Pastor Bob (26 Apr 2015)
""Pre-Tribulation Truth - 9""


 
 All Doves:

I will resume with continuation of the points that validate, confirm, that our faith in a Pre-Tribulation Rapture is the only logical conclusion.  These points help the reader to grasp not just the basic key passages but how they fit into the larger context of God's Word.  The overarching context of God's Word has a level of contextual consistency and conformity to its message, even when the same thought is expressed and revealed in various places throughout the Bible.  Let's get right to this vast accumulation of evidence, in the big picture of how God will deal with the Bride/Church before He turns to Israel and makes her the object of His entire focus.  After all, Israel is the Apple of His Eye!

51.  Only when God's purpose for both the Church and Israel is finished, then God speaks of them together, in Revelation 19-22.  Does this not reflect on a God plan of order?  The Bible differentiates this fact so well and were it not for ignorant humans it would be a simple matter, but the Devil wants to hurt Israel even more so than any other people.  He [Satan] has poisoned the well of Biblical literacy to cause the division we have today, even using those who claim they are God's only church on Earth.  He was able to divert the early Church by distracting Saint Augustine and others into "spiritualizing" Scripture, to make it say what man wanted it to say rather than taking it at its plain sense meaning.  What better way than for Satan to attack Israel through the called-out ones, using the Church to put the bite on Israel.  This has come through the Protestant mainline denominations divesting their pension assets from Israeli companies, and American corporations doing business with Israel.  After all, if its OK for the churches to be propagandizing against Israel it must be OK for others to pile on to the brawl.

52.  There are no passages in either the Old or New Testament which specifically says that the Church will go through the Tribulation.  This doesn't mean the Church will not endure tribulation.  We see a lot of that ongoing today.  But, try to find where it specifically says that the Bride/Church will be in the Tribulation.  It simply does not exist.  Remember, Satan plants thoughts into the minds of weak and illiterate folks with lame ideas or thoughts which serve to confuse and to cause doubt just as Satan said to Eve, Ye, hath God said?"

53.  The Tribulation is called the time of "Jacob's Trouble" in Jeremiah 30:7.  The Tribulation is never called the time of "The Church's Trouble" or the time of "The Bride's Trouble".  If I have missed that point somewhere I will consider otherwise but since the Bible names it the time of "Jacob's Trouble" it means what it says!

54.  The Bride/Church has no part in the first 69 weeks of Daniel's prophecy, and it will not have any part in the final 70th week as well.  Holding to supersessionalism or "Replacement" theology brings with it a veil of bewildering confusion.  I have made it as a routine question when I have talked with church people, to ask them how they perceive Israel today and where she fits into the Biblical framework of time among God's Plan.  Those who confuse Israel's position are always inclined to misunderstand the process of the Bride/Church being removed before Israel faces the seven year Tribulation.  Its absolutely uncanny.  "Replacement" theology causes people to see through a glass darkly and it doesn't take a genius to see where it comes from.

55.  The godly remnant of the Tribulation have descriptions and attributes that are applied to them.  These are the same as seen upon Old Testament Israel.  The Bride/Church is not present during that time.  There are no "Church-related descriptions associated with or on the Tribulation saints.

56.  The Pre-Tribulation doctrine (unlike Preterists, Mid-Trib, Post-Trib, or Pre-Wrath), does not confuse terms like "elect" and "saints" of the Tribulation with the Bride/Church.  Terms like "Church" and "in Christ" apply only to those who are "IN" the "Body of Christ" in "This Age", and these terms are NEVER found in passages which relate to the Tribulation.  Dispensationalism becomes just too easy for all the other views, the Bride/Church can't be getting off that easy in their way of thinking; they have to be purified, cleansed, etc.  They can't accept God's Grace because its a free gift, extended by God simply for our willing to received it by belief/faith.  

57.  Israel is not cut-off from the Covenants from God that God gave them.  But blindness (in part) will be their destiny (until) the Bride/Church is complete.  Acts 15:14-16, Romans 11:1, and Romans 11:25-27 make that explicitly clear.  Keep in mind that Israel because of an unwillingness and disbelief required a forty-year trip from Egypt to the Promised Land, a trip that, if they had listened, should have only take two weeks.  Think of the patience that God had to extend to shape up for the destination.

58.  Many prophecies have the characteristic of showing an immediate fulfillment or near the time when it was given, and then they jump ahead to a future time of the end when they are completely fulfilled.  Scholars like Charles Swindoll refers to such as "double-fulfillment" prophecies.  

