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Title: THE RAPTURE


1
THE RAPTURE
2
Quantum Physics
I think it is safe to say that no one
understands quantum mechanics In fact, it is
often stated of all the theories proposed in this
century, the silliest is quantum theory. Some say
that the only thing that quantum theory has going
for it, in fact, is that it is unquestionably
correct. Richard Feynman
3
1st and 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ
Each is an extended period of time including
multiple events
4
LETS GET TOGETHER SOMETIME
  • The next major event in God's plan for his
    creation, His plan for man, is the removal of the
    church
  • Rom 1125 for the the fullness of the gentiles
    to be come in
  • Preparation for Gods final appeal to repentance,
  • followed by his judgment of the earth and
  • His wrath upon those who, in spite of his love,
    still reject him.

5
LETS GET TOGETHER SOMETIME SOON !!
There are no more requirements There are no more
prophesies that need to be fulfilled before Jesus
returns for us and we meet him in the air to be
with him forever an event commonly called the
Rapture ButThere are many more prophesies,
events and signs that must be fulfilled before
Jesus returns to the earth - bringing us with Him
- to claim it and establish His Kingdom on the
earth. There are many scriptural statements and
promises of God concerning his loved ones and how
they relate to his wrath. All indicate the
church will not be called upon to endure the
judgments and conditions on the earth as God
pours out his wrath.
6
  • Pronouncements
  • Prophecy
  • Patterns
  • Parable
  • Positions of its people

GODs WORD
Taken seriously literally they all harmonize
to perfectly proclaim the pre-tribulation removal
of the church from the earth and the end of the
thing we call the church age the fullness of
the Gentiles. The arguments against the
pre-tribulation rapture of the church, a 7 year
period of judgment and trials on earth, Christ's
return with the church to rescue a faithful
remnant (primarily Israel) in fulfillment of
Gods promises and a real literal 1,000 millenium
stretch Biblical interpretation to it breaking
limits. Those opposed to a pre-tribulation
rapture must expend a great deal of effort and
focus on explaining away what scripture clearly
says.
7
COMING ATRACTIONS
  • With the Church removed, Israel will again be
    used by God as His standard bearers on the
    earth.
  • First He will re-gather and re-form them as a
    national people in the land He promised to them -
    something we are already seeing in our day.
  • Then, with the church gone, He will purge and
    try them until they recognize their sin and the
    error they made in rejecting Jesus their Messiah.
  • They will be tested and tried and purged until
    only those who believe remain.
  • As all the nations of the earth move against
    them, the Lord will return,defeating those who
    have gathered against Him and His people and then
    will establish His kingdom.
  • All just as Scripture - all of it - frequently
    has prophesied and promised.

8
Are there any more prophecies to be fulfilled
before Jesus can rapture the church?
No, there never were. Jesus taught that He
could come at any moment "Therefore be ye also
ready for in such an hour as ye think not the
Son of man cometh (Mt 2444) "Let your loins
be girded about, and your lights burning ... like
unto men that wait for their lord..." (Lk
1235,36). So did Paul "For our conversation
is in heaven from whence also we look for the
Saviour..." (Phil 320) "...ye turned to God
from idols to serve the living and true God and
to wait for his Son from heaven..." (1 The
19,10) "Looking for that blessed hope, and the
glorious appearing of the great God and our
Saviour Jesus Christ..." (Ti 213) "...unto
them that look for him shall he appear the second
time..." (Heb 928). If believers were to look
for, wait for, and expect Christ at any moment,
there could never have been anything else that
had to be fulfilled before the Rapture. The
prophetic signs are all pointing toward the 2nd
Coming and they are very much it evidence
today. If so, it means that the Rapture of the
Church which occurs prior to the Second coming
of Christ - must be very close.
9
The Promise John 14
1 Thes. 41-528 9 For God hath not appointed
us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord
Jesus Christ,
10
The Process
1Th 413-18 13 But I would not have you to be
ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are
asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which
have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus
died and rose again, even so them also which
sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For
this we say unto you by the word of the Lord,
that we which are alive and remain unto the
coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which
are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall
descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice
of the archangel, and with the trump of God and
the dead in Christ shall rise first 17 Then we
which are alive and remain shall be caught up
together with them in the clouds, to meet the
Lord in the air and so shall we ever be with the
Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with
these words.
  • The Lord himself shall descend from heaven I will
    come again
  • with a shout, with the voice of the archangel,
    Come my people
  • and with the trump of God
  • the dead in Christ shall rise first Thy dead
    men shall live
  • Then we which are alive and remain shall
  • be caught up together with them in the clouds,
  • to meet the Lord in the air and to receive you
    to myself
  • so shall we ever be with the Lord. That where I
    am ye may be also
  • Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
    Until the indignation is past
  • God has not appointed us to wrath

