Yehon, Randy and others concerning the article…
I am not offended by any criticism, if you were wondering..
Its true that Yom Teruah are rest days which appears to disprove a rapture by the two people working in a field and grinding the mill (Matt 24:40) BUT I believe this is speaking encouragement concerning those that have no idea (the typical gentile lack of understanding - no offense) such as people living in the hills of China, North Korea, England, Australia, Japan etc etc, who simply love our Christ, that they will be included.."they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left." It actually points to gentiles being raptured despite their lack of understanding or even knowing about it… for HE is Merciful!!
A couple of things …
· Matthew (especially chaps. 24-25) is very Jewish; here is a Jewish Rabbi (Yeshua) speaking with his Jewish disciples, sitting on the Mount of Olives, looking down upon the Jewish Temple - not a Baptist or Pentecostal in sight. Why? The Church hasn’t even been born yet. Christ hasn’t yet gone to the Cross, the Holy Spirit has yet to be given. There is no Church.
· referring to the “elect” as being the Church. Not true. “Elect” refers to “my people Israel.” Again many, especially Dominionists, refuse to see how Jewish this Book is. (The Church may be seen as future as we are grafted in to the true olive tree).
Matthew 24 is the “Thanksgiving – Christmas” chapter…
Many meaningful signs are given here to discern when the Second Coming will be upon us.
The Rapture is never discussed here as this chapter is all about the Second Coming.
By inference however, if we see so many signs of His Second Coming – how much closer must the Rapture be?
The greatest reason that those of us “who are alive and remain” cannot go through the Tribulation is simply because the “Body of Christ”, the “Called Out Ones”, the “Saints”, the “Gathered Assembly” or any number of terms used to refer to us – are all singular. There is just one Body…
· Are we who are alive the only members of the Church?
· what of those for millennia who have gone on before us?
· who are right now in the presence of our Blessed Savior?
Where does it say these are to be yanked out of Heaven to come back to earth for seven years to face the anti-Christ?
This is of course, absurd.
This reading of the Church into this portion of Scripture is called Dominion Theology (or Replacement Theology)…
Even so, Come Lord Jesus …
Palm Harbor, FLA