Barry Amundsen (6 Oct 2010)
"re: Kevin Drake, Restitution of law after the rapture"
I may not be up on
whatever discussions you are having with others about certain points of
contention but I would like to chime in regarding the law being once
again part of the tribulation period.
My understanding is
that the law was our "schoolmaster" to "teach" us of our need for
Christ by showing us our unreachable distance from God's standard. All
have sinned and come short... Some of us have learned from this
schoolmaster and turned from our meager attempts to keep the law in
order to be saved and we have "rested" from our labors and bondage to
the law and trusted in Christ to cleanse us from all sin and
unrighteousness and therefore we have "graduated" and are no longer
under the schoolmaster while others have only added Jesus on to their
continued attempts at keeping the law thus missing the whole point of
the law and are canceling out grace. As Paul said if righteousness came
by works of the law then Christ died in vain.
will be in the tribulation along with Israel who also rejected Jesus
and God is not willing to let them go without at least giving them one
last chance to get it right. If he allowed them to be momentarily
placed back fully under the pressures of trying to keep the law it may
be that finally they will see the utter impossibility of keeping it and
then turn to Jesus for salvation. In this way, none of the other
problems enter into it that you have brought up about Jesus having to
die again or whatever. Yes Jesus died and finished salvation but are
you aware that many in the world are still teaching that we must keep
the law to be saved? All who follow that cannot be saved. This is not
saying that Jesus' sacrifice is of none effect but rather that they
have made it of none effect for themselves by going to the law after
Jesus already paid their way into the kingdom. They made it of none
effect! Not God. And according to Hebrews, they do indeed crucify to
themselves the Son of God afresh by doing this.
a type of this when he struck the rock which was Christ the second time
(Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law... as a
testimony of those things which were to be spoken after) and his
punishment was to miss the promised land (rapture) while living. He did
enter it after dying, just as these saints can also do. All this was
our example for the rapture and tribulation.