59.  These are also known as "Partial" fulfillments or "Double" fulfillments, which we have come to understand as being entirely normal.  As noted previously and in my other posts, I have noted that as many as 24 examples exist in the Bible where there is a "Gap" in fulfillment of prophecies or events.  The idea of this term "Gap" is repugnant to many; however, it is a Biblical reality.

60.  One of these examples is found in Daniel 11:1-45, where the prophecy discusses in great detail, the Greek Empire.  Alexander the Great, the breaking of the Greek Empire into four parts, wars between the kings of the south (Egypt, the Ptolemies) and kings of the north (Syria, the Seleucids), and the arrival of Antiochus IV Epiphanes (a powerful type of the Antichrist).  In the middle of showing the work of Antiochus Epiphanes, the prophecy skips over to the end, to focus upon the "ultimate Antichrist" (from verses Daniel 11:36-45).

61.  In another example, when Jesus began His ministry, He read from the prophecy of Isaiah, quoting right up to the phrase "the acceptable year of the Lord".  And then he closed scroll.  Jesus stopped reading in the middle of a sentence, because the remainder of that passage will be fulfilled at the time of the End, in the Tribulation, beginning with "and the day of vengeance of our God".  Anyone that doubts a dual Advent or two comings of the Lord needs to study the passages of Luke 4:18-19 and Isaiah 61:1-3.  In both cases here the reference is to the nation of Israel, and not the Bride/Church.  The detail is down to the punctuation point showing God's preciseness in conveying His message and validating His overarching Master Plan.

62.  We have a major example of this in the Daniel 9:24-27 passage, where the prophet Daniel begins by unveiling the 70-Weeks assigned to Israel or the Jews for their disobedience which are determined upon the people.  It was fulfilled right up to the very day of Palm Sunday of 32 AD, when Jesus rode the donkey foal up to the gates of the Temple Mount, allowing the people to declare Him as King:  "Blessed be the King Who comes in the name of the Lord".  -(Luke 19:38).  Then the Messiah was "cut off" (crucified), just as Daniel prophesied.  Jesus knew what was decreed to take place,because He lamented in Luke 19:42, "Saying, if thou hadst known, even thou, at least in thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eye."  the prophecy continued with what was to come.  The fulfillment of Daniel 9:26 was an exactly 173,880 days from the issuing of Nehemiah granting the documents for the decree to rebuild Jerusalem after the Babylonian captivity until Palm Sunday of 32 AD.  "This is your day" for Israel was Nisan 10, the day when the nation of Israel chose their lambs for Passover.  As I stated, the exact day in history was April 6, 32 AD, when Jesus, the True Lamb of God, entered Jerusalem on His historical final trip up to the Temple.  Then He was cut off!   The remainder of Daniel's prophecy, in Daniel 9:27, immediately jumps to the end (this is where the parenthesis of nearly 2,000 years of the Bride/Church has existed).  After the Bride/Church is taken, at the fulfillment of the Gentiles is determined, and taken to Heaven in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture, the last week of Daniel's 70th Week begins until the close at the Battle of Armageddon and the Second Coming of Christ Jesus. 

63.  In Matthew 24:36-42 and Luke 17:26-27, we see a series of events of the Bride/Church's Pre-Tribulation Rapture and the Second Coming of Christ Jesus that are likened to the days of Noah.  The important thing to grasp here is that people on Earth would be doing business as usual, eating, drinking, giving in marriage, right up to the day that Noah entered the Ark.  Noah and his family entered the Ark "seven" days before God closed the Ark door.  The very time-frame of "seven" days was both a physical reality, and it was symbolic typology of a prophecy of the future removal of the Bride/Church, indicative of the period for which God would protect His Bride/Church from what was to come in the Tribulation, or 70th Week of Daniel.  The details of the Noah story is typology language that speaks of the Divine Protection that God would provide for the His Bride/Church, when God will direct His attention to bringing Israel and deal with exclusively in the Tribulation period.  God uses a plethora of means by which He communicates His message of Redemption.  The Creator of the Universe incorporates over 200 linguistic tools or devices to teach us about Himself, His purposes, His attributes, His plan, and His desires, etc. The typical reader of the Scriptures today may be lucky to know what a 'parable' is but there is so much the untrained mind is oblivious to regarding God's infinite wisdom and creativity. 

64.  In the world of Noah's time here was wickedness like that of our day.  The world at the time of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture, will be exceedingly wicked and violent, and ripe for judgment.  2nd Timothy 3:1-9 offers us a picture of Noah's day, certainly a carbon copy of our world today. 

