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THE WORD ‘RAPTURE’ ISN’T FOUND IN THE BIBLE?

When the Bible was translated into Latin in the 4th century, the Latin word used for “caught up” is RAPTERE, “to seize, snatch, tear away, “which is where we get the term “Rapture.” In the Greek translation of the Bible, the word is “harpazo,” which means to seize, catch away, pluck, pull, take by force. In English it’s “caught up.”

. Latin Translation: Raptere
. Greek Translation: Harpazo
. English Translation: Caught up

THE PURPOSE OF THE TRIBULATION, Daniel 9:24-27

Daniel prophesied the last seven years of the age. He said they are decreed:
. “upon thy people” -which is the Jews
. “upon thy holy city” – which is Jerusalem. NOT upon the church.

THE TIMING OF THE RAPTURE

1.Church goes missing in the Book of Revelation

The first 3 chapters of the Book of Revelation are ALL ABOUT THE CHURCH.
 From chapter 4 on, the church is gone. Why would the church go through the “time of Jacob’s trouble?”

2.Comfort one another

Some say the Rapture won’t take place before the Tribulation. If that were true, no way could we “comfort” one another. Jesus said the Tribulation will be the worst, the most horrible time the earth has ever known or ever will. You can’t comfort one another if that were the case.

3.The Sequence as shown in Isaiah 26:

First the resurrection:

vs 19: “Your dead shall live; together with my dead body they shall arise. Awake and sing, you who dwell in dust; for your dew is like the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.”

Then the Rapture

vs 20:”Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past.”
then Tribulation

Then the Tribulation

vs 21: “For behold, the Lord comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; the earth will also disclose her blood, and will no more cover her slain.”
Isaiah 26:19-21

WHO IS THE RESTRAINER?

“He who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way.” 2 Thess 2:7

. The Body of Christ is the one restraining evil.
. The Body of Christ is hindering the working of iniquity.
. The Body of Christ is the salt of the earth and the light of the world.
. The Body of Christ is to occupy until Jesus comes.
. If the Body of Christ weren’t here, the whole world would be gay and killing babies under a global government, and all wickedness would have free reign without any restraint whatsoever.

THE LAST TRUMP

There are two FUNCTIONS of Trumpets:

.  the Trumpet call to war
.  the Trumpet call to assembly
.  the Trumps of judgment

The seven trumps of the Book of Revelation are trumps of angels, trumps of judgment. The trump of Corinthians is not a trump of judgment;

. it is not a trump of angels;
. it is the Trump of God;
. it is a trump of assembly.

When Jesus comes with the Trump of God, it is the call to assembly.

ARE WE ESCAPISTS?

Yes, if we’re believers. Why? Because Jesus TOLD us to be!

“Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy
to ESCAPE all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the
Son of Man.” Luke 21:36

TYPES

  1. As in the days of Noah.
    The world situation was one of violence and perversion. Noah preached righteousness while building the ark then entered the ark of safety. The world all perished.
  1. As in the days of Lot.
    The world situation was perversion. God sent angels to bring Lot and his family out BEFORE destroying Sodom and Gomorrah.
  1. Enoch, a gentile picture of the Rapture. He was taken before the flood.

MARGARET MACDONALD

It’s a lie. “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” -The Nazi, Joseph Goebbels

  1. David MacPherson wrote a book trying to disprove “the Rapture” by accusing John Nelson Darby of getting the idea from a prophecy by Margaret MacDonald. That is a lie.
  2. John Darby wrote about the Rapture years before meeting her.
  3. John Darby said the Rapture was revealed to him when he saw in the Scriptures the distinction between Israel and the church, two distinct dispensations.
  4. After meeting Margaret MacDonald, he said what was going on there was “demonic.”
  5. Margaret MacDonald’s position was POST-trib.
    http://rapture-generation.blogspot.com/2015/07/margaret-macdonald-was-not-darbys-source.html
  6. The doctrine of the pre-trib Rapture was begun by the apostle Paul and was the position taken by his followers.

 

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