The Post-Tribulation Rapture Theory: A Rebuttal – Part 2

 

As pointed out in the first part 1 of this article, The main distinctive of this view is that the rapture of the church will occur immediately after the 7-year Tribulation at the Advent of Christ. Hence, this view rejects the pre-Tribulation view that there are two phases of His coming; they teach that the rapture and the second coming will all occur all at once: 1) Christ will come in the clouds, 2) He will rapture and transform the church—first the dead and then the living, and 3) He will then immediately (or very quickly) bring them back to earth in their glorified bodies to reign with Christ in the millennial kingdom.

 

In this second part we will deal with two controversial passages, and the debated theory of whether the church will go through the Tribulation or not.

 

 3. Matthew 24:29-31 and 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17

 

This theory sees these two passages as the same event. While the pre-Tribulation view sees the 1 Thessalonians passage as the first phase of Christ’s coming to rapture the church and the Matthew passage as the second phase of His coming, this post-Tribulation view sees these two passages as explaining the same event—which combines the rapture with His second coming.

They observe that in both passages three things are mentioned: Jesus’ coming, the trumpet of God, and the gathering of the elect—which they see as the rapture of the church.[i]

But notice that there are some things that are different in each passage; so it seems that they combine the elements in both passages to form their teaching. For instance, they take the details of the rapture, such as the dead in Christ rising first and then the living, from 1 Thessalonians; but the timing of the rapture they take from Matthew 24, that it will happen “immediately after the Tribulation of those days.”

 

Rebuttal. There are several things wrong with combining these two passages. The worst error is using Matthew 24 as if it were written to the church. This passage was written to Israel, and the context is “the end of the age” (v. 3). In this entire chapter Jesus is explaining what will happen at the end of the age—or at the end of our civilization on earth as we know it; and the main topic is the Tribulation.

But 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 is written to the church (to all believers in this present time). There is nothing said in this passage about the Tribulation, only about “the coming of the Lord,” and how He will rapture the church—the dead first and then the living—to meet Him in the air (v. 27).

It is true that both passages mention Jesus’ coming and the trumpet of God; but the gathering of the elect mentioned in Matthew 24:31 is not mentioned in 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17. It is true that the rapture in 1 Thessalonians is a gathering together of the church; however, the gathering of the elect mentioned in Matthew 24 is quite different; this gathering is, by the angels, of all believers of all times to come and enter the kingdom of God. And I do not believe that it includes the church, because they have already been gathered a few years earlier; they are already with the Lord.

Thirdly, the phrase in 1 Thessalonians 4:15, “by the word of the Lord,” which they use as proof that Paul is basing what he was teaching here on the rapture as being from what Jesus had said in Matthew 24, is not valid. This could not be possible because Matthew 24 was not written as instructions for the church, but was for Israel. I take it rather that the Holy Spirit had personally given him this knowledge about the rapture to pass on to this Thessalonian church. It was something new (a mystery) that no one had heard before, and so it was regarded as a new “word of the Lord.”

 

4. The church will go through the 7-year Tribulation

 

More than any other theory, this post-Tribulation theory maintains in their teaching that the church will go through the entire 7 years of tribulation. They site Matthew 24:9-11 as one of their proof passages, which says (in verse 9) “they will deliver you up to tribulation.” The pre-Trib theory restricts this passage to Israel, but they insist that both Israel and the church are in view.

This theory also uses the following verses to make their argument: John 16:1-2, 33; Acts 8:1-3; Romans 12:12; 2 Corinthians 1:4: 1 Thessalonians 3:4; 1 Peter 4:1; and Revelation 2:9. These verses—which no doubt relate to the church—speak of tribulation, persecution, suffering and affliction, which they teach are the destiny of the church.

Additionally, like the pre-wrath theory, they teach that God will preserve the church through the Tribulation, using Revelation 3:10 as their proof, which they teach should be translated as, “I will keep you safe in the midst of testing.” They also use John 17:15 to prove this point, where Jesus prayed to His Father, “I do not ask Thee to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one.”

 

Rebuttal. Each argument that the post-Tribulation rapture theory gives as proof for this fourth point is not valid. First of all, as I have already shown, the Matthew 24 passage which describes the Tribulation is not for the church; it is for Israel.