65.  Noah's Ark was lifted up and above the judgment, and all in the Ark were kept safe and were not judged.  So likewise, the Bride/Church will be lifted up (Raptured) above the judgment, and taken to heaven, in our Ark, namely Jesus Christ, and will not suffer the wrath of man or the wrath of God.  Need I remind you of why Noah and his family were selected to be "delivered" from the wrath to come? 

66.  The Ark had only one door.  Jesus is the only door or way through which people may come to God and be saved from His wrath.  My favorite verse John 14:6 reflects this typology of Jesus being the Door!  God bids or invites us all to come His way.

67.  Noah and the Ark is pictured as Israel, kept safe through the judgment, but that interpretation does not take into account that 2/3rds of Israel that will perish in the Tribulation judgment.  Zechariah 13:9 reports this prophecy.  Nobody perished on Noah's Ark!  Nobody in the true Church will perish in the Tribulation.

68.  In Luke 17:28-30, we see the events (plural) of the Bride/Church's Rapture and the Second Coming of Jesus likened to the days of Lot.  Again, the KEY thing to see, is that, like in the 'days of Lot", people in Sodom were conducting business as usual.  They ate and drank, bought and sold, planted and built - right up to the day that the fire and brimstone rained down on Sodom.  I've always saw great significance in Hilton Sutton's statement, "when the bombs are descending, the saints will be ascending.It really does speak to the point that right up to the point of the fire, believers, the Bride/Church will be Raptured out before the Tribulation hits like an F6-level  tornado.  God, in answer to Abraham, who asked in Genesis 18:1-33, "Will you destroy the righteous with the wicked?"  God made sure Lot, a righteous man, was removed from Sodom before the judgment.  God's plain answer was that He would NOT cast the righteous into a time of judgment!  Likewise, when the true Bride/Church is taken to safety in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture, the wicked world will suffer God's judgment.

69.  The city of Lot was exceedingly wicked.  Righteous Lot was vexed by what occurred around him, which is described in Genesis 19:1-38 as blatant, "in your face", homosexuality.  2nd Peter 2:6-9 says that the Lord knows how to deliver the righteous, and reserve the unrighteous for His day of judgment.  The world, prior to the Pre-Tribulation Rapture, will also show the increase of homosexuality, and like Sodom, will be sorely judged.  The true Christian believer, like righteous Lot, will be removed before the judgment hits.  As we have been approaching a US Supreme Court ruling on sodomite and lesbian marriage, the thought occurred to me and it has not escaped my mind, what could parallel or be simultaneous to a ruling that would affirm a national endorsement of sodomy, and thus spark the event to usher in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture.  I have wondered for years just what event would be the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back where God says, that's it, I have had enough of this!  The Supreme Court is expected to hear a case later this month or in May that may be last nail in the coffin of God's judgment upon America and the world.  Twenty years ago I stated that sodomites would not be satisfied with tolerance, but they would seek to impose their life style upon the Christian community, namely the Church.  They would not be satisfied until they forced legislation that would require the church to accept and perform sodomite weddings.  Those denominations that have caved on this issue will be judged by God for caving to public pressue.  God raises up and God brings low!

70.  In Genesis 19:16, we see how Lot lingered.  His golly-lagging resulted in the angels, who were sent to remove Lot from Sodom, laid hold upon Lot's hand, and also laid hold of Lot's wife and daughters and extracted them.  The angels brought them forth and set them outside the city before the fire could fall.  In the action of laying hold, we see that the angels seized Lot and his family by force ("harpazao"), the exact definition for the "Rapture".  Likewise, before the Tribulation, the true Bride/Church will be "seized by force and removed", then the Tribulation will come!

71.  In Genesis 19:22, we see the angel tell Lot to "Haste you, escape", to the small town of Zoar.  The angel added, and this is very important, "I cannot do anything -(in judgment) til thou be come thither".  until they are out of this place".  Likewise, when God's wrath of the Tribulation approaches, the judgment cannot come until the true Bride/Church is taken out of the Earth in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture.

72.  In 1st Thessalonians 5:1-11, we see the Tribulation (the Day of the Lord) will come like a thief in the night, when people are saying, "Peace and safety" and, to the world's surprise (and horror) "sudden destruction" will befall them.  But the true Bride/Church will not be caught in it.  Believe it because God has said in more ways than one.