11
1 Thes 416-18
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from
heaven with a shout, with the voice of the
archangel, and with the trump of God and the
dead in Christ shall rise first 17 Then we
which are alive and remain shall be caught up
together with them in the clouds, to meet the
Lord in the air and so shall we ever be with the
Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with
these words.
12
1 Thessalonians 417 Interlinear
13
1 Thes 417 (Latin Vulgate)
deinde nos qui vivimus qui relinquimur simul
rapiemur cum illis in nubibus obviam Domino in
aera et sic semper cum Domino erimus
Rapiemur is the proper tense of rapio Our
English words rapt and rapture come from the
Past Participle of rapio.
14
Harpazo to Rapturo to Rapture
15
Harpazo
G726 Part of Speech verb 1) to seize, carry off
by force 2) to seize on, claim for ones self
eagerly 3) to snatch out or away
18 KJV Occurrences caught, 5 Act_839, 2Co_122,
2Co_124, 1Th_417, Rev_125 force, 3 Mat_1112,
Joh_615, Act_2310 take, 3 Mat_1112, Joh_615,
Act_2310 away, 2 Mat_1319, Act_839 catcheth,
2 Mat_1319, Joh_1012 pluck, 2 Joh_1028-29
(2) pulling, 1 Jud_123
16
Rapture and Second Coming Very Different
Events!
There are distinct differences in God's Word
between the description of the Rapture and that
of the Second Coming of Christ. Here are just
some of the obvious differences
t h e R a p t u r e ... -Seen Only by Believers
... 1 Co 1552 -It's a Mystery - revealed by
Paul in the New Testament ... 1Co 1551-53 -In a
Twinkling of an Eye ... 1 Co 1551-53 -We are
Going "UP" - Meeting Jesus in the Air ... 1 Thes
415-18 -A Thief in the Night.... 1Thes 52
-Christ Comes for His Own ... 1 Thes 413-18
-Believers taken to Father's House ... John 143
-No reference to Satan ... -Earth not judged ...
t h e S e c o n d C o m i n g ... -Every Eye
Will See Him ... Rev 17 1911-16 and Matt 2430
-Not a Mystery - Foretold in Old Testament ...
Dan 121-3 and Zech. 1210 144 -He will be
Coming "DOWN" to the Mount of Olives ... Zech
14 -He Comes With His Own ... Rev 1914 -Satan
bound ... Rev 201-3 -Earth judged ... Rev 204-5
In a post-trib rapture scenerio, we would rise in
the air meet the Lord, then turn, do a 180, back
down to earth ... Zech. 144 tells us His feet
will stand on the Mount of Olives. If He is
already headed our way ... why would we need to
be caught up to meet Him? Are we Going Up or
Coming Down? At the Second Coming, He is not
coming alone. Rather those who had been
raptured earlier are coming back WITH HIM!
Revelation 1914 speaking of the Second Coming
reads "And the armies which were in heaven
followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine
linen, white and clean." In Jude 114 ... Enoch
also, prophesied about this saying "...Behold,
the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his
saints." Interesting that Enoch was also
Raptured! (Genesis 524)
17
1 Thes 411-18 Rapture or Second Coming
11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your
own business, and to work with your own hands, as
we commanded you 12 That ye may walk honestly
toward them that are without, and that ye may
have lack of nothing. 13 But I would not have
you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them
which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as
others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe
that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also
which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15
For this we say unto you by the word of the
Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the
coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which
are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall
descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice
of the archangel, and with the trump of God and
the dead in Christ shall rise first 17 Then we
which are alive and remain shall be caught up
together with them in the clouds, to meet the
Lord in the air and so shall we ever be with the
Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with
these words.
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1 Thes 51-11 Rapture or Second Coming
151 But of the times and the seasons, brethren,
ye have no need that I write unto you. 2 For
yourselves know perfectly that the day of the
Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 3 For
when they shall say, Peace and safety then
sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail
upon a woman with child and they shall not
escape. 4 But ye, brethren, are not in
darkness, that that day should overtake you as a
thief. 5 Ye are all the children of light, and
the children of the day we are not of the night,
nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep,
as do others but let us watch and be sober. 7
For they that sleep sleep in the night and they
that be drunken are drunken in the night. 8 But
let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on
the breastplate of faith and love and for an
helmet, the hope of salvation. 9 For God hath
not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain
salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 Who died
for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should
live together with him. 11 Wherefore comfort
yourselves together, and edify one another, even
as also ye do.
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Jesus Confidential Briefing
  • 4 disciples ask Jesus about his return
  • Peter James John Andrew
  • His private answer is in 3 Gospels
  • Matthew 24-25 Mark 13 Luke 21
  • He points them to Daniel 9 as the key to Endtime
    Prophecy

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The Olivet Discourse
  • Matthew 243
  • And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the
    disciples came unto him privately, saying,
  • Tell us, when shall these things be? and
  • what shall be the sign of thy coming,
  • and of the end of the world?

21
The Olivet Discourse
Matthew 244-8 4 And Jesus answered and said
unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am
Christ and shall deceive many. 6 And ye shall
hear of wars and rumours of wars see that ye be
not troubled for all these things must come to
pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation
shall rise against nation, and kingdom against
kingdom and there shall be famines, and
pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
These signs of the times we are seeing around
us today.
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The Confidential Briefing
  • When ye therefore shall see the Abomination of
    Desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet,
    stand in the holy place, (whoso
    readeth, let him understand)...
  • See Daniel 10-12
  • Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the
    mountains
  • Matthew 2415-16

23
The Flight from Judea
Matthew 2417-20 17 Let him which is on the
housetop not come down to take any thing out of
his house 18 Neither let him which is in the
field return back to take his clothes. 19 And
woe unto them that are with child, and to them
that give suck in those days! 20 But pray ye
that your flight be not in the winter, neither on
the sabbath day
Jewish focus Gentiles are typically unconcerned
with the Sabbath
24
To prevail or not to prevail.
25
Matt 1111 Luke 728
Matthew 1111 Verily I say unto you, Among them
that are born of women there hath not risen a
greater than John the Baptist notwithstanding he
that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater
than he. Luke 728 For I say unto you, Among
those that are born of women there is not a
greater prophet than John the Baptist but he
that is least in the kingdom of God is greater
than he.
26
Matt 1113 Luke 1616
Matthew 1113 For all the prophets and the law
prophesied until John. Luke 1616 The law and
the prophets were until John since that time the
kingdom of God is preached, and every man
presseth into it.
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Not all Saints are alike
Everyone in The Church is a Saint is Elect !
But Not everyone who is Elect a Saint is in
The Church !!!
  • The ELECT !!!
  • Old Testament Saints
  • The Church
  • Tribulation Saints
  • Millennial Saints

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Old Testament Patterns
  • Enoch and the Flood of Noah
  • Gen 524
  • Lot leaving Sodom
  • Gen 1915-25
  • Isaacs absence after his offering
  • Gen 2219-2462
  • Ruth during the Threshing Floor scene
  • Ruth 37-9
  • Daniels absence from the Fiery Furnace
  • Dan 3

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7 Raptures Catching away
  • Enoch Gen 524 Heb 115
  • Elijah 2 Kings 21, 11
  • Jesus Mark 1619 Acts 19-11
  • Rev 125
  • Philip Acts 839
  • Paul 2 Cor 122-4
  • Body of Christ 1 Thes 417
  • (The Church)
  • John Rev 41