Secondly, there are two ways the word “tribulation” is used in scripture: in a general sense, and in a technical sense. Whereas “The Tribulation” is a specific God-ordered event lasting for seven years, “tribulation,” in the more general sense comes on us all at various times as a result of the curse we are all under. Thus the bible is clear that believers will go through tribulation, but not “the Tribulation.” The 7-year Tribulation is not the destiny of the church but is designed to punish unbelievers and also to bring many Jews to repentance and salvation.

Thirdly, Revelation 3:10 should not be translated as preserving the church through the Tribulation. It is more likely that the meaning is to keep the church out of the Tribulation.

As for what Jesus prayed for the church in John 17:15, I don’t think we can relate this to the Tribulation. He is praying that God will protect us from the evil one now and always.

 

[i] Wikipedia, Post-tribulation rapture: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post-tribulation_rapture.

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The Post-Tribulation Rapture Theory: A Rebuttal

 

The post-Tribulation rapture theory is by far the oldest and most popular of the pre-millennial rapture theories. It is believed by this author that the Apostle Paul, Peter, and certainly John had a pre-Tribulation rapture view; but shortly after they died this post-trib theory was developed by many of the church fathers. One of the earliest was Irenaeus (130-202 A.D.), and also Tertullian (160-220 A. D.) and Hippolytus (170-235 A. D.). Other well know names that had this view are George Muller, Albert Mohler, John Gill, Charles Spurgeon, Wayne Gruden, John Piper, and Alexander Reese.

The main distinctive of this view is that the rapture of the church will occur immediately after the 7-year Tribulation at the Advent of Christ. Hence, this view rejects the pre-Tribulation view that there are two phases of His coming; they teach that the rapture and the second coming will all occur all at once: 1) Christ will come in the clouds, 2) He will rapture and transform the church—first the dead and then the living, and 3) He will then immediately (or very quickly) bring them back to earth in their glorified bodies to reign with Christ in the millennial kingdom.

This article is quite lengthy, so I have decided to present it to you in four parts. In this first part we will deal with its historical authority, and its beliefs about Daniel 9:24-27.

 

 1. Historical authority

This theory, they teach, has the authority of the church fathers and that no other theory can make this same claim. Indeed, the post-Tribulation rapture theory began about 100 A. D. and has survived until now. Thus their long history is one of their claims to validity.

 Rebuttal. It may be argued that the early church (that held the post-Tribulation theory) did not have full discernment of prophetical doctrine. Not until this last century has the church carefully studied it; hence, it wasn’t until men developed an interest in it and studied it in a more systematic way that other theories were considered—and the pre-Tribulation theory took root. Dwight Pentecost in his book Things to Come, writes,

If the same line of reasoning [regarding the historical claim] were followed one would not accept the doctrine of justification by faith, for it was not clearly taught until the Reformation. The failure to discern the teaching of the Scripture does not nullify that teaching…

It should be observed that each era of church history has been occupied with a particular doctrinal controversy, which has become the object of discussion, revision, and formulation, until there was general acceptation of what Scripture taught. The entire field of theology was thus formulated through the age. It was not until the last century that the field of Eschatology became a matter to which the mind of the church was turned.[i]

 

2. Daniel 9:24-27

According to post-Tribulation rapture teaching, there was no gap between the 69th and 70th week; they teach that the 70th week took place within the ministry of Jesus Christ on earth, that the six promises of Daniel 9:24 have already been fulfilled, and that Jesus Christ is the one who has already confirmed the covenant (v. 27). This theory then takes away Daniel’s prophecy of a future Tribulation and Israel’s purpose in it; and it also takes away the necessity of the pre-Tribulation rapture of the church.[ii]

 Rebuttal. Here we must take note that all 70 weeks (of years) are decreed for Israel, not the church. And since God’s covenant with that nation has not yet been fulfilled in the six promises (v. 24), the 70th week must be yet future and for Israel—and thus it produces a need for a gap between the 69th and the 70th week.

Also, with careful study one will come to the conclusion that the one confirming the covenant cannot be Christ, but must be the man of sin, who will after three and one half years break the covenant and desecrate the temple. Pentecost writes,

The “he” of Daniel 9:27 must have as its antecedent “the prince that shall come” of the preceding verse. Because this one is related to the people who destroyed the city and the sanctuary, that is the Romans, this one confirming the covenant cannot be Christ, but must be the man of sin, spoken of by Christ (Matt. 24:15), by Paul (2 Thess. 2), and John (Rev. 13), who will make a false covenant with Israel. The fact that sacrifices and oblation continued after the death of Christ until the year 70 A.D. would point out the fact that it was not Christ who caused these sacrifices to terminate.[iii]

 

Therefore, we must conclude based on the above findings that the 70th week is for Israel and not for the church; and thus the church must disappear from the earth (be raptured) before the 70th week.

