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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
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.
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