Ray Schulz (7 Jan 2012)
"NO RAPTURE BEFORE ANTICHRIST HAS BEEN REVEALED"

 
To the Five Doves,

Second Thessalonians 2:1-3 clearly states that "our gathering" unto Christ will not happen until after the antichrist has been revealed:
 
Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,  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.  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.

(2 Thess. 2:1-3)
 
Many of us have our own idea of the antichrist's identity, but this does not constitute his revealing.  Revelation 13:1-3 describes the revealing of antichrist, and we should not anticipate the rapture of the Church any time before that event happens.  He has not yet been "revealed."

When will the antichrist be revealed?  According to my calculations (which are detailed in my article, The Double-Fulfillment of Daniel 9:25) Jesus Christ will return on Yom Kippur 2015 (September 23).  Since the antichrist's 42-month reign (Rev. 13:5) will end when he is cast into the lake of fire upon Christ's return, he must be "revealed" 42 months before that to begin his reign in the March-April 2012 time frame.  Others have been more specific about these dates.  For example, Ron Reese calculates "the chosen day for the antichrist to recover from his mortal head wound, and start his 1260-day reign" to be April 11, 2012.

Conclusion: let's not be looking for the rapture until Revelation 13:1-3 has taken place.  Perhaps that will happen in late March or early April of this year.

 

Ray Schulz

Look Up! Ministries