73.  The world will think "peace and safety" is coming.  They think by men's wisdom, that society will grow better and better.  Do we not hear this today?  You bet you do.

74.  The Tribulation judgment will hit, bringing "sudden destruction".  The unrighteous world will not escape.  The true Bride/Church, however, will not be overtaken in that time of slumber.  The true Christians (born-again, sanctified, set apart, indwelt by the Holy Spirit, made to be new creatures in Christ), will obtain salvation and deliverance from the time of wrath, and we (whether having died in Jesus or are alive at the time) will live together with Jesus (in the mansions He has prepared for us).  The pattern of being taken to safety is the same throughout Scripture - BEFORE God's judgment comes!  The Bride/Church is promised a Pre-Tribulation Rapture.  Do you believe it?  Or will you be deceived by Satan's minions?

75.  The Apostle Paul's exhortation for the Bride/Church to be comforted by 'the coming of the Lord" in 1st Thessalonians 4:18 can only be true in the context of a Pre-Tribulation Rapture.  In the Post-Trib, Mid-Trib, and Pre-Wrath view, the Lord's coming is a fearsome thing to be dreaded, because of expecting seven years of horrendous judgments. There's no comfort in teaching that the Bride/Church will go through the Tribulation.

76.  We, the true Bride/Church are told to look for the "glorious appearing of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ".  -(Titus 2:13).  If other prophetic events must happen before Jesus can appear, that verse ceases to make any logical sense.  Again, I refer you back to the passage about God not being a God of confusion.

77.  We are to purify ourselves in view of Jesus' soon appearing according to 1st John 3:2-3.  If His coming is not imminent, then that passage is also meaningless.  People can't think, "If He's not going to appear soon, then why bother with being pure?  They will drift into an attitude of do what they want for a while.  Our "Blessed Hope" in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture, and its imminence, keeps us on our toes, spiritually, as well as other ways.

78.  The Bride/Church is told to look only for "the coming of Christ Jesus" in the Rapture (often called and referred to as "His appearing".  Think about it, if we have to be looking for other prophecies first, that ceases to make any sense.  -(Titus 2:13).

79.  The Bride/Church is told ONLY look for the "coming of Christ Jesus" in the Rapture.  It is Israel, and the Tribulation saints of the Second Coming who must endure until the end of the Tribulation.

80.  People will be confused about Jesus' coming for His Bride/Church, if they do not understand the true nature of the Bride/Church as a unique body of God's people, a Bride for the Lord.  The Biblical motif of the "Bride" reflects the love of the Father, the love of the Son, empowered by the Holy Spirit.  Earthly man can relate to the "Bride" theme as reflected in the customs, practices, rituals, and imagery of the union of man and women in marriage.

81.  In the book of Revelation, "Wrath" is found 10X:  Revelation 6:16; 6:17; 11:18; 14:10; 14:19; 15:1; 15:7; 16:1; 16:19; and 19:15.  Why isn't the Bride/Church mentioned in those chapters?  The Bride/Church is "not appointed to wrath" -(Romans 5:1 and Romans 5:9; 1st Thessalonians 1:9-10; 1st Thessalonians 5:9; and Revelation 3:10.  The Bride/Church, therefore, cannot enter into the "great day of God's wrath". 

82.  In Revelation 3:10, a faithful and true Bride/Church is promised to be kept out of the time of temptation which shall come upon the whole world to try them who dwell upon the Earth.  This temptation is the experience of evil, adversity, and extreme trouble, including persecution of unmentionable severity.  Jesus told us to pray, "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil."    While this is correctly interpreted to mean protection from "ordinary everyday troubles" we face on this Earth, it can also have an extended meaning.  Temptation is the very same Greek word as seen in Revelation 3:10, defined as that time of the worst evil, which has ever happened on the Earth -(Matthew 24:21-22).  Ask yourself, why would Jesus ask us to be delivered from that evil, if there were no escape possible?  Compare to Luke 21:36, where there is indeed a deliverance available from the Tribulation (the most awful temptation ever, and it's called the Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Bride/Church!

83.  In 2nd Thessalonians 1:5-7 we see that God will repay tribulation upon the ones who have troubled the Church.  While that recompense occurs, the Bride/Church will be at rest.  The Bride/Church will be delivered in a Pre-Tribulation Rapture!

84.  The Bride/Church will not be "overtaken by the Day of the Lord" as 1st Thessalonians 5:1-9 states.  The "Day of the Lord" is just another phrase which defines the Tribulation.  The Bride/Church will not be caught in it, it will be caught up from it!