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Enoch walked with God
1 John 17 But if we walk in the light, as he is
in the light, we have fellowship one with
another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son
cleanseth us from all sin.
Genesis 524 And Enoch walked with God and he
was not for God took him.
Jewish tradition Enoch born on Hag
Shavout Enoch translated (raptured) Hag
Shavout Church born ??
Hag Shavout Hag Shavout Feast of Weeks,
Harvest, Pentecost
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3 Groups Faced the Flood of Noah
  • Those that perished in the Flood
  • The unbelieving world drowned by Gods wrath
  • Those preserved through the Flood
  • The believing remnant sealed in the Ark went
    through the flood
  • Those removed prior to the Flood
  • The Raptured Enoch

but Enoch is only one body
so is the Church
the Body of Christ
A 4th group those who died before the flood
did not face the flood
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Lot must leave Sodom or judgment cannot fall
Gen 1915 And when the morning arose, then the
angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy
wife, and thy two daughters, which are here lest
thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.
16 And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon
his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon
the hand of his two daughters the LORD being
merciful unto him and they brought him forth,
and set him without the city. 17 And it came
to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad,
that he said, Escape for thy life look not
behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain
escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.
18 And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord
19 Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in
thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy,
which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life
and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some
evil take me, and I die 20 Behold now, this
city is near to flee unto, and it is a little
one Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a
little one?) and my soul shall live. 21 And he
said unto him, See, I have accepted thee
concerning this thing also, that I will not
overthrow this city, for the which thou hast
spoken. 22 Haste thee, escape thither for I
cannot do any thing till thou be come thither.
Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.
23 The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot
entered into Zoar. 24 Then the LORD rained
upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire
from the LORD out of heaven 25 And he
overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and
all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which
grew upon the ground.
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Isaac Sacrifice (The Akedah) to the meeting his
bride Genesis 22-24 Who do the characters
represent ?
  • Abrahams willing sacrifice of his son - Symbolic
    of Gods Sacrifice of his son Jesus
  • On the Mountains of Moriah just outside of what
    would be Jerusalem Golgotha ??
  • Gen 221-3 1 And it came to pass after these
    things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto
    him, Abraham and he said, Behold, here I am. 2
    And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son
    Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the
    land of Moriah and offer him there for a burnt
    offering upon one of the mountains which I will
    tell thee of.
  • 3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning,
    and saddled his ass, and took two of his young
    men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the
    wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and
    went unto the place of which God had told him.
  • Took 3 days to get to Moriah Isaac was already
    dead in Abrahams mind and heart
  • Gen 224 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up
    his eyes, and saw the place afar off.
  • Servants waited at the foot of the mountain for
    their return
  • Gen 225 And Abraham said unto his young men,
    Abide ye here with the ass and I and the lad
    will go yonder and worship, and come again to you,

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Isaac Sacrifice (The Akedah) to the meeting his
bride Genesis 22-24 Who do the characters
represent ?
  • Abraham and Isaac go up the mountain together
    in agreement
  • Gen 226 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt
    offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son and he
    took the fire in his hand, and a knife and they
    went both of them together.
  • Isaac was not a child - may have been 30-32 years
    old at the time
  • Abraham came down alone ???? Where is Isaac ???
  • Gen 2219 So Abraham returned unto his young men,
    and they rose up and went together to Beer-sheba
    and Abraham dwelt at Beer-sheba.
  • An Amazing pun
  • Gen 227-8 7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham
    his father, and said, My father and he said,
    Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire
    and the wood but where is the lamb for a burnt
    offering?
  • 8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide
    himself a lamb for a burnt offering so they went
    both of them together.
  • Abraham knew he was acting out a prophetic event.
  • Gen 2214 And Abraham called the name of that
    place Jehovahjireh as it is said to this day, In
    the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.

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Isaac Sacrifice (The Akedah) to the meeting his
bride Genesis 22-24 Who do the characters
represent ?
  • Isaac next appears in scripture when he goes out
    to meet and gather in his bride to his fathers
    house Genesis 241-67
  • Notice here the eldest servant of Abrahams
    household gtgt The Holy Spirit ???
  • Jn 1613 Will not testify of Himself.
  • Gen 152 And Abram said, Lord God, what wilt
    thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the
    steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?
  • Ruled over all that Abraham had He is unnamed
    here
  • The task to go and call and return with a bride
    for his son.
  • Eleazar / Eliezar Help of my God gtgt Comforter
  • Isaac meets his bride at a place called
    Lahai-roi Who liverth and seeeth me
  • Gen 2462 And Isaac came from the way of the
    well Lahai-roi for he dwelt in the south
    country. 63 And Isaac went out to meditate in
    the field at the eventide and he lifted up his
    eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were
    coming. 64 And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and
    when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel.
    65 For she had said unto the servant, What man
    is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And
    the servant had said, It is my master therefore
    she took a vail, and covered herself. 66 And
    the servant told Isaac all things that he had
    done. 67 And Isaac brought her into his mother
    Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became
    his wife and he loved her and Isaac was
    comforted after his mother's death.

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Ruth at the Threshing Floor Ruth 3
  • The entire book of Ruth while true historically
    is symbolic and instructive
  • Naomi Israel
  • Ruth gentile
  • Boaz kinsman redeemer gt The Lord
  • Nearer kinsman the Law
  • Threshing Floor Tribulation Rev 310 Jer
    5133
  • Where is Ruth during the Threshing floor scene ?
    - At the feet of Boaz !
  • Ruth 313 Lie down until morning Isa 2620
  • Rev. 310 Because thou hast kept the word of my
    patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of
    temptation, which shall come upon all the world,
    to try them that dwell upon the earth.
  • Jeremiah 5133 For thus saith the Lord of
    hosts, the God of Israel The daughter of Babylon
    is like a threshingfloor, it is time to thresh
    her yet a little while, and the time of her
    harvest shall come.
  • Isaiah 2620 Come, my people, enter thou into
    thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee hide
    thyself as it were for a little moment, until the
    indignation be overpast.

