Oh, Christian brethren, come out of America while the window of opportunity is still open, for it is closing fast. There is still time for the church in America to repent and turn to God, and the call remains for genuine Christians to “COME OUT OF HER, MY PEOPLE, SO THAT YOU WILL NOT SHARE IN HER SINS, SO THAT YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE ANY OF HER PLAGUES; FOR HER SINS ARE PILED UP TO HEAVEN, AND GOD HAS REMEMBERED HER CRIMES.” (Revelation 18:4-8)
++++++++++++
[Time has come for Russia to finally ditch US dollar – Foreign Ministry
Published time: 24 Aug, 2018 09:24
© Maxim Shemetov / Reuters
Russia will definitely respond to Washington’s latest sanctions and, in particular, it is accelerating efforts to abandon the American currency in trade transactions, said Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.
“The time has come when we need to go from words to actions, and get rid of the dollar as a means of mutual settlements, and look for other alternatives,” he said in an interview with International Affairs magazine.
“Thank God, this is happening, and we will speed up this work,” Ryabkov said, explaining the move would come in addition to other “retaliatory measures” as a response to a growing list of US sanctions. Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak recently noted that a growing number of countries are interested in replacing the dollar as a medium in global oil trades and other transactions.
“There is a common understanding that we need to move towards the use of national currencies in our settlements. There is a need for this, as well as the wish of the parties,” Novak said.
According to the minister, it concerns both Turkey and Iran.
“We are considering an option of payment in national currencies with them. This requires certain adjustments in the financial, economic, and banking sectors” to accomplish. Last week, the Kremlin said it is interested in trading with Ankara using the Russian ruble and the Turkish lira. India has also vowed to pay for Iranian oil in rupees.
The world’s second-largest economy, China, has also been taking steps to challenge the greenback's dominance with the launch of an oil futures contract backed by Chinese currency, the petro-yuan. China and Iran have already agreed to stop using the dollar in global trade.]

++++++++++++

THE SECRET PRE-TRIBULATION, 
PRE-WRATH RAPTURE THEORIES ARE NOT BIBLICAL!!!


[These Satanic theories will lead many in the church to apostatize in the last days(2Thess.2:3) because these will never happen in the manner taught by Pre-Trib, Pre-Wrath Rapture proponents, so please prayerfully study these talking points and share this post with as many Christians as you can. God bless you.]

Thesis:
THE PRE-TRIBULATION, PRE-WRATH RAPTURE THEORIES ARE HERETICAL LIES; THESE TEACHINGS ARE FOREIGN TO THE BIBLE
(by: efren dlc agbulos, Baptist preacher, Manila, Philippines, A.D. 2000; ASIA BAPTIST BIBLE COLLEGE, 1995)
1] Purposes of the Thessalonian missives:
[1 Thessalonians] was written to give assurance to Christians at Thessalonica concerning the future of believers who die before the Lord Jesus returns (1 Thess. 4:13-18).
[2 Thessalonians] was written to dispel rumors (2 Thess. 2:1-2) that (1 Thess. ch. 4) has already occurred, because, according to Paul, (1 Thess. ch. 4) will not occur until the apostasy occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed (2 Thess. 2:1-4).
Definitely the Thessalonian missives are not in agreement with Pre-Tribulation Rapture advocates who erroneously claim that (1 Thess. ch. 4) will occur first before the revelation of the man of lawlessness.
Furthermore, every respectable Bible commentator prior to 1830, when the false Rapture Theory came out Scotland, treat both letters as describing the 2nd Coming, the PAROUSIA, of the Lord Jesus.
TALKING POINTS:
1] Read: John 3:13; 2 Kings 2:1; Heb. 11:5
Title: No man hath ascended up to heaven
(The Lord Jesus argues against the Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath Rapture theories)
Pre-Tribulation Rapture advocates cannot use Elijah or Enoch to prove their point because the Lord Jesus testifies that "no man has ever gone into heaven" (John 3:13).
It was impossible for anyone to have been taken into heaven during the time of Elijah and Enoch (since sin had not been taken away, but just covered) because the Final Sacrifice, the Lord Jesus, had not been offered.
Secondly, we must understand the word "heaven" as describing the skies, or lower heaven. They were taken to the clouds, out of sight, to places we have no knowledge of.
Was the Lord Jesus lying when he said, "no one has ever gone into heaven"?
Or was there a possibility that the Lord Jesus just missed Elijah and Enoch because heaven was such a large place? THE LORD JESUS IS TRUTH.