85.  The believer in Christ Jesus, who has prayed to accept Him, will be found worthy to escape the Tribulation.  -(Luke 21:36).

86.  In Zephaniah 2:1-3, we see an exhortation from God to His people, which parallels the attitude we're to have before the Tribulation arrives.  Before the decree comes forth (the "peace covenant" with the Antichrist which starts the "Tribulation"), before the fierce anger of the Lord comes.  Seek the Lord in righteousness and meekness.  Why?  So that we will be hid in the Day of the Lord's anger, another reference to the Pre-Tribulation Rapture.

87.  It's God's character to deliver His own (the righteous ones) from His judgments, i.e., Enoch, Noah, Lot, and Rahab are just a few.  The pattern is there, the typology is there.  The picture image is there.  God is affirming His message by repetition. The judgment could not happen to Sodom until Lot was taken out of there.  So also, the Tribulation cannot happen until the Bride/Church is taken out of the world in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture.  Compare Luke 17:28-30 to Genesis 19:15-22.  Pay close attention to verse 16 an 22. 

88.  It is clear from Scripture that there is an interval of time between the translation (Rapture) of the Bride/Church and the Second Coming of Jesus.  Note John 14:3 and Isaiah 26:20. 

89.  Only the Pre-Tribulation Rapture does not divide the Church (considered Christ's Body or Bride) on a works-based principle, as does the Partial Rapture.  The Pre-Tribulation Rapture is the grand finale to our great salvation.  It's all by GRACE ALONE!  Ask yourself, who is it that adds all the junk onto a performance works-based salvation?  It originated with Satan's church, the serpent worshiping institution.  It is the former Jesuit-educated folks that are engrained with the mindset that you have to do something to be worthy!  Members of Opus Dei prove their faithfulness to the wafer god by wearing pain-evoking garments beneath their outer wear.  The folks that have escaped the clutches of the Roman institution have not escaped the mental prison of fear that enslaves their minds once they are gone.  They simply cannot accept God's Grace.  To them it is too simple, they think they have to earn their salvation even if it means to warn everyone else of impending doom.  Consider a parallel situation in the incident between Martha and her sister Mary near the end of Luke 10 where Jesus needed to calm Martha down.  Martha's issue was over work and lack of performance.  Martha was doing all the work and wanted Jesus to reprimand or somehow cause a sense of guilt in her sister.   

90.  The Scriptures are firm that the Bride/Church is undivided, we are all members of one body in Jesus.  Its in this present world that the Bride/Church is indeed divided by the continuing flesh nature of believers, which results in dissensions and splits.  When the Bride/Church is glorified at the Pre-Tribulation Rapture, the end of fleshly division will cease.

91.  The Holy Spirit is the restrainer of evil in this world.  He cannot be taken out as prophesied unless the Bride/Church (which is indwelt by Him), is taken out, too.  The Restrainer of the Spirit-filled Bride/Church addresses this in 2 Thessalonians 2:5-8.

92.  The Holy Spirit's restraining work must be removed before the "lawless one" is revealed.  The Tribulation begins with the signing of a covenant with Israel (not the Bride/Church, which starts Israel's chess clock, starting the "Seven" years of Tribulation.  That act reveals the Antichrist.  Thus, the Bride/Church must be Raptured out before the Tribulation begins.  The true Bride/Church will not see the Antichrist revealed.  There are a number of ways that we might be able to guess or speculate who the Antichrist is, however, Scripture infers we are wasting our time trying to determine the identity of the Antichrist.  Doing so is simply a distraction of what Scripture calls us to be doing, being awake, alert, and at work.  Every bit of energy and effort expended negates our task by being distracted.  

93.  While the Tribulation occurs on Earth, the Antichrist will overcome (and prevail against) the Tribulation saints of Revelation 13:7.  But for the Bride/Church, the gates of hell will never prevail against us, which proves that "the saints" of the Tribulation cannot be the Bride/Church.  The Bride/Church overcomes by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.  Scripture for this is found in Matthew 16:18; Romans 12:21; 1st John 2:13-14; 1st John 5:4-5; Revelation 2:7; Revelation 2:11; Revelation 2:17; Revelation 2:26; Revelation 3:5; Revelation 3:12, and Revelation 3:21.  That is a lot of overcoming for the Bride/Church!  It could be concluded just from this that the Rapture must be Pre-Tribulational!  