 

[i] J. Dwight Pentecost, Things To Come, p. 166.

[ii] J. Dwight Pentecost, Things To Come, pp. 171-172.

[iii] Ibid., p. 172.

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The Pre-Wrath Rapture Theory: A Rebuttal — Part 2

 

As was stated in part 1, the pre-wrath rapture theory is the newest of the four theories we are presenting. It was first developed by Van Kampen in the 1970’s, and then endorsed and made popular by Marvin Rosenthal, through his book The Pre-Wrath Rapture of the Church, published in 1990.

The main distinctive of this view is the belief that the rapture does not occur until about three-fourths of the way through Daniel’s 70th week. Though there are some similarities to both the partial rapture view and the mid-trib view, this theory has plenty of unusual features (see diagram). Rosenthal’s book, though intriguing to many, seems, in my opinion, to be lacking in biblical scholarship.

In part one of this article I laid out three of eight points. In this post I will give you the remaining five points.

4. The purpose of the 70th week. They teach that one of the main purposes of the 70th week is to purge and purify the church. This purpose would of course pertain only to the five and one-fourth years that the church is on the earth before they are raptured.

Rebuttal. I strongly object to this pre-wrath view that the church needs to be purged and purified by sever suffering; for the blood of Christ has already cleansed the church from all sin (1 Jn. 1:7). Rather, the stated purpose of the 70th week is to accomplish six things for Israel.

5. Revelation 3:10. According to Marvin Rosenthal and the pre-wrath rapture teaching, the phrase in Revelation 3:10 that normally reads (in the NASB) “I also will keep you from the hour of testing,” they teach that it should read, “I also will keep you through the hour of testing.” So the word “through” instead of “from,” or “out of,” indicates that God intends for the church to be on the earth and that He will protect them and bring them through the testing.

Rebuttal. The meaning of “ek” in this verse is not “through.”  It should be interpreted as either “from” or “out of.” The meaning is clear: that God will keep the church out of the hour of testing—He will keep the church out of the Tribulation.

The second part of the verse also helps to confirm the meaning: that the testing of the Tribulation is not for the church, but is to test those who “dwell upon the earth,” which is referring to all those unbelievers on the earth (Rev. 6:10; 8:13; 11:10; 13:8; 14; 17:8).

6. The bowl judgments. This theory teaches that the bowl judgments come after the 70th week, during a 30 day period, described in Daniel 12:11.

Rebuttal. The thirty days (mentioned in Daniel 12:11) could not be designated for the bowl judgments. This thirty day period is more likely for the sheep and goats judgment described in Matthew 25:31-46. The bowl judgments are announced by the seventh trumpet (Rev. 11:15) and are described in chapter 16.  There is no doubt that these most terrible judgments will occur during the second half of the tribulation.

7. Matthew 24:29-31 and Revelation 6:12-14. This theory teaches that the cosmic disturbances of Matthew 24:29 are the same as those of Revelation 6:12-14. And since they teach that Matthew 24:30-31 is descriptive of the rapture of the church, they conclude that it will happen after the sixth seal (Rev. 6:12).

Rebuttal. The teaching of the pre-wrath rapture theory in regard to these verses is entirely wrong. The events in Revelation 6:12-14 are during the sixth seal, and so the time frame here is about in the middle of the first half of the Tribulation. But in Matthew 24:29-31, these events, as noted in verse 29, are “immediately after the Tribulation.”  Therefore, the cosmic disturbances in these two passages, though similar, occur about five years apart.

It should be noted that since this theory insists that the rapture comes during the Tribulation, this incorrect assumption throws everything else off. When studying scripture, we must not enter it with any preconceived ideas, but instead should study scripture for what it says—not for what we want it to say. It is just like telling a lie. One lie will force us to make things up so that the lie will appear true; but in the end, everything gets mixed up.

8. They reject imminence. Since this theory teaches that the rapture must come after the sixth seal, they reject Christ’s imminent return. Instead of looking for Christ’s coming, they look for the coming of the antichrist and for the signing of the treaty (Dan. 9:27).

Rebuttal. Since this theory holds that Jesus will not come to rapture the church until three quarters of the Tribulation is past, they do not look for His coming; instead they are looking for the coming of the antichrist. How sad! We should be looking for the Saviour, our blessed hope.

