Susan (16 Feb 2012)
"Re: Jennie - Who Goes In Rapture"


Jennie, you seem to be very sincere and wanting to be helpful which I appreciate.  I do feel that you are a little mixed up about the rapture and  others have made the same error in thinking that the rapture is for a special group who have "earned it".  May I point out that when it comes to salvation and all that is included in that package, it is impossible to earn even one little bit of it.  Jesus said on the cross, "It Is FINISHED".  The words in the Greek were an accounting term which meant "PAID IN FULL".  
 
At the point of salvation when we are forgiven by our Savior, Jesus, He MARKS us with the seal of the Holy Spirit.  The 'mark of the beast' by the antichrist is a counterfeit of God's sealing His own.  God has marked us - He knows who belongs to Him.  The devil will mark his own also and drag them to hell with him. 
 
When I think of the rapture I remember a place in Exodus when Moses acts as God's spokesman bringing the plagues against Pharoah and Egypt where an interesting thing happens.  At a certain point Pharoah seems to relent and agree to let the Israelites go; however, he wants Moses to leave his cattle behind thinking that will bring them back.  Moses makes a remark to Pharoah that really leaps out at me - "not a hoof will be left behind".  When the trumpet sounds and we are caught up, God will leave not one with HIS MARK behind.  I am not implying that we are cattle, just saying that if even the property - all that belonged to the Israelites - was going to be acounted for and taken out of enemy territory, why do we suppose that God would be so petulant and picky that He would leave a human soul that was His behind in enemy territory?
 
Sorry, the whole partial rapture idea does not ring true to me in my spirit.  It goes against and conflicts with the very nature of God and is inconsistent with it.  It makes Jesus' sacrifice on the cross to buy us back from death look partial also.  Not true.
 
Finally, the much misplaced use of the verse about being "worthy to escape" was spoken by Jesus in the context of a discussion that was about the Jews who would be alive at the time of the tribulation.  They had to hold on until Jesus rode back with the church to put an end to their suffering and trials.  However In regard to the church (a different group with a distinct purpose from God), we read this in Ephesians:
 
Ephesians 5:26-27

"That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word."

"That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish."

Jesus said that HE will sanctify and prepare His church for heaven and I trust Him to do just that.  In Bible study it is important to know WHO is speaking, WHO are is being spoken TO, and WHO is being spoken about.  There are three distinct groups in the Bible for whom God has separate plans and timelines.  They are the Jews, the Church and the nations (unbelievers). 
 
I hope this was helpful and helps clear up some misconceptions.  However, as David Daughtery said in his post about his visions yesterday, everyone is free to believe what they want.