94.  In Daniel 7:21 and Daniel 7:25, the little horn (Antichrist) made war with the saints and prevailed against them, plus the Antichrist will speak great words against the most high and shall wear out the saints.  Again, for the Bride/Church, the gates of hell shall not prevail against and overcome!  Again, the text and typology supports the Pre-Tribulation Rapture belief.  The Tribulation "saints" become the Tribulation saints because they recognize too late that the Bride/Church had for various reasons were unable to witness or reach them before it was too late.  There are people today who give me lip service but do not take serious the Biblical message.  It will take an event like a Pre-Tribulation Rapture to shock them out of their lethargy and bring them to repentance but the price they pay will be as Tribulation Saints!

95.  The Bride/Church is called the Bride of Christ.  The comparison to marriage and Christ and His Church is detailed and made in Ephesians 5:22-33, and especially seen in the verses of Ephesians 5:29-32.  The Bible is "a love letter from God".  I have noted in previous posts last year there are 750+ passages of the Bible that support the "theme" of the Bride Motif concept.  You even have two whole books of the Bible devoted to this prophetic theme, that being the book of Ruth and the Song of Solomon. 

96.  The wedding of Jesus and His Bride/Church follows the Jewish Motif of the Bride/Groom.  Keep in mind that Jesus came first to the Jews, God in the incarnate physical body of a man through a Jewish lineage.

97.  In John 14:1-3 (where the Rapture is declared as a promise), the structure of the Jewish wedding ceremony is heavily symbolic with implications of deliverance out of the world.  "In My Father's house are many mansions."  "I go and prepare a place for you"  "I will come again and receive you unto Myself".

98.  In the Jewish wedding, the groom initiates an agreement to marry a woman with the bride's father.  The groom pays a price for his bride (the "mohar").  Jesus paid the price for His Bride/Church with that of His Own precious blood.

99.  Once the agreement for the marriage is made and the price is paid, the marriage covenant is established.  The young man and woman are considered as husband and wife, even though they have not yet lived together.  From the moment the payment has been made, the bride is declared to be consecrated or sanctified -(set apart for her groom).  As a symbol of that consecration, the groom and his bride drank from a cup of wine over which the betrothal is announced.  The Bride/Church is set apart and sanctified unto Jesus.  In remembrance of the price that Jesus paid, the Bride/Church drinks the cup of communion wine.

100.  After the marriage covenant is established, the groom leaves his bride at her home.  He returns to the home of the father, where he will remain for up to a year.  After Jesus paid the price with His Blood, He returned to His Father's house in Heaven.  The Bride/Church is left at her home (a temporary abode) upon the Earth until the Groom comes to whisk her off to Heaven for their honeymoon.   Last year I did a lengthy series of posts on "The Motif of the Bride".  Every detail of that "Theme" of the Bride Motif was played out in the Scriptural Typology precisely to the Jewish wedding.  The "Theme" of the Bride does not have a single reference to where the Groom abuses His new Bride/Church.  The Groom has been courting His Bride/Church all these centuries, wooing her, romancing her, to become His Bride.  All that she has to do is say "I do!".  She doesn't have to work for the honor and privilege to be the Bride.  There are no conditions, prerequisites, requirements, rituals to follow, rites to perform, nothing but to "believe on Jesus Christ" and have "faith" in her Bridegroom!   The Bride ( I ________ ) take thee ( Jesus ) to be my wedded husband, to have and hold, from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and health, to love and cherish and obey, till death us do part, according to God's holy ordinance, and thereto I pledge thee my troth.  Those vows seal the believer's destiny as the Bride/Church whisked away in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture to a honeymoon in Heaven.  

This concludes the second post of a growing accummulation of evidence, analysis, exegesis, validating the credibility of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture teaching or doctrine.  At this point I have now covered 100 points and rest assured there is a lot more to come.  In "Pre-Tribulation Truth - 10" we will pick up with another block of acummulating evidence for a verdict concerning the Pre-Tribulation Rapture.

Do not be overly distracted by all the signs being fulfilled around us.  Jesus said that when we saw all these signs coming together and happening simultaneously, know that His coming was close.  Even as I type this post, we are now down to five months to Rosh HaShanah on September 15, 2015.  Things are getting weird for sure, but we were well-warned in advance and this should not come as any surprise.  After the Lord translates the believing born-again Bride/Church in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture, the tide of chaos will overwhelm the people of the world.  Again, I remind you not to let the anti-Pre-Trib folks eat your lunch and shake you faith.  Satan wants to intimidate and fear-monger the Bride/Church. 

Blessings in Jesus our Messiah and Savior,

Pastor Bob