 

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The Pre-Wrath Rapture Theory: A Rebuttal — Part 1

 

The pre-wrath rapture theory is the newest of the four theories we are presenting. It was first developed by Van Kampen in the 1970’s, and then endorsed and made popular by Marvin Rosenthal, through his book The Pre-Wrath Rapture of the Church, published in 1990.

The main distinctive of this view is the belief that the rapture does not occur until about three-fourths of the way through Daniel’s 70th week. Though there are some similarities to both the partial rapture view and the mid-trib view, this theory has plenty of unusual features (see diagram). Rosenthal’s book, though intriguing to many, seems, in my opinion, to be lacking in biblical scholarship.

 I have eight points to this theory, with my rebuttal. We will take the first three points in this article and the last five points in the part 2.

 1. The sequence of events. According to this theory, the sequence of events of the 70th week of Daniel, plus 30 days, are as follows (see diagram): The first 4 seals will last for 3 ½ years. This period they call the beginning of birth pangs. The 5th and 6th seals will last for the next 1 ¾ years. This period they call the Great Tribulation. The rapture of the church occurs just before the 7th seal, which opens the seven trumpet judgments. The trumpet judgments will last for 1 ¾ years. This period they call the Day of the Lord and the wrath of God. The seven bowl judgments begin immediately after Daniel’s 70th week and will last for 30 days. This 30 day period is an extension of the wrath of God and the Day of the Lord.

 Rebuttal. In Revelation 12:6 and 13:5, we are given information that shows us the midpoint of the Tribulation; it is when the antichrist is given authority to make war with the saints (all believers on the earth), when he breaks the covenant with Israel, when he takes his seat in the temple and displays himself as being God (2 Thess. 2:4), and when Israel flees into the wilderness to find refuge. This event happens just after the sounding of the seventh Trumpet (Rev. 11:15); so this means that both the seals and the trumpets occur during the first half of the Tribulation, and not strung out over the entire seven years as the pre-wrath theory contends.

Though we don’t see the bowl judgments until Revelation 16, I think they come very shortly after the sounding of the seventh trumpet and after the midpoint of the Tribulation; for it is the seventh trumpet that introduces the bowl judgments. Also, since the very first bowl judgment is poured out on those who take the mark of the beast and who worship his image, we must surmise that this judgment would transpire very shortly after these things are put in place by the antichrist (see Rev. 13:15-17).

Therefore, we must conclude that the bowl judgments probably begin no more than a few months after the midpoint of the Tribulation, and will last through the duration of the Tribulation. And we know that they will last until the end of the Tribulation, because the sixth and seventh bowls are involved with gathering the armies to Armageddon, and with great catastrophic events just prior to Armageddon and Jesus Christ’s glorious appearing.

To lay out the sequence of events plainly; (1) the rapture happens sometime before the signing of the covenant, which begins the Tribulation; (2) the seals happen just after the signing of the covenant, and will last about one quarter of the way through the tribulation; (3) the seventh seal introduces the seven trumpets, which will last until the midpoint of the Tribulation; (4) the seventh trumpet introduces the entire second half of the Tribulation (the Great Tribulation), which will include seven bowls of judgment that are pointed mainly at the antichrist and all his evil works; and last, (5) Armageddon and the second coming happen immediately after the seven year Tribulation.

Also, there is a 30 day period and a 45 day period (Dan. 12:11-12) that transpires between His return and the beginning of the millennial kingdom. The 30 day period, I think, is for the judging of the nations (Matt. 25:31-46), and the 45 days, I think, is for the restoration of the earth and the setting up of the new kingdom.

2. The name pre-wrath rapture. This theory was given this name because they believe that the church will be raptured just before the wrath of God comes, which they believe will come with the trumpet and bowl judgments. They teach that the seal judgments are also wrathful; but these judgments are not the wrath of God, rather they are the wrath of man and Satan; and the church is called to endure this wrath for their own good.

Rebuttal. The entire basis of the theory is not valid, because all of the judgments, including the seals, originate at the throne of God and are referred to as the wrath of the Lamb (Rev. 6:16). Moreover, as Dr. David Reagan has pointed out, “Both man and Satan operate under the sovereignty of God…He has the wisdom and power to orchestrate all the evil of man and Satan to the triumph of His Son.”11

Therefore, we must reject the category of the pre-wrath rapture theory labelled “Wrath of Man and Satan,” for we must recognize that Satan and the antichrist (and any other man) are tools in the hands of God. He will use them to bring His terrible wrath; and we must not think that a tool of his wrath will deliver any less wrath than if He would deliver it Himself.