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Daniel 31-30
  • Babylon and its king who demanded worship
    forming a new religion was in control of Israel
    and the then known world.
  • He commanded that all worship an idol an
    image of himself that he had erected under
    penalty of death for refusing.
  • The faithful of Israel (Shadrach, Meshach, and
    Abed-nego ) refused to acknowledge this false god
    and were persecuted by him because of it.
  • Remaining faithful even to death the Lord
    Himself rescued them out of the firey trial.
  • All of this we know and is fact.but,
  • Where was Daniel during the firey trial of the
    faithful Hebrew children?
  • Certainly he did not bow to the idol and worship
    the image !
  • He must have not been in Babylon at the time he
    must have been off somewhere else out of the
    false god kings reach and influence at the time.

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Old Testament Allusions
Isa 2619-21 Thy dead men shall live,
together with my dead body shall they arise.
Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust for thy
dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall
cast out the dead. 20 Come, my people, enter
thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about
thee hide thyself as it were for a little
moment, until the indignation be overpast. 21
For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to
punish the inhabitants of the earth for their
iniquity the earth also shall disclose her
blood, and shall no more cover her slain. Zeph.
23 Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the
earth, which have wrought his judgment seek
righteousness, seek meekness it may be ye shall
be hid in the day of the Lord's anger. Ps 275
For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in
his pavilion in the secret of his tabernacle
shall he hide me he shall set me up upon a rock.
39
Luke 2136
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may
be accounted worthy to escape all these things
that shall come to pass, and to stand before the
Son of man.
Accounted worthy Ye must be Born Again - made
one in the Body / Bride of Christ the Church
before the church age ends Escape all these
things If not the Tribulation and Gods wrath
poured out on the earth, then what is it Jesus is
warning us to be worthy to escape? And, if we
escape all these things where will we
be? Standing before Jesus The Son of man
redeemed and in him.
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The Revelation of Jesus Christ
  • 1,845 references in the Old Testament
  • 17 Old Testament books give prominence to the
    event
  • 318 references in the New Testament
  • 216 chapters
  • 23 New Testament books give prominence to the
    event
  • For every prophecy of Christs 1st Coming there
    are 8 related to His 2nd Coming!
  • The Second coming of Christ is a series of events
  • beginning with the Rapture of the Church and
  • ending with Jesus reign during the Millenium.

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Eschatology Last Things Endtime events
Preterism
Reconstructionism
42
Pre-trib. Pre-millenial view held by 1st and 2nd
century Apostles and church leaders.
It was the reason Paul wrote 2 Thess. Someone
had apparently forged a letter under his name
telling the Thessalonians that the rapture had
already occurred and that the persecution they
were beginning to suffer was the beginning of
sorrows - the Tribulation period that Paul had
taught them about during his first and only visit
of three weeks. 2 Thes 2 1 Now we beseech you,
brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and by our gathering together unto him, 2 That
ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled,
neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as
from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 3
Let no man deceive you by any means for that
day shall not come, except .
43
Pre-millenialism ----- Amillenialism
Man has dreamed (and tried to achieve) a utopia
and failed. Only Jesus, on Davids throne,
will establish this perfect kingdom. The spin
on this subject divides eschatological views into
its two basic divisions Premillennialism
(literal view Really, it will happen) Amillennial
sim (allegorical view Not really, just
symbolically) Millennium from Latin, mille
(1000) and annum (year). Also, CHILIASM, from
the Greek, which is the way the early church
spoke of it. Christ will visibly and physically
return to the earth, reign over the nations of
the earth and Israel will enjoy the blessings
promised through the prophets for 1,000 literal
years. There is more prophecy in the Scripture
concerning the Millennium than of any other
period.
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The Literal Millennium Launching Pad
  • It is Essential (The fulfillment of specific
    promises to Israel and Christ).
  • Promised to David (2 Sam 712-17 235) under
    oath (Ps 8934-37).
  • Predicted in the Psalms and the Prophets (Ps 2
    45 110 Isa 21-5 41-6 111-9 121-6
    3018-26 351-10 60, 613-62 66 Jer 233-8
    3237-44 Ezek 40-48 Dan 244-45 713-14
    122-3 Mic 41-8 Zech 1210-1421).
  • Promised to Mary (Lk 132 Mic 52 Isa 96, 7
    Dan 244)
  • Reaffirmed to apostles (Lk 2229-30).
  • Lords Prayer Thy Kingdom come For thine is
    the kingdom (Mt 610, 13 Acts 16 Ps 45, 46,
    47, 48).
  • Rule (Ps 2 110) with a Rod of Iron (Rev 125
    1915).
  • Every knee must bow (Phil 26-11). If not then,
    When ??
  • Preview of this in Matt 17.
  • Melchizedek type of Christs rule King and
    Priest (Zech 613).
  • Millennial Temple (Isa 317, 22 Ezek 437 442
    461-3).
  • Located in Zion (Isa 22-4 Jer 233-6).
  • David? (Ezek 3724, 25 3423, 24 Jer 309 Hos
    35).
  • Walk of Prince? Ezek 464-12.
  • The entire creation will be changed
  • Physical changes (Zech 49,10 Isa 351-10)
  • Curse lifted (Isa 116-9)
  • Creation redeemed (Gen 3 gt Rom 820-22)
  • Earth full of knowledge of the Lord (Isa 119
    Hab 214).

