Robert Belanger (26 July 2011)

I agree with Eliane and Marilyn regarding the probability of there being two raptures instead of one, while still holding that there will be only one time of judgment at the Judgment Seat of Christ for all Christians.


Christians could be raptured in two phases: the first fruits at Pentecost and the Main Harvest at Rosh HaShana. The reasons in Eliane's message and in other messages of recent years support such a belief. There are actually many Bible verses that support such a two-phase rapture scenario (see Lyn Mize, The Open Door, pp. 51,85, etc. for a good discussion and references).


Many Christians today believe that their spiritual salvation obtained by accepting Jesus' offer of salvation (Rom. 10:9-10, Acts 16:31) will make them ready for the first rapture described in 1 Thess. 4:16 at the trump of God. But, in the opinion of many who I consider mature Christians, they may be too immature in their faith, or backslidden, to be ready except for the Main Harvest rapture described in 1 Cor. 15:52.


These Christians are too immature in Christ and are in fact not prepared for the first fruits rapture. Growing cannot take place over night; it takes time. When the midnight cry comes it will be too late. Like Elisha at the rapture of Elijah, they will be left behind, together with unbelievers to face the first three and half years of the Tribulation for their spiritual maturation through Spirit-inspired works.


The majority of Christians today are probably in deep spiritual ignorance concerning the upcoming appearance of the Bridegroom and His Kingdom. Those like Eliane and Marilyn and others, who frequent this web site and who constantly study and give serious thought to the truths in the Bible, are probably in the minority amongst Christians, in my opinion.


But this minority are the Philadelphia Christians who will be taken through the open door of Rev. 3:8. They will be ready for the first rapture and are described in the following verses:


“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; a(nd I will receive you. And I will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” 2 Cor. 6:17-18 KJV


The midnight cry, when the Bridegroom approaches to get His Bride, according to Mize (The Open Door), is a cry of warning or turmoil. It could easily be a social or economic upheaval a day or maybe a week before the open door or first fruits rapture, warning us that the Bridegroom is at the door.


Dear Doves, be warned:  Be be on a heightened state of watchfulness during the days of this coming week leading up to July 31 and Aug 1.