2] Read: 2Thessalonians 2:6; Daniel 10:13: Dan. 12:1
Title: What withholdeth
(The Restrainer can never be the Holy Spirit)
According to Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath Rapture advocates, the restrainer in (2Thess. 2:6) is the Holy Spirit; and they claim that the Holy Spirit would be taken away to heaven in the church seven (7) years prior to the Parousia, the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus at the end of the age.
If there be so absurd a statement in the history of Christianity, this holds first place.
To take away the Holy Spirit is to take away the Father and the Son as well because they are God. God is indivisible. God is one. God is omnipresent.
To take away the Holy Spirit from one section of the universe (earth) is to deprive that segment of God and the power to hold together what has been created, and since the cosmos is like one seamless piece of cloth, it would mean the disintegration of the entire universe. But if they would argue that only the influence of the Holy Spirit is taken away or set aside, that would be veering away from the original
language of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture theory.
Who, then, is the restrainer? The archangel Michael (Daniel 12:1).

3] Read: Revelation 20:5,6
Title: First resurrection
(The resurrections argue against the Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath Rapture theories)
(The Bible teaches but two [2] resurrections)
Pre-Tribulation Rapture (3 resurrections)
1) at the so-called Rapture, 7 yrs. before the end of the age
2) at the end of the age
3) after a thousand years
Pre-Wrath Rapture. (3 resurrections)
1) 3 1/2 yrs. before the end of the age
2) at the end of the age
3) after a thousand years
The Bible (2 resurrections)
1) (v.6) first resurrection, at the end of the age
2) (v.5) after a thousand years
The Bible speaks of only two (2) resurrections: first at the Parousia, as described by Paul in (1Thess. 4:15-17), at the end of the age; the second after a thousand years.
4] Read: Acts 3:21
Title: Whom heaven must receive/
He must remain in heaven
(The Holy Spirit through Peter argues against the Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath Rapture theories)
(receive: G1209, to take hold of)
The Lord Jesus will not leave heaven until the "restitution" (G605, restoration of a true theocracy) of all things. This will happen at the end of the age, during the Parousia, the Second Coming, the day the Lord Jesus returns to earth to set up his kingdom, judge his enemies, and reward the faithful.
But Pre-Tribulation Rapture theory proponents believe and teach that the Lord Jesus will leave heaven to descend to the clouds and then return to heaven again seven (7) yrs. before/prior to the end of the age.
This lie is in contradiction to the teaching of Scriptures, that the Lord Jesus will not leave heaven until the end of the age, when the kingdom is to be established.
5] Read: Matthew 13:24-30; Matt. 13:36-43
Title: Let both grow together until the harvest;
The harvest is the end of the world/ end of the age
(To be read in conjunction with [John 6:39,40,44,54])
(The Lord Jesus in The Parable of the Tares argues against the Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath Rapture Theories)
From the time the Lord Jesus sowed the good seed, up to the End of the Age, there will only be one harvesting, and that is on the day the Lord Jesus returns to earth to set up his kingdom, judge his enemies, and reward the faithful, at the resurrection of the dead, during the Parousia at the end of this age.
But proponents of the so-called Pre-Tribulation Rapture teach that there will be a resurrection seven (7) yrs. before the end of the age, a teaching that opposes the words of the Lord Jesus who testifies that he will raise all those who have trusted in him at the end of this age.
6] (Charles H. Spurgeon argued against the Pre-Tribulation Rapture
What many Baptists do not know is that Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) rejected the Pre-Tribulation Rapture theory that was being popularized at that time by John Darby (1800-1882).
Spurgeon believed that the Baptist faith was exactly the same as the early Church under the apostles. He believed that (1Thess. 4:15-17) and the Resurrection would happen at the same time after the Great Tribulation.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the prince of preachers to many, rejected the Pre-Tribulation and the Pre-Wrath Rapture theories.
7] [Baptist Articles/Confessions of Faith argue against the Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath Rapture Theories)
Proponents of these heretical teachings may have overlooked the fact that their doctrines are not even included in their Articles of Faith.
If they would just go back to the the texts of Baptist Confessions of Faith, even from the 1600s, the tenor of the declarations doesn't give any inkling that they believed in either a Pre-Tribulation or a Pre-Wrath Rapture.
What is declared, they must admit, is the Second Coming, the visible bodily return of the Lord Jesus to earth to set up his kingdom, judge his enemies, and reward the faithful; Parousia in Greek, and will occur at the end of the age.
Paul was in agreement with the Baptist Articles of Faith because he used the word Parousia (Second Coming) in (1Thess. 4:15), describing the events surrounding the bodily return of the Lord Jesus to earth, as described in verses (16,17).