 3. This theory denies that the first half of the 70th week is part of the Tribulation. They teach that those years (under the judgment of the seals) are merely the beginning of birth pangs (Matt. 24:8) and does not count as tribulation. They teach that the Tribulation doesn’t start until the midpoint of the 70th week (under the 5th seal). However they maintain that the church must go through the 5th and 6th seal judgments, which they call the Great Tribulation, because it is not yet the wrath of God.

Rebuttal. It is hard to tell where the first half of the Tribulation begins, from Matthew 24. It either begins at verse five, or verse nine, and then continues through to verse 14. But nonetheless, in verse nine it mentions “tribulation;” hence we must conclude that there is tribulation in the first half; and then, from verses 15 through 28 is descriptive of the second half, which is the “great Tribulation,” mentioned in verse 21.

The mention in verse 8 of “merely the beginning of birth pangs,” and then in verse 9 the words, “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation,” may suggest that the 7-year Tribulation does not begin until verse nine. However, this language also may indicate that the events in verses 5 through 8 are just the beginning of the Tribulation and that it will get much worse.  But nonetheless, there is no reason to believe that God’s wrathful tribulation, known as “the Tribulation,” does not exist through all of the 7-years, which the church can have no part of.

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Where Is the Anger and Hatred from the Left Coming From?

Prayer for Trump and Country

Sure there is anger on both sides, but it is obvious that most of the intense hatred is coming from the left. Where does that come from? Is it just a hatred for Trump, or are there other reasons?

One video I saw said that it got started on college campuses—where the teachers would actually promote the hatred and encourage students to rebel. I’m sure we have all seen this. Sad!

Another idea is that those on the left view politics differently than those on the right. They have a higher view of politics. Politics to them is a part of their faith. They have been led to believe that this new global agenda that they have come to believe in (which includes the Paris climate accord) is something very close to God and must be regarded as sacred.  And I think Obama has helped to install these beliefs into…

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The Mid-Tribulation Rapture Theory: A Rebuttal – Part 2

 

As pointed out in part 1, the mid-Tribulation rapture theory was developed chiefly by Norman B. Harrison shortly after WWII. The main distinctive of this theory is that the rapture does not occur until the mid-point of Daniel’s seventieth week. They teach that the church will go through some tribulation during the seal and trumpet judgments (which they don’t regard are judgments), but God will spare the church by rapture for the next three and one-half years, during the bowl judgments.

Some of the leading supporters and teachers of this theory besides Norman B. Harrison are Gleason Archer, Richard Reiter, James Oliver Buswell, Harold J. Ockenga, and Marvin Rosenthal (Rosenthal and others have recently modified this view, and have called it the pre-wrath rapture theory).

Here is part 2—point 4 through 6.

 

 4. Regarding the two witnesses, Revelation 11:12. This theory teaches that the two witnesses in the Tribulation, which they believe are Moses and Elijah, represent both the living and the dead church. Moses, they say, represents the dead church, which will be resurrected; and Elijah (the one who was translated) represents the living church, which will be raptured.

Since the ascension of the two witnesses occurred at the midpoint of the Tribulation, upon hearing a voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here,” this gives this theory support that the rapture will occur at the midpoint.

 Rebuttal. The belief that the two witnesses represent the dead and the living church is mere speculation, made up to support their theory. These witnesses are two Old Testament, resurrected individuals, with the purpose of preaching the gospel during the Tribulation.  Also, the fact that they are mentioned as two olive trees (Rev. 11:4) means that they represent Israel, and thus could not represent the church (read Zech. 4:11-14).

 

5. 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 and Daniel 7:25. They teach, according to this Thessalonians passage, from verse 2, that the “day of the Lord” is the rapture of the church (that day which the Thessalonians thought they had missed). Then, from verse 3, the “apostasy,” they say, occurs during the first three and one-half years of the tribulation, in which the antichrist has power over the church. They support this belief from Daniel 7:25, teaching that “the saints of the Highest One” are the church.

 Rebuttal. The mid-Tribulation rapture teaching from these verses is in error. The “day of the Lord” here is not the rapture.  It is the day of wrath—speaking of the Tribulation (or the end of the Tribulation). Some bible versions (KJV) render it, “day of Christ,” and this could be part of the confusion.  A better translation is the “day of the Lord,” which always indicates the time of God’s wrath.

