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Before we begin our study today on the Rapture of the Church, I wish to say that, while this issue generates a great debate of 'heat and light' amongst the Brethren, it is a gray area upon which believers can disagree without jeopardizing anyone's eternal salvation. In other words, if a Christian believes wrongly about the timing of the Rapture, but does correctly base his/her eternal salvation solely upon Jesus' blood sacrifice on the cross and has repented of sin and received Jesus into their heart, that Christian is going to heaven.
In fact, I really and truly hate debating a fellow Christian on the timing of the Rapture, because this issue has unnecessarily separated the Church at a time when we all ought to be united to face the severe issues of the End of the Age.
Within Evangelical Christianity a teaching has sprung up concerning the Rapture of the Church which I believe is heresy and which is misleading many people as we get very close to the End of the Age. This heretical teaching joins the Rapture and the appearance of Antichrist as nearly simultaneous events. This teaching is largely based upon a misinterpretation of 2 Thessalonians 2 which teaches that, since the Holy Spirit is restraining the appearance of Antichrist, when the Rapture occurs, the Holy Spirit leaves the world with the saints, allowing Antichrist to arise.
To assess this incorrect teaching which links the appearance of Antichrist to the Rapture of the Church, please allow me to quote an archived program which I posted in October, 1999, entitled, "Confirmation of Major Discrepancies In Standard Prophecy Seminar Teachings", NEWS1332.
During a recent Word Of Life prophecy conference, I was able to talk directly with the director of the conference, who presented the position on the Rapture of the Church. In asking him questions on several key issues about which I had always had difficulty, he admitted the Scriptures did not teach what he was teaching! His teaching was his own "interpretation". This admission places much of the standard prophecy teaching into severe disrepute.
On Friday night, this director was one of the speakers, presenting the standard view of the Rapture of the Church. Typically, he presented the view that the Church of Jesus Christ would be raptured before the 7-year Tribulation begins, a viewpoint I share enthusiastically.
In the decade of seriously researching the occult New World Order Plan to produce Antichrist and his kingdom, I was repeatedly shocked at the precise way in which their Plans fulfill Bible prophecy and Scripture. But, in several areas, the New World Order Plan seemed slightly different than traditional Bible prophecy teaching. I was puzzled; since the Plan so perfectly paralleled Bible prophecy in so many areas, why would it differ in these few instances?
I have always had several questions about this matter, plus questions on a couple of other prophecy passages, and I had always wanted to ask these questions of someone who was a qualified Bible scholar. Since I could not find the director after his presentation Friday night, I determined to try to catch him during a break on Saturday.
At the 11:00 A.M. hour break, I approached the director, who was sitting at the head of the stairs on the second floor. I introduced myself and asked him if I could ask him several questions. Receiving his assent, I began.
Question #1 -- "You teach that the Church will be Raptured before the Antichrist is revealed, basing this teaching on 2 Thessalonians 2, where you correctly say that the Restrainer is the Holy Spirit. However, you teach that, because the Holy Spirit indwells each believer during the Church Age, this passage means that, when the Restrainer is taken out of the way, the Rapture of the Church will occur."
The director replied, "Yes, that is true". "But", I protested, "the Scripture does not say that." The director calmly agreed that the Scripture did not say that the Rapture of the Church would occur when, or because, the Restrainer is taken out of the way. "But", he said, "that is my interpretation." I was shocked because other Word of Life prophecy speakers had quoted the Apostle Peter, saying, "... no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation." [2 Peter 1:20]
A key speaker in the conference that morning even went so far as to say that all prophecy has to "fit together tightly like a hand in a glove". Yet, the director had just admitted that this major teaching was not directly stated in Scripture, but was only his interpretation. Well, I can tell you that almost every major teacher of prophecy in the world today teaches that this passage means the Church Rapture will occur when the Restrainer is removed. Therefore, such teachers say, we who will be Raptured will not ever have to worry about seeing Antichrist, or worry about all the wars and terrible tragedies of the Tribulation Period.
Yet, the director of this prophecy conference had just admitted the Scripture does not actually teach this -- it is only his interpretation.