The challenge is simple: if Rapture advocates truly believe that the Lord Jesus would secretly descend in the clouds to snatch away the church seven (7) yrs. before/prior to the Parousia (Second Coming) at the end of the age, they must indicate it clearly in their Articles of Faith.
8] Read: 1 Thessalonians 5:9
Title: Not appointed unto wrath
(Paul argues against the Pre-Wrath Rapture theory)
WRATH -- SALVATION
Notice that in (5:9) "wrath" stands opposite "salvation," since Paul wanted to give emphasis to the TWO FINAL STATES of men, and will be obtained at the Parousia, the return of the Lord Jesus to earth at the end of this age, and more particularly explained in (2Thess. 1:6-10).
"Salvation" is here used with our final completed salvation in mind; in the same manner "wrath" is here referring to the wrath of God on the day of the Lord, the day the Lord Jesus returns to earth at the end of this age, and is not alluding in any way to the period of tribulation.
9] Read: 1 Thessalonians 4:15
Title: Unto the coming (Parousia) of the Lord
(so-called Pre-Tribulation Rapture is not the Second Coming)
(so-called PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE): The Lord Jesus will not come down to earth, but descend only to the clouds SEVEN (7) YRS. BEFORE THE END OF THE AGE
(SECOND COMING): The visible return to earth of the Lord Jesus AT THE END OF THE AGE to set up his kingdom, judge his enemies, and reward the faithful
Since the so-called Pre-Tribulation Rapture or the Pre-Wrath Rapture is obviously not the Second Coming because of the disparity in time element and in the action of the Lord Jesus, advocates of these false teachings may not, can not, use the following verses that describe an event that will take place at the END OF THE AGE, not seven (7) yrs. before the end of the age; and they may not refer to the so-called rapture as the Second Coming. Again, whenever the Second Coming is mentioned in the Bible, the time element is ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS the end of the age:
Matthew 24:3;1 Cor. 15:23;1 Cor. 16:17;1 Thess. 2:191 Thess. 3:13;
1 Thess. 4:15;1 Thess. 5:23;2 Thess. 2:1;2 Thess. 2:8,9;James 5:7,8
2 Pet. 1:16;2 Pet. 3:4;2 Pet. 3:12;1 Jn. 2:28
Therefore, Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath Rapture advocates better find verses other than those listed above to prove their point, because those verses will be fulfilled at the END OF THE AGE.
10] Read: John 17:15,20
Title: I pray not
(The Lord Jesus argues against the Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath Rapture theories)
It was the will of the Lord Jesus in his prayer to the Father before he suffered on the cross, that the church "not be taken out of the world but that the Father protect them from the evil one."
(Picture the Israelites under God's protection while the rest of Egypt is being devastated by plagues; and Noah and his family safe in the ark amidst the flood)
But some would argue that this applies only to the followers of the Lord Jesus during his time.
(John 17:20) would answer that argument, for the Lord Jesus himself declared that his prayer embraces all believers in all the ages to come, even up to this age in which we live.
11] Read: Revelation 19:7
Title: The marriage of the Lamb is come
(John argues against the Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath Rapture theories)
One of the elements of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture theory and taught with zeal by its proponents is the wedding of the Lamb which, according to them, will occur in heaven once the church had been raptured in (Rev. 4:1), seven (7) years prior to the end of the age.
Is this teaching Biblical?
On the contrary, it is a heretical teaching because the Lord Jesus has revealed to John that the wedding of the Lamb will occur on earth in (Rev. 19:7) during the Parousia at the end of this age, when the Lord Jesus returns to earth to set up His kingdom, judge His enemies, and reward the faithful.
It is quite a distance between (Rev. ch. 4) and (Rev. ch. 19).
(Those who teach these heretical doctrines have failed to study them in-depth, their origins, as well as the context of both Thessalonian missives; and thus put in peril the faith of many believers)
12] Read: Matthew 28:20
Title: Even unto the end of the world/ to the very end of the age
[The Lord Jesus argues against the Pre-Tribulation/ Pre-Wrath Rapture Theories]
Can we agree that (Matt. 28:20) is the Great Commission given to the church by the Lord Jesus? Of course, we can!
(Matt. 28:20) is the appointed task given to the church by the Lord Jesus; and up to what point in time was the church charged to "go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe whatsoever I have commanded you"? UP TO THE END OF THE WORLD/ THE END OF THE AGE.
Up to what point in time will the Lord Jesus be with the church as it fulfills its commission? UP TO THE END OF THE AGE.