What is happening with the Thessalonians in this passage is that since they were under so much persecution and suffering, they thought they had missed the rapture and were in the tribulation—the “day of the Lord.”

This theory is correct in teaching that the apostasy is during the first three and one-half years of the Tribulation, but I think it is mainly in the last three and one-half years, when the man of sin (the antichrist) is revealed, for it is he that will lead them in this apostasy (which is lawlessness).

Concerning Daniel 7:25, it is most critical to get the correct interpretation of this verse; and, as I see it, the Mid-Tribulation rapture teaching has it all wrong. Their theory teaches that the three and one-half years mentioned here is the first half of the Tribulation; however, the context shows that it is the last half of the Tribulation that is in view, for these reasons: 1) he (the antichrist) speaks out against the Most High, and 2) he will intend to make alterations in times and in law, which means that he will try to change the Jewish sacred festivals and laws. What is going on here sounds an awful lot like what will happen at the midpoint  of the Tribulation, when he breaks the covenant, enters the temple, and displays himself as being God (2 Thess. 2:4; Matt. 24:15).

Most importantly, the saints of the Highest One are not the church. They are the newly converted believers that have come to faith during the first half of the Tribulation—both Jews and Gentiles. The term “wear down” here means to persecute.  Indeed, they will be severely persecuted and many will be martyred. Note that this verse in Daniel parallels with Revelation 13:5-8; and we can see clearly that it all happens in the last half of the Tribulation.

Since the “saints” are not the church, and since the time period in Daniel 7:25 is not during the first three and one-half years, this makes this mid-Tribulation rapture theory teaching invalid. Indeed, it seems to me that they are desperate to find evidence for their theory, so much so that they are willing to falsify the evidence.

 

6. Regarding imminence.  They teach that the seals and trumpets in the first three and one-half years of the Tribulation serve as a prelude to the rapture, and then also as a warning of the coming wrath of God immediately after the rapture.

Rebuttal. The mid-Tribulation rapture theory teaches that the seals and trumpets serve as a warning and as a prelude to the rapture and the last half of the Tribulation. But if they are using Matthew 24 as being written to the church, this is where they go wrong. Matthew 24 is written mainly to Israel, and it is teaching them concerning the Tribulation; that all who are converted during the Tribulation should get ready for His second coming.

Matthew 24 may be used by us now to show us that the time of the end is near, but it does not instruct the church to be prepared for those events. Rather, the church is instructed, mainly in the Pauline epistles, to be patient, strong, and to wait for His appearing. We are taught that we don’t know when He is coming, but that it will be at the proper time and at the time of His choosing. Here are five verses that show us that His coming is imminent (bold is for emphasis):

 Philippians 3:20

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;

 

 1 Thessalonians 1:10

And to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who delivers us from the wrath to come.

 

Titus 2:13

Looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus;

 

 1 Timothy 6:13-15

I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who testified the good confession before Pontius Pilate, 14 that you keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which He will bring about at the proper time…

 

Notice that we are to live righteous until He comes. Passages like this that emphasize the imminence of His coming, motivates us to live righteously, as if He is coming today or tomorrow.  If we knew when He was coming we would not be nearly as motivated to live righteously.

 

James 5:7-8

Be patient, therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. Behold, the farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. 8 You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.

 

God tells us here that His coming could be at any time, so be patient and be strong. But if His coming is known to be at least three and one-half years away, as would be the case with the mid-Tribbers, then this verse has no meaning.

 

 

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Virginia Shooter Driven by Mainstream Media

Prayer for Trump and Country

According to a reliable source, the shooter’s Facebook page looks like CNN’s front page—full of Russian conspiracy theories and Trump hatred. It is obvious that this 66 year old shooter, a Bernie Sanders supporter, was driven by the hatred of the mainstream media.

I wonder how many others will follow in his steps. I fear that many will, and many probably have the same murderous thoughts in their heads. And the media, I’m afraid, will continue to drive them on. In fact, I believe that this media we have now is what will support the soon coming antichrist.  Yes, the antichrist media is here! Already in place! Yes this hateful, Satanically inspired media will support the antichrist to go against all that is good and godly, and to hunt down and kill Christians and Jews wherever they may be found (Rev. 6:9; 20:4).

On the brighter side, it looks as…

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