(3 Jan 2011)
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More Proof of a Pre-Trib Rapture
3:8 I know thy works: behold, I have set
before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast
a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. 10 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
4:1 After this I looked, and, behold,
a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard
was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come
up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
going on with these "doors" we read about in Rev 3 and 4 above? I mean, should
we just disregard the Word, and press on with other reading or do these doors
mean something? What are doors used for? DOORS ARE USED FOR PEOPLE TO COME IN
AND GO OUT.
Hmmm, let's think here: A door open in heaven, a voice that
sounds like a TRUMPET, and what's this? Rev 4:2 And immediately I was in the spirit. Let's
go through this again...a door open in heaven, a voice that sounds like a
TRUMPET, then IMMEDIATELY HE WAS IN THE SPIRIT. But this isn't the best part,
the best part comes next in Rev 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art
worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and
hast redeemed us to God by
thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue,
and people, and nation; 10 And hast made us unto our God kings and
priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
get this straight:
- Rev 3-a door open in heaven and a promise to be kept
from "the hour of temptation"
- Rev 4-a door open in heaven, a voice like a TRUMPET,
and John translated from flesh to spirit
- Rev 5-REDEEMED MEN IN HEAVEN, from every kindred, and
tongue and people and nation. WHERE COULD REDEEMED MEN FROM EVERY KINDRED, AND
TONGUE, AND NATION COME FROM?????????
- Rev 6-Seal judgments opened and wrath of God poured
"A door open in heaven" HAS SIGNIFICANCE, it means people are either going
into heaven, or coming out of it, doors are used for people to pass
through......When is the door open? Rev 3 we see it, and Rev 4. Now we ask
ourselves, would REDEEMED MEN IN HEAVEN in Rev 5 (before the seals opened or
wrath of God poured out in Rev 6) be consistent with the rest of the Bible where
it says that believers would ESCAPE ALL that's about to happen?
LUKE 21:36 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.
In Rev 5, the 24 elders must
represent a larger group that adds up to MANY more than 24, here's a reason why,
if there are redeemed men in heaven from every language, do you know how many
living languages there are on the earth today? Somewhere in the ballpark of
7,000. That's not counting all the dead languages, plus all the nations, tribes,
kindreds etc, we are WAY beyond 24 with this......can only mean one thing, a
PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE. 70 weeks were determined for Israel, the church was'nt
around for the first 69 weeks, why would we be around for the 70th week?
Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and
our assembling to meet him, we beg you, brethren, not to be quickly shaken in
mind or excited, either by spirit or by word, or by letter purporting to be from
us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one deceive you in
any way; for that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the
man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts
himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his
seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.
I've read in
many places where people say that the rapture cannot occur before "the rebellion
comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed" Is that what the Word of
God is saying here? NO. It says "that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one
deceive you in any way; for that day will not come,
unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is
THE DAY OF THE LORD will not come, until the rebellion
comes and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the "day of the Lord" IS NOT the
rapture. Paul is saying to the Thessalonians, relax, the day of the lord won't
come until the apostasy occurs and the anti-christ is revealed, you know that
has'nt happened yet. What troubled the Thessalonians then? They were under the
impression that the day of the Lord was under way, and THEY HADN'T BEEN
RAPTURED, AND THAT TROUBLED THEM. Obviously they were taught by Paul that a
pre-trib rapture would occur, THEN THE DAY OF THE LORD would come, WHY ELSE
WOULD THEY BE TROUBLED?
In fact, I believe that the rapture of the
church will occur, then destruction will fall on this world, EXACTLY according
to the pattern we are told about in Luke 17 and Matt 24. The righteous are taken
out, then destruction falls. Does this fit the pattern we see in the book of
revelation? YES, in fact it fits PERFECTLY. We see the rapture
in Rev 3-4, redeemed men in heaven in Rev 5, The anti-christ revealed and the
day of the Lord beginning in Rev 6. It doesn't get much more straighforward than
that. The apostasy/falling away is fully ripe
TODAY, so be ready, be watching, Jesus could come back TODAY for
true believers, then all hell breaks loose. Grace and Peace