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The Pre-Millennial View
This view takes the 1000-year reign literally,
as the fulfillment of the numerous promises, in
both the Old and New Testaments. Gabriel
committed the rule of the Throne of David to Mary
at the Annunciation Luke 132-33 He shall be
great, and shall be called the Son of the
Highest and the Lord God shall give unto him the
throne of his father David 33 And he shall
reign over the house of Jacob for ever and of
his kingdom there shall be no end. The prophetic
destiny of Israel is also the issue. The Bible
indicates that the entire world is going to go to
war over this issue (Zech 12 Ps 2 et al.). It
has begun. Read your newspapers.
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Aw Right, Who started it ?!? Pre-Tribulation
Eschatology Its Not a new idea !
  • The perception of the gap of Dan 926 appears
    in the Epistle of Barnabas (100 AD) and other
    early writings.
  • Justin Martyr (100-165 AD) Dialogue with Trypho
  • Irenaeus (120-203 AD) Against Heresies
  • Hippolytus (died 236 AD) a disciple of
    Irenaeus Ante Nicene Fathers, Vol . p.182.)
  • The issue of Imminence is the subject of 80
    anti-Nicene references dating around 325 AD
  • Ephraem of Nisibis the Syrian (306-373 AD)
  • For all the saints and Elect of God are
    gathered, prior to the tribulation that is to
    come, and are taken to the Lord lest they see the
    confusion that is to overwhelm the world because
    of our sins. On the Last Times, the
    Antichrist, and the End of the World

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Pre-Tribulation Eschatology
Peter Jurieu, The Approaching Deliverance of the
Church, 1687 Philip Doddridge's Commentary on the
New Testament, 1738 Dr. John Gill, Commentary on
the New Testament, 1748 James Macknight,
Commentary on the Apostolical Epistles,
1763 Thomas Scott, Commentary on the Holy Bible,
1792
Pre-Trib Popularization
Dan 124 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words,
and seal the book, even to the time of the end
many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be
increased.
  • Emanuael Lacunza (Ben Ezra), 1812
  • Edward Irving, 1816
  • John N. Darby, 1820
  • Margaret McDonald, 1830

They did for Eschatology what Martin Luther and
other Reformation leaders did for Salvation by
faith.
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Whos Who and Where Are They? To find a
Pre-Triber near you
  • J. Dwight Pentecost,
  • John F. Walvoord,
  • Charles C. Ryrie,
  • Hal Lindsey,
  • Feinberg,
  • Fruchtenbaum,
  • Charles Dyer,
  • Grant Jeffrey,
  • Chuck Smith,
  • Tim Lahaye,
  • et al

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Lets put it out of its misery The Post
Millennial View
It teaches that Jesus will return only after the
Church has worked to bring about the
Righteousness the Kingdom of God demands. They
believe the millennium may or may not be 1,000
years long. Christ rules in and through the
hearts of the believers but it is the church who
will evangelize the world into the Kingdom. It
was popular a century ago when optimism assumed
that the world was getting better and better. A
proponent is rarely encountered today. The
realities of the 20th/21st century have rendered
this view obsolete. Jesus own teaching (Matt 13)
and His letters to the church (Rev 2-3) paint a
completely opposite view Only a few sincerely
still hold this view but then there are still
thousands of sincere members of the Flat Earth
Society !!
WRONG
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Whered that come from ??? The History of
Amillennialism
  • Origen (185-232 AD) Allegorization of Scripture
  • Attempt to make Gospel / Scritpures paletable to
    secular rulers and government to ease
    persecutions
  • Augustine (354-386 AD) Amillennialism
  • Roman Catholic Eschatology
  • Luther Reformation failed to address
  • To busy with the realization and rediscovered
    doctrine of Salvation by Faith the Grace of
    God. Did not challenge many of the other
    traditional, formal church doctrines
  • Most Protestant Denominations are Amillennial and
    Post-Tribulational in their eschatological views

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3rd and 4th Century Church onward
Allegorical methods, adopted by 3rd century
theologian Origen, led to Augustine developing
the amillennial view that Jesus was to rule
spiritually rather than literally. This view
ultimately became the dominant view of the Roman
Catholic Church. It is a foundational basis for
anti-semitism (Jer 3135-37) and in large part
led to the attrocities committed in Gods name
during the Crusades Jeremiah 3135-37 Thus
saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light
by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the
stars for a light by night, which divideth the
sea when the waves thereof roar The Lord of
hosts is his name 36 If those ordinances
depart from before me, saith the Lord, then the
seed of Israel also shall cease from being a
nation before me for ever. 37 Thus saith the
Lord If heaven above can be measured, and the
foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I
will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all
that they have done, saith the Lord. This view
is becoming widespread again.
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3rd and 4th Century Church onward
On the conversion of Constantine, the Edict of
Toleration made Christian Church legal throughout
the Roman Empire. Constantines successors later
made it the official state religion. The
premillennial view that the Lord Jesus Christ
was going to return to rid the world of its evil
and its evil leadership became unpopular with
the current world leadrs! Origen developed and
taught a symbolic figurative interpretation and
application of scripture He focused on the
passages of scripture that were socially
unacceptable and politically incorrect to the
world leadership including most of the prophesies
relating to the end times and the return of
Jesus Christ. The Church as it developed, Rome
eventually fell and the chruch assumed both
political and religious control. It maintained,
held to and propagated these heresies.
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3rd and 4th Century Church onward
Many previously pagan practices had now become
part of Christian tradition and was accepted
church practice and doctrine under the now
politically correct and powerful Christian
religious leadership. These teachings were
given new titles and names but remained pagan
practices that the church now accepted as
christian. Toleration and assimilation (of
pagans and pagan customs became the
watchword). The Reformation, while dealing with
many doctrines in its back to the Bible
emphasis, failed to re-examine the eschatology of
the Medieval church. As a result of this
neglect, amillennialism became the
eschatological view and doctrine assumed by
most mainline Protestant denominations. Literal
interpretation, however, was favored by Irenaeus,
Sir Isaac Newton, et al. Throughout the
centuries, a minority of scholars have held to a
literal approach to the Scriptures.
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The Amillennial View
  • Amillennialism is usually accompanied by a
    post-tribulational view.
  • But, Amillennialism makes God guilty of not
    keeping His unconditional covenants to the
    physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and
    Jacob The Jews.
  • Promise of the Land (Gen 127 1315-16 177-8).
  • Promise of the land, a kingdom, and a greater Son
    of David (Messiah) as King (Ps 8927-37).
  • Promise of restoration to the land of Israel from
    worldwide dispersion and the establishment of
    Messiahs kingdom
  • (Jer 3137 Ezek 36,37 38, 39, etc.).
  • Promises that a remnant of the Israelites will be
    saved
  • (Rom 1125-29 Zech 138,9 Isa 1020-22).