Did the Lord Jesus forget to tell us about the Pre-Tribulation/ Pre-Wrath Rapture theories? No, He did not, because there are no such events!
(We should remember that Pre-Trib/ Pre-Wrath Rapture advocates teach that the church will be snatched out from earth 7 yrs./ 3 1/2 yrs. prior to the end of the age)
The Lord Jesus says that the church will be found on earth even up to the end of this age. And Paul also says that (1Thess. 4:15-17) will occur at the end of the age: "coming" (v. 15).
13] Read: John 6:39,40,44,54
Title: At the last day
[The Lord Jesus argues against the Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath Rapture Theories]
When will Christians who have died be raised?:
1) Pre-Tribulation Rapture: 7 yrs. before the end of the age
2) Pre-Wrath Rapture: 3 1/2 yrs. before the end of the age
3) According to the Lord Jesus: at the end of the age
Four times (for emphasis) in the sixth chapter of the gospel according to John, the Lord Jesus reiterated that it was the Father's will that all those who look to and believe in Him (the Lord Jesus) will be raised at the last day or the day of the Lord or end of the age, as that day is also referred to.
Now to believe in a Pre-Tribulation or Pre-Wrath Rapture would make the words of the Lord Jesus meaningless, if not deceptive. By any stretch of the imagination "all" means "all". With no exception, every believer who has fallen asleep in the Lord Jesus, from the inception of His earthly ministry up to the end of the age will be raised on that day, during the Parousia when He returns to earth to establish Him kingdom, the day of the resurrection.
Who are we to believe? None other than the Lord Jesus!
(And the Pre-Tribulation Rapture, Pre-Wrath Rapture Theories are teachings that cannot be supported Biblically)
(What about 1Thess. 4:15-17? The theme of both Thessalonian missives is the "coming," (4:15) the Parousia: the SECOND COMING, the return of the Lord Jesus at the end of this age to set up His kingdom, judge His enemies, and reward the faithful)
14] Read: Revelation 1:1
Title: To shew unto his servants
[THE BOOK OF REVELATION ARGUES AGAINST THE PRE-TRIBULATION, PRE-WRATH RAPTURE THEORIES]
The church will witness the entirety of the book of Revelation, the tenor of the first three (3) verses attesting to this, and for the obvious reason that the book was addressed to Christians, particularly to those living in this age: to show them what they have to prepare for and "overcome" [G3528: to conquer; subdue; to be victorious] (2:7; 2:11; 2:17; 2:26; 3:5; 3:12; 3:21). Here the word used by John carries the idea of "endurance until victory is achieved."
Still many would argue that (4:1) points to a Pre-Tribulation Rapture, which is an erroneous reading, since it is not clear whether John was bodily taken to heaven or only given a vision (sight by mind), the latter being most plausible; and that the purpose for the trumpet call was for revelation and not to provide an escape for John from tribulation.
Another area of interest Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath Rapture advocates have to clarify is: Why warn the churches and tell them to overcome (conquer, subdue, be victorious) in (chs. 2 & 3), and then prevent them from overcoming by taking them out of the scene in the next chapter (ch. 4), before all hell breaks loose?
Clearly the atmosphere and language of Revelation are pregnant with the idea of "endurance to the end."
NOTE: The church not mentioned until (22:16)? SEE: (6:11; 7:9,14; 19:10; 22:9)
15] Read: Daniel 9:25-27
Title: And he shall confirm
(The Lord Jesus, the Messiah, will confirm a covenant with the Jews in [9:27])
The modern mainstream interpretation of (Dan. 9:25-27) hinges primarily on the anti-Christ, when the traditional view of the first part or (v.27) points to Messiah.
The word "confirm" in (v.27) is the Hebrew word "gabar" (H1396), which literally means "to put strength to something existing". Obviously, only God had a prior covenant with the Jews, and was confirmed by the Lord Jesus during his 3 1/2-year ministry which culminated in his sacrificial death on the cross, and also signalled the end of the law and the sacrificial system of the temple; although there was maintained, after the veil to the holy of holies had been torn in two, animal sacrifices that were already an abomination to God.
(v.27b, will destroy) destruction of the temple in AD 70.
(The remaining 3 1/2 years?) Points to 3 1/2 years of tribulation before the Parousia, the bodily return of the Lord Jesus at the end of this age.
Addendum:
A literal temple has to be in existence for these verses to go the way of an "anti-Christ" interpretation. At present there is none, and no temple will be built for two main reasons (and there could be more): The priesthood has been abolished, and we are now the temple of God.
