Dear John and Doves,
I want to respond to the woman who was concerned because she saw Pat. R.'s teaching that stated that believers would go through the Tribulation and be taken out only by Jesus's second coming. It was, in my opinion, an unfortunate session that ignored Jesus's own warning from Luke 21:36 in which he urges us to "Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man."
In Rev. 3:10, Jesus again speaks, "Since you (the church of Philadelphia) have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole earth to test those who live on the earth."
Pat also began by saying that this was his opinion and ended by saying that if you didn't believe what he had just said, you would have to throw the whole Bible out. Unfortunate.
The session grieved me for Pat's sake. In fact, I e mailed the ministry this morning. Author, Tim LaHaye stated that once his friends began to become mid and post trib people, he spent 10,000 additional hours studying prophecy and was convinced more than ever of his position.
While indicators of the displeasure of God with countries who are saying they are friends of Israel are increasing exponentially as they slyly and openly oppose Israel's very existence, the birth pangs seem to have intensified to the point of a very near Rapture. My sense is that we are in the year of the Rapture.
God did not destroy Noah but lifted he and his loved ones up above the destruction. For Lot's sake, Sodom and Gomorrah could not be destroyed until his removal.
It is interesting to me to note that the Washington Memorial was cracked in the earthquake on the east coast and the angels were knocked off the National Cathedral. Now hurricane Irene is threatening great harm to a national seat of government and a world seat of power in the UN set to come against Israel in September.
We continue to pray for this nation, and believers around the world and those yet to come to know our Lord. Come quickly, Lord Jesus.