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The Second Coming Post Trib Rapture Are we coming
or going ???
WRONG
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Alternative Tribulation Views
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70th Week
Covenant Enforced
(Interval)
Abomination of Desolation
The Great Tribulation
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Whos Who and Where Are They?
Post-tribulationists Robert Gundry, George Ladd,
Walter Martin, Pat Robertson, Jim
McKeever. Mid-tribulationists Norman B.
Harrison, J. Sidlow Baxter, et al. Pre-tribulatio
n J. Dwight Pentecost, John F. Walvoord, Charles
C. Ryrie, Popularized by Hal Lindsey, et al.
(Also, Feinberg, Fruchtenbaum, Charles Dyer,
Grant Jeffrey, Chuck Smith, Tim Lahaye, et al.)
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Confusion Israel and the Church
  • Distinctions
  • Different Origins, Missions, Destinies
  • Replacement views deny Israel its place in
    Gods program
  • Makes God a Liar
  • Laid the basis for Christian Anti-Semitism
  • The 70 Weeks deal specifically with Israel
  • Pauls dichotomy Jews Gentiles Church
  • Distinctives reappear after Revelation 4

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ITS NOW OR NEVER !!!
Serious Take scripture in the literal sense
when no other sense is needed to make
sense Futurist Bible Prophecy is given and
validated to declare Gods plan and end
purposes Dispensational God is able to and does
deal with different groups uniquely as He chooses
throughout history Pre-Tribulational Jesus will
return for and collect the Church to Himself
prior to the revealing of Anti-Christ and the
beginning of Daniels 70th seven the
tribulation period Pre-millenial The
Tribulation will occur and be brought to a close
by Jesus Christs Second Coming to earth in glory
to establish His kingdom on the earth for 1,000
years after which Gods final judgement takes
place and a new heaven and new earth are brought
about.
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RAPTURE
?
?
70th Week
69 weeks
Covenant Enforced
(Interval)
Abomination of Desolation
The Great Tribulation
Church Age
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IMMINENCE ?? Whats the hold up ? ??
imminent adj. About to occur impending.
--imminently adv. --imminentness n.
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The Doctrine of Imminence
  • Imminent About to occur
  • Impending Next expectation
  • Not to be confused with immanent, that God
    is not only transcendent, or far above us, but
    that He is always with us and active on our
    behalf.
  • Existing or remaining within inherent.
  • Restricted entirely to the mind subjective
  • Nor should it be confused with eminent, which
    is a title of honor reserved for those of
    outstanding distinction.
  • Towering or standing out above others prominent.
  • Of high rank, station, or quality noteworthy.
  • Outstanding, as in character or performance
    distinguished

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Imminence The Early Churchs Teaching Related to
Jesus Impending Return - Possible at any moment
Imminence is spoken of as doctrine and belief
in 80 anti-Nicene references Other early writers
referencing and stating a pre-Mil, pre-Trib view
include Irenaeus, Against Heresies
Hippolytus, a disciple of Irenaeus (2nd Century),
Ante Nicene Fathers, Vol . p.182.) Justin
Martyr, Dialogue with Trypho. Peter Jurieu,
1687, Approaching Deliverance of the Church,
Philip Doddgridges Commentary on the New
Testament, 1738 Dr. John Gills Commentary on
the New Testament, 1 Thes 415-17, 1748 James
Macknights Commentary on the Apostolical
Epistles, 1763 Thomas Scotts Commentary on
the Holy Bible, 1792. Obviously, the early Church
fathers believed in the imminent return of Jesus
Christ. This means that as far as they were
concerned no other known event needed to occur
before the Lords return for the Church. Going
through or even seeing the beginning of the
Tribulation or the Man of Sin coming to power
would signal a sure sign starting a count down to
Jesus return and would remove the validity of any
belief in the imminency of Christs return The
pre-trib rapture is the only logical alternative.
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Doctrine of Imminence
  • Believers are taught to expect the Savior from
    heaven at any moment.
  • Phil 320 Titus 213 Heb 928
  • 1 Thes 110 418 56 Rev 2220
  • Expresses hope and a warm spirit of expectancy
  • 1 Thes 110
  • Should result in a victorious and purified life.
  • 1 John 32-3

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Doctrine of Imminence
  • Paul seemed to include himself among those who
    looked for Christs return at any moment.
  • 1 Thes 415, 17 2 Thes 21
  • Timothy was admonished to keep this commandment
    without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of
    our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 1 Tim 614
  • Jewish converts were reminded that yet a little
    while and He that shall come will come and will
    not tarry.
  • Heb 1037

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Imminence Clement of Rome writing about 95 AD
Of a truth, soon and suddenly shall His will be
accomplished, as the Scriptures bear witness,
saying, Speedily will He come, and will not
tarry and the Lord shall suddenly come to His
temple, even the Holy One, for whom ye
look. These statements were contained in his
first epistle to the Corinthians, and again
affirmed in his second epistle to the same people.
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Imminence The Didache about 100 AD
Watch for your lifes sake. Let not your lamps
be quenched, nor your loins unloosed, but be ye
ready, for ye know not the hour in which our Lord
cometh.
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Imminence The Shepherd of Hermas about 100-120
AD
In reference to the Great Tribulation If ye
then prepare yourselves, and repent with all your
heart, and turn to the Lord, it will be possible
for you to escape, if your heart be pure and
sinless, and ye spend the rest of your lives
serving the Lord blamelessly.
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Imminence Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage about 220
to 250 AD
Expressed the imminency of Christs return when
he said Let us ever in anxiety and cautiousness
be waiting the Second Coming of the Lord, for as
those things which follow which are yet promised
the Lord Himself giving assurance and saying,
When you see all these things come to pass, know
that the Kingdom of God is nigh at hand.
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Imminence requires a Pre-Trib Rapture
  • Passages of similar nature are easily found in
    the writings of others of this period.
  • While not all the early Church fathers were
    consistent or agreed in their views (not much has
    changed today), it is obvious that many, many of
    them looked upon the return of Jesus as imminent,
    thus expressing the definite conclusion that the
    Church would not go through the tribulation.
  • To state that the pre-trib rapture doctrine
    originated about 1830 or thereabouts because it
    was not discussed in early church writings is
    ridiculous.
  • It simply ignores the history documentation we
    have which support the simple clear statements of
    Scripture concerning the return of Christ for His
    bride.
  • His taking her to be with Him,
  • Celebrating the Marriage Supper of the Lamb and
  • Then returning with His hosts to claim for His
    own and to judge an unbelieving (and by then a)
    world that is fully without excuse