16] Read: Acts 14:22
Title: Through much tribulation
(Paul and Barnabas argue against the Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath Rapture theories)
If the Lord Jesus learned obedience from what he suffered (Heb. 5:8), in the same manner that it is only through MANY persecution and tribulation that the Christian would enter the kingdom of God, and for various reasons: cleansing and affirmation of faith, for only those who would endure to the end are truly saved.
We have been promised tribulation (John 16:33) in this life, after the pattern of the life of the Lord Jesus, and we are no better than him that we should expect exemption from persecution. And since it has been promised, it is actually a blessing.
(The main error of Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath Rapture theory proponents is in pegging their teaching to one verse [1Thess. 4:17], without considering the context of [1&2 Thess.] and their relationship to the rest of the Scriptures)
17] Read: 2 Thessalonians 2:4
Title: God's temple
The traditional rendering of this verse is a rebuilt temple in present-day Jerusalem, which doesn't hold substance if we are to consider the abolition of the Aaronic priesthood, which was absolute and with finality, and the destruction of records on Jewish lineage when the library, together with the temple, was plundered and burned in A.D. 70, making it impossible to trace ancestry to the patriarchs with any degree of certainty.
Without the priesthood, the construction of a new temple is not on the table.
God's temple is seen here as a people, a nation established to foster Christianity, a beacon on a hill as a testimony to the world, none other than the U.S.A.

18] Read: 1 Thess. 4:15,16
Title: The coming
If we could establish beyond reasonable doubt the timeline where this event would fall in the context of the verses themselves, we would be able to establish what Paul was referring to, whether an event occurring 7 or 3 1/2 YEARS BEFORE the End of the Age (Pre-Tribulation/ Pre-Wrath Rapture) or an incident that will transpire at the End of the Age (Parousia).
And the winner is: PAROUSIA (4:15), which will occur at the very End of this Age.
Coming = Parousia
Paul was describing the events at the End of the Age. Period. This is a single event, without a second phase.
19] Read: 1 Thessalonians 4:15
Title: Unto the COMING of the Lord
(Adam Clarke [1760-1832] argues against the Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath Rapture theories)
(Adam Clarke was a prolific scholar who wrote a commentary on the Bible which took him 40 years to complete, published 1810-1832)
Were the Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath Rapture theories acknowledged teachings prior to the 1830s?
In consideration of the Commentary and Critical Notes by Adam Clarke, it seems unlikely that these teachings were even known in the church at that time. Clarke, in his notes on (1Thess. 4:15) wrote: "WE MAY SUPPOSE THAT THE JUDGMENT WILL NOW BE SET, AND THE BOOKS OPENED, AND THE DEAD JUDGEDNOUT OF THE THINGS WRITTEN IN THOSE BOOKS."
How in the world did a Bible commentator of Clarke's caliber and scholarship fail to mention a Pre-Tribulation or a Pre-Wrath Rapture event in conjunction with (1Thess. 4:15-17)? The answer is simple: he did not fail, because prior to the 1830s, when the Pre-Tribulation Rapture theory came out of Scotland, it was unknown among the congregations and in Christian literature.
Clarke was justified in interpreting (1Thess. 4:15-17) as the Parousia, the Second Coming at the end of the age, and not a snatching away of the church seven (7) years before the end of the age.
20] 1 Thessalonians 4:15
(1 Thess. 4:15) argues against the Pre-Tribulation Rapture theory
A sound hermeneutical investigation of (1 Thess. 4:15) will lead an earnest student of Scriptures to the conclusion that Paul was pointing to the PAROUSIA or the Second Coming, the return of the Lord Jesus at the end of this age to set up his kingdom, judge his enemies, and reward the faithful, in this particular missive as in the follow-up letter (2 Thess.); a simple word study would have made that clear.
In inferring that there would be two phases to the Second Coming and that the Lord Jesus would be returning to heaven with the church after (v.17), Pre-Tribulation Rapture advocates have grossly erred by reading into the verses (eisegesis) what the passages don’t prescribe.
Nowhere in both Thessalonian letters was there an indication of a two-part PAROUSIA or the Lord Jesus returning to heaven after the events described in (1 Thess. 4:13-18). In fact, the word “meet” in (v. 17), “apantesis” in Greek, is used in the papyri of a newly arriving magistrate (Vine's Expository Dictionary), and “It seems that the special idea of the word was the official welcome of a newly arrived dignitary” (Moulton, Greek Test. Gram. Vol. I, p. 14). Judging by the meaning of the word and the context of (1 Thess. 4:13-18) the Lord Jesus is the dignitary whom the church would welcome while still in the clouds as he was on his way down to earth.
