Bruce Warner (20 Oct 2011)
"TO: Amy V  RE: 'a likely scenario'"

Hi Amy,
 I like your writings very much! We are in agreement on most points, but I would like you to consider the following:

Revelation 5:9
"You are worthy to take the scroll and open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood YOU PURCHASED MEN FOR GOD from every tribe and language and people and nation. YOU HAVE MADE THEM TO BE A KINGDOM AND PRIESTS TO SERVE OUR GOD, and they will reign on the earth." (future tense)

I believe this to be the (future tense) description of 'The Church', BEFORE THE RAPTURE, purchased with the blood of Christ to be FUTURE priests to serve God and reign with Him for the one-thousand-year kingdom on earth.
I also believe the following to be the (present tense) description of 'The Church', AFTER THE RAPTURE, similarly described:

Revelation 7:9 and 7:15 and 7:14
"After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count from every NATION , TRIBE, PEOPLE and LANGUAGE, standing in front of the throne and in front of the Lamb."
"Therefore, they are before the throne of God and serve Him day and night in His temple." (present tense)

"These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb."

The preceeding Scriptures describe 'The Church' both 'before and after' the rapture.

YBIC, Bruce Warner