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Extremes
Rapture-itis Paralysis by Rapture Rapture-mani
a Going out on a Date Date Setters and
Re-setters
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Symptoms of Rapture-itis
1 Heavenly Bail-bondsman John 1633 Because
the Church Will NOT go through the Great
Tribulation, Dont think we will escape
persecution and the tribulations That most of
the body of Christ experienced Across most of the
world for most of the past 2,000 years !!! John
77 John 1518 1 John 313
  • 2 Wait for it
  • The expectation of some in the 1st century that
    Jesus coming was imminent was so strong that they
    had stopped working and had to be exhorted
  • To return to their jobs 2 Thes 310-12
  • And to have patience James 58
  • We were told to Occupy til I come Luke 1913

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Rapturemainia Going out on a date
  • Joachim of Flores, 1260
  • Militz of Kromeriz, 1365
  • Joseph Mede, 1660
  • John Napier, 1688
  • Pierre Jurieu of France, 1689
  • William Whitson, 1715
  • Then 1734
  • Then 1866
  • J.A. Bergen, 1836
  • Joseph Worlf, 1847
  • William Miller 1843
  • Then 22 Oct 1844
  • C.T. Russell, 1874
  • E.C. Whisenants
  • 88 reasons for 1988
  • Harold Camping, Sept 1994
  • More then we can count, 2000
  • Still more to come.

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Matt 2436 Mark 1332 Matt 2442, 44
Matt 2436 But of that day and hour knoweth
no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my
Father only. Mark 1332 But of that day and
that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels
which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the
Father. Matt 2442 Watch therefore for ye
know not what hour your Lord doth come. Matt
2444 Therefore be ye also ready for in such
an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
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Matt 2513 Mark 1333-37 Luke 1240 Acts 17
Matt 2513 Watch therefore, for ye know
neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of
man cometh. Mark 1333-37 Take ye heed,
watch and pray for ye know not when the time is.
34 For the Son of man is as a man taking a far
journey, who left his house, and gave authority
to his servants, and to every man his work, and
commanded the porter to watch. 35 Watch ye
therefore for ye know not when the master of the
house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the
cockcrowing, or in the morning 36 Lest coming
suddenly he find you sleeping. 37 And what I
say unto you I say unto all, Watch. Luke 1240
Be ye therefore ready also for the Son of man
cometh at an hour when ye think not. Acts 17
And he said unto them, It is not for you to know
the times or the seasons, which the Father hath
put in his own power.
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The Second Coming a sequence of events
  • Daniel 244-45
  • Daniel 79-14
  • Daniel 121-3
  • Zech 141-15
  • Matt 1341
  • Matt 2415-31
  • Matt 2664
  • Mark 1314-27
  • Mark 1462
  • Luke 2125-28
  • Acts 19-11
  • Acts 319-21
  • 1 Thes 313
  • 2 Thes 16-10
  • 2 Thes 28
  • 2 Peter 31-14
  • Jude 14-15
  • Rev 17
  • Rev 1911-20

John 141-3 1 Cor 151-53 1 Thes 413-18 Rom
819 1 Cor 17-8 1 Cor 1622 Phil 320-21 Col
34 1 Thes 110 1 Thes 219 1 Thes 59 1 Thes
523 2 Thes 21, (3) 1 Tim 614 2 Tim 41 Titus
213 Heb 928 James 57-9 1 Peter 17, 13 1 John
228-32 Jude 21 Rev 225 Rev 310
Jesus comes to claim His creation and establish
His throne on the earth The Second Coming
Jesus comes to gather and meet his Church n the
air The Rapture
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Two Events Rapture 2nd Coming
Translation of believers Translated saints go to
heaven Earth not judged Imminent, any moment,
signless Not in the Old Testament Believers only
included Before the day of wrath No reference to
Satan Jesus comes for His own He comes in the
air He claims His Bride Only His own see
Him Great Tribulation begins Church believers only
No translation involved Translated saints return
to earth Earth judged Follows definite predicted
signs Predicted in Old Testament Affects all men
on the earth Concludes the day of wrath Satan
bound Jesus comes with His own He comes to the
earth He comes with His Bride Every eye shall see
Him Millennium begins OT Saved raised later?
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When then? Timing of the Rapture
  • Greek, harpazo, Latin, rapturo.
  • 70th Week is defined by the enforcement of a
    covenant with the Coming World Leader (Dan 927).
  • The perception of the gap of Dan 926 appears
    in the Epistle of Barnabas, A.D. 100 and other
    early writings.
  • One of many examples of a gap imbedded in
    scripture.
  • Its like looking across mountain peaks and being
    unaware of the valley in between until you
    actually get there.
  • The Leader cannot enforce the covenant until
    after he appears in power.
  • He cannot appear until after the Restrainer (the
    Holy Spirit as He indwells the Church) is removed
    (2 Thess 27-9).
  • There must be some interval from a day to
    possibly several decades between his initial
    appearance and ascending to the power implied in
    his enforcing the covenant.
  • There is some basis (Mt 2432-34) that the entire
    series of eventsfrom the rapture to the close of
    the 70th Weekoccurs within one generation less
    than 40 years.