Simply put, the Thessalonian letters speak of one event only, the PAROUSIA, the Second Coming. Period.
21] [1 John 2:28] (The apostle John argues against the Pre-Tribulation Rapture Theory)
John was looking forward to the PAROUSIA or the Second Coming, the return of the Lord Jesus at the end of this age to set up his kingdom, judge his enemies, and reward the faithful.
In the same way, the apostle Paul was describing the PAROUSIA in his Thessalonian missives, which makes them in total agreement as to the timeline of the Lord’s appearing, for it would have been an absurdity on the part of John to encourage believers to persevere until the PAROUSIA if there would occur an intervening Pre-Tribulation Rapture seven (7) years prior to the Second Coming.
Was John wrong in not mentioning a Pre-Tribulation Rapture, and instead look forward to the PAROUSIA only? Of course not! John and Paul were both looking forward to the Second Coming alone. 
19) Revelation 22:7
22] (Rev. 22:7) argues against the Pre-Tribulation Rapture Theory
If the church had been taken away and the Holy Spirit taken away as well as early as (Rev. ch. 4), to whom was the Lord Jesus speaking at this point (22:7)?
keepeth: (tereo) to attend to carefully, take care of, to guard (from loss or injury)
If we are to believe the Pre-Tribulation Rapture advocates, the Lord Jesus would not be speaking to Christians as this juncture, because they are no longer on earth, so what is written beyond (Rev. ch. 4) should not concern them; and obviously not to those left behind because without the Holy Spirit there would be no salvation and no understanding of the Bible because the Word of God is spiritually understood.
This instruction by the Lord Jesus to “guard” the entirety of the revelation contained in this book was addressed to his servants/Christians (1:1) as its custodian, to be a source of encouragement to those who would be witnesses to these events; to make use of the prophecy revealed in advance to the people of God to comfort them during days of darkness, trial, and persecution.
The book of Revelation is a divine communication from God to his servants from chapter 1 to chapter 22. The church would witness the unfolding of the prophecy contained in this book to its completeness; and it was written for her comfort and encouragement as she endures to the end.
23] (Heb. 9:28) argues against the Pre-Tribulation Rapture Theory
The main error of Pre-Tribulation Rapture advocates is in ascribing to their arguments verses that are hermeneutically and contextually assigned to the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus, the Parousia, or the return of the Lord Jesus at the end of this age to set up his kingdom, judge his enemies, and reward the faithful.
If (Heb. 9:28) actually is the Second Coming, it will take place at the End of the Age. Where, then, shall we place the Pre-Tribulation Rapture? Of course, seven (7) years prior to the Second Coming; but the problem is that the Pre-Tribulation Rapture theory assigns to itself what (Heb. 9:28) declares will occur at the End of the Age. Granting, for the sake of argument, that the Lord Jesus would “bring salvation to those who are waiting for him” during the Pre-Tribulation Rapture, what is left to transpire at the Second Coming which (Heb. 9:28) describes?
There will only be two (2) appearances of the Lord Jesus:
1) at his birth 2) at the end of the age, at the Parousia
What the Pre-Tribulation Rapture advocates have done was to rob the Second Coming at the End of the Age of its substance and meaning and placed them upon their heretical teaching.
24] Read: Hebrews 9:28
Title: Appear the second time
(The book of Hebrews argues against the Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath Rapture theories)
(v. 28) is to be understood as the Lord Jesus' glorious return to earth at the end of this age to set up his kingdom, judge his enemies, and reward the faithful; a.k.a. the Second Coming, a.k.a. the Parousia.
Paul used that word (1Thess. 4:15, "coming" = parousia) in describing the events surrounding the bodily return of the Lord Jesus to earth, as outlined in (1Thess. 4:15-17).
The Lord Jesus will appear only twice:
1) at his birth
2) at the Second Coming at the end of this age
Nowhere in Scriptures was it ever foretold, or even mentioned in passing, that the Lord Jesus will "secretly and quietly appear for the church" between his birth and his Second Coming at the End of the Age. The Bible doesn't mention such an intervening event.
25] Read: John ch. 14
Title: (v.28) I am coming back to you
(John ch. 14 argues against the Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath Rapture theories)
Proponents of the Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath Rapture theories have taken the first four verses of John and concluded that these are proof texts for their doctrine, without considering the entirety of the book and the 14th chapter in particular, the primary reference of which is the Parousia, the Second Coming at the end of the age.
Had they bothered to consult reputable Bible commentators, they would discover a common vein in interpreting (John 14:1-4) as occurring at the end of the age, the day the Lord Jesus returns to earth to set up his kingdom, judge his enemies, and reward the faithful.