In fact, this teaching is responsible for the common belief that the prophesied sequence of events is as follows:
1) The Holy Spirit Restrainer is taken out of the way;
2) Since the Holy Spirit indwells each believer during this Church Age, when He is taken out of the way, he takes the Church Age saints out of the world in the Rapture;
3) Antichrist is then free to arise.
Before we leave this segment, we wish to point out another error in traditional Bible prophecy teaching concerning the Rapture. In 2 Thessalonians 2:7, we see that Antichrist can appear on the world scene only after restraining power of the Holy Spirit is "taken out of the way". Notice this wording carefully, as it does NOT mean that the Restrainer (Holy Spirit) is taken out of the world; it simply means that His restraining power against Antichrist is "taken out of the way". The word picture here is that of a man of the house standing in front of his door, preventing an intruder from entering the home. But, suddenly, the man of the house steps aside, allowing the intruder to enter. His restraining power has been "taken out of the way", but the man of the house remains on the scene.
Likewise, the Holy Spirit's restraining power is only "taken out of the way", allowing Antichrist to appear. The Spirit is very much in the world all the way to the Second Appearance of Jesus Christ and beyond.
However, traditional Bible prophecy teaching states that the Holy Spirit Restrainer takes all the Christians out of this dimension when He removes His Restraining Power. This teaching presupposes that the Holy Spirit is removed from this earthly dimension, which is not supported by this wording. In the words of this director, this teaching is only private interpretation.
We believe in a doctrine called "The Imminency of the Rapture".
The Imminency of The Rapture of the Church
"Awaiting and looking for the fulfillment, the realization of our blessed hope, even the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One)..." (Titus 2:13; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary).
The term, "looking for" is a phrase which, in the Greek, carries the meaning of a constant expectancy. "Looking for -- with constant expectation (so the Greek) and with joy" —Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
We believe, therefore, that the Rapture of the Church is imminent. We await for it with "constant expectation", knowing that it can occur anytime and knowing that no specific prophecy needs to be fulfilled before it can occur.
"But you are not in [given up to the power of] darkness, brethren, for that day to overtake you by surprise like a thief. For you are all sons of light and sons of the day; we do not belong either to the night or to darkness. Accordingly then, let us not sleep, as the rest do, but let us keep wide awake (alert, watchful, cautious, and on our guard) and let us be sober (calm, collected, and circumspect)." (1 Thessalonians 5:4-6; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary).
This Scripture appears in context with Paul's masterful treatment of the Rapture of the Church in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 through 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3. The Apostle Paul begins in chapter 5, verse 4 by saying that the Christian will not be surprised at the Rapture of the Church, for he will be paying attention to the signs which Paul gives in the previous verses. Paul then states that the believer is to be in constant expectation of the Rapture:
* "wide awake"
* "on our guard"
* "calm and collected"
In other words, the Apostle Paul is exhorting the believer to maintain a constant state of expectation that the Rapture could occur at any time.
This next verse is especially important in demonstrating the Imminency of the Rapture.
"That you are not consciously falling behind or lacking in any special spiritual endowment or Christian grace, the reception of which is due to the power of divine grace operating in your souls by the Holy Spirit, while you wait and watch, constantly living in hope for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ ... " (1 Corinthians 1:7; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary).
Notice carefully the wording of the latter part of this Scripture:
"... while you wait and watch, constantly living in hope for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ" -- This wording absolutely strikes right to the heart of the matter. We are "waiting, watching and constantly living in hope" for the coming of Jesus in the Rapture of the Church.
Now, let us consider the final verse which speaks to the Imminency of the Rapture.
"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure." (1 John 3:2-3; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary).
The word, "hope" in verse three is Strong's Number 1680, which is defined as "expectation of good" —Strong's Greek & Hebrew Dictionary
Christians are to live in constant expectation of the Rapture,
for we know it is Imminent, i.e., that it can occur at any time, especially
now that Israel is back in her land. No specific prophecy needs to be fulfilled
before the Rapture can occur, including the final formation of the 10 super
nations (Daniel 7:7-8) and the subsequent appearance of Antichrist. (Read full
details in NEWS2363)
Therefore, if the Rapture of the Church is not tied closely to the appearance of Antichrist, what is the truth as we see it? We believe in this doctrine known as the "Imminency of the Rapture", which means the Rapture is theologically imminent, i.e., that the next prophetic event on God's calendar is the Rapture; no single prophecy has to be fulfilled before the Rapture occurs.