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1 and 2 Thessalonians
During his first visit to Thessalonica, which
lasted 3 weeks, Paul taught the new converts and
new church extensively about the Rapture and 2nd
Coming of Jesus He confirmed his teaching with
his first letter to the Thessalonian
church.. After he left someone forged his name on
another false letter and sent it to Thessalonica
and it caused great concern in Thessalonica. They
began to experience persecution at the hands of
the Jews to the extent some were killed or had
died. They thought they had missed Christs
return for them the rapture and had entered the
period of time known as the tribulation. Paul
wrote 2 Thessalonians to calm the new church.
Paul in his second letter makes it clear that
specific things would happen in a specific
order. E.g. There would be an general apostasy or
falling away of the faithful. This had not
happened to the Thessaloicians. The one who
restrains would be taken away. This is the Holy
Spirit as He worked in and thru the church in
society. Then the man of sin the one commonly
called Anti-Christ would then be revealed and
rise in power The Thessalonicans had been told to
look for the Rapture, not the Tribulation, then
with the beginning persecution and the forged
letter they began to be shaken. Paul says do
good, maintain hope and faith and comfort each
other. We look for Christ returning for us -
not tribulation.
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Rapture precedes the Tribulation?
  • The beginning of the 70th Week is defined by
    covenant enforced by the Coming World
    Leader Daniel 927
  • Great Tribulation last 1/2 of 70th
    Week Matt 2415, 21
  • The Leader cannot be revealed until after the
    Rapture 2 Thess 26-9

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2 Thes 21-17
  • 21 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming
    of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering
    together unto him, 2 That ye be not soon shaken
    in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor
    by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the
    day of Christ is at hand.
  • 3 Let no man deceive you by any means for that
    day shall not come,
  • except there come a falling away first, and
  • that man of sin be revealed, the son of
    perdition
  • 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all
    that is called God, or that is worshipped so
    that he as God sitteth in the temple of God,
    shewing himself that he is God.
  • 5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with
    you, I told you these things?
  • 6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might
    be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of
    iniquity doth already work
  • only he who now letteth will let,
  • until he be taken out of the way.
  • 8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed,

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2 Thes 21-17
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, 9 whom
the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his
mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of
his coming 9 Even him, whose coming is after
the working of Satan with all power and signs and
lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of
unrighteousness in them that perish because they
received not the love of the truth, that they
might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall
send them strong delusion, that they should
believe a lie 12 That they all might be damned
who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in
unrighteousness. 13 But we are bound to give
thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of
the Lord, because God hath from the beginning
chosen you to salvation through sanctification of
the Spirit and belief of the truth 14
Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the
obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the
traditions which ye have been taught, whether by
word, or our epistle. 16 Now our Lord Jesus
Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which
hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting
consolation and good hope through grace, 17
Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every
good word and work.
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The Order of Events
The Day of the Lord
For that day shall not come, except there come a
falling away first v.3
He who now restraineth will restrain, until
He be taken out of the way v.7
And then shall that Wicked One be revealed v.8,
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2 Thes 27 only he who now letteth will let,
until he be taken out of the way
The Hinderer of Lawlessness 1. It is something
already known (2 Thes. 26). 2. It now hinders
lawlessness (2 Thes. 26-7). 3. It is strong
enough to prevent the revelation of the
Antichrist (2 Thes. 26-8). 4. It will hinder
lawlessness until it is removed from the earth (2
Thes. 27-8). 5. It is called "he" (2 Thes.
27). 6. It will be removed from the earth before
the second coming (2 Thes. 27-8). 7. It will not
be here when Christ comes to destroy Antichrist
(2 Thes. 27-8). Who are the Hinderers of
lawlessness? One of Three Things 1. Governments
(Romans 131-7 1 Peter 213) 2. The Holy Spirit
(John 167-15) 3. The church (Matthew 513 1
Cor. 215-16 Ephes. 612-18 2 Cor. 104-7)
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Whos holding things back?
Who is it that Jesus said restrains ? The Holy
Spirit through his empowering the born again
believers whom He indwells today - the Church
(Mat 1619) And I will give unto thee the keys
of the kingdom of heaven and whatsoever thou
shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven and
whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be
loosed in heaven. (Mat 1818) Verily I say unto
you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be
bound in heaven and whatsoever ye shall loose on
earth shall be loosed in heaven. Could He have
said it any more clearly ?
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2 Thes. 27 only he who now letteth will let,
until he be taken out of the way
Will governments be taken out of the world? No,
Antichrist reigns over many kingdoms (Daniel
724 Daniel 1140-45), Other kings reign over
the rest of the earth all during the time the
hinderer of lawlessness is removed (Rev. 1115
Rev. 1613-16). Will it be the direct presence
of the Holy Spirit? No He will be here all
through the tribulation and forever (John 1416
Acts 216-21 Rev. 1217 with Rev. 1910 Zech.
1210-131). Multitudes will be saved by the
Holy Spirit during the tribulation, as now (Acts
216-21 Acts 125,17 Acts 152-4 Acts 204-6).
So it must be the church. The church will be
raptured before Antichrist comes and this is the
only one of the hinderers of lawlessness that
will be removed from the earth (1 Thes 416).
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2 Thes. 27 only he who now letteth will let,
until he be taken out of the way
The "He" of 2 Thessalonians 27 Some believe that
the church could not be referred to as he,
because it is the bride of Christ. However, the
church is called a man (Ephes. 215 Ephes. 413)
and the body of Christ (2 Cor. 1212-13,27
Ephes. 122-23 Col. 118,24). The church, the
body of Christ, is often referred to by a
masculine pronoun as well as being called the
bride of Christ. The church is the only one of
the three hinderers of lawlessness that will be
taken out of the world. 2 Thes. 27 must refer
to the church being taken out of the world ...
And then shall that wicked be revealed who will
be destroyed seven years later by Christ at His
second coming (2 Thes. 27-8).
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2 Thes. 27 only he who now letteth will let,
until he be taken out of the way
  • Rapture Before Antichrist
  • The church will continue to hinder lawlessness
    until the rapture.
  • And then the Antichrist will be revealed.
  • Conclusive proof that the rapture takes place
    before Daniel's 70th week and the tribulation of
    Rev. 61-1921.
  • According to Dani
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