These verses are in no way referring to an event that occurs seven (7) years before the end of the age.
26] Read: 1 Thessalonians 4:15
Title: Coming
(1Thess. 4:15 argues against the Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath Rapture theories)
A sound hermeneutical investigation of (1Thess. 4:15) will lead a diligent student of Scriptures to the conclusion that Paul was pointing to the PAROUSIA (coming: G3952, parousia) or the Second Coming, the return of the Lord Jesus to earth at the end of the age to set up his kingdom, judge his enemies, and reward the faithful, in this letter as in the follow-up missive (2Thess.).
In inferring that there would be two (2) phases to the Second Coming and that the Lord Jesus would return to heaven with the church after (v.17), Pre-Tribulation proponents have grossly erred by reading into the verses (eisegesis) what the passages don't prescribe.
Nowhere in both Thessalonian letters was there an indication of a two-part PAROUSIA or the Lord Jesus returning to heaven after the events described in (1Thess. 4:13-17). In fact, the word "meet" in (v.17), "apantesis" in Greek, is used in the papyri of a newly arriving magistrate (Vine's Expository Dictionary), and "it seems that the special idea of the word was the official welcome of a newly arriving dignitary" (Moulton, Greek Test. Gram. Vol. I, p.14). Judging by the meaning of the word and by the context of (1Thess. 4:13-17), the Lord Jesus is the dignitary whom the church would welcome in the clouds, as he was on the way down to earth.



ADDENDUM:
The Rapture Theory:
It's Surprising Origin
by Ernest L. Martin, Ph.D., 1976
Almost all Christians are interested in prophecy. This is especially so if the prophecies show what will happen to Christians themselves. There is nothing wrong in desiring such personal knowledge. Even our Lord gave a considerable amount of teaching about the circumstances to befall His people at the end of the age (Matthew 24:22-25). All of us share a common concern in wanting to know about the participants, the chronology, and the geography of those prophecies. To comprehend the full knowledge of them it is obvious that all relevant statements of our Lord and His apostles must be properly interpreted and placed into a coherent order. Many Christians have attempted to do this. As a consequence, the doctrine of the Rapture has arisen. So important has it become to many that the teaching is now sanctioned as the prime revelation from God to show what will happen Lo members of His church just before and during the second coming of Christ. Some even look on it as the heart and core of present Christian expectations! Because of this, it will pay us to review what the doctrine is all about.
The word "Rapture" is not found in the Bible. There is also no single word used by the biblical authors to describe the prophetic factors which comprise the doctrine. Its formulation has come about by means of induction. Certain biblical passages concerning the second coming (and the role that Christians will play in that event) have been inductively blended together to establish the teaching. The modern expression "Rapture" was then invented to explain the overall teaching and the term suits the subject well. The basic tenets of the doctrine are uninvolved. Simply put, it purports that Christ will come back to this earth in two phases. He will first return invisibly to rapture His church away from this world so that they might escape (or partially escape the prophetical tribulation to occur near the end of the age, then later Christ will return in a visible advent to dispense His wrath on the world's nations. This is the general teaching.
Many details concerning these prime factors, however, are hotly debated. There is especially much argument over the chronological features associated with it. Some think the time lapse between the two phases will be 3 1/2 years, others say 7 years. Some feel that the Rapture of the church occurs before the Tribulation, others about mid-way through, Many suggest that the church will be taken to heaven for protection, but a few have proposed a geographical area on this earth. There are those who feel that only part of the church will escape, while others say all will he rescued, These variations, along with others, have multiplied the interpretations to such an extent that many diverse secondary opinions exist among those holding the belief. But all are unanimous on one point: the central theme of the Rapture shows that Christ will return to earth in two phases.
The Newness of the Doctrine
It may come as a surprise to many Christians, but the doctrine of the Rapture is not mentioned in any Christian writings, of which we have knowledge, until after the year 1830 A.D. Whether the early writers were Greek or Latin, Armenian or Coptic, Syrian or Ethiopian, English or German, orthodox or heretic, no one mentioned a syllable about it. Of course, those who feel the origin of the teaching is in the Bible would say that it only ceased being taught (for some unknown reason) at the close of the apostolic age only to reappear in 1830 A.D. But if the doctrine were so clearly stated in Scripture, it seems incredible that no one should have referred to it before the 19th century. This does not necessarily show that the teaching is wrong, but it does mean that thousands of eminent scholars who lived over a span of seventeen centuries (including some of the most astute of the "Christian Fathers" and those of the Reformation and post-Reformation periods) must be considered as prophetic dunces for not having understood so fundamental a teaching. We are not denigrating the doctrine in mentioning these historical facts. That is not our intention. But we do feel that the Foundation should show the historical problems associated with the teaching. This lapse of seventeen centuries when no one mentioned anything about it must be a serious obstacle to its reliability.