This view also means that a significant amount of time might exist between the Rapture and the Appearance of Antichrist.
The traditional eschatological timeline teaches that events move quickly and seamlessly from the Rapture of the Church into the Tribulation Period, with no interval in-between. But, as we have already noted, that is not what Scripture says; in fact, we cannot find sufficient justification for that belief in the Bible. While I agree that there are no remaining prophetic prerequisites, there are some common sense factors that should be taken into consideration regarding both the imminence of the Rapture and events that will take place afterwards. Since the Rapture and the Tribulation Period are thought to be proximate—that is, one will occur after the other within a relatively short time frame—events taking place during the latter will have a direct bearing upon the timing of the former. And for that reason I believe there is a logical connection here that continues to be overlooked!
More than one commentator has critically said of the doctrine of Imminency that the Apostle Paul expected the Rapture to occur within his lifetime. And while that may in fact be true, my opinion is that if he had been aware of the prophecies revealed to the Apostle John several years after his death he would have known that prospect was highly unlikely. For instance, according to Revelation 9:16 an army of two hundred million soldiers will be unleashed upon mankind during the Tribulation Period by four angels that had formerly been bound at “the great river Euphrates.” The sheer scope of such an army caused many in the early days of the Church to spiritualize it by seeking an alternative explanation. Their thinking was that all the armies on earth combined would not approach such a vast number, so it had to represent something else. But with the passing of time populations have exploded and China alone could field an army of that size today (also India, with over a billion people could probably do it as well). Therefore, my point is that the relative proximity of the Rapture and the Tribulation Period means the Rapture could not have occurred prior to the days in which we are now living because of specific prophecies like this one!
Another prophecy that bears on this is the world being ruled by the “ten kings” of Revelation 17:12—who will in turn relinquish their power to the beast. But as Cutting Edge has repeatedly stated, even though the fulfillment of this prophecy is well underway, it does not seem likely that it will come to full fruition anytime soon (Read full details in NEWS2363). So that means the onset of the Tribulation Period is still not as close as some are claiming. However, once the Rapture of the Christian Church occurs, that significant restraining power of the Holy Spirit will be "taken out of the way", so that the Illuminati can accomplish programs much more quickly. The formation of the 10 supernations is an excellent case in point. Once the restraining power of the Spirit working through the Church is removed, the Illuminati might be able to complete the creation of the supernations in a matter of months!
Does a later date for the Tribulation Period mean a later date for the Rapture? That would be the case if they were “joined at the hip,” but nothing in the Scriptures states that as a fact. All we are told is that the “Day of the Lord” (a period which begins with the Tribulation Period and ends when the Lord delivers up the Kingdom to the Father after the Millennial Reign).
1 Cor.15:24]) cannot begin until two prerequisites are met: (1) the “apostasy” occurs, and (2) the man of sin is revealed.
“But relative to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and our gathering together to meet Him, we beg you, brethren, Not to allow your minds to be quickly unsettled or disturbed or kept excited or alarmed, whether it be by some pretended revelation of the Spirit or by word or by letter alleged to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has already arrived and is here. Let no one deceive or beguile you in any way, for that day will not come except the apostasy comes first, unless the predicted great falling away of those who have professed to be Christians has come, and the man of lawlessness (sin) is revealed, who is the son of doom of perdition” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary).
The Book of Daniel sets the beginning of the Tribulation Period as being the Antichrist’s confirmation of a 7-year covenant with Israel:
“And he shall enter into a strong and firm covenant with the many for one week [seven years]. And in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and offering to cease for the remaining three and one-half years; and upon the wing or pinnacle of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the full determined end is poured out on the desolator” (Daniel 9:27; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary).
