Gino (28 Apr 2013)
"RE: Gary B: 04.26.13: at the time of"


Gary,

             You had written:

ďAt the time of the rapture there will be "blood and fire and vapor of smoke" and "carcasses" which is the aftermath of the Gog-Magog War which is the 'great tribulation' of Israel.

There is no doubt about the intentions of Jesus:

Luke 12:49 "I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled !"Ē

 

Iím not sure that this is talking about Jesus wanting to burn up the earth, even before he went to the cross.

The parallel passage in Matthew 10 shows that Jesus is talking about the church age spread of the gospel, in spite of great opposition & persecution.

 

Our Saviorís desire:

 

I Timothy 2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

 

and

 

II Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

 

I think Luke 12:59 is not the fire of judgment being spoken of.

Not all fire is in the context of judgment:

The fire of the burning bush, the pillar of fire, the LORD descending upon mount Sinai in a fire,

the fire of the golden candlestick in the holy place, the fire of the altar of incense in the holy place,

the LORD God himself is a consuming fire, the chariot & horses of fire when Elijah was taken up,

the chariots of fire around Elisha in Dothan, his ministers a flaming fire, he said that hi word is like a fire,

the fire infolding itself, and the likeness of the appearance of a man upon the likeness of a throne, that Ezekiel saw,

the stones of fire upon the holy mountain of God, the throne of the Ancient of days like a fiery flame,

the LORD to be a wall of fire about Jerusalem, and the cloven tongues like as of fire on Pentecost.

 

                          Gino