Its Beginning
The result of a careful investigation into the origin of the Rapture has been recently published. The book is an excellent one which deserves to be read by all people interested in the subject. Its title: "The Unbelievable Pre-Trib Origin" by Dave MacPherson. He catalogs a great deal of historical material which answers the doctrine's mysterious derivation. We wish to review the results of his research. In the middle 1820's a religious environment began to be established among a few Christians in London. England which proved to be the catalyst around which the doctrine of the Rapture emerged. Expectations of the soon coming of our Lord were being voiced, This was no new thing, but what, was unusual was the teaching by a Presbyterian minister named Edward Irving that there had to be a restoration of the spiritual gifts mentioned in I Corinthians 12-14 just before Christ's second coming. To Irving, the time had come for those spiritual manifestations to occur. Among the expected gifts was the renewal of speaking in tongues and of spirit-motivated prophetic utterances. Irving began to propagate his beliefs. His oratorical skills and enthusiasm caused his congregation in London to grow. Then a number of people began to experience the "gifts." Once this happened opposition from the organized churches set in. It resulted in Irving's dismissal from the Presbyterian church in 1832. His group then established themselves as the Catholic Apostolic Church and continued the teachings of Irving.
These events were the beginnings of what some call present day Pentecostalism. Indeed Irving has been called by some church historians "the father of modern Pentecostalism." What does all this have to do with the origin of the Rapture doctrine? Very much indeed. Let us look at what happened in the year 1830 -- two years before Irving's dismissal from the Presbyterian church. In that year a revival of the "gifts" began to be manifested among a few people living in the lowlands of Scotland. They experienced what they called the outpouring of the Spirit. It was accompanied with speaking in "tongues" and other charismatic phenomena. Irving had been preaching these things must occur, and now they were.
On one particular evening. the power of the Holy Spirit was said to have rested on a Miss Margaret Macdonald while she was in a state of illness at home. She was dangerously sick and thought she was dying. In spite of this (or perhaps because she is supposed to have come under "power" of the spirit for several successive hours during which she experienced the manifestations of "mingled prophecy and vision." The message she received during this prophetic vision convinced her that Christ was going to appear in two stages at His second coming -- and not one! The emanation revealed that Christ would first come in glory to them that look for Him and again in a final stage when every eye would see Him. It was this visionary experience of Miss Macdonald which represents the prime source of the modern Rapture doctrine as the historical evidence compiled by Mr. MacPherson abundantly shows.
The Influence of John Darby
Many people have thought that John Darby, the founder of the Plymouth Brethren, was the originator of the Rapture doctrine. This is not the case. Darby was a brilliant theologian with outstanding scholarly abilities. Even those who have disagreed with his teachings admit that he, and many associated with him, helped to cause a revival in biblical learning throughout the evangelical world (which even has been perpetuated down to our own present day). All who love biblical research ought to be thankful for what Darby and especially his associates accomplished for biblical scholarship. They particularly helped pave the way for the renewal of modern lexical studies of the languages of the Bible. The doctrine of "dispensationalism" was also a teaching they brought to the attention of the Protestant world.
It had long been thought by many Christians that the Rapture doctrine originated with ,John Darby. It is now known that this is not true. Darby only popularized it. Scofield and others who took over Darby's mantle later helped to make it respectable, Today, many of those in the evangelical sphere of Christianity are so certain of its veracity that it is accepted as the absolute truth of God. The fact is, however, John Darby received the knowledge of the doctrine from someone else. The source was the Margaret Macdonald mentioned above.
The studies of Mr. MacPherson show that her sickness during which she received her visions and revelations occurred sometime between February 1 and April 14, 1830. And by late spring and early summer of 1830, her belief in the two phases of Christ's coming was being mentioned in praise and prayer meetings in several towns of western Scotland. In these meetings some people were speaking in "tongues" and other charismatic occurrences were in evidence. These extraordinary and strange events in western Scotland so attracted John Darby that he made a trip to the area to witness himself what was going on. Though he did not approve of the ecstatic episodes that he witnessed. it is nonetheless significant that Darby, after returning from Scotland, began to teach that Christ's second coming would occur in two phases. MacPherson shows good evidence that Darby had even visited Miss Macdonald in her home. There can hardly he any doubt that the visions of Miss Macdonald are the source of the modern doctrine.