So this poses a logical question: Will the fulfillment of the two prerequisites of 2 Thess.2:1-2 -- the apostasy of the Church and Antichrist revealed -- be followed immediately by a confirmation of the covenant with Israel? We think this is highly unlikely because of the nature of the deception of the Jewish people which Antichrist must carry out. You see, the signing of the Covenant with Israel's leaders as foretold in Daniel 9:27, is a Messianic act. The Jews will not allow anyone to be named their Messiah unless they see him fulfilling Old Testament Messianic prophecies. Remember the admonition of the Apostle Paul that the "Jews require a sign" (1 Cor 1:22)
Illuminist planners can see the need to have Antichrist deliberately "fulfill" all Messianic prophecies and expectations, so Jewish leaders will be convinced that Antichrist is their Messiah for whom they have been long awaiting. Illuminists understand that Orthodox Jews, especially, will not be convinced by mere "signs and wonders", but will be looking to see if he fulfills these prophecies.
How many prophecies are there for Antichrist to fulfill? My understanding is that there are about 300 prophecies relating to the End of the Age and Jesus' Second Coming. If Antichrist stages a fulfillment of one prophecy per day -- and that is an incredible rate -- then he would take nearly one year to "fulfill" all of them. It is my belief that Orthodox Jewish leaders will not be ready to proclaim Antichrist to the the Jewish Messiah for whom the nation has been awaiting until he fulfills these Messianic prophecies precisely. Only then will these Jewish religious leaders proclaim Antichrist to be the Jewish Messiah.
Only this declaration will allow Antichrist to "confirm the covenant" with Israel.
Antichrist could be on the world scene for a number of years before the Jews are convinced he is their Messiah. I have researched prophetic Scripture and realized that, while the Bible limits Antichrist to only seven Jewish years after he confirms the covenant, there is no limitation as to how many years he might be on the earth between his initial appearance and the confirming of the covenant.
Bible scholar, Arthur Pink, in his book, 'The Antichrist' sets forth the possibility that the time gap between the Rapture and the onset of the 7-year Tribulation Period could be a many as forty (40) years! Whether the gap between these two events might not be that long, the fact is that the Imminency of the Rapture doctrine does presuppose a time gap of some significant length.
Last week, Cutting Edge posted an article in which we argued that the appearance of Antichrist had to be some years away yet, because his appearance is most definitely tied to the final formation of the 10 Super Nations as foretold in Daniel 7:7-8 (Read full details in NEWS2363, entitled, "There Is Only ONE Sequential Prophecy Which Shall Provide Us A Clear Gauge By Which We Can Know The Approximate Time That Antichrist Will Arise!")
When you examine the progress the Illuminati is making toward the complete formation of the 10 Super Nations, you must realize that the appearance of Antichrist is farther away than most people think; but, since the Rapture of the Church is not tied tightly to the appearance of Antichrist, the Rapture might occur next week, or next month, or next year!
Furthermore, since the Tribulation Period does not begin until Antichrist "confirms the covenant" with Israel's leaders, and that event is most definitely some time after he makes his initial appearance on the earth. This moment of signing the covenant is the "drop dead" time for those of us who are pre-tribulational, so the Rapture may occur just prior to Antichrist signing the document. If the Lord waits up until this moment to snatch his bride away, the Church will have gone through the final Birth Pangs (World War III) which produces Antichrist and all the horrors of that war. Since this Third World War will also be the trigger event which the Illuminati will use to overthrow all existing world governments so they can establish a global dictatorship, we Christians will also have to endure persecutions, imprisonment and martyrdom.
We have always warned people that we must be prepared to pass through these horrific times.
But, the Lord might call us out before these awful events. When I was preparing Part 1 of this series, documenting the global mind control now available to the Illuminati through HAARP, GWEN Towers and the new HDTV technologies, I thought that, perhaps the way in which the Lord Jesus was planning to protect His beloved Bride, the Church, from being mind-controlled was to take us out by the Rapture.
We can only wait to see, but we shall wait as the Apostle Paul told us to wait.
"wait and watch, constantly living in hope for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ ... "
This is the Imminency of the Rapture!
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